InterMat Wrestling – Lewis, Moore win Hokie Open titles, Virginia Tech places 15

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ROANOKE, Va. — Virginia Tech redshirt freshman Mekhi Lewis and freshman Mitch Moore won titles at their respective weight classes at the Hokie Open on Sunday held at the Berglund Center in Roanoke.

Overall, 15 Hokies placed and eight reached the finals at the that tournament officially opened the 2018-19 season for Tech.

Lewis, the 2018 Junior World champion at 74 kg, went 4-0, headlined by an 8-6 decision over No. 18 Bryce Martin of Indiana in the finals. Moore defeated two opponents from NC State and pinned Virginia’s Gray Hart at 1:19 in the semifinals en route to winning the title in his first collegiate action.

The Hokies return to action on Nov. 16 when they travel to Missouri before heading to Northwestern on Nov. 18.

Complete results can be found at the top right hand corner of the story. Here are some more highlights:

  • Ryan Blees, ranked 14th in the country at 149, racked up two major decisions and a decision in the semis before dropping a 6-1 decision to No. 8 Mitch Finesilver of Duke.
  • Both Zack Zavatsky and Hunter Bolen, who wrestled unattached, reached the final match at 184 but chose not to compete in the finals. Bolen’s run featured a win in the semifinals over No. 7 Chip Ness from North Carolina.
  • Joey Prata, Collin Gerardi and Josh Baier were all finalists at their weights in the freshman/sophomore division.

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