Hokies Spoil Dragons' Home Opener, 21-17

Billy Haydt pinned Matt Epperly of Virginia Tech to give Drexel six team points

Philadelphia ? Drexel wrestling opened its home campaign with a non-conference defeat at the hands of Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Virginia Tech, 21-17, at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The Hokies came back from a 14-6 deficit as they won four straight matches to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Dragons won four of 10 matches, three with bonus points, but it was not enough as Drexel dropped its first dual match of the season.

The Dragons opened the match strong as senior Bill Martin (Landenberg, Pa./ Avon Grove) earned a hard-fought major decision victory over Nick Murray. Martin applied pressure throughout the third period as he earned eight of his 15 points in the final stanza to pick up a bonus point for the 15-7 win. The Hokies picked up the next two matches at 141 and 149 pounds but All-American Ryan Hluschak (Slatington, Pa./Northern Lehigh) put an end to the Virginia Tech run with a convincing 19-9 major decision win to give Drexel an 8-6 match lead. Billy Haydt (Bath, Pa./Northampton) needed just 58 seconds in his 165-pound match to pin Matt Epperly and extend Drexel?s lead to 14-6. Epplerly had the East Stroudsburg Open and was undefeated at 7-0 entering the match.

Virginia Tech responded with four straight wins to give them an insurmountable 21-14 lead with just the 125-pound match remaining. Steve Mytych (Wyoming, Pa./Northampton) ended the day on a high-note for the Dragons as he shut out Steve Armor, 5-0.

Drexel returns to the mat on Dec. 1 as the Dragons host East Stroudsburg at Northampton High School. The match begins at 1:00 p.m.

Virginia Tech 21, Drexel 17
133 ? Billy Martin (D) maj. Nick Murray (V), 15-7
141 ? Chris Diaz (V) dec. Morgan Remillard (D), 5-3
149 ? Matt Rosen (V) dec. Kyle Bub (D), 13-7
157 ? Ryan Hluschak (D) maj. Mark Czarny (V), 19-9
165 ? Billy Haydt (D) wbf. Matt Epperly (V), 0:58
174 ? Eric Decker (V) dec. Scott Hunter (D), 2-1 (OT)
184 ? Tommy Spellman (V) dec. Justin Wieller (D), 6-1
197 ? Kevin O?Connor (V) wbf. Kyle Frey (D), 4:46
285 ? Cody Gardner (V) dec. Bryant Deinhardt (D), 8-3
125 ? Steve Mytych (D dec. Steve Armor (V), 5-0