Feb. 15, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The NC State wrestling team fell at Maryland on Saturday, 23-14. The Pack recorded three straight wins towards the end of the ACC dual, but it was not enough as NC State (12-6) fell to an unranked team for the first time this year.
The Pack won four of the 10 matches on the day, including a pair of bonus point wins.
Junior Tommy Gantt (157 pounds) and senior Nijel Jones (165 pounds) both recorded major decisions. Gantt won 15-5, while Jones recorded a 14-6 win to bring the Pack four points each. Freshman Pete Renda made it three straight Pack wins, as he earned a 7-2 decision at 174 pounds and closed an 18-3 Maryland lead down to 18-14.
The Pack went into the final match down four, but Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock, the top-ranked wrestler nationally at 184 pounds, recorded a tech fall.
In a battle of top 10 wrestlers at 285 pounds, NC State’s sixth-ranked Nick Gwiazdowski recorded an 11-8 decision over eighth-ranked Spencer Myers. Gwiazdowski improves to a perfect 17-0 in duals this year and four of his last five wins have been over ranked foes.
The Pack will return to action tomorrow, traveling to American for a dual at noon.
Maryland 23, NC State 14
197: #10 Christian Boley (MD) dec. KaRonne Jones; 3-2 - 3-0
285: #6 Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) dec. #8 Spencer Myers; 11-8 - 3-3
125: Billy Rappo (MD) dec. Micah Perez; 3-2 - 6-3
133: Tyler Goodwin (MD) dec. Chris Wilkes; 4-2 - 9-3
141: Shyhiem Brown (MD) dec. #26 Sam Speno; 4-3 - 12-3
149: Frank Goodwin (MD) fall #31 Brian Hamann; 6:05 - 18-3
157: #19 Tommy Gantt (NCSU) major dec. Ben Dorsay; 15-5 - 18-7
165: Nijel Jones (NCSU) major dec. Tyler Manion; 14-6 - 18-11
174: #19 Pete Renda (NCSU) dec. Matthew Snook; 7-2 - 18-14
184: #1 Jimmy Sheptock (MD) tech fall Shayne Brady; 16-0 - 23-14