When Virginia Tech head wrestling coach Tony Robie came to Blacksburg in 2006, he was an associate head coach who inherited a barren program that had the potential to be great. Progressively he helped build the Hokies into one of the top programs in the ACC and a mainstay in the top 10 nationally. Three full seasons into his tenure as head coach, Robie is still leading the Hokies into new territory.
In 2019-20, the program rose up the ranks to the No. 3 spot in the National Wrestling Coaches of America Coaches Poll, the highest rank under Robie and tied for the highest in its history. He helped the progression of redshirt sophomore Hunter Bolen, who went on to win his first ACC title in 2020 and was the No. 2 seed for the 2020 NCAA Championships at 184 pounds. True freshman Bryce Andonian and fifth-year senior David McFadden were also ACC runners-up in 2020 under Robie’s tutelage.
In 2018-19, Robie helped guide Mekhi Lewis to the program’s first national championship and Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at the 2019 NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh. Lewis’ title run at 165 pounds wrapped up a season that saw the Hokies finish in the top 11 at the NCAA Championships for the eighth consecutive season and a top two placing at the ACC Championships for the seventh straight year. Tech had three All-Americans and three ACC champions in Lewis, Zack Zavatsky and David McFadden. Robie’s performance earned him 2019 ACC Coach of the Year accolades, his second time receiving the honor.
In his first season leading the program, Robie continued Virginia Tech wrestling’s run of success as the Hokies won its second consecutive ACC Championship and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland.
Robie became the first coach in the history of ACC wrestling to guide his team to conference championships in his first two seasons. With Robie on staff, Virginia Tech has won four ACC titles over the last seven years and seven conference trophies overall when including dual meet championships.
In Robie’s first full campaign, Virginia Tech placed at least three wrestlers on the podium at nationals for the sixth consecutive season. Jared Haught led the group of three All-Americans in 2018 by becoming the Hokies’ second-ever national finalist, joining Devin Carter in 2014. Four Hokies – Haught, David McFadden, Brent Moore and Dennis Gustafson – won ACC titles, with Moore taking home Most Valuable Wrestler honors. Robie also coached McFadden to a regular season record of 30-0, the first undefeated season at Virginia Tech since 2001-02.
In duals, Robie led the Hokies to a 14-3 overall record, a 4-1 mark in ACC matches and a final ranking of No. 10 in the final NWCA Coaches Poll. Robie’s 14 dual meet victories ranks second in the ACC record book for most wins by a first-year head coach behind Wade Schalles’ 15 wins with Clemson in 1978. His .824 winning percentage ranks third all-time in ACC history for a rookie head coach. In Virginia Tech history, Robie’s winning percentage ranks first among rookie head coaches while his 14 wins ranks second behind Tom Brands’ 16 dual meet wins in 2004-05. Robie, who started five freshmen in duals for a majority of the season, was also named a finalist for the Theraworx NWCA National Coach of the Year award.
On March 21, 2017, Robie was promoted to head wrestling coach at Virginia Tech after serving as interim head coach since February of that year. During that span, Robie led the Hokies to the team title at the ACC Championships and a sixth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis – Tech’s fifth-straight top-10 finish at nationals.
Robie was an integral part of the Virginia Tech wrestling staff for 11 seasons as associate head coach under former head coach Kevin Dresser. Between that 2006-07 and 2016-17, the Hokies won three ACC Dual Meet Championships, three ACC tournament championships and finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships five times. One of those top 10 team finishes included a then-ACC record and program best fourth place finish in 2016. He also helped recruit and coach 17 ACC champions and 14 All-Americans.
Robie came to Blacksburg after serving as the head coach at Binghamton University, a program that had been discontinued after the 2003-04 school year because of budget constraints. Before taking over at Binghamton, he was an assistant coach for four seasons at the University of Michigan.
In seven years as a Division I assistant coach, Robie helped coach 23 All-Americans, nine Academic All-Americans and one national champion. As the Wolverines' top assistant coach, Robie recruited three top-10 classes, including the No. 2 ranked class in 2004. His one-on-one work with Michigan student-athlete Ryan Bertin culminated with Bertin's 2003 NCAA championship - the school's first national champion in 18 years. In all, Michigan's team earned national top-10 status all four years that Robie was a coach there. His dedication and influence off the mat resulted in the wrestling team winning the 2003 community service award at the school.
Robie joined the Michigan staff after coaching stops at West Virginia (1998-99) and Edinboro (1999-00).
A world-class wrestler in his own right, Robie was a two-time All-American at Edinboro and a 1997 NCAA finalist at 158 pounds who turned in a career record of 126-23. A two-time captain for Olympic gold medalist Bruce Baumgartner, Robie was a three-time Eastern Wrestling League Champion and a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion. As a senior, Robie led the Fighting Scots to a sixth-place national finish - the highest in school history. He ranks fourth on the school's all-time wins list and went on to earn a bronze medal at the 1998 U.S. Open Freestyle Championships. In 2008, he was inducted into the Edinboro Sports Hall of Fame.
A native of Erie, Pa., Robie was a Dean's List student at Edinboro and received the school's Academic Achievement Award before graduating with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1997. Robie and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Christiansburg with their three children – Nate, Luke and Jake.
012 Olympian Jared Frayer enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech where he has earned a reputation nationally as an ace recruiter and a tactical on-mat coach under head coach Tony Robie.
During the 2019-20 season, Frayer played a role in helping Hunter Bolen to his first ACC title at the 2020 ACC Championships. He also mentored Bryce Andonian through his transition of redshirt to varsity wrestler in the middle of the season.
On the international scene, Frayer traveled with Mekhi Lewis and Ty Walz while they were competing to qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Both wrestlers qualified for the event prior to its postponement due to COVID-19.
In 2018-19, Frayer played a critical role in mentoring Lewis, who won a 2018 Junior World championship in freestyle and a 2019 NCAA championship. Frayer traveled with Lewis to Slovakia where the redshirt freshman won a gold medal competing in his first international freestyle tournament. In the college season, Frayer worked closely with Lewis again on his way to winning Virginia Tech wrestling’s first national championship.
Along with Lewis, Frayer coached two other All-Americans and ACC Champions in David McFadden and Zack Zavatsky. The Hokies finished in the top 11 at NCAAs for the eighth consecutive season and placed in the top two at ACCs for the seventh straight year.
Frayer helped lead Tech to the 2018 ACC championship in his first season in Blacksburg. He coached three All-Americans and five ACC champions in a year where the Hokies finished 10th at nationals.
Frayer returned to the college coaching ranks at Virginia Tech after spending two years as a sales representative for Stryker Spine, selling spine implants to orthopedic spine and neurosurgeons in the greater Tampa Bay area.
Prior to coming to Blacksburg, Frayer was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma, where he was a two-time All-American and a Big 12 champion. Frayer returned to Norman in 2011 after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Wisconsin. He coached the Badgers to consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships (2010-11) and helped develop seven All-Americans and an individual national champion in Andrew Howe. On the recruiting trail, he brought the nation’s No. 4-ranked recruiting class to Madison in 2011.
Frayer previously served as a strength and conditioning coach at Iowa for the 2008-09 season and was an assistant coach for three years at Harvard from 2003-06. In Cambridge, Frayer headed the Crimson’s recruiting efforts and coached five All-Americans and an NCAA champion in Jesse Jantzen.
A two-time team captain and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, Frayer left Oklahoma with a 129-38 career record and was the NCAA runner-up at 149 pounds as a senior in 2002. He was also the recipient of the Wade Schalles Award in 2001 for recording the most pins of any collegiate wrestler that season.
After graduating from Oklahoma in 2002 with a degree in secondary education, Frayer went on to win the 2010 U.S. Open Championship and was named to the United States national team five times. At the U.S. World and Olympic Team Trials, he turned in seven top six finishes. Frayer represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympics wrestling freestyle at 66 kg. Frayer clinched his spot on the team by famously defeating Brent Metcalf in the finals of the Olympic Trials in at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
He and his wife, Nicole, live in Blacksburg with their two daughters, Khloe and Beckett.
Cody Brewer enters his second season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.
During the 2019-20 campaign, Brewer was instrumental in Joey Prata's rise through the national rankings and his third-place finish at the 2020 ACC Championships. Brewer also tutored Collin Gerardi through his first year as a starter, as well as Bryce Andonian.
Brewer previously spent three seasons on staff at Northwestern following a standout career at Oklahoma. With the Sooners, Brewer was a two-time Big 12 champion, a four-time All-American and an NCAA champion in 2015.
At Northwestern, Brewer worked with the Wildcats’ lightweights and mentored two-time All-American Sebastian Rivera. Brewer’s work with Rivera this past season helped Rivera win a Big 10 championship and earn the No. 1 seed at 125 pounds at the 2019 NCAA Championships. He spent his first two seasons in Evanston as a volunteer assistant coach before being promoted to assistant coach this past season.
Brewer went 95-22 and 48-10 in duals in his career at Oklahoma. He was a Big 12 finalist in each of his four seasons and placed seventh, eighth, first and third at nationals from 2013-16. Tech assistant coach Jared Frayer was on staff at Oklahoma, his alma mater, from Brewer’s true freshman campaign in 2011-12 through his redshirt sophomore season in 2013-14.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Brewer graduated from Oklahoma with a degree in sociology and is engaged to his fiancée, Rachel, who wrestled at Oklahoma City University.
Jared Haught enters his second season as volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater.
In his first season on staff, Haught helped mentor heavyweight John Borst to a national ranking during the 2019-20 season. Borst was a 2020 NCAA Qualifier and earned third place at the 2020 ACC Championships. Haught also worked with Hunter Bolen, who won the 184-pound title at the 2020 ACC Championships and was the No. 2 seed for the 2020 NCAAs.
Haught was a two-time ACC champion, four-time NCAA qualifier and a three-time All-American for the Hokies from 2014-18. As a senior, Haught became only the second Tech wrestler and the first West Virginia native to make it to a national final when he reached the championship match at 197 pounds at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Cleveland. He placed sixth at NCAAs in 2016, fourth in 2017 and second in 2018.
The Parkersburg, W.Va., native earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech in 2018. Haught and his wife, Morgan, reside in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech great Ty Walz enters his fourth season on staff at his alma mater. He’s currently a member of the United States’ senior men’s freestyle national team at 97 kg.
In his first season on the bench, Walz helped lead the Hokies to their second straight ACC title and their sixth consecutive top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships. His individual work in the wrestling room helped Jared Haught on his run to the NCAA finals at 197 pounds.
As a resident athlete with the Southeast Regional Training Center, won a bronze medal at the U23 World Championships in Poland in 2017. He was the second Virginia Tech wrestler to make a World Team and win a medal in international competition, joining Devin Carter. Walz has won gold medals at the 2018 Bill Farrell Memorial Open and the 2019 Dave Schultz Memorial International and also claimed a silver medal at the 2018 Cerro Pelado in Cuba.
Walz was the 2017 ACC Champion at heavyweight and was a three-time All-American for the Hokies from 2015-17, placing seventh once and fourth twice. At the time of his graduation, Walz’s 109 career wins ranked 10th in program history and his .784 career winning percentage tied for 11th.