CLARION, Pa. - Fourteen Virginia Tech wrestlers headed north Saturday for the National Collegiate Open Saturday on the campus of Clarion University with two Tech grapplers placing in the event. Angelo Malvestuto went 4-2 to claim fourth place at 184 pounds and freshman Chris Moon went 5-2 to place fifth at 165 pounds.

Senior Matt Epperly got the two matches he needed to reach 17 matches competed at 174 pounds, thus making him eligible to be ranked in the RPI portion of the NCAA qualifying system. He went 1-1 and then withdrew from the event.

The entire team will now begin preparations for the ACC Championships, which will be held March 5 at John Paul Jones Arena on the campus of UVa.

Below are the results for all of the Tech wrestlers who competed:

125: Ty Mitch (unattached) - 3-2
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Brenan Lyon (Michigan State), Fall 5:27
Consolations: def. Colton Dalberth (Lock Haven), Default
Consolations: def. Mike Soria (Buffalo), 6-4
Consolations: def. Weston Haney (ASU), 6-1
Consolations: lost to Ken Anderson (Indep), 3-0

133: Tom Reynolds (unattached) - 1-2
First Round: Bye
Second Round: Chad Deno (Central Michigan), MD 12-3
Third Round: lost to Colin Johnston (WVU), 4-3
Consolations: lost to Erik Galloway (Pitt), 10-4

133: Erik Spjut (unattached) - 2-2
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Alex Bridgeford (Midland), 8-3
Consolations: def. Patrick Myers (SIUE), 2-1 (TB-1)
Consolations: def. Jake Byers (EMU), MD 16-6
Consolations: lost to Joey Boone (MD), 4-0

149: Dalton Davidson - 1-2
First Round: lost to Dakota Cooley (CMU), 3-2
Consolations: def. Ricky Via (Team Grif), 3-2
Consolations: lost to Nick Murray (VT), TF 17-1

149: Cameron Hurd - 2-1
First Round: def. A.J. Constable (EMU), 6-0
Second Round: def. Bryan Smith (Bloomsburg), 7-4
Third Round: lost to Joseph McAuley (Rutgers), 5-3
Consolations: withdrew from tournament

149: Nick Murray (unattached) - 4-2
First Round: def. Luke Rigoglioso (Rutgers), MD 14-0
Second Round: lost to Dylan Alton (Penn State), Fall, 4:39
Consolations: def. Dalton Davidson (VT), TF 17-1
Consolations: def. Rickey Bronson (Buffalo), MD 14-3
Consolations: def. Jaylyn Bohl (EMU), TF 19-3
Consolations: lost to Kyle Rosser (Lehigh), 11-6

157: Taylor Knapp (unattached) - 0-2
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Danny Orem (Maryland), 6-5
Consolations: lost to Scott Sechler (Bucknell), Fall 3:50

157: Matt Tusick (unattached) - 1-2
First Round: lost to Micah Bollinger (Indep), 10-3
Consolations: def. Michael Testin (Bloomsburg), 15-9
Consolations: lost to Jordan Nolan (Ohio), Fall 1:22

165: Chris Moon - 5-2 (FIFTH PLACE)
First Round: def. TJ Rice (EMU), MD 9-1
Second Round: lost to Bekzod Abdurahkmonov (Clarion), MD 10-1
Consolations: def. William Bell (King), Fall 4:33
Consolations: def. Dean Moffo (Clarion), Fall 1:40
Consolations: def. Jonathan McGookey (Ohio St), Fall 1:40
Consolations: def. Ruan Konz (Indep), MD 14-1
Consolations: lost to Bekzod Abdurahkmonov (Clarion), 8-1
Fifth-Place Match: def. Jesse Shanaman (Cornell), 8-2

174: Matt Epperly - 1-1
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Tyler Beckwith (Binghamton), MD 12-4
Third Round: lost to Frankie McLaughlin (GMU), 7-3
Consolations: withdrew from tournament

174: Sam Law (unattached) - 1-2
First Round: lost to Sam Shirley (Bloomsburg), 4-2
Consolations: def. Sam Smith (MD), 5-1
Consolations: lost to Caleb Wallace (Binghamton), Fall 5:20

174: Nick Vetterlein - 2-1
First Round: def. Kevin Mallon (LHU), 8-6
Second Round: def. Caleb Wallace (Binghamton), MD 15-6
Third Round: lost to Scott Griffin (Penn), 12-5
Consolations: withdrew from tournament

184: Angelo Malvestuto (unattached) - 4-2 (FOURTH PLACE)
First Round: def. Dakota Moore (King), MD 8-0
Second Round: def. Patrick Kissel (Purdue), 3-2
Quarterfinals: def. Jamie Westwood (Bucknell), 4-2 (TB-1)
Semifinals: lost to Kadeem Samuels (Lehigh), 8-1
Consolations: def. Jared Holliday, 3-2
Third-Place Match: lost to Kevin Bailey, MD 8-0

197: Bobby Lavelle (unattached) 1-3
First Round: def. Kyle Smith (Buffalo), 9-3
Second Round: lost to Matt Wilps (Pitt), MD 11-2
Consolations: lost to Zach Ward (Buffalo), 3-2

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