Nov. 27, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State wrestling team will head to Albany, N.Y., this weekend to compete in the Journeymen/Northeast Duals. On Saturday, the Pack will face Buffalo at 9:15 a.m., followed by duals against Binghamton and #7 Illinois.
NC State has started the season strong. The Pack swept the Wolfpack Duals last weekend, defeating Gardner-Webb 37-0, Lindsey Wilson 34-12, and UNC Pembroke 39-6. NC State posted a combined 25-5 mark in the three duals, recording seven falls and three technical falls among its victories.
In four open tournaments thus far, the Pack has had 23 top-three finishes, including bringing home seven titles.
Illinois enters the weekend ranked #7 in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll with seven of their 10 starters ranked nationally, led by #1 Jess Delgado at 125 pounds. The Fighting Illini are 3-0 on the season, with a combined score of 106-17.
Binghamton will be a familiar foe, as Pack head coach Pat Popolizio was the head coach for the Bearcats for six seasons before he came to NC State. While at Binghamton, Popolizio was a two-time CAA coach of the year, and his squad finished 14th at the NCAA Championships his final season.
Pack heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski also has ties to Binghamton, as he spent his freshman season there with Popolizio. As a true freshman, Gwiazdowksi placed 8th at the 2012 NCAA championships to claim All-America honors.
Buffalo will be competing in their first duals of the season.
Here is the Pack’s tentative lineup:
Fr. Micah Perez (10-1) – Leads Pack with 10 wins this season … Went 2-0 in the Wolfpack Duals … Won the Pembroke Open, was third at Wolfpack Open.
or Fr. Brenden Calas (7-4) – Went 1-0 in the Wolfpack duals, recoding a pin.
Fr. Chris Wilkes (7-1) - Won all three matches at the Wolfpack Duals, the last two with pins … Placed third at the Wolfpack Open.
So. Sam Speno (7-1) – Won all three matches at the Wolfpack Duals … Placed third at the Wolfpack Open … Pack’s starter at 133 pounds last year, was an NCAA qualifier.
or Fr. Beau Donahue (9-5) – Has only competed in opens this fall at 149 pounds … Took second at the King Open.
Fr. Brian Hamann (8-2) – Split a pair of matches at the Wolfpack Duals, winning my major decision … Placed fifth at the Wolfpack Open.
or Fr. Max Rohskopf (6-4) – Won two matches at Wolfpack Open, recroding a fall at 157 pounds and then a major decision at 149 pounds.
Jr. Tommy Gantt (6-1) – Went 2-0 in the Wolfpack Duals, including a 28-10 technical fall … Placed third in the Wolfpack Open … Pack’s starter at 149 pounds last season, placed third at ACC Championships.
Sr. Nijel Jones (7-0) - Currently ranked 18th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News … Went 2-0 in the Wolfpack Duals with two pins … Won the Wolfpack Open at 165 pounds … Pack’s starter at 165 pounds last season, NCAA Qualifier and led Pack with 27 wins.
or Fr. Dylan Ceravalo (4-6) – Has wrestled at 157, 165 and 174 this season.
Fr. Pete Renda (6-1) – Won both matches at the Wolfpack Duals, one by major decision … Placed second at the Wolfpack Open.
Fr. Shayne Brady (6-1) – Went 2-0 in the Wolfpack Duals … Took 3rd in the Wolfpack Open.
or Fr. Michael Macciavello (2-3) – Placed fourth at the Wolfpack Open.
R-Sr. KaRonne Jones (5-1) – Won his lone dual this season … Placed third at Wolfpack Open.
or R-So. Bill Cook (2-3) – Won a pair of matched in the Wolfpack Open.
R-So. Nick Gwiazdowski (8-0) – Currently ranked third nationally by Amateur Wrestling News … Has won all eight matches: 5 by fall, 2 by major decision, and 1 by forfeit … Won the title at 285 pounds at the Wolfpack Open.