Virginia Tech wrestling competes at home Sunday for the first time this season, fresh off the most successful weekend in the program's history.
The Hokies are ranked No. 4 in the nation, the program's highest ever, after finishing runnerup at the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen National Duals at Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Tech upset second-ranked and traditional power Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals and fourth-ranked Wisconsin in the semifinals. The Hokies fell to No. 1 Cornell in the championship match.
"We kind of woke up the wrestling world," Tech coach Kevin Dresser said.
The Hokies (11-3) begin ACC competition Saturday at North Carolina, then wrestle Sunday versus Clarion (Pa.) at Cassell Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Tech has seven wrestlers nationally ranked, led by junior Jesse Dong, fifth at 157 pounds, and freshman Devin Carter, eighth at 133 pounds.
Dong won all four of his matches handily at the National Duals and is 6-0 this season and was named ACC Wrestler of the Week.
Carter, from nearby Christiansburg, went 2-2 last weekend. He lost to the Nos. 1 and 3 wrestlers in the country, but scored a 12-3 major decision against ninth-ranked Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan.
Virginia also opens ACC competition this weekend, with a Saturday home match against N.C. State (1 p.m.) at Memorial Gym. The Cavaliers also wrestle Penn and VMI at home on Sunday.
The Cavaliers (11-4) placed sixth at last week's Virginia Duals in Hampton, where senior 174-pounder Chris Henrich set the school record for career wins.
Henrich is 19-1 this season, 120-17 for his career. The Cavaliers are ranked 34th in the latest InterMat poll, but they're missing three nationally-ranked wrestlers — Nick Nelson (141), Jedd Moore (165) and Mike Salopek (197).
U.Va. coach Steve Garland expects to have all three back by the end of the regular season.
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