NC State Wrestling Scores 25-12 Victory Over UNC
RALEIGH, N.C. – Jeremy Colbert scored a pin at 184 pounds, and Ryan Goodman scored the winning team points with a decision at 197 Wednesday night as NC State defeated North Carolina 25-12 in Atlantic Coast Conference wrestling action at Reynolds Coliseum.
The win was the Wolfpack’s second in a row and raised the team’s record to 9-7 overall and 2-2 in ACC matches. North Carolina fell to 7-7 overall and 4-2 in the ACC.
UNC’s Drew Forshey opened the match with a quick takedown of the Wolfpack’s Taylor Cummings, and wound up with two takedowns in each of the first two periods en route to a 9-3 decision, giving the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead in the team scoring. Forshey improved to 17-7 with the win, while Cummings fell to 8-10.
Eleventh-ranked Evan Sola upped the UNC lead to 6-0 with a 6-0 decision over Garrett Cummings at 133. Sola got a takedown midway through the first period and stayed on top for most of the match, racking up more than three minutes of riding time. Sola improved to 11-3 with the win. Cummings dropped to 12-10.
The Wolfpack got on the scoreboard with Darrion Caldwell’s major decision over Mike Rappo at 141 pounds. Caldwell scored a takedown just seconds into the match, then scored three near falls to take an 8-0 lead before Rappo managed an escape. Caldwell got another takedown at the end of the period for a 10-1 lead after one period. Rappo began the second period with a takedown and a near fall to cut the lead to 10-5, but Caldwell escaped and worked Rappo for three more takedowns before the match was over. The win for Caldwell lifted his record for the season to 12-3. Rappo dropped to 11-12.
The Tar Heels made it three matches out of four with Vincent Ramirez’s 4-2 decision over Joe Caramanica. With the bout tied at 2-2 after two periods, Ramirez began the third period in the down position, avoided giving up back points out of a Caramanica cradle hold, then scored a bout-winning reversal midway through the period. Ramirez improved to 13-8 with the win, while Caramanica dropped to 12-8.
The Wolfpack caught a huge break at 157 pounds when North Carolina’s Ben Fiacco appeared to pull his right hamstring with four seconds left in the second period of his bout with 18th-ranked Kody Hamrah. Hamrah had an 8-4 lead at the time, but with Fiacco unable to continue, Hamrah was declared the winner by injury default and the Wolfpack got six huge points on the scoreboard to take a 10-9 lead. Hamrah improved to 15-6 with the win, while Fiacco dropped to 14-12.
At 165 pounds, 13th-ranked Keegan Mueller took a 2-0 decision over the Wolfpack’s Obie Simpson to put the Tar Heels back in front at 12-10. Mueller won the match by riding out Simpson for the entire two minutes of the second period, then escaping to start the third. Mueller improved to 25-6 with the win. Simpson dropped to 7-8.
NC State went back in front 13-12 with Rick Brownlee’s 3-1 decision over Deon Barrett at 174. Browlee broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with a takedown with 41 seconds remaining in the bout. Brownlee upped his record to 5-7 with the win. The bout was Barrett’s first action of the 2006-07 season.
Colbert applied the backbreaker when he pinned Daniel Llamas at the 4:09 mark. Colbert had a 3-1 lead after a first-period takedown and an escape to start the second period. When Llamas tried to use an inside leg move to score a takedown, Colbert locked Llamas’s shoulders and took him down directly to his back. He got the pin seconds later, with 51 seconds left in the period. Colbert improved to 6-9 with the win, while Llamas dropped to 3-7. Colbert’s pin gave the Wolfpack a 19-12 lead with two bouts remaining, meaning the Tar Heels had to win both and record at least a major decision in one of the two.
Goodman made that a moot point by clinching the team victory with a 3-0 decision over David Dashiell at 197. Goodman took a 2-0 lead with a reversal to start the second period, and earned one point for riding time. That was the only scoring in the bout at NC State took a 22-12 lead with one bout remaining. Goodman improved to 15-2 with the win. Dashiell fell to 2-2.
The heavyweight bout proved to be superfluous to the team scoring, but with the Nos. 9 and 10 wrestlers in the country squaring off, it was an important match, and NC State’s Jainor Palma, ranked ninth, defeated 10th-ranked Spencer Nadolsky 2-1. Both wrestlers had an escape, but Palma got the win as Nadolsky was penalized a point for a head slap in the second period.
NC State returns to action this weekend with bouts on Friday night at Virginia and on Saturday at George Mason. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.
NC State 25, North Carolina 12
125 – Drew Forshey (UNC) dec. Taylor Cummings, 9-3
133 – #11 Evan Sola (UNC) dec. Garrett Cummings, 6-0
141 – Darrion Caldwell (NCS) major dec. Mike Rappo, 18-7
149 – Vincent Ramirez (UNC) dec. Joe Caramanica, 4-2
157 – #18 Kody Hamrah (NCS) injury default Ben Fiacco, at 4:56
165 – #13 Keegan Mueller (UNC) dec. Obie Simpson, 2-0
174 – Rick Brownlee (NCS) dec. Deon Battett, 3-1
184 – Jeremy Colbert (NCS) pinned Daniel Llamas, at 4:09
197 – #15 Ryan Goodman (NCS) dec. David Daschiell, 3-0
Hwt – #9 Jainor Palma (NCS) dec. Spencer Nadolsky, 2-1