Virginia Tech wrestler Mekhi Lewis to take Olympic redshirt for upcoming season

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- Virginia Tech wrestler Mekhi Lewis will utilize an Olympic redshirt for this upcoming year to train and qualify for the 2020 US Olympic Team Trials.

That means the NCAA champion will not compete for the Hokies in the 2019-2020 season.

Lewis's gold medal performance at the 2018 Junior World Championships satisfied one of USA Wrestling's requirements for the Olympic redshirt.

Lewis will continue to train in Blacksburg with the Southeast Regional Training Center before going to Colorado for a 10-day training camp in October.

His first competition will be in Russia starting October 10th and his first Olympic Trials qualifying event is in New York City in November with the goal to eventually qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.