Jan. 16, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State wrestling team will travel to No. 25 Kent State this Sunday for a 2 p.m. dual. The Wolfpack is coming off a 3-0 performance at the Pitt Duals last week, and currently holds a 10-2 record overall in duals this season.
The Pack is led by a pair of wrestlers who are ranked this week, freshman Pete Renda is 18th at 174 pounds, and redshirt-sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski is fifth at 285 pounds. Gwiazdowski is tied for fifth nationally among all weight classes with the most pins vs. D1 opponents this season (8).
Kent State is ranked No. 25 this week by IntermatWrestle.com, posting a record of 7-6 thus far. The Golden Flashes placed fourth at last week’s Virginia Duals, falling to No. 13 Virginia, 22-12, and to No. 15 Virginia Tech, 19-16. Four Kent State grapplers are ranked by Intermat this week: Mack McGuire is 18th at 133 pounds, Tyler Small is 19th at 141, Ian Miller is sixth at 157, and Sam Wheeler is 14th at 184.
The dual will be part of Kent State’s Beauty & The Beast, as the gymnastics teams from NC State and Kent State will be competing at the same time as the wrestling dual.
After the Pack’s trip to Kent State, NC State will host four straight duals at Reynolds Coliseum starting with Campbell on Friday, Jan. 24. This dual will serve as NC State’s Beauty and The Beast, as that night in Reynolds the Pack gymnastics team will also be hosting a meet.
Live video from Kent State will be available at www.mac-sports.com, and live scoring can be followed on Trackwrestling.com.
NC State Probable Starters:
125: Fr. Micah Perez (16-9, 5-4 duals)
or Fr. Brenden Calas (7-5, 1-1 duals)
133: Fr. Chris Wilkes (12-7, 8-4 duals)
141: So. Sam Speno (16-5, 10-2 duals)
149: Fr. Brian Hamann (16-6, 5-3 duals)
157: Jr. Tommy Gantt (22-6, 8-1 duals)
or Fr. Max Rohskopf (2-1, 2-1 duals)
165: Fr. Peter Santos (14-5, 2-1 duals)
174: #18 Fr. Pete Renda (18-6, 10-1 duals)
184: Fr. Shayne Brady (12-7, 4-2 duals)
or Fr. Michael Macchiavello (8-7, 3-3 duals)
197: R-Sr. KaRonne Jones (9-5, 5-4 duals)
285: #5 R-So. Nick Gwiazdowski (26-2, 11-0 duals)