Wrestling At Maryland, Navy on Saturday
RALEIGH, N.C. — Banged up and in the midst of a lengthy run of road matches, the NC State wrestling team will face arguably its most daunting day of dual matches this season Saturday when the Wolfpack wrestles at Maryland and at Navy in a split-venue twin-bill.
NC State (5-7 overall, 1-0 in the ACC) will take on Maryland (13-3 overall, 1-0 ACC) at noon in College Park, then take on Navy (2-1) at 7 p.m. in Annapolis. Maryland is ranked No. 8 in the country, and while Navy is unranked, it is one of the sport’s traditional powers.
“These are two really good wrestling programs that we’re facing this weekend,” Wolfpack head coach Carter Jordan said. “Maryland is having an outstanding season, and Navy is always going to be very competitive. That’s just a characteristic of the institution itself. So we’re going to be severely tested.”
The Pack is now without the services of Darrion Caldwell, Taylor Cummings, Darrius Little, Colton Palmer, Jonathan Becker, Andrew Tumlin and Bobby Isola. Of those seven projected starters, only Palmer and Isola figure to return this season. Both are out with high ankle sprains and neither is on the trip to Maryland.
Not all of NC State’s starters are injured. Sophomore 149-pounder Bobby Ward is 20-6 overall and 14-3 at 149. He has won seven matches in a row, eight of his last nine, and 13 of his last 15. Freshman heavyweight Eloheim Palma, who moved into the lineup in December when Isola went down, is 17-10 and leads the team with six pins and seven major decisions.
Freshman 141-pounder Dale Shull is 13-9, including a 9-3 mark in dual matches. He has four pins and three majors, and has won five of his last six matches. Sophomore 125-pounder Mike Moreno is 5-3 since moving into the lineup in January. He also has won five of his last six matches. Junior 165-pounder Ray Ward also moved into the lineup in January and is 5-6 with a pair of pins.
“With the lineup we have, we’ve managed to hang in there,” Jordan said. “We have some matches where we really wrestle tough and get after it, and others where we’re kind of passive and unaggressive. The thing for us right now is to keep banging and fighting and learn how to wrestle tough for seven minutes every time out there. It’s all part of the process.
Following are the projected starting lineups for Saturday’s matches featuring NC State, Maryland and Navy:
NC State (5-7/1-0)
125 - Mike Moreno (5-3)
133 - Scott Norris (3-8)
141 - Dale Shull (13-9)
149 - Bobby Ward (20-6)
157 - Juan Stimpson (5-4)
165 - Ray Ward (5-6)
174 - Quinton Godley (9-13)
184 - Cedric Moore (2-7)
197 - Christian McClean (1-6)
Hwt - Eloheim Palma (17-10)
#8 Maryland (13-3/1-0)
125 - James Knox (17-8) or Pat Strizki (10-6)
133 - #11 Steven Bell (19-5)
141 - #9 Alex Krom (14-5) or Matt Bogusz (16-6)
149 - Jon Kohler (12-14)
157 - Kyle John (23-7)
165 - #15 Josh Asper (23-6)
174 - #5 Mike Letts (19-4) or Owen Smith (10-8)
184 - Corey Peltier (14-11)
197 - #3 Hudson Taylor (29-2)
Hwt - Patrick Gilmore (17-8)
125 - Aaron Kalil (13-8) or Allen Stein (9-7)
133 - Pat McCaffrey (11-9) or Jared Anongas (10-7)
141 - Matt Pagan (15-12) or Dustin Haislip (6-5)
149 - Glenn Shober (14-9) or John Majka (7-6)
157 - #8 Bryce Saddoris (19-9)
165 - Robby Neill (14-10)
174 - Matt DeMichiel (14-11)
184 - Andrew Buck (13-7) or Greg Prioleau (2-5)
197 - Charles Carafano (6-6) or Russ Kropp (3-4)
Hwt - Scott Steele (7-1)