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2019-20 Early Lineup Look: Virginia Tech

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photo courtesy of Cam Kramer

In year two under head coach Tony Robie, Virginia Tech had one of its most important seasons ever. It sure didn’t seem like that would be the case last November as the Hokies lost their first two dual meets and tied for 11th place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Once all of their starters returned to the lineup, Virginia Tech embarked on the type of season their fans had been accustomed to seeing. The Hokies finished 9-5 and notched victories over ranked foes like Pittsburgh and Lehigh. The best would come last though, as Mekhi Lewis shocked the wrestling world and won the 165 lb weight class as the eighth seed. His national championship was the first in school history and it happened to be accomplished by a freshman. With that finally out of the way, I’m sure that Robie and his coaching staff are wondering aloud, “Who’s next.” The 2019-20 version of the Hokies will feature six wrestlers with NCAA experience and one All-American. For the last decade-plus, Virginia Tech has proven to be a recruiting power and last year was no different. They will get the services of a recruiting class that was ranked fourth in the nation. Because of existing talent on the team, at this point, it looks like Robie will get to redshirt the bulk of that class. Here are the Hokie wrestlers who will attempt to match Lewis as the next champion for Virginia Tech.

Previous “Early Lineup Looks”

Arizona State

Army West Point

Buffalo

Campbell

Central Michigan

Chattanooga

Clarion

Cornell

CSU Bakersfield

Fresno State

Indiana

Iowa State

Lehigh

Lock Haven

Michigan

Missouri

NC State

North Carolina

Northern Colorado

Northwestern

Oklahoma

Old Dominion

Penn

Pittsburgh

Princeton

Rutgers

Stanford

Utah Valley

Virginia

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

125 - Korbin Myers (Redshirt Senior; Carlisle, Pennsylvania)

         Joey Prata (Redshirt Junior; Richmond, Virginia)

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