RALEIGH, N.C. – Virginia Tech wrestling’s Sam Latona and Korbin Myers received particular person titles on the ACC Championships Sunday evening at 125 and 133 kilos, respectively, and Myers was named the highest wrestler of the match, incomes ACC Most Excellent Wrestler honors.
Latona, wrestling because the No. 1 seed within the weight class, went 2-0 Sunday and defeated NC State’s Jakob Camacho 2-1 within the first tiebreaker time beyond regulation interval of the ultimate. Latona earned a first-round bye as the highest seed after which defeated Virginia’s Patrick McCormick within the semifinals. The redshirt freshman received his first ACC title in his first look on the ACC Championships.
After a dominant ACC common season, Myers received his first ACC title with a 3-1 determination over high seed Micky Phillippi of Pitt, handing the two-time convention champion his first profession loss within the ACC Championships. Seeded second, Myers obtained a first-round bye earlier than taking down North Carolina’s Joe Heilmann in a 10-3 determination within the semifinals. The graduate pupil in his sixth season of collegiate wrestling earned his fourth qualification to the NCAA Championships.
Following the conclusion of the championships, Myers was named Most Excellent Wrestler by the ACC’s coaches, turning into the seventh Hokie to take dwelling the convention trophy and first since 2018. The Pennsylvania native is the primary 133-pound Hokie to earn the title.
Incomes second place finishes and clinching their spots in St. Louis for the 2021 NCAA Championships have been Bryce Andonian, Hunter Bolen and Hunter Catka. Andonian went 1-1 on the day, beating Ed Scott of NC State within the semifinals earlier than falling to No. 1 seed Austin O’Connor within the ultimate 10-8. Bolen was taken down for the primary time all season within the sudden victory interval towards Trent Hidlay after successful his semifinal match over Pitt’s Gregg Harvey.
The one Hokie to achieve the ultimate with no bye, Catka went 2-1, beating Jonah Niesenbaum of Duke and upsetting Virginia’s Quinn Miller earlier than dropping a good 2-1 determination to high seed Deonte Wilson. A real freshman, Catka will proceed his debut season on the NCAA Championships.
Connor Brady and Dakota Howard every fought again within the comfort brackets to safe their births to the NCAA Championships and take third of their respective brackets. Brady, after dropping his semifinal matchup, received two straight choices together with a 4-3 victory within the third-place match.
Howard took the same path, dropping the semifinal match and successful two straight, however not like Brady, needed to win the third-place match to earn his spot in St. Louis, doing so in comeback trend. The redshirt sophomore was down 7-2 getting into the third interval to Virginia’s Victor Marcelli, however an escape and three straight takedowns pressured sudden victory at 9-9. Howard capped off the third-place end with a takedown within the first 10 seconds.
As a crew, the Hokies completed second behind champion NC State with 65.5 factors on the match. Tech tied for second on the championships with two particular person champions.
125 Sam Latona (2-0, ACC Champion)
Semifinals – Sam Latona (VT) dec. Patrick McCormick (UVA), 12-7
Finals – Sam Latona (VT) dec. Jakob Camacho (NCSU), 2-1 (TB-1)
133 Korbin Myers (2-0, ACC Champion)
Semifinals – Korbin Myers (VT) dec. Joe Heilmann (UNC), 10-3
Finals – Korbin Myers (VT) dec. Micky Phillippi (PITT), 3-1
141 Sam Hillegas (0-2)
First Spherical – Cole Matthews (PITT) dec. Sam Hillegas (VT), 3-2 (TB-1)
Comfort Semifinals – Brian Courtney (UVA) dec. Sam Hillegas (VT), 7-2
149 Bryce Andonian (1-1, Second Place)
Semifinals – Bryce Andonian (VT) dec. Ed Scott (NCSU), 11-6
Finals – Austin O’Connor (UNC) dec. Bryce Andonian (VT), 10-8
157 Connor Brady (3-1, Third Place)
First Spherical – Connor Brady (VT) def. Unknown, Forfeit
Semifinals – Justin McCoy (UVA) dec. Connor Brady (VT), 8-6
Comfort Semifinals – Connor Brady (VT) dec. Brandon LaRue (DUKE), 9-3
Comfort Finals – Connor Brady (VT) dec. Josh McClure (UNC), 4-3
165 Mekhi Lewis (0-2)
Semifinals – Jake Keating (UVA) def. Mekhi Lewis (VT), Harm Default
Comfort Semifinals – Thomas Bullard (NCSU) def. Mekhi Lewis (VT), Medical Forfeit
174 Dakota Howard (3-1, Third Place)
First Spherical – Dakota Howard (VT) dec. Jared McGill (PITT), 8-6 (SV-1)
Semifinals – Daniel Bullard (NCSU) dec. Dakota Howard (VT), 6-0
Comfort Semifinals – Dakota Howard (VT) dec. Conor Becker (DUKE), 11-5
Comfort Finals – Dakota Howard (VT) dec. Victor Marcelli (UVA), 11-9 (SV-1)
184 Hunter Bolen (1-1, Second Place)
Semifinals – Hunter Bolen (VT) dec. Gregg Harvey (PITT), 3-1
Finals – Trent Hidlay (NCSU) dec. Hunter Bolen (VT), 3-1 (SV-1)
197 Andy Smith (0-2)
First Spherical – Nick Reenan (NCSU) dec. Andy Smith (VT), 3-2
Comfort Semifinals – Max Shaw (UNC) dec. Andy Smith (VT), 7-3
285 Hunter Catka (2-1, Second Place)
First Spherical – Hunter Catka (VT) TF Jonah Niesenbaum (DUKE), 17-0 (4:20)
Semifinals – Hunter Catka (VT) dec. Quinn Miller (UVA), 5-4
Finals – Deonte Wilson (NCSU) dec. Hunter Catka (VT), 2-1 (TB-1)