Dec. 7, 2013
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - A total of five NC State wrestlers have advanced to Day 2 action at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The Pack's remaining wrestlers are one win away from placing at one of the most prestigious tournaments of the season.
At 125 pounds:
Freshman Micah Perez is alive in the wrestleback bracket. Perez lost his opening bout, but came back strong with three straight wins. He scored a 17-8 major decision and then a 5-2 decision. In his final win on Friday, Perez downed two-time NCAA qualifier Camden Eppert of Purdue 7-4.
At 149 pounds:
Freshman Brian Hamann is alive in the wrestleback bracket. Hamann scored two wins over seeded wrestlers, starting his day 2-0 before falling to another seeded opponent. Hamann opened with a 3-0 win over No. 11 seed Braden Richardson of Wyoming. The Pack rookie then took out No. 6 seed Chris Castillo of Boise State, ranked No. 14 nationally and a former FILA Junior Champion, 5-0.
At 157 pounds:
Junior Tommy Gantt is alive in the wrestleback bracket. Gantt started his day with a 20-5 technical fall win, before narrowly falling to No. 3 seed Brian Realbato of Cornell 7-4. Gantt came back strong with two straight wins, 5-2 and 4-0, to stay alive.
At 184 pounds:
Freshman Shayne Brady is alive in the wrestleback bracket. After losing his first bout, Brady won three straight to advance to Saturday action. He scored a pin in the first round of the wrestlebacks, before gaining a forfeit win and a 4-3 victory.
At 285 pounds:
Redshirt sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski is alive in the wrestleback bracket. Gwiazdowski was the top seed, and came out strong winning by pin and then a 17-2 technical fall. Gwiazdowski dropped his first match of the year to Alex Coon of Michigan, the 2011 FILA Cadet World Championship, 3-1.
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