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Fauquier product Moon to return to NCAA wrestling championships for Virginia Tech

Thursday, Mar. 13 | By Jeff Malmgren
Former Fauquier High wrestler Chris Moon of Virginia Tech will return to the NCAA championships March 22 after previously wrestling in them two seasons ago. --Courtesy photo
Virginia Tech’s Chris Moon will face Virginia’s Nick Sulzer during the first round of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, according to brackets released Wednesday.

A former Fauquier High wrestler, Moon qualified by finishing third in the 165-pound weight class at the ACC championships Saturday in Blacksburg. The redshirt junior has a 21-9 record thus far this season.

In 2011-12, as a sophomore, Moon became the first Fauquier County product to wrestle in the NCAA championships. He used a redshirt last season, but will return to the championships March 20-22 in Oklahoma City. The unseeded Moon will first face No. 3 Sulzer, who won the 165-pound ACC title this past weekend.

Moon went 3-1 in the ACC tournament and beat Pittsburgh’s Geno Morelli in the consolation final to help Virginia Tech win the overall team championship with 87 points. Runner-up Pittsburgh had 67 point after winning the regular season team title.

In the ACC first round, Moon beat N.C State’ Max Rohskopf, 10-0, before losing to North Carolina’s John Michael Staudenmayer, 2-1, in the semifinals. Moon then beat Duke’s Marcus Cain, 10-2, to advance to the consolation final.

Moon, who graduated from Wyoming (Pa.) Seminary, was one of seven Hokies to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

Previously, as a Virginia Tech sophomore 174-pounder, Moon went 0-2 at the NCAA championships and finished the season with a 19-5 record.

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