By Bryan Johnston
Virginia Tech Sports Information
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The seventh-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling squad cruised to a 42-4 win over Campbell Saturday afternoon in Gore Arena to move to 14-2 overall.
Jarrod Garnett got things off to a quick start with a first-period pin of Eric Montoya at 125 pounds. The win was the senior’s 116th career victory, moving him into a tie for fourth place all-time at Tech in career wins. Erik Spjut followed up Garnett’s pin with a pin of his own, sticking Tanner Bidelspach at the 2:50 mark to quickly make it 12-0. Campbell got on the board at 141 pounds with Michael Dahlstrom earning an 8-0 major decision over back-up Michael Gowen.
At 149 pounds, fifth-ranked Nick Brascetta picked up a first-period pin of his own, this one at the 2:25 mark, to make it 18-4. Seventh-ranked Jesse Dong had to overcome the defensive strategy of Nick Rex – which earned him three stall warnings – but got a takedown in the third period to win 5-1 at 157 pounds. Fifth-ranked Pete Yates took care of business at 165 pounds, picking up a 13-1 major decision over Paul Duggan. Austin Gabel fell behind 5-0 early on after getting taken down and turned, but rallied to tie it up and send it to sudden victory, where he got the takedown to beat Taylor McGiffen 9-7 at 174 pounds.
Nick Vetterlein jumped out to a 13-3 lead on Garrison Matthews at 184 pounds before finally pinning him at the 4:08 mark to stretch Tech’s lead to 30 points. Derrick Borlie jumped out to a big lead on John Merickel at 197 pounds and flirted with the technical fall, but had to settle for a dominating 19-6 win to make it 38-4. Heavyweight David Marone rolled to an 11-3 major decision over Joe Nolan at heavyweight to wrap things up and give Tech the win.
“This was a good tune up before the National Duals,” said head coach Kevin Dresser. “I give gold-star focus at 125, 197 and heavyweight. Those are weights where we have had some focus issues with but they were really zeroed in today. This was a great prep for our Friday trip to Oregon.”
Tech will now head to Corvallis, Ore., for next Sunday’s Regional of the NWCA National Duals. Tech will be paired with No. 9 Oregon State, No. 19 Michigan and No. 24 Oregon State. The pairings will be announced next week, but they are supposed to go strictly by the polls, so if that holds it will be the Hokies and Sooners in a rematch of Tech’s 22-19 win and the Beavers and Wolverines with the two winners meeting to go to the finals of the Duals in Minneapolis the following weekend.
#7 Virginia Tech (14-2) 42; Campbell (5-7) 4
125: #7 Jarrod Garnett (VT) fall Eric Montoya, 2:26
133: #19 Erik Spjut (VT) fall Tanner Bidelspach, 2:50
141: Michael Dahlstrom (C) maj. dec. Michael Gowen, 8-0
149: #5 Nick Brascetta (VT) fall Brent Jorge, 2:25
157: #7 Jesse Dong (VT) dec. Nick Rex, 5-1
165: #5 Pete Yates (VT) maj. dec. Paul Duggan, 13-1
174: Austin Gabel (VT) dec. Taylor McGiffen, 9-7 (SV)
184: Nick Vetterlein (VT) fall Garrison Matthews, 4:08
197: Derrick Borlie (VT) maj. dec. John Merickel, 19-6
285: David Marone (VT) maj. dec. Joe Nolan, 11-3