Wrestling Has Midweek Match At Campbell
Two road matches to go before the NC State wrestling team finally returns to Reynolds Coliseum for a home dual match. Next on the schedule is a Wednesday night encounter at Campbell.
The Wolfpack handed the Camels a 29-6 defeat January 5 at the NC State Duals. The Wolfpack is 2-2-1 since then, 6-7-1 overall, while the Camels have dropped 10 of 12 matches and will carry a 1-12-1 mark into Wednesday’s match.
Sophomore 141-pounder Kelin Bidelspach leads the Camels with an 18-2 overall record. One of his two losses, however, was a 10-2 major decision at the hands of the Pack’s Joe Caramanica, currently ranked seventh nationally with a 23-4 record.
Sophomore 133-pounder David Wise is 9-3, including an 11-6 decision over NC State’s Darius Little. Junior 149-pounder Matt King is 9-8 for the Camels. King did not wrestle in the match against NC State on January 5. Bidelspach, Wise and King are the lone Camels with winning records, and Bedelspach is the only Camel who has reached double figures in victories.
Caramanica and 149-pounder Darrion Caldwell continue to lead NC State. Caldwell is 24-3 with 14 pins and has won eight matches in a row, which is a new career high. He won seven straight in January-February a year ago. Caramanica has won nine in a row, also a career high, and is 23-4 for the season.
Junior 184-pounder Ryan Goodman split a pair of matches this past weekend at Maryland and Navy, defeating 17th-ranked Josh Haines of Maryland by a 4-1 decision, but losing 11-4 to Navy’s Casey Caldwell. Goodman is 14-5 for the season.
The Wolfpack’s other big winner this season, sophomore 125-pounder Taylor Cummings, also split his matches over the weekend. Cummings lost by fall to Maryland’s Brendan Byrne, but recovered to score a 6-1 decision over Allan Stein of the Midshipmen. Cummings is 18-9 for the season.
Elsewhere in the lineup, freshmen are making an impact for the Pack. Heavyweight Bobby Isola continues to make progress. He won a 5-2 decision over Patrick Gilmore of Maryland before third-ranked Ed Pendergast of Navy pinned the Wolfpack rookie at the 3:40 mark. Isola is 11-11 for the season, and by way of comparison, the Pack’s last freshman starter at heavyweight, Jainor Palma, went 11-16 in 2003-04.
Two other freshmen in the starting lineup, Little and 157-pounder Colton Palmer. Little is 8-9 with a pin, while Palmer is 4-6 after cracking the lineup this past weekend at Maryland.
NC State Wrestling Notebook
Caldwell On A Roll: Approaching the three-quarters mark of his sophomore season, 149-pounder Darrion Caldwell already has started a full-scale assault on the NC State record books. With 24 victories so far this season, Caldwell is on a pace that will put him within reach of the school record of 32 victories in a season by a sophomore, held by Sylvester Terkay. Caldwell has six dual matches, plus the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA championships, still to go this season.
Given his fast start, Caldwell would have to be seen as having a better than even chance at winning 30 matches this season. Only nine wrestlers in the program’s history have won 30 or more matches, the last being Sylvester Terkay in 1993, when he went 41-0 and won the national championship.
Taking The Fall: With 24 pins to his credit in his one-plus seasons at NC State, Caldwell is tied for fifth in school history for career pins with Pierre Pryor (1998-2002). While Caldwell has a ways to go to break the school record of 64 by Terkay, he easily could finish the current season as high as third place in school history. The late Tab Thacker (1981-84) ranks second in career pins with 54, but Dan Madsen, third with 29, is well within Caldwell’s reach this season, given his current pace. Next up on the list for Caldwell is Lynn Morris (1975-78), who had 28 pins in his career.
Caldwell has 14 pins thus far in 2007-08, tied for fourth in the nation and sixth in Wolfpack lore for most falls in a single season. Terkay has the top two single-season figures in school history 27 in 1991-92 and 25 in 1992-93. Mike Lombardo’s 16 pins in 1987-88 rank third, followed by a pair of 15-pin seasons by Thacker in 1981-82 and 1983-84. Caldwell is next with 14.
NC State’s All-Time Single-Season Pins Leaders
1. Sylvester Terkay (1991-92), 27
2. Sylvester Terkay (1992-93), 25
3. Mike Lombardo (1987-88), 16
4. Tab Thacker (1983-84), 15
Tab Thacker (1981-82), 15
6. Darrion Caldwell (2007-08), 14
7. Tab Thacker (1982-83), 12
Dan Madson (1995-96), 12
9. Jim Best (1985-86), 11
10. Darrion Caldwell (2006-07), 10
NC State’s All-Time Career Pins Leaders
1. Sylvester Terkay (1990-93), 64
2. Tab Thacker (1981-84), 54
3. Dan Madson (1992-94, 1996), 29
4. Lynn Morris (1975-78), 28
5. Pierre Pryor (1998-2002), 24
Darrion Caldwell (2007- ), 24
7. Jim Best (1985-86, 1988-89), 23
8. Mike Lombardo (1985-88), 22
9. Greg Fatool (1982-85), 18
Jerry Rodriguez (1981-82), 18
Winning Percentage: Caldwell has just 53 bouts to his credit so far in his career, but his .830 career won-lost percentage (44-9) would be fourth in school history. Because won-lost percentage is subject to fluctuation, NC State’s career leaders only include wrestlers who have wrestled 50 or more bouts and have exhausted their eligibility. Terkay is the career leader at .897 (122-14).
Approaching A Milestone: Following wins this past weekend vs. Maryland’s Jon Kohler and Navy’s Glenn Shober, junior 141-pounder Joe Caramanica has a 66-23 career record and needs just four more victories to crack the school’s all-time top 20.
Also Shooting For 30: Caramanica is 23-4 on the season, and like Caldwell he has six dual matches plus the postseason remaining this season. Should Caldwell and Caramanica both win 30 matches this season, it would mark only the second time in program history that a pair of NC State teammates won 30 or more matches apiece in the same season. Brian Jackson (38) and Michael Stokes (34) both won more than 30 matches in 1989.
Goodman’s Career Numbers: Junior 184-pounder Ryan Goodman has a 58-15 record following his split vs. Maryland and Navy this past weekend. Goodman still has a ways to go to crack the top 20 for career wins, but his career winning percentage of .795 would be tied for 11th in school annals.
Fast Worker: Returning to Darrion Caldwell, he has been working hard to become a seven-minute wrestler and overcome the reputation that he either pins his opponents early or struggles to finish. Looking at his match-by-match results, it’s easy to see where that reputation comes from. Of Caldwell’s 24 career pins, 21 of them came in the first period, 10 in the first minute, and six in the first 30 seconds of the bout. His pin of Liberty’s Scottie Clymer on January 12 was the first in Caldwell’s career that came after the second period of a match.
Prior to this year’s Las Vegas Invitational, Caldwell had gone the distance in back-to-back matches just four times, and never in more than two matches in a row. Caldwell went a full seven minutes in his last four matches at Las Vegas, including a 12-3 major decision over No. 2 Josh Cherulla and an 8-6 decision over No. 3 J.P. O’Connor. He went 10 matches after that without a match going the distance, but wrestled Maryland’s Eric Medina and Navy’s Bryce Saddoris to seven-minute decisions, winning both. For his career, only 20 of Caldwell’s 53 matches have gone the full seven minutes.
Caldwell won his first three college matches with pins at 0:13, 1:35, and 2:20, meaning he was 3-0 before he had logged five minutes of mat time. He has four first-period pins against ranked wrestlers, including three that were in the top 10 at the time. Six of his 14 pins this season occurred in the first 30 seconds of the bout.
Add in technical falls and defaults, and 26 of Caldwell’s 44 career victories came well shy of the seven-minute mark. All but two of his nine career losses were by pin or technical fall.
Miscellaneous notes: NC State wrestlers are 11-21 against ranked opponents this season ... NC State won 17 matches against ranked opponents a year ago, and 17 total the four previous seasons combined ... With Taylor Cummings (19-8) and Ryan Goodman (14-5) within reach of 20 wins this season, the Wolfpack has a shot at having four wrestlers win at least 20 matches in a season for the third year in a row ... NC State wrestlers are 32-20 against wrestlers from the Atlantic Coast Conference ... Darrion Caldwell has 24 career pins; the rest of the team combined has 38.