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Five reasons to attend Virginia Tech vs. Missouri

Need a reason to attend this Sunday's dual featuring Virginia Tech hosting Missouri? How about five!

1) This Sunday's match marks the first home dual of the season for the No. 9-ranked Hokies. Tech returns a national champion, two-time finalist, four NCAA All-Americans, four conference champions and nine NCAA qualifiers to their lineup. Tech is coming off a first-place team finish at the Keystone Classic and an 11th-place finish at the 40th Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, which saw five out of seven Hokies find the podium.

2) A top-10 battle. In the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, Tech ranks at No. 9 while Mizzou enters the bout No. 7. This will be the second year in a row that the two programs meet while ranked in the top-10. Both squads boast a full lineup of ranked wrestlers with a full list of credentials up and down the lineup. Both programs have a national champion in their lineup with a total of seven All-Americans – Hokies with four, the Tigers yielding three. Additionally, the dual is laden with international accolades with a total of four junior world championship medals from both sides.
 
3) In the spirit of the season, there will be a toy and stuffed animal drive prior to the dual. Fans are encouraged to bring either a new stuffed animal to be donated to the Carilion Clinic and/or a new toy that will be donated to the Montgomery County Christmas Store.

4) Hokie holidays in full effect. With the holidays right around the corner, we invite fans to wear their best festive sweater to the dual on Sunday afternoon! There will also be an ugly sweater contest, so come best-worst dressed!

5) As with all wrestling matches in Cassell, admission is FREE! The dual will start at 4:30 p.m. ET, with doors opening at 3:30 p.m.