Over the last month, Ryan Blees has recorded a lot of wins for the Virginia Tech Hokies. On Saturday evening in Blacksburg, he made his first big statement. Blees upended #6 ranked Troy Heilmann of North Carolina 3-1 in Virginia Tech’s 21-9 drubbing of their ACC rival.
Heilmann had the first major scoring chance on a single leg in first period, but Blees held strong and the first period ended scoreless. In the second, Heilmann escaped quickly for the 1-0 lead. Midway through that period, a great go-behind chance nearly netted two points for Blees but Heilmann was able to scramble away from danger. After a Blees escape knotted things to start the third, neither wrestler attempted any major scoring maneuver as the match went to overtime. Out the gate in the extra minute, Blees shot a beautiful single, brought it to a standing position, and buried Heilmann for two as the Tar Heel attempted to find a leg and scramble.
Blees manned the 149 pound position while Solomon Chisko, who wrestled 149 for the Hokies to start the year, competed at 157 and fell to #16 Kennedy Monday 3-1 in overtime.
The Hokies have two duals remaining; at Virginia and North Carolina State before the post season begins with the ACC tournament.