NC State Wrestling Edges North Carolina 19-12
Feb. 11, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. - Alex Hernandez recorded a 12-7 decision over Mike Booth at 141 pounds in the final bout of the evening to give NC State a 19-12 dual-match victory over North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference match at Reynolds Coliseum.
The victory lifted the Wolfpack to 8-4 overall and 3-0 and alone in first place in the ACC. The Tar Heels fell to 4-10 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
The match started at 149 pounds, and the Wolfpack got off to a quick start. Jake Giamoni (14-5) got a takedown in the final 30 seconds of the bout to defeat Brian Baglio (9-11) by a point, 5-4. At 157, Scott Garren (12-2) got a first-period takedown and a three-point near fall, and cruised to an 8-3 decision over Ashton Buswell (13-19), giving NC State a 6-0 lead in the team scoring.
At 165, the Pack's Dustin Kawa (13-3) used five takedowns and a near fall to take a major decision from Garrett Atkinson (11-19), and the extra point for the major decision loomed large as the match wound down. NC State led 10-0 at that point, and Rick Brownlee made it 13-0 with a 6-5 decision over Josh Lee at 174 pounds.
The Tar Heels got on the scoreboard at 184 when Mark Canty (22-14) got a takedown in the sudden-victory overtime period to hand Daniel Humphries (11-11) a 3-1 loss. That cut the team lead to 13-3, but NC State's Zach Garren (12-10) returned the favor in the 197 match, taking down Venroy July (19-16) in sudden victory for a 3-1 decision. That pushed the lead back to 13 points at 16-3.
The Tar Heels won the next three bouts, to stay alive until the last match of the evening. UNC heavyweight Ryan Adams (27-9) got three takedowns in the third period to take a 7-4 victory over Jainor Palma (7-14), and Drew Forshey (13-10) defeated the Pack's Jeremy Hartrum (10-5) 125 pounds by a 3-2 decision, trimming the Wolfpack team lead to 16-9.
North Carolina cut the lead to four points when Bobby Shaw (15-19) took an 8-4 decision over Garrett Cummings (8-7), pulling UNC to within 16-12, but Mike Booth (5-8) needed a major decision in the final bout to force a tie and send the match to criteria, and Hernandez (15-8) put an end to that possibility with five takedowns in the final period to take a 12-7 decision that clinched the team victory for NC State.
NC State 19, North Carolina 12
125 - Drew Forshey (UNC) dec. Jeremy Hartrum, 3-2
133 - Bobby Shaw (UNC) dec. Garrett Cummings, 8-4
141 - Alex Hernandez (NCS) dec. Mike Booth, 12-7
149 - Jake Giamoni (NCS) dec. Brian Baglio, 5-4
157 - Scott Garren (NCS) dec. Ashton Buswell, 8-3
165 - Dustin Kawa (NCS) major dec. Garrett Atkinson, 14-4
174 - Rick Brownlee (NCS) dec. Josh Lee, 6-5
184 - Mark Canty (UNC) dec. Daniel Humphries, 3-1, sv
197 - Zach Garren (NCS) dec. Venroy July, 3-1, sv
Hwt - Ryan Adams (UNC) dec. Jainor Palma, 7-4