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Hokies ready to battle at U20 US Open this weekend – Virginia Tech Athletics



Hokies ready to battle at U20 US Open this weekend – Virginia Tech Athletics

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech wrestling is sending a pair of freshmen to Las Vegas, NV for the U20 US Open in the first step to represent the United States at the 2024 United World Wrestling U20 World Championships. Sonny Sasso and Jimmy Mullen take the mat on Friday and Saturday at the South Point Arena with streaming live on Flowrestling, live stats and brackets on FloArena, and results via Hokies Wrestling on X.
The Poults Ready to make Waves
A native of the wrestling hotbed that is Lehigh Valley, Sasso enters Las Vegas after a solid debut season at 197-pounds for the Hokies that saw him register an 11-8 record with six ranked wins while still maintaining his redshirt. A two-time Pennsylvania state champion, the Nazareth, PA native will look to improve upon his last freestyle action at the 2022 USMC US Open where he went 2-2. Sasso takes the mat at 92-kilograms in a loaded field of 41 competitors when action kicks off on Friday.
No stranger to freestyle success and international accolades, Mullen is ready to make his return to the freestyle circuit after a two-year hiatus. Hailing from the powerhouse wrestling state of New Jersey, the Kearny native won the heavyweight state title as a freshman before blitzing the U17 US Open field en route to a U17 World Silver performance in 2021. Mullen would be unable to defend his high school crown due to competition conflicts but would go on to capture two more state titles before arriving in Blacksburg. Mullen would see action for the Hokies in his freshman season to finish with a 15-4 record with three ranked wins. Mullen will look to return to top freestyle form at 125-kilograms in a competitor field of 43 this weekend.
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2024 US Open U20 Schedule
Friday, April 26
Preliminaries and Consolations – 10AM-3:30PM
Preliminaries and Consolations – 4PM-8PM
Saturday, April 27
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolations, and Consolation Semifinals – 10AM-1PM
Medal Matches – 4PM-5:30PM

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