Wrestling ACCtion: Saturday, January 16

Jan. 16, 2010

Dong's upset highlights big Hokie win over North Carolina
The lower weights came through in a big way and the 15th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team hung on for a 25-16 ACC win over the University of North Carolina Saturday at Cassell Coliseum. With the win, the Hokies move to 11-3 overall, 1-0 in the ACC while the Tar Heels fall to 3-5-1, 1-2 in the league.

After a draw to determine the starting spot, Brian Stephens dominated Ky Corley at 149 pounds, beating him 18-9. Stephens, a freshman, used four takedowns in the first period, three in the second and one more in the third to cruise to the major decision win.

Up next was the bout most came to see as UNC’s Thomas Scotton, ranked third in the country, took to the mat against fifth-ranked Jesse Dong of Tech. The bout was scoreless after one period as the two wrestlers felt things out. Dong deferred his choice and Scotton chose neutral to start the second stanza but Dong pounced in on the legs for a takedown 24 seconds in. He rode him for the remaining 1:34 of the period to take a 2-0 lead as the large crowd roared in appreciation. In the third, Dong escaped about 20 seconds in to make it 3-0 and that’s the way it stood until the clock started winding down. Scotton got a takedown and let Dong up with about 30 second left to make it 4-2. With under 15 seconds left, Scotton shot in, spun and got to the legs of Dong for the takedown to tie it up. But the horn sounded with Dong still holding 1:09 of riding time, giving him an extra point for riding time and the exciting 5-4 win.