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    Wrestling Falls to No. 17 Virginia Tech, 17-16

    Jan. 26, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State and No. 17 Virginia Tech both won five bouts, but the Hokies came away with a narrow 17-16 win over the Pack in Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday. With the score tied 7-7 after the first four bouts, the Hokies scored a major decision at 133 pounds for a point differential that lasted the remaining five bouts.

    The dual started at 184 pounds.

    No. 14 Nick Vetterlein of Virginia Tech scored a 16-7 major decision over freshman Michael Macchiavello to get the Hokies on the scoreboard first 4-0.

    NC State answered with two straight wins.

    In the first of two matches to go into a tiebreaker on the day, NC State redshirt-senior KaRonne Jones scored a 2-1 win at 197 pounds over No. 22 Chris Penny. After the match was tied 1-1 after an extra period, Jones rode Penny 30 seconds of the tie breaker period, and Penny gave up an escape point for the final score.

    NC State took the lead after No. 5 Nick Gwiazdowski's 12-4 major decision over No. 21 Ty Walz at 285 pounds. Gwiazdowski recorded two major decisions over ranked foes this weekend, beating No. 27 Eloheim Palma of Campbell on Friday. After three bouts, the Pack was up 7-4.

    The Hokies regained the lead with wins at 125 and 133 pounds. No. 18 Joey Dance downed the Pack's Micah Perez 3-2 at 125 pounds, and No. 26 Dennis Gustafson scored a 13-4 major decision over NC State's Chris Wilkes at 133 pounds.

    At the halfway point, Virginia Tech held an 11-7 lead.

    The Pack closed to within 11-10 after a win at 141 pounds as No. 25 Sam Speno scored a 4-3 tiebreaker win over Erik Spjut. After a 3-3 deadlock, Speno rode Spjut 30 seconds at the start of the tie breaking period, then Spjut gave up an escape point to give Speno the 4-3 win. Speno went 0-3 versus Spjut last year at 133 pounds.

    Virginia Tech responded at 149 pounds, as No. 19 Zach Neibert earned a 6-0 decision over No. 26 Brian Hamann and gave the Hokies a 14-10 lead with three bouts left.

    The Pack once again closed the team score to within a point, as No. 18 Tommy Gantt posted a 4-2 decision over Sal Mastriani at 157 pounds. With two matches left, the Hokies held a slight 14-13 lead.

    Virginia Tech kept pace once again at 165 pounds, as #24 Chris Moon scored a 10-8 decision over #32 Nigel Jones, 10-8. The win gave the Hokies a four-point edge, plus all tie breaker possibilities, heading into the final bout.

    NC State closed the dual with No. 20 Pete Renda scoring a 7-1 decision at 174 pounds.

    NC State will return to action next weekend, hosting North CarolinaFriday night at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. The ACC dual will be broadcast on ESPN3.

    184:    #14 Nick Vetterlein (VT) major dec. Michael Macchiavello; 16-7    4-0        
    197:    KaRonne Jones (NCSU) dec. #22 Chris Penny; 2-1 (TB-1)    4-3    
    285:    #5 Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) major dec. #21 Ty Walz; 12-4    4-7    
    125:    #18 Joey Dance (VT) dec. Micah Perez; 3-2    7-7    
    133:    #26 Dennis Gustafson (VT) major dec. Chris Wilkes; 13-4    11-7        
    141:    #25 Sam Speno (NCSU) dec. Erik Spjut; 4-3 (TB-1)    11-10
    149:    #19 Zach Neibert (VT) dec. #26 Brian Hamann; 6-0    14-10
    157:    #18 Tommy Gantt (NCSU) dec. Sal Mastriani; 4-2    14-13
    165:    #24 Chris Moon (VT) dec. #32 Nijel Jones; 10-8    17-13
    174:    #20 Pete Renda (NCSU) dec. John Dickson; 7-1    17-16
    Team Score: #17 Virginia Tech (15-2) 17, NC State (11-4) 16



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