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Hokies dominate at Hokie Open

SALEM, Va. – The Virginia Tech wrestling completed a dominating performance at the third Hokie Open by winning four titles with five other taking second place Sunday at the Salem Civic Center. Two others took third place and two another two placed sixth to wrap up a big opening weekend.

Full Brackets here: HokieOpen_2010

Devin Carter continued to dazzle as a true freshman at 133 pounds. He won the title by going 5-0, including a 12-3 major decision over No. 8 Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion in the title match. Chris Diaz won a title at 141 pounds, avenging a loss to No. 14 Chris Drouin from yesterday in Sunday’s semifinal. Pete Yates won at 157 pounds by going 5-0 and Tommy Spellman took the 184-pound title by going 4-0.

Jarrod Garnett placed second at 125 pounds and freshman Ty Mitch took third place at the same weight class. At 141 pounds, transfer Zach Neibert lost in sudden victory to Diaz in the championship bout and Nick Murray took sixth place. At 149 pounds, Brian Stephens fell in the championship match and Jesse Dong forfeited to Yates at 157 pounds in the title bout to take second place. Matt Epperly placed third at 165 pounds, beating No. 20 Andrew Sorenson to highlight his day. David Marone made it to the title match, but lost to Matt Gibson of Iowa State – a guy he beat Saturday in the dual – and took second place.

The Tech team (0-1) will travel to Pennsylvania next weekend for the Duals at Hershey, where the Hokies will take part in four dual matches. Tech will face Kent State, Edinboro, The Citadel and George Mason in side the Hersheypark Arena. For more information, go to: http://www.wrestleforacure.org/events/thedualsathershey .

Below are the full results of the Tech wrestlers, both attached and unattached, from Sunday’s action.

Courtesy of Virginia Tech Sports Information

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