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     Pierre Pryor
    Pierre Pryor

    Class:
    RS Senior

    Hometown:
    Virginia Beach, Va.

    High School:
    Cox

    Weight:
    165

    Birthdate:
    01/09/1979


    Notes: Will move up one weight to 165 for his senior season ? Is the defending ACC champion at 157 pounds, and a two-time conference champion at that weight ? Has a career record of 62-24 with 19 falls ? Enters the 2001-02 season ranked seventh in NC State history in career pins ? Combines strength and agility as well as any middleweight in the country. 2000-01: Had a sensational season, finishing with a 22-5 record that included a team-high six falls and six major decisions ? Had a career-best 16-match winning streak and won 19 of his last 22 matches ? Won 26 of his last 31 matches dating back to the 1999-2000 season ? Has won his last 14 matches against ACC competition ? Thirteen of his 22 wins in 2000-01 were by fall or major decision ? Five of his six falls were first-period pins, including a 65-second pin of Duke's Josh Sheridan. 1999-2000: Won the 157-pound championship at the Navy Invitational and was named the tournament?s Outstanding Wrestler despite wrestling three matches with a broken hand ? Won three of his four matches by first-period falls, including a pin in just 2:34 against 17th-ranked Joe Carr of West Virginia in the championship match ? Had surgery and received a medical hardship from the NCAA, restoring two full years eligibility. 1998-99: Won the ACC championship at 157 ? Began the season with a third-place finish at the Navy Invitational ? Pinned his first two opponents in times of 2:25 and 1:05 ? Finished second at the Sheridan/Lehigh Invitational ? Lost three of his first five dual matches before winning nine of 11 heading into the ACC Tournament ? Led the team with six falls, and tied for team honors with a 2-3 record against ranked opponents. 1997-98: Took fourth place at the Navy Invitational to open the season, and followed that by taking fifth at the Sheridan Invitational ? Had won three of four matches before injuring his knee on January 14 and losing to North Carolina?s JohnMark Bentley, 7-4 ? Missed exactly a month, and won five of his first six matches after returning to run his record to 16-7 ? Finished second in the ACC Tournament to earn an NCAA Tournament bid and went 1-2 at the National Championships to end the season at 17-10 ? Tied for the team lead with four falls. High school: Compiled a three-year record of 61-13 at Cox High School in Virginia Beach, posting a 25-2 record and winning the Virginia state championship at 135 as a senior ? Competed at 135 pounds in the Virginia-Maryland All-Star Wrestling Meet, pinning the Maryland state champion in the third period ? Went on to finish third in the country at 135 pounds in the National Wrestling Championships. Personal: Born January 9, 1979 ? Majoring in technology education.

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