Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 4 | 1 p.m.
Location: Lexington, Va. | Cormack Hall
LEXINGTON, Va. – Ready for a new season and new beginnings under interim head coach Richard Lavorato, the VMI wrestling team hosts Southern Conference foe Chattanooga Saturday before traveling to Roanoke for the Hokie Open all day Sunday.
The dual Saturday at 1 p.m. at VMI’s Cormack Hall marks the season opener for both the Keydets and the Mocs, who decided to hold the conference match earlier than usual to accommodate both teams’ participation in the Hokie Open the following day. The Hokie Open tournament, hosted by Virginia Tech, will take place at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia, and run all day Sunday starting at 10 a.m.
Full coverage and results from the Hokie Open can be found at the Hokie Open Wrestling Tournament home page.
Although the Keydets return SoCon All-Freshman team honorees Cade Kiely and Chris Beck from last season, VMI will see several new faces on the mat this season with the departure of graduated seniors Dalton Henderson and Shabaka Johns. Senior 133-pounder Hunter Starner and senior 197-pounder Taylor Thomas have been chosen as this year’s team captains.
About the Mocs (0-0)
A perennial Southern Conference power, Chattanooga is coming off a 7-9 record last season. The Mocs return five starters to a team that finished 5-2 in SoCon regular season duals and fourth in the league tournament.
Among the returning starters are juniors Alonzo Allen (125), Chris Debien (133) and Roman Boylen (149) and seniors Justin Lampe (165) and Bryce Carr (184). Carr and Debien both won SoCon individual titles last season, while Allen and senior Scottie Boykin made the preseason All-SoCon team.
VMI (0-0) vs. Chattanooga (0-0)
125: Cliff Conway vs. Alonzo Allen
133: Hunter Starner vs. Wade Cummings/Colton Landers
141: Michael Hulcher/Brady Biller vs. Michael Pongracz
149: Dolan Walsh vs. Jake Adcock/Roman Boylen
157: Robert DuPont vs. Chase Stephens
165: Blake Hohman vs. Chad Pyke
174: Cade Kiely/Gage Levine vs. Justin Lampe
184: Chris Beck vs. No. 12 Bryce Carr
197: Taylor Thomas vs. Scottie Boykin
285: Sam Bouis/Jake Tomlinson vs. Connor Tolley