In 2014, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Freshman of the Year Joey Dance became Tech wrestling’s first true freshman to earn All-American honors after going into the NCAA championships as the No. 16 seed and scrapping to take fourth.

On the mat, Dance is a fierce blur of speed and force: focused, methodical, dominant.

This season, ranked fourth in the nation at 125 pounds, Dance compiled a 24-2 record—including three ACC wins in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall.

In early March, Dance captured his first ACC title and entered the NCAA championships as the No. 3 seed. After losing 7-5 (sudden victory) in the quarterfinals, Dance was then eliminated in the consolation round.

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Multimedia by Gabrielle Minnich. Photography by Logan Wallace, Virginia Tech; Michael Shroyer, The Roanoke Times; and Virginia Tech Athletics.


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