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Medical concerns may have prevented Mitch Moore from earning an automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Championships at the ACC Championships, but Virginia Tech's starter at 141 received the spot he deserved in Minneapolis yesterday.
Mitch Moore received an at-large bid for the 2020 NCAA Championships, giving the Hokies 9 wrestlers in Minneapolis. 197 starter Stanley Smeltzer did not received a bid after failing to earn an automatic bid at the 2020 ACC Championships.
It's good to see Moore receive this at-large bid especially after a strong season that has him ranked 16th at the 141 weight class according to Intermat. All signs are that Moore will be able to wrestle at the upcoming NCAAs after head coach Tony Robie released a statement yesterday on Moore's status.
Statement from Coach Robie on Mitch Moore: pic.twitter.com/rpjiIdqKf2— Virginia Tech Wrestling (@HokiesWrestling) March 9, 2020
Moore and the other Hokie wrestlers will await to see where they land in the brackets during today's reveal at 4pm.
The biggest drama will surround Hunter Bolen as he is the favorite to receive the #1 seed at 184 while David McFadden is expected to earn a high seed and Mitch Moore may also earn a top 16 seed. Bryce Andonian may have an outside chance at a top 16 seed after finishing 2nd at the ACC Championships, but no other Hokies are expected to receive a top 16 seed.