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Virginia Tech has two winners at ACC wrestling championship; UVA advances six to NCAA tourney
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Virginia Tech has two winners at ACC wrestling championship; UVA advances six to NCAA tourney

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Tech’s Sam Latona (top) repeated his February win over N.C. State’s Jakob Camacho on Sunday.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Virginia Tech’s Korbin Myers and Sam Latona won titles at the ACC wrestling championships Sunday.

North Carolina State won the team title for the third straight year. Virginia Tech finished second and Virginia fourth.

The second-seeded Myers knocked off top seed and two-time defending champ Micky Phillippi of Pittsburgh 3-1 in the final at 133 pounds.

The top-seeded Latona beat No. 2 seed and defending champ Jakob Camacho of N.C. State 2-1 in double overtime in the final at 125 pounds.

Tech star Mekhi Lewis, the 2019 NCAA champ at 165, withdrew from the tournament Sunday. Lewis, who was injured in the regular-season finale, had a first-round bye and went on the mat to medically default his semifinal bout.

“We are confident that Mekhi will be healthy for the NCAA championships and hopeful that he receives an at-large bid,” coach Tony Robie said in a statement.

UVA had six wrestlers place, which allows them to advance to the upcoming NCAA championships.

Jay Aiello (197 pounds), Jake Keating (165) and Justin McCoy (157) each finished second in his respective weight class.

Three Cavaliers locked up third-place finishes. Louie Hayes (133), Patrick McCormick (125) and heavyweight Quinn Miller all rallied after losses in the semifinals to come back through the consolation bracket.

The biggest upset of the day was second seeded Trent Hidlay, The N.C. State wrestler upset defending champ Hunter Bolen of Virginia Tech 3-1 in overtime in the 184-pound final.

Bolen, ranked No. 1 in the nation, had been 3-0 against Hidlay in his Tech career. But Hidlay recorded a takedown with 8 seconds left in the one-minute sudden-victory period.

Top-seeded and defending champ Jake Wentzel of Pitt beat No. 3 seed Keating of UVA 4-0 in the final at 165.

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