photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com
This week’s college wrestler of the week is Virginia Tech’s junior Brent Moore. Brent was an NCAA qualifier as a freshman for the Hokies after he won an ACC title. In winning his 2018 ACC Championship, Moore was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler after knocking off eventual three-time All-American Kevin Jack (NC State) 6-4 in sudden victory. He would go on to earn one win in Cleveland at the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, Brent was not able to build off of the momentum generated from his freshman campaign and last season was completely washed out due to injury. Moore’s return to the mat in 2019-20 had been rough due to a pair of tough opponents in Virginia Tech’s first two dual meets. Brent was shut out in his first match of the year against All-American Brock Mauller (Missouri) and majored by Junior World Team member Yahya Thomas (Northwestern). Things didn’t look any easier on Sunday as the Hokies traveled to his home state to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Moore’s matchup was against 7-0 super-freshman Sammy Sasso. In the third match of the dual and with the Hokies trailing 4-3, Moore stuffed a Sasso shot attempt and powered through the freshman, straight to his back. Shortly after that, the referee signaled for a pin and Brent tallied his first victory of the year in impressive fashion. Not only was it a big win for Moore personally, but it also provided his team with a massive shift in momentum. After Brent’s win, the Hokies also got upset wins at 174 and 125 lbs, which made Virginia Tech the winners, 21-15. The 12th ranked Hokies had knocked off third-ranked Ohio State and scored their second upset win of this young season.