VT wrestlers to hold historic outside match
Virginia Tech wrestling announces that for the first time in its history the Hokies will hold a meet outside on English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park. The Hokies welcome Northwestern Nov. 10 for the first Mat on the Mound at 1 p.m.
“As a program we are always looking for new ways to improve the experience for both our student-athletes and our fans,” said Tech wrestling head coach Tony Robie. “Much like wrestling at the Moss Arts Center, I think that English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park offers a very unique opportunity for us to do something different and continue to be creative in how to showcase wrestling at Virginia Tech.”
The wrestling mat will be placed in the infield between the pitching mound and the backstop. Admission will be free for the historic event.
The Radford men’s basketball team will host an open intra-squad scrimmage this morning, Oct. 19, inside the Dedmon Center with doors opening at 11 a.m.
The 17 players on the roster will divide into two teams, Red and Gray, and compete against each other for four 10-minute periods with a running clock. The format of the scrimmage is subject to change.
Tip-off is slated for 11:15 a.m., and the scrimmage is free and open to the public. This event will allow fans to get their first look at the 2019-20 team.
Big South honors Ocampo
After recording his first game-winning goal in a Radford uniform, freshman defender/midfielder Octavio Ocampo was named Big South Conference Co-Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Monday afternoon.
Ocampo’s goal against UNC-Asheville, which was his third of the season, was scored in the 39th minute off a corner kick by Pape Oumar Gueye. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native headed the in-swinging corner into the bottom right corner of the net, past Bulldog goalkeeper Jarrett Payne, to give Radford a 2-0 lead in what eventually became a 2-1 win for the Highlanders.
Ocampo played the full 90 minutes for Radford in the win against UNC-Asheville, as the Highlanders limited the Bulldogs to five shots on target for their first road win and first conference win of the season.
RU volleyball clinic
The Christiansburg Recreation Department, in cooperation with Radford University, has announced a volleyball clinic for ages 5-13 for Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The clinic is free, but participants must pre-register by calling 382-2349. Individuals are reminded to bring their own ball and any other equipment they may need.
Brush Mountain Breakdown race
The Brush Mountain Breakdown will feature three different races on Saturday, Oct. 26: a 12-miler, a 7-miler and a 5K. The route of each race will pass through the Jefferson National Forest on trails within the Pandapas Pond system featuring challenging, hilly terrain and creek crossings. Registration is $35 for the 12-miler, $30 for the 7-miler and $22 for the 5K.
Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female races and the top two in each age group.
For more information or to register call 552-9339 or pick up a registration form at RunAbout Sports, 1470 S. Main St., Blacksburg.
Walz wins bronze
Virginia Tech wrestling director of performance and former Tech wrestler Ty Walz took home the bronze medal at the 2019 Continental Cup in Khasavjurt, Russia. Olympic redshirt Mekhi Lewis finished fifth in his senior competition debut after winning three of his five matches.
The 2019 Continental Cup bronze medal is Walz’s second third-place finish on the world stage. He won a bronze medal at the 2017 U23 World Championships and is currently USA Wrestling’s No. 3 97-kilogram wrestler.
Lewis, in his first senior-level tournament, finished fifth in the 74 kg division after making it to the semifinals, but lost in the bronze-medal match Saturday morning. He won gold at his only other international competition, the 2018 Junior World Championship in Slovakia.
Concord cross-country men fifth
The Concord University men’s cross country team stayed fifth in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Regional Poll for a third straight week, the organization announced Tuesday afternoon.
The top five remained unchanged with Charleston, Edinboro, Indiana (Pa.), Davis & Elkins and Concord making up the top five. Lock Haven, Shippensburg, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown and California (Pa.) rounded out the poll.