NC State Wrestling 14th After First Day At Southern Scuffle
Dec. 28, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. - Despite competing without its top four wrestlers, three of whom are ranked nationally, NC State finished the first day of competition at UNC Greensboro's Southern Scuffle in 14th place in a rigorous 23-team field.
Eighth-ranked Missouri was the leader with 100.00 points, followed by ninth-ranked Minnesota with 99.50. North Carolina was seventh, with Virginia tied for eighth, Duke at 13th, the Wolfpack 14th, and Maryland 16th. NC State is without junior 133-pounder Dan Pacitti, senior 149-pounder Jake Giamoni (ranked No. 17), senior 157-pounder Scott Garren (ranked No. 14), and senior 165-pounder Dustin Kawa (ranked No. 18). All are nursing injuries.
NC State got strong performances on Sunday from redshirt-freshman 125-pounder Jeremy Hartrum, making his collegiate debut; junior 141-pounder Alex Hernandez; redshirt-sophomore 184-pounder Daniel Humphries; and freshman 197-pounder Zach Garren. All four were still alive heading into the second day of action in the tournament with a chance at third place in their respective weight classifications.
Hartrum got his career started with a 7-4 decision over North Carolina's Drew Forshey and a 2-1 decision over Brad Regan of The Citadel. Hartrum then lost 5-0 to Columbia's Jeff Soto, but will face Andrew Domingues of Minnesota in the wrestlebacks on Monday.
Hernandez defeated Nolan Roggenkamp of The Citadel with a 13-1 major decision before losing an 11-4 decision to UNCG's Kevin Artis. In the wrestlebacks, Hernandez pinned his first two opponents, Danny Williams of Minnesota at 3:35 and Chet Naylor of Virginia at 1:05. Hernandez will face VMI's Sam Alveranga in his first bout on Monday.
Humphries defaulted five minutes into his first-round bout with 10th-ranked Matt Pell of Missouri, but then defeated Brandon Beach of Gardner-Webb by a 9-5 score, and Dan Scott of Slippery Rock 13-0. Humphries will face UNC's Mark Canty in his first bout on Monday.
Garren dropped a 7-6 decision to Maryland's Jerry Afari, but routed Brent Blackwell of Gardner-Webb 15-4, and edged Jared Terrell of Rider, 3-2.