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