Goodman Is NC State's Sole Survivor
March 17, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - NC State wrestling did not have the type of day it was hoping for at the NCAA tournament. The Wolfpack lost seven of the eight bouts in the first day of competition, and only Ryan Goodman remains alive in the tournament. Freshman 149-pounder Joe Caramanica, sophomore 157-pounder Kody Hamrah and sophomore 184-pounder Jeremy Colbert all went 0-2 and were eliminated from the competition.
Goodman will have battle his way through the consolation bracket in order to reach All-America status after losing his only bout of the evening session.
Goodman dropped a 6-2 decision to Penn State's Phil Davis in their 197-pound second-round bout. The first period ended scoreless, after both Goodman and Davis missed chances to finish great scoring opportunities. Goodman chose bottom in the second period, but was ridden the entire second period. Davis broke the match open in the third with an escape, followed by a takedown on the edge of the mat. Davis continued to ride Goodman and eventually used a cradle to earn to near-fall points and secure a riding-time point. Goodman earned a late reversal to cut the score to 6-2, but he ran out of time for a comeback.
Goodman will take on Darren Burns of UNC Greensboro in the second round of consolations tomorrow morning. Goodman defeated Burns 7-5 earlier this season at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
Caramanica's stellar freshman season came to an end with a 3-1 loss to UT Chattanooga's Aaron Martin. Despite a very aggressive first period by Caramanica, the period ended scoreless. Caramanica escaped in the second period and took a 1-0 lead into the third period, but Martin escaped early in the third period to tie the score at 1-1. Caramanica got in on several single-leg attempts, but was never able to finish. With 21 seconds left in the third period Martin fought off a single-leg attempt and got behind Caramanica for the winning takedown.
At 157, Hamrah lost a heartbreaking overtime decision to Kent State's Kurt Gross. Midway through the first period Gross opened the scoring with a takedown. Hamrah escaped seconds later to make the score 2-1. The score remained 2-1 until the second period, when Hamrah got a quick escape to tie the match. There were several scrambles in the second period, but the score stayed 2-2 going into the third. Gross began the third period with an escape to take a one point lead. Hamrah took his first lead of the match with 29 seconds to go in regulation, with a takedown on the edge of the mat. Hamrah could not ride Gross, however, and the match went into overtime tied 4-4. In the overtime period, Gross quickly got in on Hamrah's, but Hamrah fought the shot off. Following a wild flurry that began with Gross's shot, Gross came out on the winning end of a scramble for the 6-4 overtime win.
Colbert lost by fall for the second time in two matches. Justin Dyer of Oklahoma pinned Colbert in 2:34. Halfway through the first period, Dyer hit a duck-under for a takedown. Later in the period Dyer used a turk to turn Colbert on his back and eventually received the fall.
184- Jeremy Colbert (0-2, 20-12)