Other VT sports - 2017!

Happy New Year Hokies! Fresh off of victories by football to get to 10 wins, men's bball (12-1!), and women's bball (13-0!), VT moves into 2017 with momentum in many sports. Wrestling is also highly ranked with another extremely successful season on the horizon.

Here's to continued success in Hokie athletics!

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mens swimming was ranked #9 and undefeated last i heard too

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Yes...Men's swim/dive undefeated, including wins over Duke, Pitt, Notre Dame, Penn State, WVa

Yes indeed

Hokies, Local Soccer, AFC Ajax, Ravens

Right now in Hokieland

But...but....Mike's is closed. :(

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Has anything taken up the old Mike's space yet?

I'm not sure, I haven't been in downtown Blacksburg since before Mike's closed. Partially because I didn't have a reason to and partially because of the overwhelming feeling of grief I would feel from my favorite burger joint being no more...who's cutting the dang onions?!

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

I went by last weekend when I was in town for the Duke game. Nothing new is there yet, but I admittedly didn't look close enough to see if there were signs on the door for anything coming.

Wait I thought we only had a football team? My UVA relatives are getting really nervous about us in basketball.

Where is Lawson?!

With men's basketball now ranked, David Teel wrote a neat article about the reality of schools having football and both basketball teams ranked simultaneously.

Story link here

VB born, class of '14, Semper Paratus

Watch the brief little interview with Whit at the top of that article.

You know what struck me most about it? Whit looks genuinely happy. I think that, in and of itself, says a lot

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

I vote Olivier Giroud as honorary Hokie for the duration of this comment just so I can talk about that goal again.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

brilliant goal, even though he admitted it was lucky. still, goal of the season.

I don't think a scorpion kick goal can happen without some measure of luck, so not surprising he admitted as much.

It's even better that it happened 10 minutes after he missed a sitter and had the scorn of the Arsenal faithful directed squarely at him.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

not a goal, but this is the greatest scorpion kick ever

I can't see the (presumably) gif at work, but I know exactly what it is. The goalkeeper one? Yeah, I can agree.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

Long live Higuita

-Stick it in

Lady Hokies moved up one spot to #18 in this week's AP poll.

Lady Hokies just finished off UNC 76-68. Hokies now 14-0. Three Hokies with Double-doubles, Cook, Magarity and Hicks. Magarity put up 24 points. Hicks with 10 assists. She also has now moved up to second all time in steals in just her second season. She is averaging FIVE steals per game so far this year.

I look forward to the day when we will debate who the best hire of the Babcock era was - Buzz, Fuente, or Brooks.

It'll be hard to decide after they all win half a dozen national championships.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Babcock, if he counts.

Whit hired himself?

Man, he really *is* good!

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

this is funny, but technically never said "hired by Babcock"

just the "Babcock Era" which, arguably, could include the hiring of Babcock himself, thus starting the Babcock Era

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

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If you are looking for a way to spend your Sunday supporting the Hokies than you have two WatchESPN options starting at 2pm with the #18 Lady Hokies on the road at Clemson and then at 630pm #6 Wrestling begins ACC play at UNC after a pretty successful weekend.

Wrestling defeated Princeton 30-11 on Friday and then sent 14 wrestlers to F&M Open on Saturday where three Hokies brought home their respective weight classes while two others finished in third place.

Anyone else having trouble watching the women's game? It says it's not available at this time

Lady Hokies Basketball beats Clemson to go 15-0 on the season.

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Lady Hokies win 78-69! They remain undefeated and move to 15-0. Led by double figures most of the 4th q until the last two minutes.

VB born, class of '14, Semper Paratus

Have #14 Miami on the road next. If the Miami fans are anything like the Clemson ones (or less), shouldn't have many distractions.

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Brooks is turning into a really great hire. Whit has redrawn the coaching landscape in Blacksburg.

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They look really well coached, playing to their talents. Fun team to watch. Highly recommend catching a replay on ESPN 3, etc.
Refreshing to see as the Wolf teams were just brutal to watch at times.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

I'm certainly not very knowledgeable about bball, but I get the impression Brooks is really good about scheming to fit the players where Wolf tried to get the players to fit the scheme. I would not at all be disappointed if the ladies bring home our first Natty.

There's "oh yay. We're 15-0 and have a legit shot to post an undefeated regular season" good and then there's "we can hang within 20 of UConn." I'm ecstatic to be the former but have no delusions of being the latter

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Yeah, I'm certainly not thinking it's a real possibility.

Wrestling is much more likely to get there. For that matter, so is football, and probably a few other sports.

In WBB, there are so few teams that dominate the talent pool that you could be ranked top 10 with a decent shot at a Final Four appearance but not even a glimmer of a hope at a national title.

Yes Dresser has them pointing that way. This year i am worried about 133 and 157. We are thin there Latona @ 133 (Freshman) is the only one on the roster at this time. I'm sure they have a couple that could cut.

Really wanted to watch the NC match to really so how everyone is doing. Of course ACC Access then connection problems. The usual.

BTW, in short with the incoming recruits the future is bright!

Where is Lawson?!

Coach Brooks is doing a little of both, to be honest. For those interested, I'd recommend listening to the interview he did on the Dishin & Swishin podcast, which can be found here:

https://dishnswish.libsyn.com/dishin-swishin-122216-podcast-kenny-brooks-and-virginia-tech-crack-the-top-25

Quick highlights - He's molded the team's offense into one much like how his JMU teams played. Coach Brooks is also pretty candid about how he's adjusted his disciplined defensive scheme to allow Chanette Hicks to do her thing, which is roam and jump passing lanes because she's such a unique player.

Regardless, he's been a home run hire.

#6 Wrestling takes down UNC 28-8 to move to 7-1 on the season.

One hell of an icy hurricane yesterday

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Women's basketball up to #15 in the AP after their win

Big game on the 11th against Miami.

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Next four games is sort of their Murderer's Row.

They go to #14 Miami

Wake Forest at home

Go to #12 Duke

and then home to #7 FSU.

There are currently 7 ACC teams in the AP Top 25 for the women's side.
#6 Notre Dame
#9 Louisville
#15 Virginia Tech
#23 NC State

Speaking of such. What do we have in NCs? The only one I can think of is some guy (could not pronounce his name) that won an individual NC in the weight throw. That was years ago. What else?

Where is Lawson?!

We have several individual NC's in the throwing heavy stuff events in indoor and outdoor track (about 10-12 if memory serves me). Other than that we have a couple oddball unofficial natties in bass fishing and ping pong.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Track and Field:
Spyridon Jullien won the Weight throw in 2005 and 2006 in Indoor Track. He won the Hammer Throw in 2005 and 2006 in Outdoor Track.

Marcel Lomnicky won the Hammer throw in 2009 in Outdoor Track. He won the weight throw in 2012 in Indoor Track.

Queen Harrison won the 60M Hurdles in 2010 in Indoor Track and the 400M and 100M hurdles in 2010 in Outdoor Track.

Alexander Ziegler won the Hammer Throw in 2011 and 2012 in outdoor track. He also won the Weight throw in 2013 in Indoor Track.

Dorotea Habazin won the Hammer Throw in 2011 in outdoor track.

Tomas Kruzliak won the Hammer Throw in 2013 in outdoor track.

Irena Sediva won the Javelin Throw in 2015 in Outdoor Track.

That gives us the Men's Hammer Throw National Title in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013. That's six of the last eleven.

Didn't we have a wrestler win one a few years ago too?

He placed 2nd. Devin Carter

According to the link provided below by Fencer (Link copied for simplicity), we have 1 individual wrestling championship. I'll try to remember to look it up later.

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Too bad that's officially a club, not an NCAA sport.

We're one of three P5 schools without a national championship in any team sport. K-State and Miss. State are the other two.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I'd be curious to see how many of those, particularly in football, are subject to opinion. For many years, "we won the Rose Bowl" qualified (in some people's minds) as claiming a national title regardless of rank, or appearing at #1 in any poll, however obscure.

And what are considered "team sports", the NCAA says there are over 90 sports they give out trophys in. How few schools field teams in some of these sports.

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My statement is based off of digging through a giant pdf I found on the NCAA website that lists recognized nation champions by sport/school. I'll link what I believe to be the same pdf below. It's been a while since I sorted through it all, so I may be wrong.

Link

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

That's pretty awesome. Nice find, thanks. It appears my cynicism was unwarranted.

Good stuff. Yes Devin Carter had a great year and career. But when it came to the NCAA finals he had nothing for Stieber (tOSU). Well to be honest no one else in the world could challange him.

Where is Lawson?!

Just a thought but would anyone else prefer individual threads per sport instead of just lumping all the other sports into 1 thread?

This has certainly been done in the past. The problem is that if a single thread is dormant long enough, it cycles off the Tracker and people don't know it exists. If a thread covers more ground, there is more of a steady stream of comments keeping it in the Tracker.
If there is sufficient content, feel free to start a new thread, but we also don't want to clutter the Tracker with any more "hey, no new information, but let's talk about this one topic here" threads than we already do. So, for instance, if someone wanted to do a quick recap of women's Bball thus far with a little commentary, that would be a great post and would become the de facto thread for women's Bball comments.

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Now feels like a good time for a "Oh yeah, Logan switched to TE this season" thread

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

pssh, yeah right. Next you'll say that Lawson actually transferred.

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Haha. That's about as likely as Jerod leaving for the NFL after one year.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

I have tried that in the past and gotten very little response and as noted above those threads usually cycled way down the thread list and were not easy to maintain especially when we get to the spring sports. I am sure if either Womens BBall or Wrestling are getting close to major milestones, those may generate individual threads, such as winning the ACC or participating in the NCAA tournament, even last year we managed to keep those threads going while they were relevant.

Only four sports outside the Big 2 I believe are in season right now are Swimming/Dive, Women's BBall, Wrestling, and Indoor Track.

Hell, I still remember the days when I would post about Men's basketball and get crickets.

#15 VT Women play at #14 Miami tonight. This would be a huge win for us. Right now, at 15-0, we are one of three undefeated teams in the top 25 but not getting a ton of respect for it. Beating a higher ranked team, away, should take care of that. That said, we still have @ #12 Duke, # 7 FSU, #6 ND, #9 Louisville, and @#23 NC State still on the schedule. Or, as I like to call it, a great schedule for going undefeated and earning the right to not see UConn until the championship game...

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Not only are we one of only 3 unbeaten teams in the top 25, but there are no unranked unbeatens. The fact that we're last of the three, by far (UConn is obviously #1, with Mississippi State at #4), really grinds my gears.

I might have to tune in for this one, I assume it's on ESPN3. What time is tipoff?

7PM

Yeah, I didn't feel like looking up league wide standings so I just looked at records of the top 25. Looking forward to working our way up the list. I mean, I understand UMd's ranking: they lost by 6 to UConn, which most teams would love to put on their resume, but a 4 loss team ahead of us?

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Just looked it up. Their four losses were to the teams currently ranked #1, #2, #5, and #13, so they weren't like other 4-loss teams. However, they did just lose a 5th game, this time to unranked Michigan State, and their best win is over a Syracuse that is atop the list of "Others receiving votes", so I expect they won't stay ahead of us long.

Oh ok, so like losing 6 football games to SEC teams. "Well they were quality losses so let's put them in the top 15"

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The basketball polls also tend to have a lot more "inertia", in that it takes more to move a team than it does in football. Ohio State started the year #7, and has (until this week) beaten all the teams they were supposed to beat and only lost to other highly-ranked teams, so they haven't fallen too far.

Winter sport synopsis:

Sport Record Ranking
Indoor Track (M) 0-0 #16
Indoor Track (W) 0-0 Unranked
Swim/Dive (M) 6-0 Unranked
Swim/Dive (W) 4-2 Unranked
Wrestling 7-1 #5

Indoor track begins on 1/13.

Mens Swimming is #34
Womens Swimming is #27
Womens Indoor Track Preseason Ranking is #41

Thanks for the correction. Where did you get this info (I looked on ncaa.com and cscaa.com)?

Just had to find the link that said show all teams after 25 on the NCAA list.

Women are down by 1 at the half. Came out strong at first, but Miami had some timely threes to cut the deficit and take the lead. Hope for a dominant second half.

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Close game so far. All tied up at 50 with 3:13 left in the 3rd.

Can we get the guys some of these black uniforms?

They're a very sharp look.

Tough going in the fourth quarter. First time I have seen Magarity get pushed around down low

Tech decided to start shooting threes way too late to make up for getting manhandled underneath. Miami got way too many easy layups in the fourth quarter to separate what had been a back and forth one or two point game. Foul trouble certainly didn't help. Tech finished with one starter fouled out and three with four fouls. First loss of the season, close game for the most part on the road against a top fifteen opponent. Nothing to be really worried about.

Wrestling

The press release for this weekend's Va Duals shows David Bergida at 165. I was thinking there was a chance that David McFadden would go this weekend but I am now starting to think he might be redshirting this season. A bit of a bummer in the short term as I think we could get a trophy again with him in the lineup.

I believe you are right about McFadden redshirting, which is tough to swallow considering he has two titles this season wrestling independent. He won his class at the F&M Open last weekend and also took home another at the Cleveland State Open. Hard to understand a redshirt if you are dominating all the independent events you go to.

At least Bergida has done better than Mike Ciavarro, who started the season as their 165 guy. He went 1-4, while Bergida has gone 2-1 so far.

I'm sure there is some strategic reason, but I'm curious to the reason he's redshirting

He tore his ACL at the NCAAs last year. He is rehabbing this year.

It's Time to go to Work

"Rehabbing" the season and he has already gone 10-0 wrestling unattached. I do not know much about his weight class from a national perspective but maybe Dresser wants to give him another year to space him out from the competition to have a shot at an individual title?

I'm sure it is a tough coaching decision, he helps out the team more this year but probably helps out his chances more in the long run.

Yeah I don't consider that rehabbing, but maybe Dresser thinks it will benefit McFadden or the team in the long run.

He isn't exactly facing top tier competition while wrestling unattached. I just remember Coach Dresser saying before the season that he would probably redshirt because of the torn ACL from last year.

It's Time to go to Work

Whit is at it again. New women's Volleyball Coach just hired. How long until we are ranked?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I don't know where the time goes. The VA Duels are happening this weekend in Hampton. The VT wrestlers took care of Kent St and Lockhaven yesterday (1/13) by a combined score of 76-9. The level of competition will rise today for the Hokies in a semi-final match against North Dakota State @ 2:00 PM. The winner goes onto the finals against the winner of the Arizona St. / Oklahoma match at 8 tonight. Would be nice to win this duel tourney.

I had said that I was concerned about 133 but Gustafson has cut back and is now wrestling at 133.

And on a side note, something we all like to hear; NDSU hammered UVA yesterday 27-13.

More info?
Thanks to USA Wrestling

Where is Lawson?!

Our 141, Norstrem was hurt and we had to forfeit his match vs Lock Haven. Hopefully, he can go today. A 6 point swing is a lot in a close match

The Wrestling Hokies had to come from behind against North Dakota State to advance and finish off #15 Oklahoma to win the Virginia Duals and move to 11-1 on the year.

The indoor track team finished up a solid weekend with six first place finishes and over 30 top five finishes.

Men's and womens swimming unfortunately took a close loss on the chin that we never want to see. LOLUVA won both events in Charlottesville.

Lady Hokies basketball plays Monday at 1pm in Blacksburg against Wake Forest. Hopefully the ladies get back on track after the tough loss to Miami.

1PM? On a Monday? I know it's a federal holiday, but many of us still have to work...

#goacc

At least it's on two different TV stations, better than the boys games sometimes.

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Which two TV stations? I am blacked out online but can't find it on TV. (Harrisonburg/D.C. markets)

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Fox sports Carolina and YES which is a Yankees station most days here in Myrtle Beach area.

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So if I'd stayed in NY I'd get them but not in VA. Figures.

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These Lady Hokies are impressive. Coach Brooks has a squad on his hands. What's the ceiling for them Elite 8? There are just so many elite woman's teams like Uconn and Baylor that winning it all will be hard.

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Lady Hokies have to stop giving up their leads and letting teams get back into the game with a few minutes left.

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Ladies win 72-70, coming back from 13 in the first half, then nearly blowing 16 point 4th Q lead. Got CRUSHED on the boards giving up 25 on the offensive glass.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Rebounding outside of Magarity is going to be a struggle in the ACC. Other problem is foul trouble. Second game in a row where Cook and Magarity were limited by foul trouble. They definitely lack the killer instinct so far in conference play. They allowed 8 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter that led to 13 points. Still a good win, 12th in a row at home.

Lady Hokies dropped to #17 this week after the loss to Miami. They are lucky to manage anything with the 17 around their neck so even better win today over Wake.

But Miami is ranked what?

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Miami stayed at #14. We dropped from #15 to #17.

Virginia Tech Swimming and Diving saw both teams return to the top 25, even with the loss to LOLUVA.

Men's came in at #25
Women are tied for #23

The Hokies are home at Christiansburg Aquatic Center this Friday against Cincinnati and Rutgers

Latest rankings synopsis:

Sport Record Ranking
Basketball (M) 14-4 Unranked
Basketball (W) 16-1 #17
Indoor Track (M) N/A #16
Indoor Track (W) N/A Unranked
Swim/Dive (M) 6-1 #25
Swim/Dive (W) 4-3 #23
Wrestling 11-1 #5

* And, by Unranked, I mean, ask ltrepeter. For the life of me I can't figure how to show more than the top 25 ranked teams on ncaa.com.

Womens Indoor Track is ranked #41
LINK HERE
Men's Basketball is past #34 in the AP (No votes, nine other schools received votes not in Top 25)
Men's Basketball is past #40 in the Coaches Poll (No votes, 15 other schools received votes not in Top 25)
Men's Basketball is #51 in Kenpom, #50 in RPI (Both of these have accounted for the win over GT)

Thanks for the link.

Woman's basketball in top 20 matchup with Duke. It's on espn app. Of course unranked UNC and Wake women are on actual TV but that makes sense right? Someone with much better writing skill should start a topic devoted to just our lady Hokies basketball team.

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Be happy you can't watch it. Losing by 22 in 4th quarter. Got outscored 54-26 in 2nd and 3rd quarters. Ouch.

Our girls had no answer in the third quarter for the Duke Point Guard, now down 76-52.

Telling Stat is Hicks has no steals and six turnovers. Usually those numbers are reversed

I agree that sucks, but for basketball it seems that they set the TV slots before the season starts.

I have watched our women twice. Both were losses. I will not watch again unless they lose when I do not watch, just in case this is not a random correlation. I did think we looked much better against Miami, but we did not box out well in either game.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Wrestlers take on pitt tonight on Watch ESPN @ 7. Fuck Pat Narduzzi!

Where is Lawson?!

Something else is happening at 7 tonight. Can't remember what? Oh well.

FLMAO!

Where is Lawson?!

VT #5 destroys Pitt #23 38-9

And it wasn't even that close.

Where is Lawson?!

Here is the summary of the match with other tidbits: Link

A portion of their lineup known as "Murderers' Row."

For Tech, those bruisers are the last four guys to take the mat — Zach Epperly, Zack Zavatsky, Jared Haught and Ty Walz, wrestling at 174 pounds, 184, 197 and heavyweight, respectively.

All four are ranked in the top five nationally, with Christiansburg's Epperly ranked second.

So dominant were the four heaviest Hokies in the 38-9 domination of Pitt on Friday evening that the only points Pitt scored in any of those bouts were by escapes. The Panthers mustered no takedowns, no reversals, nothing close to a fall.

And almost all the escapes were given by our wrestlers so they can score another take down and near fall almost immediately after. They were essentially just playing with their opponents once they got tired. It was comical. If you're in town Sunday, I would urge you to go to the wrestling match in Cassel against UVA at 4.

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-CFB

Another rough start for the women's bball team down 12 to #7 FSU and it's almost halftime.

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The wrestlers take on loluva today at 4. Looks like it is on ESPN Watch. Maybe uva won't forefit 2 weight classes like Pitt did. Stomp them into a mudhole.

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Lady Hokies with another rough outing, already down double digits at the half, they got completely blown out 27-14 in the third quarter and ultimately lost 82-54 to the Seminoles.

Wrestling just whipped UVA 29-14 including a pin by Haught with :14 left in the 3rd period of the 197 bout.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

And it looked like Ty Walz was just playing with his food the entire match.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

Haught's move on the pin was awesome.

Walz:

Looking forward we have some holes at 141 , 149 and 169. I am thinking about the NCAAs.

Looked like about 1000 in attendance. Get behind these guys. They are Awesome. Dresser is the man!

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Our starter at 149 was out today. Solomon Chishko. All-American last year at 141. Not sure why he didn't wrestle today.

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-Corey Marshall

You are right Chishko is the man. My weights were confused because of the crappy announcers and the latent on screen score board. And WTH can't they put riding time on the screen? Well it is the ACC Network.

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You're right. Most of the time those online streams aren't great honestly. I try to follow on twitter during the matches as well. The VT Wrestling twitter account does a good job of keeping up.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Commonwealth Clash now tied

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

Latest rankings synopsis:

Sport Record Ranking
Basketball (M) 15-4 AP: #31
Kenpom: #50
RPI: #38
Basketball (W) 16-3 #19
Indoor Track (M) N/A #16
Indoor Track (W) N/A #43
Swim/Dive (M) 7-1 #25
Swim/Dive (W) 6-3 #23
Tennis (M) 0-0 Unranked
Tennis (W) 2-0 Unranked
Wrestling 13-1 #5

RPI source: realtimerpi

Also relevant:
http://www.thecommonwealthclash.com/

Cracks me up that the tag line is "A competition that goes far beyond the football field..." because on the football field is no competition at all.

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Maybe this is adds to their "they only care about football" line

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Proud Hokie since 2004.

Hmm. Still listed as #5 on ncaa.com.

I saw those rankings, but they are dated April 2016, so I figured they were last years final. I looked at: http://www.itatennis.com/ResultsAndRankings/Rankings.htm, but they don't list full rankings (just teams receiving top 25 votes). I'll keep checking collegetennisonline.

Womens Basketball lost to UVA 76 - 27. I'm not really sure what happened here. I was rather shocked when I saw the score this morning. Did anyone catch the game?

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we could not get penetration. When we did, a lot of contact went uncalled or we missed our foul shots. All of our ball movement happened outside the arc and whenever we stepped in, there were two defenders in position immediately and we couldn't find the open man (woman). They had a center or PF (too dumb to know the difference) who was literally head and shoulders above our tallest. They made a lot of shots and drove effectively. We were 7% from behind the line, but still attempted 29 threes. We went entire quarters scoring in single digits. It was ugly.

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Our top three perimeter shooters went a combined 0-13 from outside in the first half of the game just as a starting out point. On the season those three shoot about 28% from outside, so normally they would have made about 4, or add another 12 points in the first half.

Tech couldnt even buy a whistle last night. Differential in free throws was Tech shot 1-7 while UVA went 18-20. 17 point differential at the free throw line.

Thats about 30 of the near 50 point differential.

Even when we shot inside, we were a miserable 10 for 35. Cant hope to win with that kind of shooting.

oh my god

Going to the wrestling match at Lehigh tonight VT #5 Lehigh #10 should be a good one!!

Top 10 matchup tonight at 7pm between #10 Lehigh and your #5 Hokies! Follow the link in the tweet. Even if you don't know anything about wrestling, VT is very fun to watch. Coach Dresser preaches an aggressive wrestling style to his players. You will see a lot of takedowns, and very talented Wrestlers. Our last 4 wrestlers (the heavyweights) are very very good. Joey Dance starts it off. Sal Mastriani has been amazing in his last two matches barely giving up even a point which means his opponent cannot even escape. Should be a great match.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

12-9 Lehigh heading into our Murderers' Row. Joey Dance lost the first match in a top 8 matchup to close decision. Gustafason won a close decision. Our third wrestler fell in 37 seconds. Chishko is back in the lineup and won an exciting sudden victory with a takedown. Low scoring match with lots of shots taken. Mastriani continued his dominance with continuous takedowns, but sadly could not pull away far enough to get a major decision. Bergida wrestled really well to avoid giving up bonus points to Lehigh and only lost his match by 4 points with a late takedown in the third period. Epperly up now in a top 5 matchup. Turn in now for hopefully a great and exciting ending!

EDIT: Epperly lost in sudden victory. Hokies down 15-9. Down by two regular decisions, we have three wrestlers left all favored to win their individual battles. But that is two of our #2 ranked wrestlers that lost today, which is very disappointing for them. They should be able to bounce back easily in our next match. Zavatsky is up. He can get bonus points here.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

VT UP 18-15! Haught with a forfeit after Lehigh's wrestler had to leave with a shoulder injury. Haught was up by 3 and would have had 4 near fall points if the Lehigh wrestler did not get injured. Walz up now to hold the lead.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

Thanks for the link. In wish I could have figured out to get the LIVE box from covering the score, but still fun to watch. Great finish.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Hokies win 21-15! Ty Walz with the decision over Lehigh and 100th career win!

Walz is definitely one of the more fun heavyweights to watch. Most HWs are nowhere near as aggressive as he is. The Lehigh HW kept getting stall calls as Walz would run back to the restart only to wait for the Lehigh HW to practically crawl over. Walz could definitely go very far this year in the NCAAs if he keeps this up, just on his quickness and conditioning. It was a great match to watch and a great top 10 win for the Hokies.

Next match is Sunday against Duke in the Moss Arts Center! It should be a great atmosphere and an easy win for the Hokies. We will see a few ranked matchups, but the one to watch will be #3 ranked Ty Walz facing the #5 Jacob Kasper of Duke. It should be on the ACC network on WatchESPN.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

I've definitely noticed Ty being a lot more active and aggressive this year. It definitely shows when you look at the scores in his matches. 12 of 17 wins so far have been by major decision or technical fall. Does anyone who follows the sport more closely know if this is just part of his maturation as a wrestler, or is this more of a response to OSU's Kyle Snyder's recent domination of the weight class. It's clear that as long as Snyder is in the field, the stereotypical "shaved bear" heavyweights who tend toward low-scoring affairs don't have a chance at NCAA's.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

I've actually watched the last two matches all the way through. Have fun popping up the feed on Friday's and watching us kick some ass.

@vtscottyb

The sport really is extremely exciting especially in duals with a lot of ranked matches like this one. This one was a little more close than I think it should have been, BUT that has me very excited for the NCAAs if our wrestlers start to peak as it is starting. Lehigh is a very tough team that we beat on the road with two of our #2 wrestlers losing in upsets. I think a top 3 finish is very possible this year.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

That dude's shoulder injury looked rough. Really helped give us some breathing room before the heavyweight matchup though. In my very limited time watching wrestling I usually note that the heavyweight class doesn't normally bring it as far as the amount of aggressive activity (probably because it's two massive and strong human beings). With that being said, Walz is an animal who is pretty aggressive in my eyes.

@vtscottyb

From last years ACC tournament:

Epperly so close

Getting hyped for the NCAAs

Where is Lawson?!

Pretty sure Epperly beat Ramos this year. Bodes well for the ACC tourney.

Yes he did!

174: No. 2 Zach Epperly dec. No. 7 Ethan Ramos, 8-2

Boys have Duke today @ 4 in The Moss. No streaming

Where is Lawson?!

Boys have Duke today @ 4 in The Moss. No streaming

Any updates?

They won, I saw that.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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From VT Wrestling Facebook:

Hokies beat Duke 26-13!!!!!

Run to Win. Pass To Score

What are Tech's chances of bringing home our first team championship in March? Being ranked No. 5 is great, but I know that teams like OkSt, Iowa, Penn St., and anOSU are the real deal. What's the talent drop-off look like?

Slim to none in my opinion. Tech has some big holes in a few weight classes. I see them finishing top 10, but not getting a trophy (top 4).

I think there is a decent chance for a top 4 finish. If, and that's a big if, our main 5 wrestle at their peak and we get a surprise run from Chisko or Gustasffason. Epperly, Dance, and Walz all got their surprise loses out of the way, so hopefully they can refocus and make a stab for 1st or 3rd like they are able to.

If McFadden wasn't redshirting I would say this would have been the year for a serious title run. It may be a season or two until we get back to the level the team is at now.

Top 4 is definitely possible, but it would take us wrestling our absolute best. I see 3rd or 4th as best case scenario. I'm really hoping Dance or Epperly can bring home the individual title. I would be ecstatic with that and a team trophy

Nope. Too many holes like the man said.

Where is Lawson?!

Lady Hokies took another loss today 82-72 at home against Syracuse, free throws were the major difference.

Man that train hit a roadblock. 5 losses in 6 games.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Lady hokies vs. Notre Dame. We came out strong but ND just went on a huge run to end the 1st quarter up 19-11. I think it was 8 points in about 2 minutes of game time. Good news is that we got to bonus for fouls so hopefully we keep the pressure up and those fouls ND late.

EDIT: pulled within 5 at halftime, 29-34

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And another terrible third quarter has the Hokies facing a huge hole.

Got pulled away and couldn't watch the second half. Just checked the score. Frack.

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Another terrible night shooting the ball and rebounding. -10 rebounds, -10 assists. Shot 35% compared to Notre Dame shooting 54%

Hokieball opens their season at USC Upstate in Spartanburg this weekend. Are any TKPers gonna be at the Sat/Sun games? I'm contemplating the short drive from Columbia for one of the games. Tickets are $5.

What team is that?

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Softball went out to Las Vegas to take part in the Sportco Kick Off Classic and will leave with a 3-1 record.

They beat Indiana State on Friday 4-3 but followed it up with a loss to UNLV, 2-10 in 6 innings. Their game on Saturday against Southern Utah was cancelled but they got two more wins on Sunday, first against Southern Utah 7-1 and then against CSU Bakersfield 6-2.

Next up is the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Atlanta where they'll face Iowa on Friday at noon, Penn State Saturday at 10 AM, Iowa again at 12:30, and finish up with Penn State again on Sunday at 10 AM.

Iowa is 2-3 on the young season after the Century Link Classic at Texas State. They beat Abilene Christian 2-1 and Texas A&M Corpus Christi 8-0 (6 inn.) before losing to Texas State 0-2, Texas Tech 4-7, and Abilene Christian 1-3.

Penn State is 1-4 after taking part in the LSU Tournament, losing to McNeese State 1-4 before winning against No. 4 LSU 7-3. They then proceeded to lose against Oklahoma State 0-1, LSU 1-14 (5 inn.), and McNeese State 0-6.

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Pretty cool that the softball ACC/B1G Challenge features each team playing 4 games, two each against two different opponents from the other conference. Just looked it up, there are 8 teams from each conference participating, and it takes part at 4 different host campuses (all ACC schools this year).

Link from October with more info.

Men's Soccer just beat #14 Creighton in Omaha 2-0. Big road win to start the season!

I see a big year for both of the Soccer teams

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I might have gotten a little bit ahead of myself Tech men's soccer is down 3-0 in the first 15 minutes of the game against Nebraska Omaha

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