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    Palma, Ward Still Alive At Southern Scuffle
     
     


    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Freshman heavyweight Eloheim Palma and junior 149-pounder Bobby Ward both survived the first day of the 2009 Southern Scuffle and will advance to the tournament’s second day on Wednesday.

    Palma, from Cary High School and the 2009 high school national champion at heavyweight, won all three of his bouts on the first day and will wrestle Ziad Haddad of North Carolina in the quarterfinals. Palma made a major statement with a second-round thrashing of 11th-ranked Ben Berhow of Minnesota. Palma dominated Berhow and came away with an easy 10-3 decision. Palma pinned Army’s Alan Lutterman at 1:56 in the first round, and took a 4-1 decision from Edinboro’s Michael Horton in the third round on Tuesday evening. Palma improved to 14-3 with the three victories.

    Ward split his first two matches to fall into the wrestle-backs, but won twice after that and will face Seth Morton of Ohio University in his first match on Wednesday. Ward won a 14-6 major decision over The Citadel’s Derek Royster in the opening round, but dropped a 10-2 major to 10th-ranked Matt Kyler of Army in the second round. Ward then handed Minnesota’s Luke Mellmer a 16-1 technical fall and won an 8-7 decision over Virginia’s Kellon Balum.

    Following are match-by-match results for NC State wrestlers at the 2009 Southern Scuffle:

    Scott Norris (133 pounds)
    lost to Quentin Keyes (Ohio University), 7-1
    lost to Joe Pantaleo (Liberty), 8-1
    Scott Norris eliminated

    Dale Shull (141)
    lost to Casey Thome (Army), by fall at 1:45
    pinned Luke Vaith (Hofstra), at 4:08
    lost to Richie Spicel (Gardner-Webb), by fall at 6:14
    Dale Shull eliminated

    Bobby Ward (149)
    defeated Derek Royster (The Citadel), 14-6
    lost to #10 Matthew Kyler (Army), 10-2
    defeated Luke Mellmer (Minnesota), by technical fall 16-1
    defeated Kellon Balum (Virginia), 8-7

    Juan Stimpson (149, wrestling unattached)
    defeated Alec Williams (Air Force), 8-4
    lost to Tommy Sasfy (Kent), 10-0
    lost to Chad Lowman (Old Dominion), 7-4
    Juan Stimpson eliminated

    Brett Farina (149)
    lost to Kirby Thompson (The Citadel),  13-6
    defeated Alejandro Soto (UNCG), 7-2
    lost to Tyler Banks (Hofstra), by technical fall, 16-0
    Brett Farina eliminated

    Colton Palmer (157)
    lost to Shaun Smith (Liberty), 9-2
    lost to Bryce Busler (Bloomsburg), 20-13
    Colton Palmer eliminated

    Kasey Young (165)
    lost to Stephen Burak (Pennsylvania), 12-2
    lost to Edwin Hojilla (UNCG), 4-1
    Kasey Young eliminated

    Ray Ward (165)
    lost to #17 Paul Gillespie (Hofstra), 4-1
    pinned Kevin Mallon (Lock Haven), at 1:57
    lost to Joseph Granata (Cal State Bakersfield), by fall at 5:26
    Ray Ward eliminated

    Quinton Godley (174)
    lost to Jacob Ison (Ohio University), 6-1 sv
    lost to Scott Glasser (Minnesota), 6-3
    Quinton Godley eliminated

    Jonathan Becker (184)
    lost to Joe Budi (Old Dominion), by injury default at  6:35
    lost to Nick Knowles (Liberty), 14-0
    Jonathan Becker eliminated

    Andrew Tumlin (197)
    lost to #15 Dennis Drury (North Carolina), 8-0
    lost to Henry Turner (Lock Haven), 5-3
    Andrew Tumlin eliminated

    Eloheim Palma (285)
    pinned Alan Lutterman (Army) at 1:56
    defeated #11 Benjamin Berhow (Minnesota), 10-3
    defeated Michael Horton (Edinboro), 4-1


     

     

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