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    Jones Takes First, Speno and Gantt Third at Reno Tournament
    Nijel Jones brought home first place at 165-pounds at the Reno Tournament of Champions.
    Nijel Jones brought home first place at 165-pounds at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

    Dec. 16, 2012

    Reno, Nev. -

    The NC State wrestling team headed west this weekend, and competed in the Reno Tournament of Champions. The Wolfpack had five of its nine wrestlers advance to the quarterfinals, and a Pack wrestler won the 165-pound weight class and also had a pair finish third at both 133 and 149 pounds.

    Junior Nijel Jones came in ranked 20th in the nation and he was the top seed at 165. Jones had his best tournament of the fall, as he brought home a first place finish going a perfect 6-0. Jones recorded falls in two of his first three matches, sandwiched around a 7-1 win to ease into the quarterfinals. Jones then used a 14-8 win to advance to the semifinals and 6-3 to reach second finals in four tournaments this year. In the championship, Jones recorded a 13-4 major decision over Nick Proctor for the tittle at 165.

    Freshman Sam Speno brought home a third place finish at 133 pounds. Speno won his first three matches (7-6, 8-5, 6-0) before losing in the semifinals to the top-seed, Ryan Mango of Stanford, a two-time All-American. Speno recovered with an 8-1 win over 16th ranked Ian Nickell of Cal State Bakersfield and then downed Brandon Fifield of Michigan State, 3-0, to capture third place.

    Sophomore Thomas Gantt made his season debut, and finished third at 149 pounds. Gantt also started out with three straight wins (4-0, 8-3, 3-1), with his first win of 4-0 over 19th-ranked Justin Gonzalez. Gantt lost in the semifinals to third ranked Jason Chamberlain of Boise State forcing him into the wrestleback bracket. Gantt picked up a 12-5 win and then defeated Jimmy Eggemeyer of Southern Oregon (3-1) for the second time on the day to finish in third place.

    The Pack will have off until January 1, when the Pack travels to the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Sam Speno - 3rd Place
    won 7-6 decision over Prescott Lamer (Southern Oregon)
    won 8-5 decision over Aaron Hansen (The Citadel)
    won 6-0 decision over Marton Ramirez (Adams State)
    lost 11-6 decision to Ryan Mango (Stanford)
    won 8-1 decision over #16 Ian Nickell (Cal State Bakersfield)
    won 3-0 decision over Brandon Fifield (Michigan State)

    Thomas Gantt - 3rd Place
    won 4-0 decision over #19 Justin Gonzalez (Northern Colorado)
    won 8-3 decision over Dalton Kelly (Cal State Bakersfield)
    won 3-1 decision over Jimmy Eggemeyer (Southern Oregon)
    lost 9-1 major decision to #3 Jason Chamberlain (Boise State)
    won 12-5 decision over Timmy Boone (Stanford)
    won 3-1 decision over Jimmy Eggemeyer (Southern Oregon)

    Mardel Gabriel
    won 4-0 decision over Kory Deberry (Grand Canyon)
    won 4-3 decision over Dalton Urrurin (Southern Oregon)
    lost 7-5 decision to Kyle Chene (Cal Poly)
    lost 3-1 decision to Bobby Ward (Grand Canyon)

    Matt Nereim
    won 20-5 technical fall over Richard Ortiz (Simpson)
    won 5-2 decision over Kyle Meyer (Stanford)
    lost 14-4 major decision to Chris Castillo (Boise State)
    lost 12-3 major decision to Toney Chay (Oregon State)

    #20 Nijel Jones
    won by fall at 2:50 over Ethan Hinebauch (MSU-Northern)
    won 7-1 decision over Andrew Balch (Cal State Bakersfield)
    won by fall at 6:00 over Bobby Nash (Michigan State)
    won 14-8 decision over Dakota Friesth (Wyoming)
    won 6-3 decision over Jim Wilson (Stanford)
    won major decision 13-4 over Nick Proctor (Michigan State)

    Patrick Davis
    won 11-5 decision over Brendan Eichmann (Minnesota)
    lost 10-9 decision to Max Payne (MSU-Northern)
    won 11-5 decision over L.J. Helbig (Wyoming)
    won 5-0 decision over Matt Cox (Campbell)
    lost 9-0 major decision to Scotty Bacon (Boise State)

    Bret Peltier
    lost by fall at 1:27 to Dustin Johnson (Clackamas)
    lost 10-0 major decision to Mark Colabucci (West Virginia)

    Josh Lackey
    lost by fall at 0:51 to #9 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State)
    lost 14-6 major decision to Lucas Mondragon (Oregon State)

    Mike Kosoy
    won 7-6 decision over Dan Mueller (Missouri Valley)
    lost 12-5 decision to #6 Chad Hanke (Oregon State)
    lost 3-2 decision to Phil Mandzik (West Virginia)



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