Wrestling Takes Final Road Swing At Drexel
RALEIGH, N.C. After wrestling with four starters sidelined at Campbell earlier this week, the NC State wrestling team travels to Drexel for a 10 a.m. match Saturday, hopeful that the team will be close to full strength again.
Starters Darius Little (133 pounds), Darrion Caldwell (149), Randy Goodman (174) and Ryan Goodman (184) all watched from the sidelines as the Wolfpack defeated Campbell 25-12 on Wednesday at Buies Creek to even its record at 7-7-1. With new starter Colton Palmer stepping up to pin Jake Fose at 157, and back-up Ray Ward moving up two weight classes to record a technical fall over Jeff Cote at 174, the Wolfpack didn’t miss a beat against the Camels, whom the Pack defeated 29-6 at full strength on January 5.
“I thought it was one of our best matches of the year,” Wolfpack head coach Carter Jordan said of the match at Buies Creek. “We went after them. Every bout, every guy, we attacked. That’s what’s been missing the last few matches, and it was good to see. Colton Palmer took his guy apart, and Ray Ward really stepped up for us. These were the kind of performances we needed with so many guys out of the lineup.”
Jordan may need similar performances Saturday. Both Goodmans are expected to be out of the lineup, while Caldwell and Little will be match-time decisions.
Drexel is 9-8 overall behind the 1-2 punch of senior 157-pounder Ryan Hulschak and junior 133-pounder Steve Mytich. The Dragons have won three of their last four matches, including a 38-7 rout of Campbell on January 19 at the CAA Duals. Hulschak, ranked No. 11 nationally in the latest NCWA poll, is 23-2 for the season and will be trying to break the Drexel school record for career victories when he squares off against Palmer on Saturday. Mytich is 27-4.
“Drexel is a good wrestling program and they’ll be wrestling at home for the first time in several weeks,” Jordan said. “This will be a difficult match. The important thing for us is to continue to be aggressive and to take the action to our opponents.”