Hokies field two individual champions at ACC Wrestling Championship
The redshirt freshman won his first ACC title in his first appearance at the ACC Championships. After a dominant ACC regular season, Myers won his first ACC title with a 3-1 decision over top seed Micky Phillippi of Pitt, handing the two-time conference champion his first career loss in the ACC Championships. Seeded second, Myers received a first-round bye before taking down North Carolina’s Joe Heilmann in a 10-3 decision in the semifinals. The graduate student in his sixth season of collegiate wrestling earned his fourth qualification to the NCAA Championships. AdConnor Brady and Dakota Howard each fought back in the consolation brackets to secure their births to the NCAA Championships and take third in their respective brackets.
Virginia Tech grapplers ready to uphold “National Contender” status
“We have goals and we’re trying to accomplish those goals and we have some unfinished business we’re trying to get to,” said Latona. “We want to accomplish those goals and we’re working everyday to get there.”One man who has been “there”? “He’s going to win a lot of matches. And when he can dominate guys, he’s going to dominate guys and that’s truly what we’re looking for. And that’s why we’re going to accomplish big things this year,” said Latona.
No. 8 Hokies beat Camels 28-6 in opener on the mats
The eighth-ranked Hokies won eight matches over the Fighting Camels, including two bonus-point victories. MATCH HIGHLIGHTSMaking his dual debut, freshman Sam Hillegas won in convincing fashion, pinning his opponent Shannon Hanna in 4:17. The Pittsburgh product was a two-time Pennsylvania state champion before signing with the Hokies in November 2019. Sam Latona and Andy Smith won by decision in their dual debuts. Latona, a redshirt freshman, took a 5-3 decision while the freshman Smith won 12-7.