Virginia Tech Wins Three ACC Wrestling Awards

By: Matthew Atkins | @mattkins21 | Apr 03, 2019
Virginia Tech wrestling had another victory on Tuesday afternoon, as it swept the ACC Wrestling awards for the 2018-19 season. Head coach Tony Robie picked up his first ACC Coach of the Year honor this season, leading the Hokies to a 9-5 dual meet record and an 11th place finish at the NCAA Tournament. Tech failed to win its third-straight ACC Tournament title, but rebounded to finish higher than any other ACC team at the NCAA Championships. Robie coached three All-Americans this season with David McFadden, Mekhi Lewis and Zack Zavatsky all finding themselves on the podium in Pittsburgh. This continued Virginia Tech's streak of seven straight years with at least three All-Americans, a feat shared only by Penn State, Oklahoma State, Cornell and Iowa. Mekhi Lewis continued his freshman year accolades, winning ACC Wrestler of the Year. Lewis became Virginia Tech's first ever national champion last month, winning the title at the 165-pound weight class. After going 21-2 in the regular season, Lewis won the ACC Championship and earned the eighth seed at his first NCAA Tournament. The redshirt freshman from Bound Brook, N.J. tore through the 165-pound bracket, defeating No. 1 Alex Marinelli, No. 4 Evan Wick and No. 2 Vincenzo Joseph on his way to winning the title. Lewis was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler, and did not give up a takedown the entire weekend. Rounding out the Hokies' award winners is true freshman Mitch Moore. Moore went 18-9 in his first season at Tech on his way to earning Freshman of the Year honors. A 141-pounder from St. Paris, Ohio, Moore led the Hokies in pins with 10 on the season. Moore earned the No. 2 seed at the ACC Championships in Blacksburg, finishing second in the tournament. With his ACC place, he earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships as a freshman. Moore picked up a first-period fall over Duke's Josh Finesilver at the NCAA Tournament, giving the Hokies some bonus points on the weekend.

Photo Credit: Virginia Tech Athletics