Virginia Tech Wrestling 2022-2023 Weight Preview: 125 and 133

September 20, 2022

BLACKSBURG – With the 2022-2023 season proper across the nook, let’s check out the 125 and 133 pound wrestlers suiting up for the Hokies.


    With Sam Latona making the bounce as much as 133 kilos this season, Tech plans on persevering with their dominance on the 125-pound weight class.

    The primary being redshirt freshman Eddie Ventresca, a Moxbury, New Jersey native from Pope John Excessive College. In his highschool profession, Ventresca positioned on the NJSIAA state match all 4 years and claimed the 120-pound title in 2019. 


    Throughout his redshirt yr, Ventresca accrued a 15-6 file at 125 kilos, profitable the Southeast Open, inserting sixth on the Wolfpack Open, second on the Patriot open, and eighth on the Southern Scuffle.

    The second Hokie competing for the beginning spot is redshirt freshman Cooper Flynn, a Seymour, Tennessee native that wrestled for McDonough College in Maryland.


    In highschool, Flynn made it to the MIAA state finals 3 times, claiming the title twice. As well as, he was a 2019 Walsh Ironman finalist, received the 2020 Tremendous 32 title, the 2020 Prep Nationwide Championships, positioned at Fargo 3 times, and completed third on the prestigious Beast of the East. On the finish of his highschool profession, he was the No. 3 ranked 126-pounder within the nation and No. 22 total in keeping with FloWrestling.

    Throughout his redshirt marketing campaign, Flynn completed with a 15-3 file at 125 kilos. He was a Southeast open finalist, Wolfpack Open champion, and the Dave Lehman Open champion.


    With the departure of two-time NCAA All-American and four-time convention champion, Korbin Myers, Tech has a number of Hokies desirous to fill these huge footwear.

    The primary is redshirt junior Sam Latona. Hailing from Thompson Excessive College in Alabaster, Alabama, Latona proved that you do not have to be from a traditionally profitable wrestling state to attain nice issues.



    Throughout his highschool profession, Latona received the 2017 Alabama state championships, two Fargo titles, two NHSCA titles and was a 2018 Tremendous 32 finalist. As well as, he was ranked sixth within the nation at 120 kilos by FloWrestling and Intermat, in addition to No. 51 on FloWrestling’s Class of 2019 Massive Board.

    Transitioning into his school profession, Sam Latona has demanded and earned the respect of everybody within the nation. As a redshirt, he completed the season with a 20-2 file. He received the Southeast Open, the Appalachian Open, the ARMS Software program/GMU Patriots Open, positioned third on the Wolfpack Wrestling Membership Open and positioned third on the Southern Scuffle together with his lone loss coming to No. 4 Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State. 

    In his redshirt freshman yr, Latona completed the season with a 14-3 file and received his first 12 matches of the season. He was the 2021 ACC Freshman of the yr, received the ACC title at 125 kilos, was seeded No. 2 on the 2021 NCAA Championships the place he positioned sixth and clinched the 2021 ACC Twin Meet Title for the Hokies with a final second takedown and nearfall factors over Jakob Camacho of NC State.

    Throughout his redshirt sophomore season, Latona completed the season with a 14-9 file. He was a Southeast Open finalist, ACC finalist, and made it to the Spherical of 12 of the NCAA match because the No. 24 seed earlier than falling to Eric Bennet of Wisconsin.

    The subsequent wrestler competing for the spot at 133 kilos is redshirt junior Brandon Wittenberg. Wittenberg was a four-time state champion for Battlefield Excessive College in Haymarket, Virginia. As well as, he positioned at a number of prestigious highschool tournaments reminiscent of Escape the Rock, Beast of the East, Powerade, and was a two-time NHSCA All-American.


    Wittenberg competed at 125 kilos his redshirt season the place he positioned sixth on the Southeast Open, went 4-2 on the Wolfpack Wrestling Membership Open, 3-2 on the ARMS Software program/GMU Patriots Open and completed the season with a 12-7 file.

    As a redshirt freshman, Wittenberg moved as much as 133 kilos and went 1-2 together with his lone win coming over Drake Doolittle of Duke by way of 5-3 resolution. 

    In his redshirt sophomore yr, Wittenberg completed with a 12-10 file. His season was highlighted with fourth place finishes at each the Wolfpack Open and ARMS Software program/GMU Patriots Open in addition to a win over Michael Rapuano of George Mason within the Moss Arts Middle twin.

    The final Hokie at 133 kilos is redshirt freshman Caden Hagler. Hagler wrestled for Windfall Day College in Charlotte, North Carolina. Throughout his highschool profession, Hagler made 4 ISAA state finals appearences and claimed the title 3 times.


    Throughout his first school season, Hagler completed the yr with a 3-6 file. His greatest efficiency of the yr got here on the Wolfpack Open the place he went 2-2, selecting up two falls.


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