Davidson added to Hokie staff
Virginia Tech head coach Tony Robie announced Monday the hiring of Tucker Davidson as director of wrestling operations.
Davidson is a 2016 graduate of Virginia Tech and recently earned his masters degree in sport management from Old Dominion. As director of wrestling operations, Davidson will serve as the program’s point of contact with all departments within Virginia Tech Athletics and will be heavily involved with other key areas including alumni outreach, recruiting visits and matchday events.
This past year, Davidson was an athletics marketing coordinator at Old Dominion where he created and developed marketing plans for multiple sports after working as a graduate assistant in the sport management department at ODU. He received his Master’s in May 2018.
Davidson earned his bachelor’s in business administration in 2016. The Virginia Beach native also worked in the Hokies’ wrestling room as a team manager for four years.
Knowles honored by MEC
For the second straight week, senior Bailey Knowles (Christiansburg) of the Concord University women’s cross-country team has been named the Mountain East Conference Athlete of the Week, the league office released Tuesday afternoon.
Knowles earns the nod this week after winning the Golden Bear Classic in a time of 15:33 over the 4,00-meter course. The Christiansburg, Virginia native helped the Mountain Lions to a second-place team finish as they were edged by Charleston at the meet.
For Knowles, she outlasted a strong field that consisted of several MEC contenders.
Dawgs preseason game
The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and Fayetteville Marksmen have scheduled a preseason game to take place at Berglund Center on Saturday, October 13 at 7:05 PM. It will be the only preseason game during the Rail Yard Dawgs 2018 training camp.
Full and half season ticket holders will receive tickets to the game for no additional cost. The general public may purchase tickets for $8 beginning on September 24, the same day single game tickets go on sale for the full year.
All seating for the preseason game will be general admission.
Tech men win Alumni Invite
Virginia Tech runner Sarah Edwards won her first collegiate cross-country race, besting the 66-runner field in the women’s 6K race at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invite held Friday evening at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course on the Hokies’ campus.
Edwards completed the course in a time of 22 minutes, 11.3 seconds to headline a 1-2-3 finish for the Hokies in the race. Lauren Berman came in second with a time of 22:13.1, while Sara Freix finished third in a time of 22:15.9.
On the men’s side, Peter Seufer led the Tech men to the team title in the men’s 7.5K race, as the Hokies finished with 34 points. The redshirt junior came in fifth with a time of 24:18.1. Fitsum Seyoum and Ben Fleming (Blacksburg) came in right behind Seufer, only hundredths of a second behind.
Waltz wins bronze medal
Virginia Tech volunteer assistant coach Ty Walz will return to campus with a bronze medal after going 3-1 at the Medved International in Minsk, Belarus for the United States National Team.
For Walz it’s his third medal in international competition after winning bronze at the 2017 U23 World Championships and a silver medal at the Cerro Pelado in Cuba. The Medved was Walz’s first tournament competing with the U.S. senior freestyle national team.
In the second period of the bronze medal match, Walz was trailing 2-0 late to Olympic silver medalist Valerii Andriytsev of the Ukraine. After multiple shots, Walz was finally able to get to a leg and secure a takedown with 10 seconds, giving him a match-clinching 2-2 lead on criteria.
A three-time All-American and two-time ACC champion with the Hokies, Walz was one of eight American men on the U.S. National Team to travel to Belarus this weekend.