Seven Hokie wrestlers all-VaSID


Seven Virginia Tech wrestlers earned spots on the 2017 VaSID All-State Team while head coach Tony Robie and Kevin Dresser shared Coach of the Year laurels, the organization announced late last week.

Senior Joey Dance (125), redshirt sophomore Solomon Chishko (149), redshirt senior Sal Mastriani (157), redshirt junior Zach Epperly (174), redshirt sophomore Zack Zavatsky (184), redshirt junior Jared Haught (197) and redshirt senior Ty Walz (285) all landed on the first team. Virginia had a pair of first team picks in Jack Mueller (125) and DiCamillo (141), while Washington and Lee University (Zach Bylykbashi, 133) and Old Dominion University (Seldon Wright, 165) had one each.

Of the seven Tech grapplers, five earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis and six won ACC titles. Dance, Chishko, Haught and Walz were the only Hokies to accomplish both in 2017.

Dresser and Robie were ACC Co-Coaches of the Year, after leading the Hokies to ACC dual meet and tournament titles. Virginia Tech posted its fifth consecutive top 10 finish at the NCAA Tournament, posted an 18-1 regular season dual meet record, including a 5-0 mark in ACC duals. The Hokies finished the regular season ranked fourth in the nation.

VaSID names 27 all-state teams in 15 sports each year, as well as an Academic All-State squad and an all-sports champion in both the University and College Divisions. Membership to VaSID is open to all media relations professionals working at a University or conference in the state of Virginia.

Major Award Winners

Wrestler of the Year: George DiCamillo, Virginia

Coach of the Year: Tony Robie & Kevin Dresser, Virginia Tech

Rookie of the Year: Jack Mueller, Virginia

First Team

125 – Jack Mueller, Virginia

Joey Dance, Virginia Tech

133 – Zach Bylykbashi, Washington & Lee

141 – George DiCamillo, Virginia

149 – Solomon Chishko, Virginia Tech

157 – Sal Mastriani, Virginia Tech

165 – Seldon Wright, Old Dominion

174 – Zach Epperly, Virginia Tech

184 – Zack Zavatsky, Virginia Tech

197 – Jared Haught, Virginia Tech

285 – Ty Walz, Virginia Tech

Second Team

125 – Zach Beckner, Ferrum

133 – Alex Madrigal, Old Dominion

141 – Kevin Budock, Old Dominion

149 – Sahid Kargbo, George Mason

157 – Logan Meister, Ferrum

165 – Ray Bethea, Virginia

Chad Simmons, Apprentice

174 – Blake Rosenbaum, Ferrum

184 – Jack Dechow, Old Dominion

197 – Kevin Beazley, Old Dominion

285 – Tate Dulany, Ferrum

–Virginia Tech