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    NC State Wrestling's History of Success
     
     

    Since winning its first ACC team championship in 1976 under legendary head coach Bob Guzzo, the NC State wrestling program has been a perennial power, producing 13 ACC team champions, 99 individual conference champions, 25 All-Americans and four individual national champions.

     

    The Wolfpack has finished in the top 10 nationally three times, including a seventh-place finish in 1993, the school’s best-ever showing at nationals. The Wolfpack has finished in the national top 20 in 12 of the last 27 seasons.

     

    Guzzo took over the reigns of the program in 1975 and immediately put NC State wrestling on the map. Guzzo won ACC championships twice in his first four seasons, then made the program a national power in 1980 when the Wolfpack finished eighth in the team standings at the NCAA Tournament. Freshman Matt Reiss swept through the field at 167 pounds that year to win the national championship, the Wolfpack’s first NCAA champion. From there, Guzzo’s program took off, finishing in the national top 20 11 times in 14 seasons, including four finishes in the national top 10.

     

    The Wolfpack’s rise to prominence was fueled by individual excellence. In 1984, Tab Thacker became the second Wolfpack wrestler in five years to win a national championship, cruising to the heavyweight title, and four years later, Scott Turner produced the ACC’s most impressive individual showing ever at the national tournament. Turner not only won the 1988 national championship at 150 pounds, he swept through the tournament without yielding a single point other than for riding time, earning the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler award, the highest honor a collegiate wrestler can attain. Turner was the first of two wrestlers from the ACC ever to earn that honor.

     

    In 1993, heavyweight Sylvester Terkay put together a perfect season, going 41-0 and winning NC State’s fourth individual national championship. The Pack finished seventh nationally that year, its highest national finish in program history.

     

    Guzzo’s Wolfpack continued to reside at or near the top of the ACC throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and won three conference championships in his final four years 2001, 2002 and 2004.

     

    Guzzo’s longtime assistant coach, Carter Jordan, took over the program for the 2004-05 season and began the process of steadily building the program back to the heights it enjoyed in the 1980s and early 1990s. Carter’s Wolfpack won the ACC championship in his third season as head coach, 2007, winning the tournament by a whopping 36 points, the largest margin of victory in 13 years. Five Wolfpack wrestlers won conference titles that year, and a school-record-tying eight appeared in the finals.

     

    The Wolfpack failed in its bid to repeat as conference champions in 2008, but made a huge step forward nationally, finishing 25th at the NCAA Championships, the program’s first top-25 finish since the 1993 team finished seventh. In addition, Darrion Caldwell finished fifth at 149 pounds to become the Wolfpack’s first All-American since Mike Miller at 118 pounds in 1996.

     

    Coaching History

    Red Hicks (1925-26)

    Buck Drennan (1927-31)

    Red Hicks (1933-34)

    Dave Morrah (1935-36)

    Joe Matthewson (1937)

    Herman Hickman (1938-1943)

    Al Crawford (1947-67)

    Jerry Daniels (1968-74)

    Bob Guzzo (1975-2004)

    Carter Jordan (2005-present)

      

    NCAA Champions

    1980    Matt Reiss                           177

    1984    Tab Thacker                          Hwt

    1988    Scott Turner                         150

    1993    Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

     

     

    NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler

    1988    Scott Turner                           150

     

    NCAA Tournament Runner-Up

    1989    Michael Stokes                      126

    1992    Sylvester Terkay                     Hwt

     

    All-Americans

    1979    Jim Zenz                                118

    1980    Jim Zenz                                118

                Matt Reiss                              167

    1981    Chris Wentz                           118

                Matt Reiss                              167

    1982    Frank Castrignano                  150

                Tab Thacker                          Hwt

    1983    Chris Mondragon                   158

                Tab Thacker                          Hwt

    1984    Tab Thacker                          Hwt

    1986    Scott Turner                           150

    1987    Marc Sodano                         126

    1988    Scott Turner                           150

                Mike Lombardo                    Hwt

    1989    Michael Stokes                      126

                Brian Jackson                        Hwt

    1991    Chris Kwortnik                      167

                Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

    1992    Chris Kwortnik                      167

                Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

                Steve Williams                       177

    1993    Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

                Chris Kwortnik                      167

    1996    Mike Miller                            118

    2008    Darrion Caldwell                    149

     

    Academic All-Americans

    1991     Sylvester Terkay (1st Team)

                Mark Cesari (2nd Team)

                Mark Mangrum (3rd Team)

    1992     Sylvester Terkay (1st Team)

                Mark Cesari (2nd Team)

    1993     Sylvester Terkay (1st Team)

                Mark Cesari (Honorable Mention)

                Mike Miller (Honorable Mention)

    1999    Zach Breitenbach (2nd Team)

    2000    Zach Breitenbach (1st Team)

    2001    Zach Breitenbach (1st Team)

     

    ACC Team Champions

        Year............................. Head Coach

        1976............................... Bob Guzzo

        1978............................... Bob Guzzo

        1981............................... Bob Guzzo

        1982............................... Bob Guzzo

        1983............................... Bob Guzzo

        1988............................... Bob Guzzo

        1989............................... Bob Guzzo

        1990............................... Bob Guzzo

        1991............................... Bob Guzzo

        1996............................... Bob Guzzo

        2001............................... Bob Guzzo

        2002............................... Bob Guzzo

        2004............................... Bob Guzzo

        2007............................... Carter Jordan

     

    ACC Individual Champions

    1955    Allen Henry                           177

    1962    Bill Sullivan                           Hwt

    1964    Robert Brawley                      167

    1966    Greg Hicks                             152

                Robert Brawley                      160

                Chuck Amato                        Hwt

    1967    Greg Hicks                             160

    1968    Chuck Amato                         191

    1970    Steve Rhode                           167

    1971    Steve Rhode                           167

    1974    Paul McNutt                           142

    1975    Paul McNutt                           142

    1976    Mike Zito                               118

                Terry Reese                           158

                Tom Higgins                          Hwt

    1977    Terry Reese                           158

                Joe Lidowski                         190

                Lynn Morris                          Hwt

    1978    Joe Lidowski                         190

    1979    Jim Zenz                                118

                Mike Koob                            134

                Joe Lidowski                         190

    1980    Jim Zenz                                118

                Mike Koob                            150

                Joe Lidowski                         177

    1981    Chris Wentz                           118

                Tom Newcome                      134

                Matt Reiss                              167

                Jerry Rodriguez                      190

                Tab Thacker                          Hwt

    1982    Frank Castrignano                  150

                Chris Mondragon                   158

                Craig Cox                               167

                Matt Reiss                              177

                Jerry Rodriguez                      190

                Tab Thacker                          Hwt

    1983    Vince Bynum                         134

                Chris Mondragon                   158

                Craig Cox                               167

                Gregg Fatool                          177

                Tab Thacker                          Hwt

    1984    Scott Turner                           142

                Chris Mondragon                   150

                Tab Thacker                          Hwt

    1985    Scott Turner                           142

                Gregg Fatool                          167

    1986    Marc Sodano                         126

                Dave Schneiderman               134

                Mike Lombardo                     190

    1987    Marc Sodano                         126

    1988    Michael Stokes                      126

                Bill Hershey                           134

                Joe Cesari                              142

                Scott Turner                           150

    1989    Michael Stokes                      126

                Darrin Farrow                        150

                Dave Zettlemoyer                  167

    1990    Steve Cesari                           150

                Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

    1991    Clayton Grice                         126

                Mark Mangrum                      134

                Steve Williams                       177

                Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

    1992    Clayton Grice                         134

                Chris Kwortnik                      167

                Steve Williams                       177

                Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

    1993    Mark Cesari                           142

                Chris Kwortnik                      167

                Dan Madson                          190

                Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

    1994    Troy Charney                        142

                Steve Tenney                         177

    1995    Mike Miller                            118

    1996    Mike Miller                            118

                Anthony Sorantino                126

                Dan Madson                          190

    1998    Billy Blunt                             Hwt

    1999    Tommy Davis                        141

                Pierre Pryor                           157

                Kevin Boross                         174

    2000    Tommy Davis                        149

                Scott Garren                           157

                Joel Dramis                            165

    2001    George Cintron                      125

                Pierre Pryor                           157

                Zach Breitenbach                   197

    2002    George Cintron                      125

                Jake Giamoni                         149

                Pierre Pryor                           165

                Dustin Kawa                          174

                Jason Gore                             197

    2003    Jake Giamoni                         149

                Scott Garren                           157

                Dustin Kawa                          165

    2004    Jake Giamoni                         149

                Scott Garren                           157

    2005    Kevin Gabrielson                   174

    2006    Kody Hamrah                        157

                Jeremy Colbert                       184

                Ryan Goodman                      197

    2007    Taylor Cummings                  125

                Darrion Caldwell                    141

                Joe Caramanica                      149

                Ryan Goodman                      197

                Jainor Palma                          Hwt

    2008    Darrion Caldwell                    149

     

    ACC Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler

    Robert Brawley (167)                      1964

    Robert Brawley (160)                      1966

    Steve Rhode (167)                           1970

    Chris Wentz (118)                           1981

    Chris Mondragon (158)                   1983

    Scott Turner (142)                           1984

    Gregg Fatool (167)                           1985

    Marc Sodano (126)                          1987

    Michael Stokes (126)                       1988

    Michael Stokes (126)                       1989

    Steve Tenney (177)                         1994

    Dan Madson (190)                          1996

    George Cintron (125)                       2002

    Ryan Goodman (197)                      2006

    Ryan Goodman (197)                      2007

     

    All-ACC

    (Est. 1986)

    1986    Jim Best, Norm Corkhill, Mike Lombardo,

                Marc Sodano, Scott Turner

    1987    Dave Cummings, Mike Lombardo,

                Dave Schneidermann, Marc Sodano

    1988    Joe Cesari, Bill Hershey, Mike Lantz,

                Mike Lombardo, Michael Stokes, Scott Turner

    1989    Joe Cesari, Darrin Farrow, Brian Jackson,
                Jeff Kwortnik, Mark Mangrum,

                Michael Stokes, Dave Zettlemoyer

    1990    Steve Cesari, Clayton Grice, Steve Kinard,
                Mike Lantz, Sylvester Terkay

    1991    Mark Cesari, Clayton Grice, Mark Mangrum,
                Sylvester Terkay, Steve Williams

    1992    Mark Cesari, Clayton Grice, Chris Kwortnik,
                Sylvester Terkay, Steve Williams

    1993    Mike Norton, Clayton Grice, Mark Cesari,
                Chris Kwortnik, Dan Madson, Sylvester Terkay

    1994    Troy Charney, Chris Kwortnik, Dan Madson,
                Mike Norton, Steve Tenney

    1995    Mike Miller, Ryan Nunamaker, Ken Johnson

    1996    Mike Miller, Anthony Sorantino,

                Ryan Nunamaker, Troy Charney, Ken Johnson,
                Kurt Sykes, Dan Madson

    1997    Lee Carroll, Joel Dramis

    1998    Billy Blunt, Kevin Boross, James Kocher,
                Pierre Pryor

    1999    Tommy Davis, Pierre Pryor, Kevin Boross,
                Zach Breitenbach, Billy Noble

    2000    Kevin Boross, Tommy Davis,

                Zach Breitenbach, Scott Garren, Joel Dramis,
                 Jason Gore

    2001    Zach Breitenbach, Oraefo Brown,
                George Cintron, Tommy Davis, Dustin Kawa,
                Pierre Pryor

    2002    George Cintron, Jake Giamoni, Jason Gore,
                Dustin Kawa, Dave Miller,           Pierre Pryor

    2003    George Cintron, Jake Giamoni, Scott Garren,
                Dustin Kawa

    2004    Jeremy Hartrum, Dan Pacitti, Alex Hernandez,
                Jake Giamoni, Scott Garren, Dustin Kawa,
                Zach Garren

    2005    Alex Hernandez, Kody Hamrah,
                Kevin Gabrielson

    2006    Kody Hamrah, Jeremy Colbert, Ryan Goodman

    2007    Taylor Cummings, Darrion Caldwell,

                Joe Caramanica, Kody Hamrah, Rick Brownlee,

                Jeremy Colbert, Ryan Goodman, Jainor Palma

    2008    Darrion Caldwell, Darius Little, Ryan Goodman

     

    ACC Wrestler of the Year

    (est. 1991)

    1991    Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

    1992    Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

    1993    Sylvester Terkay                   Hwt

    2007    Darrion Caldwell                    141

     

    ACC Coach of the Year

    (est. 1986)

    1988    Bob Guzzo

    1989    Bob Guzzo

    1991    Bob Guzzo

    1996    Bob Guzzo

    2001    Bob Guzzo

    2002    Bob Guzzo

    2007    Carter Jordan

     

    ACC Rookie of the Year

    (est. 2005)

    2005    Kody Hamrah          157

    2007    Darrion Caldwell      141


     

     

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