The Virginia Tech wrestling team bounced back in a big way this weekend.
After losing to ninth ranked Cornell back on Friday, the Hokies were motivated against their Commonwealth rival. And those that took to the mat fed off the energy from a unique venue.
In front of a packed house at the Moss Arts Center, on a night when the team was presented with rings for last season’s ACC Championship, Virginia Tech won eight out of the ten matches against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Four of those bouts were won with bonus points.
“When you come out like that I think it not only boosts your team’s confidence but it ruins the other team’s confidence because that was supposed to be a good match and a swing match,” freshman wrestler Mitch Moore said. “When you go out there and tech fall the other guy, it kinda ruins everything for them.”
The dual meet victory keeps Tech’s hopes alive for a share of the ACC Dual Meet championship for the regular season.
The Hokies attribute much of the success against UVA to the fan support that turned out in Blacksburg as Virginia Tech wrestling improves to 8-1 all-time at the Moss Arts Center.
“I think it’s the most unique wrestling atmosphere in the country, the set up was great, with the coaches and the teams sitting a little bit towards the back of the stage,” head coach Tony Robie said. “It was a different perspective I think for us to be able to see the fans and to be able to see the crowd the entire match which is different from what we’ve done in the past.”