Hokies Wrestling 2019: #11 Virginia Tech (2-0) at #3 Ohio State (1-0)

Match Information
Location: Covelli Center- Columbus, OH
Day & Time: 17 NOV 19 at 12:00pm
Viewing: Big Ten Network
Updates: Twitter @HokiesWrestling and Trackwrestling

The Opponent: Ohio State Buckeyes

2018-2019 Season and Now

Ohio States dual record last year was 12-2 (7-2 Big 10) finishing second in the Big Ten in both regular season and conference tournament. There only dual losses last year came against Michigan and Penn St. Also, Ohio State's team would go on to finish 2nd in the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes are young and in a bit of a rebuilding year, but that doesn't mean they are without a plethora of powerhouse wrestlers. Currently they have all, but two weight classes with ranked wrestler (157 and 184). Ohio State is currently 2-0 in duals with wins over Stanford and Pittsburgh.This will be the 16th match up between the Hokies and Buckeyes on the mat. The last dual was in 2014 in Cassell Coliseum where the Hokies fell 16-24, but the dual was much closer than the score indicated.

Coach: Tom Ryan

Previously coached Hofstra before taking over at Ohio State in 2006 and immediately made an impact. In his 13 seasons with the Buckeyes, he has only had one losing season (2010: 2-11), has won three Big Ten Championship (2014, 2016, and 2017) and won one NCAA National Title (2014). He has coached six individual national champions, most notably Kyle Synder (Olympic Gold Medalist: 97kg Freestyle Wrestling) and four-time national champion Logan Steiber. He has also been named NCAA Coach of the Year twice.

Before he became one of the best coaches in the nation, Tom Ryan wrestled for the University of Syracuse from 1989-1990. He then transferred to the University of Iowa where he was a two Big Ten Champion and earned All American status twice. Meaning he wrestled with former Virginia Tech coach, Tom Brands.

The Line-Up

125lbs: #21 Malik Heinselman (SO, Castle Rock CO)
Newly ranked, even with a 5-3 record (he did avenge one of his losses). He was not the starter for OSU in 2018 and actually dropped his redshirt, but did qualify for the NCAA tournament in his first year of collegiate wrestling. His current record is 29-14

133lbs: #18 Quinn Kinner (r-FR, Mullica Hill NJ)
Kinner's current record is 5-3 as well (two losses coming against Pitt's Micki Phillippi). Originally a 141lb, which he wrestled in 2018, but has dropped weight this year. His current collegiate record is 21-6, where he earned 16 wins his redshirt year

141lbs: #1 Luke Pletcher (SR, Latrobe PA)
The reason Kinner moved down. Took the number #1 ranking from after defeating Oklahoma's Dom Demas and is currently 7-0. This is the first year he is wrestling at 141lbs. Pletcher is a three time NCAA qualifier at 133lbs, earning All-American status in two of those years. He has unfortunately not earned a Big Ten title, but has placed 4th in NCAA tournament twice. Luke Pletcher has amassed a career record of 92-20.

149lbs: #8 Sammy Sasso (r-FR, Nazareth PA)
The redshirt freshman phenom. This year's record is 7-0, and has destroyed his completion (4 by fall, 2 by technical fall, and 1 by decision). His overall record is 26-2, those two losses his freshman year only by two points, both times, against top-20 wrestlers. He placed 3rd at the Midlands last year, beating five top-15 ranked wrestlers after an opening round loss.

157lbs: Elijah Clearly (r-JR, Winter Park FL CO) OR Jaden Mattox (r-FR, Grove City OH) OR Ke-Shawn Hayes (r-SR, Kansas City MO)

Elijiah Cleary is currently 2-3 for 2019. He beat out Jaden Mattox 4-2 in TB1 during Ohio States wrestle off but has not produced greatly. He did have an injury shortened season in 2017. His overall record is 32-17.

Jaden Mattox was supposedly the next big thing, a highly ranked recruit and posting a 13-3 record where he had nine wins of tech. fall or fall during his redshirt season. He currently has leveled off a but and is 3-2.

Ke-Shawn Hayes is a name from left field, but has wrestled in three weight classes during his time at Ohio State: 141lbs freshman year, 149lbs sophomore year, and 157lbs junior year. 149lbs was his best weight, where he made his first NCAA tournament appearance and given the 5th seed. He has seemed to settle down at 149lbs for 2019, but could possible bump up again to add a spark to the line-up since he can't get past Sasso.

165lbs: #21 Ethan Smith (r-SO, Sparrows Point MD)
Also newly anointed in the rankings with a 5-3 record. Started at 184lbs in 2017, where he wrestled unattached. Last year he cut to 174lbs and did not start initially, but took over in the middle of the season. He then made the NCAA tournament as a r-FR, finishing in the round of 16 . Now at 165lbs, he did lose his OSU wrestle off, 3-2, but his opponent is wrestling unattached (Carson Kharchla: National Highschool Wrestler of the Year). Smith's career record is 45-23.

174lbs: #20 Kaleb Romero (r-SO, Mechanicsburg OH) OR Rocky Jordan (r-FR, St. Paris OH)

Romero has seemingly locked down the 174lbs spot securing a 7-0 start to this season. He did wrestle in a few duals for the Buckeyes last year, but did not participate in the Big Ten Tournament. His complete record is 30-7

Jordan is no slouch either, so far going 7-2 this season and has been hinted that he could start, having beaten Romero in a wrestle off. He took a redshirt last year due to an injury before the season started.

185lbs: Gavin Hoffman (r-FR, Montoursville PA) OR Zach Steiner (r-SO, Creston OH)
Hoffman is currently 5-3 for the 2019 season, but is a wrestler that is known to wrestle to seed. He went 22-3 during his redshirt year, bringing his overall record to 27-6.

Steiner is only 1-0 this year, but that win came against Stanford in Ohio State's first dual. His overall record is 12-9, having wrestled at 184lbs all three years in Columbus.

197lbs: #1 Kollin Moore (r-SR, Burbank OH)
The other #1 ranked wrestler for the Buckeyes and also 7-0. Moore is the favorite to win the 197lbs NCAA Championship. He was a Big Ten Champion in 2016 and 2017. Has qualified for the NCAA tournament the previous three years while also earning All-American during those years. He only had two losses last year, both to eventual 197lbs national champion, Bo Nickal of Penn State. Kollin Moore's overall record is 111-15

HVY: #11 Chase Singletary (r-SO, Naples FL)
Only 1-0, but Singletary got his first win on Friday night against Pittsburg after healing up. He qualified for the NCAA tournament last year, during his first valid season. His overall record is 43-12.

Match Thoughts

There is some potential for line-up changes, even some leaked news might have been used as psychological warfare. For example, Ohio State released a probable line-up card that had 149lbs: Brent Moore OR Jake Hart. Unless the Ohio State wrestling staff knows something, I don't see this happening at all. Virginia Tech has five wrestlers that use to call Ohio their home, most notably the Moore brothers, and coach Ty Walz.

Virginia Tech goes into this match with five ranked wrestlers of their own: #13 Collin Gerardi (133lbs), #18 Mitch Moore (141lbs), #13 BC LaPrade (157lbs), #4 David McFadden (165lbs), and #9 Hunter Bolen (183lbs). Key match ups to watch are the three lower weights and the HVY weight. Ohio State wrestling is known for points, they are good at getting takedowns near the end of the period and not settling for ride outs. Coach Robie talked after the Northwestern meet about how his boys can't give up in the 2nd or 3rd periods. This is especially important for Sunday, in preventing the Buckeyes from getting bonus points. Losing by 6 or 7 is ok, but don't let your opponent sneak by with 8 or 9 point victories

Predictions

125: Prata dec. #21 Heinselman (3-0 VT)
133: #18 Kinner dec. #13 Gerardi (3-3 TIE)
141: #1 Pletcher maj. dec. #18 M. Moore (3-7 anOSU)
149: #8 Sasso tech. fall B. Moore (3-12 anOSU)
157: #13 LaPrade dec. Clearly (6-12 anOSU)
165: #4 McFadden maj. dec. #21 Smithh (10-12 anOSU)
174: #20 Romero dec. Hughes (10-15 anOSU)
184: Bolen maj. dec. Hoffman (14-15 anOSU)
197: #1 K. Moore tech fall. Smeltzer (14-20 anOSU)
285: Singletary dec. Borst (14-23 anOSU)

Most are saying 133lbs will be the closest match, but I think 125lbs is the best match up for VT to steal points. Prata is starting to gett comfortable with low scoring, grind outs. For 141lbs, it's not gonna end up in a decision. I can see Mitch Moore hitting a big move or getting stuck himself. Some may say I'm being to harsh on Brent Moore and Smeltzer by predicting tech falls. It's not cause I don't think they are capable wrestlers, its just their competition is that good. Lastly, heavyweight is gonna be tough to predict, but I'm gonna go with the more experienced wrestler with Singletary. Unfortunately this means Virginia Tech loses 14-23, but if they can pull off two upsets, it will be closer than most expect.

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Comments

Thanks for today's matchup breakdown VPIVMI. Got it setup to record on YTTV, Looking forward to the Moore's wrestling in their home state,

“I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter”~steven wright

Typo at 141 you have McKenna at 41 in your match prediction not Pletcher. Also i don't think Pletcher majors Mitch

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Thanks! My prediction is mainly seeing Mitch trying to hit a throw and getting caught. I'm hoping to see some offense from him that includes some shots

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Pletcher also wrestled 141 as a freshman. I think that was the year NATO went 133 and Keshawn Hayes was the projected starter at 141 but got hurt forcing Pletcher to wrestle. Then they brought in McKenna and he dropped to 133 and AA'd twice.

He got a major but not because Mitch got caught going upper body

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Given Pletcher is elite, Mitch's shot defense left something to be desired.

I criticize knowing full well I could never do what these athletes do.

Huge answer by Brent!

I criticize knowing full well I could never do what these athletes do.

Holy crap Brent, welcome to the season

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What happened? Walked out of the room for one minute and miss a fall?

Wow i did not expect that

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Bullshit scissoring call, even though I have no idea what that is.

Lol. I similarly don't know what it is, but from the way it sounded, it was almost legal, if he'd trapped the arm as well, but the arm slipped out.

In any case, it looked dangerous, so not surprising that it's illegal.

Did someone say scissoring??

McFadden kind of got screwed in that match, but he put himself in position to be beat. The first takedown was him being sloppy.

I criticize knowing full well I could never do what these athletes do.

Ref should have called a second stalling

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

100 percent, it's a shame they didn't call it.

I criticize knowing full well I could never do what these athletes do.

Is this a fully dedicated wrestling stadium for anOSU? That crowd is massive.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

That's just big ten wrestling. Penn state, Iowa and I believe Ohio State all do season tickets for wrestling. All of them charge for tickets for all matches.

Should be 4 come on ref

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Definitely 4.

Fuck these refs.

What a fucking win

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

18-7 with 3 matches left

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Gonna be a tight finish.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

One more win baby let's go.

Smeltzer was putting up a fight early, but Moore is just too much.

Is it basketball season yet?

Man, that McFadden upset is looking real consequential right now.

I criticize knowing full well I could never do what these athletes do.

We still have criteria if the match finishes 18-18

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

So a regular decision either way gives us a win! Let's fucking go.

BIG WIN PRATA! BIGGER WIN FOR THE GOOD GUYS - TAKING DOWN #3!!! FAM

“I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter”~steven wright

Pratas a bad man

VT wrestling 🤼‍♀️
FAM!!!!

uva - the taint of the ACC
XL Jockstraps 34 - Ascots 31
#15 Straight

SPIDER MONKEY PRATA!!! Fuck the refs, fuck the announcers, and fuck OSU.

I thought the announcers were fairly good myself. Very complementary of our wrestlers, Robie, and the VT program.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Just didn't like that they said good call for anything that went OSU's way and were completely silent during the scissor call. They were fine, but still, fuck em.

BIG FUCKING WIN LET'S GOOOOOOO!!!!

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

HUUUUUUUGEEEEE UPSET

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125? I mean... it was great to win but I wouldn't call it much of an upset.

Edit: Realized you probably meant the match. We stacked up decently but considering McFadden dropped his match, it did end up being a big upset.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

All around upset of OSU, not Prata specifically. I called that one

If you want level-headed opinions, don't go on a message board or sports forums

I think i said this in the last big win thread ... "Not an upset," we going to the top!

Fine I guess the only team not named PSU to win the national title this decade and was runner up last 3 years is an upset.

Prata looks much improved this year. Big win for him and the team!

I criticize knowing full well I could never do what these athletes do.

Is it basketball season yet?

What a weekend
Beating #3 Ohio State in their new house
Beat Down of the Bees at their house
Donut for Bud
Becoming Bowl Eligible 27th year in row
Basketball team remains undefeated

“I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter”~steven wright

Is your username in reference to the brewery? If so, well played. Tasty IPAs.

Little Bobby Tables told me my signature was false

We need a fam thread

Reach for Excellence!

VT Football: It'll get after ya!

Proud Hokie since 2004.

I got ya

WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN!!!!!!

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Things I got right:
Prata dec. win- I knew Joey's riding could potentially seal his win.
Pletcher maj dec- Pletcher had the green light as soon as Mitch put his knee on the mat and couldn't sprawl.
LaPrade dec. win- I thought this would be much higher scoring match with big scrambles.
Kollin Moore tech. fall- He is just so good. Smeltzer tried his best but was outsized/strengthed.
Singletary dec- Lower scoring than I thought, Borst wrestled decently.

Things I got wrong:
Gerardi dec. win- Honestly this was a toss-up, and I went pessimistic. Great reversal by Collin.
B. Moore pin- Still shocked by this. Great way to answer after seeing his brother lose. Sasso hype train halted.
DMF dec. loss- Yes he should have gotten stalling points, but this match looked like the old 174lbs DMF.
Hughes dec. win- Maybe the 2nd most important match. Kept the momentum going into Bolen's match.
Bolen dec. win- Soooo close to calling this correctly, needed one more point. Bolen wrestled well.

Final Score 21-15 Hokies.

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Good breakdown. Moore pin was impressive and very unexpected with all of the hype Sasso has gotten. Loved Hughes' intangibles grit and determination to make his mark on this match.

“I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter”~steven wright

Thanks VPI

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

It's Time to go to Work

Replay is on Youtube if you missed the match

Hokies beat Buckeyes

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here you go:

Thank you!!!!!!!!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Thanks again!! Just watched. Prata is the next Dance!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

And after taking down Ohio State, Tech has moved up to #4 in the poll!! Incredible start to the season for our Hokies wrestling team, 2 big time wins over B1G teams, and then a top notch win over Missouri who is Big 12 in wrestling, so 3 wins over the 2 premier power 5 wrestling conferences

Go for it

Can you link to the poll location?

"Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe.” -Einstein

I'm just gonna note that the NWCA poll (synonymous to the coaches poll in football) is used for ranking teams in how they would fare in a dual meet. Not tournament style, ala the NCAA Championship.

There are other polls out there that will rank teams on how they project as a tournament or dual team: FloWrestling (you must be a subscribed member), Intermat Wrestling, The Open Mat, and WrestleStat.

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Thank you for that, I know some about wrestling from wrestling in high school, but not as much about college from the standpoint of how the polls work. Appreciate the information

Go for it

Missouri is in the MAC (since 2013, remember the SEC move). The Big 12 only has four true, wrestling teams: Oklahoma, Ok State, Iowa State, and West Virginia. They have affiliated schools as well

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