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Tech’s Moon is 1st Fauquier product to win NCAA D-I wrestling championships match

Saturday, Mar. 22 | By Jeff Malmgren
Virginia Tech's Chris Moon went 2-2 at the NCAA Division I championships. --Courtesy photo
Chris Moon became the first wrestler in Fauquier County history to win a match at the NCAA Division I championships this week.

Moon, a Fauquier High product and Virginia Tech redshirt junior, won an NCAA match on both Thursday and Friday in Oklahoma City en route to finishing the tournament with a 2-2 record. He got knocked out of the 165-pound competition Friday with a loss in the fourth round of the consolation bracket

Moon, an unseeded wrestler, made county history Thursday by beating Ohio’s Harrison Hightower, 2-1, in the first round of the consolation bracket. He dropped to the consolation bracket by losing to No. 3 seed Nicholas Sulzer of Virginia, 9-3, in the first round of the championship bracket.

After beating Hightower, Moon upset No. 13 Daniel Yates of Michigan, 13-1, in the consolation second round. Moon’s weekend then ended with a 5-1 loss to Indiana’s Ryan Leblanc in the consolation third round.

Virginia Tech stood seventh in the team standings with 30.5 points when Moon made his exit with a 25-13 record on the season. The Hokies will continue wrestling Saturday.

Previously, during the 2011-12 season, Moon became the first Fauquier County product to wrestle in the NCAA championships. He went 0-2 that sophomore season at 174 pounds and finished with a 19-5 record.

Earlier this season, Moon finished third at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships, going 3-1 to help Virginia Tech win the overall team championship.

Moon graduated from Wyoming (Pa.) Seminary in 2010 after wrestling at Fauquier High for three seasons. He was a Group AAA state runner-up for Fauquier as a junior in 2009 and finished seventh in AAA as a sophomore.

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