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Virginia Tech had seven wrestlers ranked inside the first FloWrestling Top 25 of the 2019-20 season at each wrestler's respective weight classes.
Virginia Tech’s top two wrestlers, Korbin Myers and David McFadden, are both wrestling in different weight classes than last season.
McFadden has dropped back down to 165 lbs, where he is ranked 5th going into the season. McFadden was an ACC Champion at 165 in 2018, but he moved up to 174 last year.
Mekhi Lewis won a National Championship at 165 last season, but his Olympic redshirt has allowed McFadden to move back there. In addition to winning an ACC Championship at 165 lbs, McFadden is a two time All-American in the weight class. He finished 6th in 2016 and 5th in 2018 at the NCAA Tournament.
For Myers, this will be his first time wrestling at 125 for Virginia Tech. He placed third in the ACC last season at 133 after transferring from Edinboro. Redshirt junior Joey Prata started for the Hokies at 125 last year, but Myers appears to have taken over that role as he is ranked 7th nationally at 125 by FloWrestling.
The third Hokies wrestler who received a top 10 ranking in his class is sophomore Hunter Bolen. After placing second in the ACC Championships at 174 as a true freshman during the 2017-18 season, Bolen redshirted last season to help him prepare for a move up to 184.
Even during his redshirt year, Bolen was impressive. He achieved a 13-1 record at open tournaments, and he defeated 2019 All-American Chip Ness at 184 at the 2018 Hokie Open while wrestling unaffiliated.
Virginia Tech also had Collin Gerardi ranked 18th at 133, Mitch Moore ranked 18th at 141, Brent Moore ranked 23rd at 149, and BC LaPrade ranked 17th at 157. While the season is still over a month away, Virginia Tech seems to be in pretty good shape as they prepare for 2019-20.