Dec. 4, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State wrestling team will return to tournament action this weekend, as the Wolfpack will compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The event is a team-scoring event, so the Pack will be sending one wrestler from each weight class.
For more information on the event, including brackets when they are finalized, click here. The invitational is not an open tournament, so redshirts will not be competing this weekend.
Among the 33 teams competing this weekend, 12 are ranked in the top-25 in this week’s USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll, including four top-10 schools.
Here are the Pack wrestlers in action this weekend:
125: Fr. Micah Perez (11-2) – Leads the Pack in wins … Placed first at the Pembroke Classic and third in the Wolfpack Open.
133: Fr. Chris Wilkes (9-2) – Posts a 5-1 mark in duals this year … Placed third in the Wolfpack Open.
141: So. Sam Speno (10-1) – Went 3-0 at the Journeyman Duals, winning by a combined 38-9 mark … Has won his last seven matches, including a 6-0 mark in duals this year … Placed third in Wolfpack Open.
149: Fr. Brian Hamann (10-2) – Went 2-0 at the Journeyman Duals, including a 5-3 upset of 14th-ranked Caleb Ervin of Illinois … Placed fifth in the Wolfpack Open, winning his final five matches.
157: Jr. Tommy Gantt (8-2) – Off to a 4-1 start in duals this season, with a technical fall win and two major decisions … Placed third in the Wolfpack Open.
165: Sr. Nijel Jones (9-1) – Won his first nine matches of the year … Recorded five pins so far … Placed first in the Wolfpack Open.
174: Fr. Pete Renda (9-1) – Went 3-0 at the Journeyman Duals, including a 11-5 upset of 10th-ranked Tony Dallago of Illinois … Has won five straight matches, all in duals … Placed second in the Wolfpack Open.
184: Fr. Shayne Brady (6-2) – Placed third in the Wolfpack Open.
197: R-Fr. Lee Davis (8-5) – Placed sixth at the Pembroke Classic going 5-3.
285: R-So. Nick Gwiazdowski (10-0) – Has won six matches by pin, and three by major decision with a combined score of 44-14 … Placed first in the Wolfpack Open.