BLACKSBURG, VA(WFXR) — This weekend the NCAA wrestling championships will take place in Detroit… with Virginia Tech sending eight grapplers — who are in pursuit of a national championship. Korbin Myers is preparing for the final meet of a seven-year collegiate career.
“You know, it’s always harder when you’re returning because you have that added pressure to repeat,” said Myers. Before Korbin Myers could win his second straight ACC title, he had to battle a familiar face. Pitt’s Micky Phillippi — who has stood in the way of many winning moments for 133 pound wrestler.
“I felt pretty calm and in that last match I was really happy with my effort on top. Really just had to grind that one out. Philippi and I have wrestled — I think that was our seventh time wrestling in college so I’m pretty used to wrestling him and we know each other’s styles pretty well,” said Myers.
Myers’ win in Charlottesville also earned him a fifth trip to the NCAA championships, solidifying a decision he made nearly a year ago to return for a seventh year in collegiate wrestling. “Man I couldn’t be happier. My whole career, it’s kinda crazy how everything worked out and I can’t help but think that the Big Man upstairs is looking out for me and just wants the best for me, so really excited for the NCAA meet coming up,” said Myers.
A NCAA title is the one accomplishment missing from his long career. Myers finished fourth on the national stage a year ago and in Detroit, he’ll be the fourth seeded wrestler in his weight class. “It’s just more excitement and anticipation. I hate waiting. I wish I could wrestle the tournament tomorrow but I’m really excited for a crowd again. Even having a crowd back here at ACC’s was awesome. It was loud. I can’t wait to wrestle in front of 20,000,” said Myers.
Luckily, for Korbin Myers, he will get to wrestle Thursday when the NCAA championships begin. Myers will face Minnesota’s Jake Gilva in the first round and he could potentially face his rival — Micky Phillippi of Pitt — in the quarterfinals on Friday.