Virginia Tech with the ACC dual meet championship trophy (Photo/Virginia Tech Athletics)
BLACKSBURG -- For the eighth time in school history, Virginia Tech wrestling is an ACC champion after defeating Pitt 27-12 in the final dual of the season Friday night to win the ACC Dual Meet Championship outright.
With the win, the No. 4 Hokies (9-0, 5-0 ACC) cap off their seventh undefeated season in school history, the first since the 1956-57 season. Head coach Tony Robie is the fourth coach in program history to accomplish the feat, and at 9-0, this is the Hokies' longest undefeated season, topping the 8-0 1954-55 team.
Tech has now won the ACC Dual Meet Title four times, matching its number of ACC Championship titles. The trophy is back in Blacksburg after the Hokies three-peated as conference regular season champs from the 2014-15 season through 2016-17.
285: Hunter Catka (VT) dec. Austin Cooley (PITT), 4-0
125: #5 Sam Latona (VT) MD Colton Camacho (PITT), 12-3
133: Joey Prata (VT) dec. Louis Newell (PITT), 3-1
141: #17 Cole Matthews (PITT) dec. Collin Gerardi (VT), 8-4
149: #10 Bryce Andonian (VT) MD Mick Burnett (PITT), 10-1
157: Connor Brady (VT) MD Tyler Badgett (PITT), 12-1
165: #10 Jake Wentzel (PITT) def. #1 Mekhi Lewis (VT) via injury default
174: Dakota Howard (VT) TF Jared McGill (PITT), 21-6 (5:05)
184: #2 Hunter Bolen (VT) MD Gregg Harvey (PITT), 12-4
197: #7 Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) dec. Andy Smith (VT), 8-1
141: Sam Hillegas (VT) MD Ryan Michaels (PITT), 14-3
157: Clayton Ulrey (VT) MD Antonio Petrucelli (PITT), 18-6
174: Kolton Clark (VT) WBF Dane Csencsits (PITT), 1:33
285: Hunter Catka (VT) MD Jake Slinger (PITT), 12-4
197: Austin Cooley (PITT) dec. Stan Smeltzer (VT), 10-4
The Hokies get a two-week break before the 2021 ACC Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina. The tournament, hosted by NC State, is set for Sunday, Feb. 28.