Two current and one former members of the NC State wrestling team will be traveling to Stillwater, Okla., this weekend to compete in the U.S. World Team Trials.
Updated 2014-15 pre-NCAA Finals: • Vying to become only the 3rd wrestler in ACC history to win multiple NCAA titles, first since 1995, and first-ever at NC State (T.J. Jaworsky-UNC 1993, 94, 95 & Sammie Henson-Clem. 1994, 94). • Only career meeting vs. Michigan’s Coon was last year at Cliff Keen Invtite. Coon won 3-1, 1 of only 2 of Gwiazdowski’s career losses at NC State (Nelson at ‘14 Scuffle, 1-0). • Second NC State wrestler all-time to appear in back-to-back NCAA finals - heavyweight Sylvester Terkay (1992-93). • The seventh NC State wrestler to earn All-America honors in back-to-back years, first since Darrion Caldwell in 08-09. • Fourth NC State wrestler all-time to enter the NCAAs as the No. 1 seed - last was Darrion Caldwell in 2011 at 149. • Currently holds a school record 54 match-winning streak (perfect 34-0 this season, won last 20 of 2014). Currently the longest winning streak in the nation. • ‘14 and ‘15 ACC Champ. at 285 pounds. Undefeated against ACC competition in both of his years at NC State - a perfect 19-0 against ACC foes in duals and tournaments with 10 pins and 5 majors. • On pace to set the NC State record for career win-loss percentage. Holds a 76-2 (97.4 percent) mark while with the Pack. Former NCAA Champion Sylvester Terkay (1990-93) currently holds the all-time mark at 89.7 percent (122-14). • A perfect 38-0 in duals at NC State, with 31 bonus point wins (20 falls, 10 major decisions, 1 forfeit). Scored 25.2 percent (132 of 524) of the Pack’s dual points this year. • Entering as the No. 2 seed, became NC State’s sixth national champion (third heavyweight) last year. Finished 42-2 on the season, setting a new NC State record for most wins in a season. Among the wrestlers in the NCAA Championships, led all in wins (42) and wins versus ranked foes (13). • Finished 8th at the 2012 NCAA Championships and earned All-America honors as a freshman at Binghamton.
2013-14: NCAA Champion at 285 pounds ... Also ACC Champion at 285 pounds ... Finished 42-2 on the season, setting a new NC State record for most wins in a season ... Won his final 20 matches, with 11 of the final 15 all against ranked opponents ... Among the wrestlers in the NCAA Championships, led all in wins and wins versus ranked foes ... Was a perfect 20-0 in duals this year, with 17 bonus point wins (10 falls, 6 majors, 1 forfeit) ... Went 13-2 against ranked foes ... Entered the NCAA Championships as the No. 2 seed, went 5-0 and defeated two-time defending champion Tony Nelson of Minnesota 4-2 in the finals ... Also posted wins over the seventh seed and third seed en route to the title ... Won both matches at the ACC Championship for the conference crown ... After a bye, won by fall in the semis and defeated two-time ACC champion #9 Spencer Myers of Maryland 10-4 in the championship ... Won the Wolfpack Open, was second at Southern Scuffle and third at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ... 2013-14 NWCA All-Academic Team selection ... Named to the 2013-14 ACC Honor Roll.
2012-13: Redshirted the season ... Competed in four open tournaments ... Posted a record of 20-1 at 285 pounds, winning three and taking third in his four tournaments ... Won the Hokie Open, Wolfpack Open and Penn State Open and was third at Southern Scuffle ... Had 11 pins, two technical fall win, and two major decision victories ... Only loss was 4-1 to #1 Anthony Nelson of Minnesota ... Won the Hokie Open going 5-0 and defeating #10 Adam Chalfant by pin in the championship ... Went 5-0 in the Wolfpack Open, with four pins and one major decision victory ... Also 5-0 in Penn State Open, recording three pins and a 12-1 major decision in finals ... Racked up three wins over ranked opponents in bringing home third place at Southern Scuffle ... Also won the National Collegiate Open at 285 pounds in February ... He earned two falls and a major decision to advance to the finals, where he captured a medical default win after he held a 6-2 lead ... Claimed a seventh place finish and All-America honors at 120 KG at the 2013 U.S. Senior Nationals ... Was the seventh seed entering the competition ... Advanced to the U.S. World Team Trials ... Finished third in the challenge tournament, just one spot shy of making the USA World Team ... Started with a 9-0 technical fall win over 2012 and 2013 NCAA heavyweight champion Tony Nelson of Minnesota ... After advancing with the win, fell to another NCAA champion, Zach Rey, 5-2 ... Came right back and recorded two more victories to conclude his run ... First, he scored a 9-1 technical fall over former Wisconsin All-American, Kyle Massey ... In the third place match, once again defeated the reigning two-time NCAA champion, Tony Nelson, this time, 6-4.
2011-12 at Binghamton: Finished 8th at the 2012 NCAA championships to claim All-America Honors ... Compiled a record of 30-9, including five wins at the NCAA championships ... Won the 2012 CAA Conference Tournament at heavyweight ... Named 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year ... Won the 2011 Binghamton Open after posting a 4-0 mark ... Named 2012 NWCA Academic All- American.
Prep: Ranked as the top heavyweight recruit in the nation ... Top- ranked wrestler in the state of New York, received the Dave Schultz ... Ranked as the 19th overall recruit in the nation (any weight) ... Two- time New York State Champion ... Posted a 50-0 record in his senior season and no opponent finished the match; 43 pins and seven forfeits ... Won the Junior Wade Schalles Award, given to the wrestler with the most pins in the country ... Two- time team captain ... Career record of 199- 24 ... Wrestled at Duanesburg High School ... Honor Roll student.