Jan. 19, 2014
KENT, OHIO - The NC State wrestling team dropped a hard-fought 23-14 decision at No. 25 Kent State on Sunday. The Pack brought home major decision wins at 174 and 285 pounds, in addition to wins at 141 and 157 pounds.
NC State falls to 10-3 in duals on the year, with all three losses coming to ranked foes.
The two teams started at 165 pounds, with Kent State opening with a 9-1 major decision.
NC State answered in the next bout at 174 pounds, as freshman Pete Renda scored a 14-3 major decision to even the dual 4-4 after the first two matches. Renda entered ranked 18th nationally, and is now 11-1 in duals in his rookie season.
The Golden Flashes retook the lead with back-to-back decisions at 184 pounds (9-5) and 197 pounds (8-3). After four matches, Kent State held a 10-4 lead.
NC State made up some ground at 285 pounds, with redshirt-sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski improving to a perfect 12-0 in duals this year with a 10-1 major decision. Gwiazdowski’s team-leading 27th win of the year made the dual 10-8 at the halfway point.
Kent State scored nine points over the next two matches to gain a 19-8 edge. The Golden Flashes scored a 5-3 decision at 125 pounds, followed by a pin at 133 pounds.
NC State did not give up, as sophomore Sam Speno defeated #19 Tyler Small at 141 pounds, 3-2. Speno’s first win over a ranked foe this season cut the lead to 19-11 with two bouts left.
The Golden Flashes clinched the dual with a 12-2 major decision at 149 pounds to take a 23-11 lead into the final bout.
The Pack closed out the dual with junior Tommy Gantt picking up an 9-4 decision at 157 pounds. Gantt improves to 9-1 in duals this year, including winning four straight.
The Pack will return to Raleigh, starting a four-match homestand next weekend. On Friday, as part of NC State’s Beauty & The Beast event with the Pack gymnastics team, the wrestling squad will host Campbell at 7 p.m in Reynolds Coliseum. Admission will be charged for this dual, $5 for adults, $3 seniors 65+, and youth under 18 are free.
#25 Kent State 23, NC State 14
165: Tyler Buckwalter (KSU) major decision Peter Santos; 9-1 - 4-0
174: #18 Pete Renda (NCSU) major decision Mike Vollant; 14-3 - 4-4
184: #14 Sam Wheeler (KSU) decision Michael Macchiavello; 9-5 - 7-4
197: Cole Baxter (KSU) decision KaRonne Jones; 8-3 - 10-4
285: #5 Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) major decision Mimmo Lytle; 10-1 - 10-8
125: Edilberto Vinas (KSU) decision Micah Perez; 5-3 - 13-8
133: #18 Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) fall Chris Wilkes; 2:43 - 19-8
141: Sam Speno (NCSU) decision over #19 Tyler Small; 3-2 - 19-11
149: Michael Depalma (KSU) major decision Brian Hamann; 12-2 - 23-11
157: Thommy Gantt (NCSU) decision T.J. Keklak; 9-4 - 23-14