InterMat Wrestling – Myers’ upset helps Virginia Tech defeat Pitt

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BLACKSBURG — 14th-ranked Korbin Myers’ 5-3 upset over second-ranked Micky Phillippi of Pitt at 133 pounds lifted the No. 12 Hokies in a 27-6 victory over the No. 13 Panthers in front of 3,187 in Cassell Coliseum on Corps of Cadets Appreciation Night.

The Hokies (6-2) won eight of the 10 matches and have now won six straight duals. Pitt, who entered Friday with an 8-1 record, forfeited at 141 pounds but won at 157 and heavyweight. Tech returns to action on Sunday when it travels to No. 24 Lehigh for a dual set for 2 p.m.

MATCH NOTES

  • Virginia Tech has now won 19 of its last 20 duals against ACC competition. The Hokies’ lone defeat was the 19-15 loss to NC State on Feb. 16, 2018 last season in Raleigh.
  • In a hotly contested bout at 133 that saw two coaches’ challenges and an officials’ review, Myers upset second-ranked Phillipi with a late reversal that iced a 5-3 decision. Myers led 3-2 late in the third period but Phillippi got the riding time over a minute that would’ve made it 3-3 at the end of regulation. In the final seconds, Myers got to a sitting position and gained leverage to score the reversal that extended his lead to 5-2. Phillippi got the riding time point but it didn’t matter as Myers got the 5-3 upset decision.
  • Sophomore Joey Prata got the match started with a 6-1 decision over Brendon Fenton.
  • Following Pitt’s forfeit at 141, redshirt senior Ryan Blees used two takedowns, an escape and the riding time point to take a 5-3 decision over Pitt’s Robert Lee.
  • The Hokies then took care of business from 165 through 197 as Mekhi Lewis, David McFadden, Zack Zavatsky and Tom Sleigh all won by decision to seal the win.

    Results:

    125: Joey Prata (Virginia Tech) over Brendon Fenton (Pittsburgh) (Dec 6-1)

    133: Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech) over Micky Phillipi (Pittsburgh) (Dec 5-3)

    141: Mitch Moore (Virginia Tech) over Unknown (For.)

    149: Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) over Robert Lee (Pittsburgh) (Dec 6-3)

    157: Taleb Rahmani (Pittsburgh) over BC LaPrade (Virginia Tech) (Dec 7-4)

    165: Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) over Jake Wentzel (Pittsburgh) (Dec 6-3)

    174: David McFadden (Virginia Tech) over Gregg Harvey (Pittsburgh) (Dec 7-3)

    184: Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) over Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) (Dec 2-0)

    197: Tom Sleigh (Virginia Tech) over Kellan Stout (Pittsburgh) (Dec 3-1)

    285: Demetrius Thomas (Pittsburgh) over Billy Miller (Virginia Tech) (Dec 11-7)





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