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    Gwiazdowski Advances to NCAA Quarterfinals
    Nick Gwiazdowski advances to the NCAA quarterfinals.
    Nick Gwiazdowski advances to the NCAA quarterfinals.

    March 20, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. - In winning both of his matches Thursday, NC State redshirt-sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski has advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships being held in Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Entering as the second seed at 285 pounds, Gwiazdowski downed Maximillian Wessell of Leigh in the first round, 6-2 in the morning session. Gwiazdowski then came back in the night session with a 6-3 decision over William Smith of Rutgers to advance in the winner's bracket.

    Unfortunately for the Pack, NC State's four other wrestlers competing in the NCAA Championships all fell in first round action to seeded foes, and wrestled the night session in the wrestlebacks.

    Sophomore Sam Speno (141 pounds) and junior Tommy Gantt (157) both won in the wrestlebacks and will be back in action tomorrow as well.

    The quarterfinals will take place Friday morning, with the semifinals Friday evening and will be televised on ESPN.

    141: (11) Joey Lazor (Northern Iowa) dec. Sam Speno (NCSU); 6-0
    Sam Speno (NCSU) dec. Danny Sabatello (Purdue); 8-6

    157: (16) Zach Brunson (Illinois) dec. Tommy Gantt (NCSU); 10-9
    Tommy Gantt (NCSU) dec. Joshua Kreimier (Air Force); 6-2

    174: (9) Elliot Riddick (Leigh) dec. Pete Renda (NCSU); 6-4 (8)
    Cory Walters (Ohio) fall Pete Renda (NCSU); 3:54



    197: (15) Braden Atwood (Purdue) dec. KaRonne Jones (NCSU); 3-2
    Mario Gonzalez (Illinois) dec. KaRonne Jones (NCSU); 4-1 (TB1)

    285: (2) Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) dec. Maximillian Wessell (Leigh); 6-2
    (2) Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) dec. William Smith (Rutgers); 6-3

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