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Story on Former Caravel Academy Product Jarrod Garnett in His junior Year at Virginia Tech

By David A. Willauer-Contributing Editor

Jarrod Garnett, a former product of Caravel Academy is in his junior season at the Hokies of Virginia Tech and head coach Kevin Dresser. The former Buc got involved in wrestling while in 7th grade at Caravel Academy. During his 4 years with the Bucs, Jarrod carried a career record of 134-14 and finished in 2nd place during his freshman and sophomore years along with winning 2 state titles in his junior and senior years. "Joey Archangelo, my former coach is very intense, disciplined when it comes to wrestling. "He prepares us before each match by giving us a very disciplined pep talk and has been an impact to me."

After graduation from Caravel, Jarrod Garnett enrolled at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and is currently in his junior year under former Iowa wrestler and head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser. "When I decided on colleges, I chose Virginia Tech when I spoke to Kevin Dresser when I went on my recruiting tour, he sold me the school." "Kevin Dresser is University of Iowa style in him and he reminds me of his intensity to keep pushing his wrestlers all the time and show technique."

In 2008-09 in his freshman year at the ACC's wrestling championships, Jarrod lost to Brendan Byrne of Maryland. At the NCAA's, he finished with a 2-2 mark a 38-8 record along with an ACC Dual record of 5-0.

"I felt slow at first and came back on the comeback trail beating opponents." said Garnett, "I defeated some number 12 seeded wrestlers and was seeded 15th at the time." "When I qualified for the Nationals, I felt more intense competing with some of the outstanding wrestlers in the country."

In 2009-10, Jarrod came on the scene carrying a 26-7 record wrestling by winning his first ACC title by defeating Ross Gitomar of the University of Virginia, wrestled each other for the 4th time last year I would beat him by 2 or 3 points during the season to get that win. "I felt that I improved myself by working hard and correcting the mistakes that I made last season." Jarrod again qualified for the NCAA wrestling tournament where he pulled one of the biggest upsets of his career when he upset Zeke Sanders of the University of Minnesota by a 17-7 score and worked hard to go 100% and 7 all out minutes. "Last years NCAA's helped me to work harder after I pulled off an upset over a seeded wrestler it helped me prepare to go the full 7 minutes to do my job and that is what I did." "Falling short a match for placing is one of the most hardest feelings that I have had and I will be ready for it this season." " Being at Lehigh University is one of the greatest experiences I've ever had, wrestling in Grace Hall or the nickname "The Snake Pit"is like wrestling in a small loud gym where the crowd is on you all the time."

In his junior year, Jarrod and the Hokies competed in the National Wrestling Duals at Cedar Falls, IA and finished in 2nd place where they were defeated by Cornell University 20-16. "Being out there was a great experience for our squad, as we competed against Big 10 and Big 12 schools it helped me to prepare for the season." "In the finals of the National Duals, I wrestled Frank Perillo of Cornell University by a 7-5 overtime score." "In the Las Vegas Duals, I defeated him 8-3 and dominated but when you wrestle your opponent the second time he was a good competitor." "Some of the toughest opponents that I wrestled in the ACC's were Ross Gitomar of Virginia and Brendan Byrne of Maryland."
Palmer Named Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Virginia Tech Hokies, Talks to TDR TV

Four-time NCAA All-American to join program immediately

BLACKSBURG - Former Ohio State University standout Lance Palmer has
joined the Virginia Tech wrestling program as the volunteer assistant
coach, as announced Tuesday by head coach Kevin Dresser, after
wrapping up a stellar collegiate career. Palmer will be heavily
involved with on-mat training with the middleweights and will help
out in numerous other areas as well.

A four-time All-American at Ohio State, Palmer took runner-up honors
at 149 pounds his senior season at the NCAA Tournament. He also won
the Big Ten title his final year, beating Iowa's Brent Metcalf 9-3 in
the finals. For his career, the Lakewood, Ohio, native posted a
121-31 record, including an impressive 61-8 mark over his final two
seasons. He went 31-3 as a senior and was a tri-captain for the

"Lance came in and loved Virginia Tech and our direction," Dresser
said. "Lance Palmer is a huge name and has the reputation for being
one of the hardest workers in Division I wrestling. The Hokie
Wrestling Nation is fired up!"

Palmer was a four-time Ohio prep state champion at St. Edward High,
posting a 150-6 career record. He also was a 2006 Senior National
Champion at 140 pounds.
Virginia Tech's Justin Staylor Earns ACC Wrestler of the Week Honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia Tech's Justin Staylor was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after posting a 2-0 record in dual match play in leading the Hokies to wins over conference-foe North Carolina and UNC Greensboro.

Staylor opened the week with a pin of North Carolina's Drew Forshey at 125 pounds in 5:31 to lead Virginia Tech to a 21-15 victory over the Tar Heels. The win ran the Hokies record to a conference best 4-0 mark this season.

In Saturday's match-up against UNC Greensboro, the freshman from Chesapeake, Va. posted an 8-7 decision over the Spartan's Joe Kemmerer, ranked 14th nationally. It was Staylor's first win over a ranked opponent this season as the Hokies went on to down UNC Greensboro, 26-12.

Staylor and the Hokies are back in action this weekend as they conclude their regular schedule on Saturday, February 19 in Raleigh, N.C. against NC State in a match slated to begin at 2:00 pm.

Bulldogs Fall to Virginia Tech in Home Opener

BOILING SPRINGS Justin Lansley and Daniel Elliott each picked up wins for Gardner-Webb, but Virginia Tech scored wins in each of the remaining weight classes to post a 38-9 win over GWU on Wednesday in Paul Porter Arena.

Virginia Tech struck first when Justin Straylor pinned Jon Neal in 1:06 to give the Hokies the 6-0 team lead. Tech,s David Hoffman, ranked 16th in the nation, pushed the margin to 11-0 in favor of the Hokies with his 22-7 tech fall win over freshman Joshua Lowe at 133.

Lansley trailed 2-0 early on in the 141-pound match before earning an escape and a takedown at the buzzer for the 3-2 lead after one period. Tech,s Aaron Brown tied the match with an escape in the second frame and Lansley reclaimed the lead with a quick escape to open the third. Neither wrestler could manage a score from there on as Lansley took the 4-3 win to bring Gardner-Webb to within 11-3.

The Bulldogs made it 11-9 with a forfeit win at 149 by Daniel Elliott, but would not score again as the Hokies won the next six matches to pull away for the 38-9 victory.

With his individual win Lansley improves to 4-2 on the season, while the forfeit win gives Elliott a team-high five wins at 5-2 overall.

With Virginia Tech,s 27-18 win over Appalachian State in the 5 pm match, the Hokies up their unblemished record to 5-0 on the season.

Gardner-Webb drops to 0-1 and will be back in action on Dec. 4 when it competes in the Carolina Open. GWU,s next home contest is slated for Dec. 10 when it will host VMI at 7 pm.


Virginia Tech Def. Gardner-Webb 38-9

125- (VT) Justin Straylor 1:06 Pin Fall over Jon Neal
133- (VT) David Hoffman 22-7 Tech. Fall over Joshua Lowe
141- (GWU) Justin Lansley 4-3 Dec. over Aaron Brown
149- (GWU) Daniel Elliott wins by forfeit
157- (VT) Reed Carpenter 10-2 Maj. Dec. over Adam Glaser
165- (VT) Chris Stith 21-6 Tech. Fall over Brendan Couture
174- (VT) Shaun Guttridge 2:58 Pin Fall over Alex Ventura
184- (VT) Steve Borja 3:19 Pin Fall over Mike Ard
197- (VT) Tomas Ovalle 8-4 Dec. over Kyle Hood
HVY- (VT) Mike Faust 5-3 Dec. over Brent Blackwell


Virginia Tech Def. Appalachian State 27-18

125- (VT) Justin Straylor wins by forfeit
133- (VT) David Hoffman 24-7 Tech. Fall over Tim Paul
141- (ASU) Jason Jones wins by DQ over Donny Ooton
149- (ASU) Eric Burns 4:07 Pin Fall over Aaron Brown
157- (VT) Reed Carpenter 10-6 Dec. over Scott Ervin
165- (VT) Chris Stith 5:28 Pin Fall over Neal Martin
174- (ASU) Ajay Foreman 6-4 Dec. over Shaun Guttridge
184- (VT) Steve Borja 4-1 Dec. over Josh Carroll
197- (ASU) Sean McIntosh 3-2 Dec. over Tomas Ovalle
HVY- (VT) Mike Faust 12-4 Maj. Dec. over David Hazelle

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