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    RALEIGH, N.C. The tournament portion of the season is over, at least until March. NC State’s wrestling team will go head-to-head in dual matches for the next two months, beginning with a pair of matches Saturday at the abbreviated NC State Duals.

    The Wolfpack will wrestle Campbell at noon and Anderson at 2 p.m. Anderson will tangle with Duke at noon, and Duke is scheduled to wrestle Campbell at 2 o’clock. The third round of the duals was scrapped when a fifth school backed out of the competition at the last minute.

    NC State will head into the duals with two gaping holes in the lineup, at 184 and 197 pounds.

    Senior 197-pounder Ryan Goodman, a three-time NCAA qualifier, will join the wrestling team at 197 pounds once he gets down to his wrestling weight. New NCAA rules regarding weight loss in wrestling limits the amount that a wrestler can lose in a given period, so Goodman will probably need three to four weeks to shed the 20 or so pounds he needs to lose.

    Senior Mark Jahad, who has seen action in his career at both 184 and 197, is currently in the process of getting down from 197 to 184, but NCAA rules regarding weight loss prohibit him from wrestling at 184 until January 7. Freshman Hank Penree, who saw early action at 184, left the team at Thanksgiving and will not return.

    “Right now, we don’t have anyone at those two weights,” head coach Carter Jordan said. “There’s really nothing we can do about it and we’re not going to dwell on it. No excuses, we’ll wrestle with the guys we have.”

    All-America 149-pounder Darrion Caldwell highlights the NC State lineup. Caldwell is 20-0 on the season and fresh off of championships at both the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and the Southern Scuffle. He enters action this week ranked No. 3 nationally.

    The Wolfpack features a second All-America candidate in Joe Caramanica, who made his season debut last week at the Southern Scuffle and won all five of his bouts there to claim the championship at 141. Caramanica was 30-6 a year ago when he suffered a season-ending knee injury, and he continued to battle knee issues early this season. His debut at the Southern Scuffle was most encouraging.

    “Joe looked just super at the Scuffle,” Jordan said. “Considering it was his first action of the season, he really wrestled well. With Joe and Darrion wrestling back-to-back in the lineup, that gives us a formiddable 1-2 punch right there.”

    Right after Caramanica and Caldwell, redshirt-senior Kody Hamrah (16-5) makes it a tough 1-2-3 punch for the Pack. Hamrah redshirted a year ago, and has been steadily rounding his way into shape in the early going this season. A former ACC champion and Rookie of the Year, and an NCAA qualifier at 157, Hamrah has 64 career victories heading into the NC State Duals.

    Following is NC State’s lineup for the NC State Duals:
    125 - Mike Morno, R-Fr. (5-5)
    133 - Darrius Little, So. (8-8)
    141 - Joe Caramanica, Sr. (5-0)
    149 - Darrion Caldwell, Jr. (20-0)
    157 - Kody Hamrah, R-Sr. (16-5)
    165 - Quinton Godley, Fr. (8-11)
    174 - Jake burge, Fr. (8-5)
    Hwt - Bobby Isola, So. (1-6)

    Caldwell Notes: Darrion Caldwell’s 20-0 start is the best by an NC State wrestler since heavyweight Sylvester Terkay went 41-0 and won the NCAA championship in 1993. Caldwell won his final bout of the 2007-08 season to place fifth at the NCAA Championships, so his start this season runs his current winning streak to 21 matches. That also is the longest since Terkay’s perfect season.

    Following are the longest winning streaks by an NC State wrestler since 1987-88 (records are incomplete prior to that):

    1. Sylvester Terkay, 41, 1992-93
    2. Sylvester Terkay, 30, 1991-92
    3. Darrion Caldwell, 21, 2008-09 (current)
    4T. Mike Lombardo, 19, 1987-88
    4T. Darrion Caldwell, 19, 2007-08
    6T. Scott Turner, 18, 1987-88
    6T. Brian Jackson, 18, 1988-89
    6T. Scott Garren, 18, 2002-03
    9.Zach Breitenbach, 17, 2000-01
    10. Pierre Pryor, 16, 2000-01

    Caldwell’s 20-0 start passes Scott Garren’s 18-0 start in 2002-03 as the second-best start by an NC State wrestler since Terkay in 1992-93. Caldwell also has moved past Mike Lombardo’s 19-0 start to the 1987-88 season. Caldwell also had a 19-match winning streak a year ago, and has won 40 of his last 42 matches.

    Caldwell currently has nine pins in 2008-09 and has 42 for his career. He had 23 a year ago, which ranks as third most in a single season by an NC State wrestler and the most ever by a sophomore. He had 10 as a freshman, the most ever by a Wolfpack freshman. The school record for pins by a junior is 27 by Terkay in 1991-92. That also is the school record for pins in a season. Caldwell’s 42 career pins ranks third in school history. He trails only Terkay (64 from 1990-93) and Tab Thacker (54 from 1981-84).

     

     

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