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Feb. 18, 2010
Tech drops Old Dominion in Salem
The 14th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling squad won their first three matches of the night in dominant fashion, carrying the Hokies to a 29-12 victory over No. 24 Old Dominion on Thursday night at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem, Va.
Junior Chris Diaz, ranked 10th at 141 pounds, started the match off strongly with a methodical major decision over Craig Wilson of Old Dominion. Diaz controlled the tired opponent to the tune of a 17-5 victory. Freshman Brian Stephens followed that up with a strong pin, his third straight, at the 3:35 mark in the 157-pound weight class to give the Hokies a quick 10-0 advantage in the team competition. The Tech dominance continued at 157 pounds, as fifth-ranked sophomore Jesse Dong defeated Joey Sheridan of Old Dominion, 15-4, earning more bonus points for Hokies with the major decision.
At 165 pounds, Old Dominion began to mount a comeback. The Monarchs tallied their first victory of the evening as 13th-ranked Chris Brown held off junior Matt Epperly at 165 pounds, 7-6, and freshman Taylor Knapp fell by a 5-0 decision at 174 pounds.