Hokies dominate on the mat in matches against Binghamton and WVU

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The tenth-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team began the second half of its season with a strong showing against West Virginia and Binghamton at Cassell Coliseum on Sunday.

Because of covid-related issues, the schedule was reformatted to a round-robin style of competition between wrestlers from all three schools with no team points awarded. The Hokies wrestled in 21 matches, winning 16 of them.

At 174 pounds, fourth-ranked Mekhi Lewis remained undefeated this season after adding two more wins to improve to 12-0. After ending last season with an injury that prevented him from competing at the Olympic trials, Lewis pinned Binghamton’s Jacob Nolan less than four minutes into the bout. Then Lewis came up with four takedowns against WVU’s Scott Joll to win by a 10-4 decision.

Fifth-ranked Korbin Myers, competing in his seventh collegiate season, won both of his matches Sunday. He defeated Anthony Sobotker of Binghamton and West Virginia’s Michael Dolan without allowing a single takedown.

Freshman Andy Smith earned his first Cassell Coliseum win of the season after scoring three takedowns in his 9-5 win over WVU’s Jackson MooMau in the 197 division.

And in the heavyweight battles, Stanford transfer Nathan Traxler got two big victories over ranked opponents. He pinned Binghamton’s Joe Doyle before earning a 5-2 decision over West Virginia’s Michael Wolfgram, improving his record against ranked wrestlers this season to 5-1.

“You know sometimes its a bit shocking when something doesn’t go your way,” Traxler said. “I’m happy I was able to just put it behind me and keep coming forward and finding the next way to win the next position. This is all practice for the end of the year. I just have to put in good effort and ended up coming out on top.”

Next up for the Hokies is a battle with George Mason on Saturday at the Moss Arts Center.

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