Tue. Jan 31st, 2023

On Friday, January 27 The NC State Wolfpack will journey to Blacksburg to tackle the Virginia Tech Hokies in what must be an unbelievable twin! Wrestling begins at 7:00 pm (ET) – you may watch on the ACC Community or take heed to the audio solely stay on Flo. Both approach, ensure you take a look at the beneath preview to get a breakdown and predictions for every match!

2023 North Carolina State vs Virginia Tech – Audio Solely

NC State vs Virginia Tech anticipated lineups:

125: HM Jarrett Trombley, NC State vs #20 Eddie Ventresca, Virginia Tech

133: #20 Kai Orine, NC State vs #5 Sam Latona, Virginia Tech

141: #5 Ryan Jack, NC State vs #12 Tom Criminal, Virginia Tech

149: #14 Jackson Arrington, NC State vs #8 Caleb Henson, Virginia Tech

157: #8 Ed Scott, NC State vs #7Bryce Andonian/Clayton Ulrey, Virginia Tech

165: HM Donald Cates/Matt Singleton, NC State vs #22 Connor Brady, Virginia Tech

174: Alex Faison, NC State vs #3 Mekhi Lewis, Virginia Tech

184: #3 Trent Hidlay, NC State vs #6 Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech

197: #7 Isaac Trumble, NC State vs #22 Andy Smith, Virginia Tech

285: #12 Owen Trephan, NC State vs #17Hunter Catka, Virginia Tech

The above lineups have the potential to provide 9 ranked head-to-head matchups that includes a complete of 19 ranked wrestlers! Which means there shall be some superb matches from begin to end!

125 marks the primary of some all-important swing matches for this twin. Ventresca and Trombley are placing collectively related seasons highlighted by some notable highs and lows. Trombley has a ranked win over HM Jore Volk however losses on the season to unranked Micah Roes, Jacob Van Dee, #17 Anthony Noto, #19 Caleb Smith, HM Jake Ferri, and #13 Brett Ungar. Ventresca has been a bit extra in keeping with losses solely in opposition to ranked wrestlers and a ranked win over HM Nick Babin. Due to Ventresca’s consistency, he’s my decide to win an in depth determination.

Prediction: Ventresca by determination

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 3, NC State 0

133: #20 Kai Orine, NC State vs #5 Sam Latona, Virginia Tech

When Sam Latona is wrestling his finest, he can defeat anybody within the nation at 133 kilos – as seen by his current win over #3 Vito Arujau. Nevertheless, Latona’s additionally had lapses this 12 months the place he’s misplaced to wrestlers who’ve by no means earned All-American standing – i.e. his losses to #19 Jason Shaner and unranked Pat Phillips. Orine is the underdog on this matchup however is a wrestler who Latona might want to deliver his “A-game” in opposition to to choose up the win for the Hokies.

Prediction: Latona by determination

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 6, NC State 0

141: #5 Ryan Jack, NC State vs #12 Tom Criminal, Virginia Tech

The match at 141 between Ryan Jack and Tom Criminal is one other potential swing-match. Criminal has put collectively a superb true freshman 12 months highlighted by wins over #15 Jesse Vasquez, #19 Parker Filius, Nic Bouzakis, #23 Lachlan McNeil, and HM Matt Kazimir. Nevertheless, Jack has been much more spectacular and has a head-to-head win over Criminal from their assembly in December on the CKLV. Due to that consequence, Jack is my decide to return out on high Friday evening.

Prediction: Jack by determination

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 6, NC State 3

Jack’s win over Criminal on the 2022 CKLV:

Each Caleb Henson and Jackson Arrington are placing collectively unbelievable years as true freshmen. Of the 2, Henson has been simply barely higher. Henson has solely misplaced to #1 Yianni Diakomihalis, #7 Brock Mauller, and #11 Doug Zapf however has wins over #9 Jonathan Millner, #3 Sammy Sasso, and #15 Jaden Abas. On the opposite facet of issues, Arrington has losses to #13 Colin Realbuto, #9 Jonathan Millner, #4 Yahya Thomas, and #5 Kyle Parco however wins over HM Alec Hagan, #16 Probability Lamer, and #17 Dom Demas. Primarily based on these outcomes, give me Henson in a aggressive match.

Prediction: Henson by determination

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 9, NC State 3

Caleb Henson talks about his early season win over Sammy Sasso:

Bryce Andonian was again on the mat final weekend on the Purple Raider Open the place he went 3-0 however medical forfeited within the finals. In his semi-final match in opposition to Walker Heard, Andonian was dropping by two with lower than 30 seconds left within the match however was capable of get some extent off a locking fingers name and an escape to power additional time, the place he would win with a takedown in just below a minute. Regardless of the win, Andonian was noticeably in ache on the finish of the match. Due to that efficiency, I don’t assume we’ll see Andonian within the twin in opposition to NC State.

With that in thoughts, Ed Scott must be thought of the favourite in opposition to Ulrey on Friday. Ulrey has been “strong” on the 12 months with a 15-9 document however has but to document a ranked win on the season.

Prediction: Scott by determination

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 9, NC State 6

Andonian’s semi-final match on the Purple Raider Open final weekend:

165: HM Donald Cates/Matt Singleton, NC State vs #22 Connor Brady, Virginia Tech

Connor Brady has wrestled a troublesome schedule this season with shut losses to lots of the high 165-pound wrestlers within the nation – #9 Julian Ramirez, #4 Shane Griffith, #1 Keegan O’Toole, and #7 Carson Kharchla. His solely loss exterior the highest 10 is to #20 Josh Ogunsanya. Past these losses, Brady has wins in opposition to HM Evan Barczak and HM Will Formato. Whether or not it’s Cates or Singleton, Brady must be thought of the favourite as neither has recorded a ranked win but on the 12 months.

Prediction: Brady by determination

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 12, NC State 6

174: Alex Faison, NC State vs #3 Mekhi Lewis, Virginia Tech

2019 NCAA Champion Mekhi Lewis is 11-1 on the 12 months together with his solely losses in opposition to Michael Labriola and wins over #9 Peyton Mocco, HM Will Miller, #15 Cade DeVos, #4 Chris Foca, and #6 Ethan Smith. Nevertheless, in his current match in opposition to Will Miller, Mekhi was pushed to the brink giving up a late third-period takedown and virtually gave up again factors. Faison has been strong this 12 months with notable wins over Sam DePrez, HM Hayden Hastings, Jake Logan, and Jagger Condomitti. If Mekhi’s not 100%, count on Fiason to make this a aggressive bout.

Prediction: Lewis by determination

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 15, NC State 6

The match between Trent Hidlay and Hunter Bolen has the potential to be the very best match of the evening and will additionally probably resolve the end result of the twin. Bolen and Hidlay have a rivalry courting again 3 years with Bolen holding the sequence lead, 3-2. Regardless of that sequence lead, Hidlay has gained every of the final two conferences – 2-1 final season and 3-1 (in additional time) in 2021. All of their 5 matches have been determined by 2 factors or much less and we must always count on this bout to be simply as shut because the earlier 5.

Prediction: Hidlay by determination

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 15, NC State 9

Highlights of the top of Hidlay vs Bolen final 12 months at ACCs:

In simply his second 12 months because the starter, Isaac Trumble has confirmed to be among the finest 197-pound wrestlers within the nation. This 12 months alone, Trumble has ranked wins over #6 Bernie Truax, #13 Silas Allred (2), #19 Tanner Harvey, and #9 Zac Braunagel together with his solely loss coming in opposition to #5 Michael Beard. On high of that, Trumble defeated present #1 Rocky Trumble final season. Whereas Andy Smith has had his moments, his losses this 12 months in opposition to Silas Allred and Nick Stemmet make him a major underdog to Trumble.

Prediction: Trumble by determination

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 15, NC State 12

Trumble’s win within the finals of the 2022 CKLV over Tanner Harvey:

If the twin begins at 125 kilos, and my predictions are right (which is unlikely), then this twin will come all the way down to the match at heavyweight between Owen Trephan and Hunter Catka! The 2 met twice final 12 months and traded wins and losses in matching 5-3 selections. 

This 12 months, Trephan has had a barely higher season with ranked wins over HM Cory Day, #13 Tyrell Gordon, HM Trevor Tinker, #15 Lewis Fernandes, and HM Cale Davidson whereas solely dropping to #2 Mason Parris and #10 Yaraslau Slavikouski. Catka has losses to #8 Zach Elam, #16 Tate Orndorff, and HM Jonah Niesenbaum and just one ranked win over #20 Michael Wolfgram. As a result of Trephan has been barely higher this 12 months, he’s my decide to win an in depth determination.

Prediction: Trephan by decison

Group rating prediction: Virginia Tech 15, NC State 15

I promise I didn’t imply to foretell a tie twin, however right here we’re! The result I predicted illustrates how shut and enjoyable this twin must be. The important thing weights within the twin that might swing the end result are 125, 141, 149, 184, and 285. No matter occurs on Friday evening, we must always count on a extremely entertaining twin between two excellent groups!

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