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    Wrestling Overcomes UNC Greensboro, 21-18

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Trailing 18-12 with two matches remaining Thursday night, NC State got a pin from Ryan Goodman at 197 to tie the match and a 3-2 decision from heavyweight Jainor Palma to pin a come-from-behind defeat on UNC Greensboro in college wrestling action at Fleming Gymn on the UNCG campus.

    The win was NC State’s fifth in a row and its 10th in its last 13 dual matches. UNCG dropped to 8-4 with the loss.

    The two squads split the first two matches, with UNCG’s Jeff Hedges defeating Taylor Cummings by a major decision, 9-0, and the Wolfpack’s Garrett Cummings winning a regular decision over Mitchell Johnson, 10-7.

    That left the Spartans with a 4-3 lead in the team scoring, and UNCGs’ Chris Bencivenga made is 7-3 with a wild 15-12 decision over
    NC State freshman Darrion Caldwell, who lost for just the fourth time in 18 matches all season and for the first time since the Southern Scuffle on December 31. After fighting out of a near fall in the second period, Bencivenga earned three points on an escape and takedown to close Caldwell’s lead to two points in the third. In the final minute, Bencivenga took the lead after the junior recorded a three-point near fall.

    NC State (11-7) responded with a technical fall at 149 pounds by Joe Caramanica to take the lead at 8-7.

    Kody Hamrah’s 12-1 major decision over Nathan Beryman at 157 pounds pushed the Wolfpack lead to 12-7. Caramanica improved to 15-8 with the technical fall, his third of the season. After a stretch of four losses in a span of five matches, Caramanica now has won three in a row. Hamrah, meanwhile, won his fourth in a row and his 12th in the 13 matches.

    At 165, Mark Ring put UNCG cut the lead to 12-10 with a tough 8-5 decision over Obie Simpson, and Joe Lowe gave the Spartans the lead at 15-12 after recording a technical fall over Randy Goodman at 174. UNCG’s Kane Smith extended the Spartan lead to 18-12 with two matches to go after taking a 4-1 decision over Jeremy Colbert at 184 pounds.

    Goodman, ranked No. 16 nationally, wasted no time in pinning Nick Clark in 1:15 at 197 to tie it the match at 18-18, setting the stage for heavyweights Palma and Joe Sheffield to settle the final outcome. Palma recorded an escape in the second period to take a 1-0 lead going into the third. Sheffield tied the match up at one apiece after earning an escape, but Palma recorded a a takedown in the final minute of the match to top Sheffield 3-2 and gave the Wolfpack the 21-18 victory.

    NC State 21, UNC Greensboro 18
    125 – Jeff Hedges (UNCG) major dec. Taylor Cummings, 9-0
    133 – Garrett Cummings (NCS) dec. Mitchell Johnson, 10-7
    141 – Chris Bencivenga (UNCG) dec. Darrion Caldwell, 15-12
    149 – Joe Caramanica (NCS) tech. fall Marcus Hannah, 18-2, at 7:00
    157 – Kody Hamrah (NCST) major dec. Nathan Berryman, 12-1
    165 – Mark Ring (UNCG) dec. Obie Simpson, 8-5
    174 – Joe Lowe (UNCG) tech. fall Randy Goodman, 20-5, at 6:40
    184 – Kane Smith (UNCG) dec. Jeremy Colby, 4-1
    197 – Ryan Goodman (NCS) pinned Nick Clark, at 1:15
    285 – Janior Palma (NCS) dec. Joe Sheffield, 3-2



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