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No. 18 wrestling welcomes top-10 Virginia Tech

<p>No. 10 senior Zach Nye leads Virginia into a weekend clash against top-10 Virginia Tech</p>

No. 10 senior Zach Nye leads Virginia into a weekend clash against top-10 Virginia Tech

The Commonwealth’s rivalry is bound to become even more interesting this weekend as the No. 10 Virginia Tech wrestling team visits No. 18 Virginia.

The match between the two nationally-ranked teams will mark the first home ACC dual match of the season for the Cavaliers (5-3, 0-1 ACC). Virginia is looking for its first conference victory, as it started out with a road loss to No. 3 NC State.

On the other hand, the Hokies (9-2, 1-0 ACC) were victorious in their first ACC match last week with a win over No. 14 North Carolina.

The Virginia Tech squad features a talented roster, as it currently has eight wrestlers ranked nationally in their weight classes. Junior Joey Dance, who is ranked No. 3 in the 125-pound weight class, is still undefeated (5-0) in dual matches.

One key match will come in the 197-pound weight class, as Virginia Tech sophomore Jared Haught, ranked No. 8, faces senior Zach Nye for the Cavaliers, who is currently ranked No. 10 in the weight class.

With the weekend’s competition, Virginia has the opportunity to get a leg up in the competitive ACC field and make a notch in the rivalry’s series record, which the Hokies lead 39-27.

The Cavaliers have their work cut out for them Sunday, but they will surely be looking to avenge last year’s meeting with Virginia Tech, when they lost a close one in Blacksburg, 18-16.

compiled by Mariel Messier

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