March 21, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - After picking up a win in the night session, NC State junior Joe DeAngelo continues his run at the 2013 NCAA Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa. Wrestling in the 125-pound weight class, DeAngelo narrowly lost his first round match, but stayed alive with a win in the evening session.
DeAngelo fell in the first round in the morning to Christian Cullinan of Central Michigan, 7-2. The bout was scoreless after the first period, and tied 2-2 late in the second. Cullinan then scored a late takedown, and ended the match scoring five straight points.
DeAngelo came back in the night session and led from start to finish in recording a 7-5 win over Kevon Powell of Ohio. DeAngelo started with a takedown early, and held a 2-0 lead after the first period with 2:28 minutes of riding time. He increased the lead to 3-0, but Powell came back to even things up, 4-4, at the end of the second period. DeAngelo continued with another takedown, and with a Powell escape and adding in ride time for DeAngelo, the final score was 7-5.
DeAngelo returns to action tomorrow morning against Steve Mitcheff (29-12) of Kent State, who fell to No. 3 seed Matt McDonough of Iowa 5-1 in the second round after his 6-2 first round win over Edward Klimara of Oklahoma State. If DeAngelo wins, he will also wrestle tomorrow in the night session.
Two other Pack wrestlers were in action at the NCAA Championships as well, but both lost two bouts to end their seasons.
Freshman Sam Speno earned an NCAA bid in his rookie season at 133 pounds. Speno fell in the first round to Derek Steeley of Binghamton, 11-6. The Pack rookie took a 2-1 lead, and then 3-2, but Steeley reeled off five straight points and Speno could not recover.
In the night session, Speno fell to Rosario Bruno of Michigan, 10-4. Speno ended the season with 16 wins, and was ranked in each of the NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings.
Nijel Jones earned an at-large bid at 165 pounds. In first round action, Jones fell to No. 9 seed Josh Veltre of Bloomsburg, 7-0. In the wrestlebacks, Jones fell to Bret Baumbach of Stanford, 15-6. Jones fell behind 4-0, but fought back to make it 4-3 late in the second period. At the end of the period, video replay awarded an extra takedown for Baumbach and Jones could not overcome the deficit. Jones ended the season with a team-high 27 wins, and was ranked in multiple polls throughout the season.