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January 9, 2009

Tech wrestlers fare well over break

By: Jimmy Robertson

Tech’s wrestling team got in a lot of work over the holidays, participating in the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C., and the Lone Star Duals in Dallas.

Tech won three matches at the Lone Star Duals, knocking off Cal Poly 34-9, beating Central Oklahoma 34-9 and clobbering Brown 36-9.

Freshman Jesse Dong highlighted the bout against Cal Poly with a 2-0 victory over 12th-ranked Chase Pami at 157 pounds and went undefeated on the day. Freshmen Jarrod Garnett at 125 pounds and Pete Yates at 149 pounds, and sophomores Matt Epperly at 165 pounds, DJ Bruce at 197 pounds and David Marone at 285 pounds also went undefeated in the three duals.

Six Hokies placed at the Southern Scuffle, including a fourth-place effort by Epperly. Chris Diaz and Tommy Spellman each finished in fifth place, while Yates and Marone came in sixth place.