Wolfpack Wrestling Takes Solid Fourth-Place Finish At Navy Classic
Nov. 23, 2002
Annapolis, Md. - Paced by Scott Garren's championship at 157 pounds, NC State finished a strong fourth at the Navy Classic to open the 2002-03 wrestling season.
The Wolfpack placed four wrestlers in the championship round, and captured fourth in the eight-team field despite wrestling without a heavyweight in the lineup and with only two backups in an eight-team field that included more than 150 individual wrestlers.
"This is by far the strongest we've wrestled at Navy to open the season in a long time," NC State assistant coach Carter Jordan said. "We only had 11 kids in the lineup and most of the teams in the tournament had 15 to 20. And we didn't have anyone in the heavyweight class, but you can't say enough about the kids we had out there. They wrestled their hearts out."
West Virginia won the team championship with a score of 130.5 points. Kent State was second at 116.0, and Navy took third at 113.5. The Wolfpack scored 87 points, followed by fifth-place Rutgers at 84.5, The Citadel at 73.5, UNC Greensboro at 10.0 points, and McDaniel College with 4.0 points.
In the championship round, Cintron, the two-time defending ACC chmpion at 126 pounds, was defeated by West Virginia's Seth Lisa by a 4-1 decision, and WVU's Billy Smith defeated NC State's Jake Giamoni, 9-2.
Garren won a major decision at 18-6 against West Virginia's Matt Lebe, scoring nine points in the third period of the bout to take the title at 157. Garren won the ACC championship at 157 in 2000, but missed the last year and a half following a serious knee injury. His performance at Navy would indicate that his recovery is complete.
No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Greg Jones pinned Dustin Kawa at 2:45. Smith and Jones are both from West Virginia.