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    Six Pack Wrestlers Ranked in First NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings
    Fr. Brian Hamann leads the Pack with four wins against ranked foes.
    Fr. Brian Hamann leads the Pack with four wins against ranked foes.

    Jan. 23, 2014

    PREVIEW: Beauty & the Beat Friday Night in Reynolds

    RALEIGH, N.C. – Six NC State wrestlers were ranked in the first Division I Wrestling Coaches’ Panel Rankings that were released Thursday afternoon.

    • Sophomore Sam Speno is ranked No. 23 at 141 pounds. Speno is 17-5 on the year, including 11-2 in duals and defeated No. 19 Tyler Small of Kent State last weekend, 3-2.

    • Freshman Brian Hamann is ranked No. 26 at 149 pounds. Hamann leads the Pack with four wins over ranked opponents this year and posts a 16-7 overall record.

    • Junior Tommy Gantt is ranked No. 18 at 157 pounds. Gantt is second on the Pack in victories this year with 23 and is 9-1 in duals, winning his last five.

    • Senior Nijel Jones is ranked No. 32 at 165 pounds. Jones is 10-3 this year, including 5-1 in duals.

    • Freshman Pete Renda is ranked No. 20 at 174 pounds. Renda is second on the Pack with an 11-1 record in duals this year and is 19-6 overall.

    • Redshirt-sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski is ranked No. 5 at 285 pounds. Gwiazdowski leads the Pack with his 27-2 record this season and also his 13 pins.

    NC State returns to action Friday night, as the wrestling team and the gymnastics team will host the first-ever Beauty and the Beast. The wrestling team will face Campbell at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. The Pack returns to ACC action on Sunday, hosting No. 17 Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.



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