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    Darrius Little Advances To Semifinals Of Southern Scuffle
    Senior 141-pounder Darrius Little advanced on Sunday to the semifinals of the Southern Scuffle.
    Senior 141-pounder Darrius Little advanced on Sunday to the semifinals of the Southern Scuffle.

    Jan. 1, 2012

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.Darrius Little defeated 10th-ranked Nick Dardanes of Minnesota 7-3 on Sunday to advance to the 141-pound semifinals at the Southern Scuffle, which is taking place Sunday and Monday in Chattanooga’s McKenzie Arena.

    Little pinned Connor Hanafee of Army in the first round and then advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4 decision over Penn State’s Bryan Pearsall. By winning his first three bouts of the tournament, Little became just the 13th wrestler in the history of the NC State program to reach the 80-win plateau for his career. He is 80-53 with 11 pins in his three-plus seasons with the Wolfpack. He is 18-8 this season and will face Missouri’s Nicholas Hucke in Monday’s semifinals, which are slated to begin at 11 a.m. local time.

    “That’s a big breakthrough win for Darrius,” head coach Carter Jordan said. “He’s had matches like that in the past and just hadn’t been able to get over the hump, but he wrestled a great match [vs. Dardanes] today, followed the game plan, and was in control of the match.”

    Freshman 125-pounder Coltin Fought also advanced to wrestle on Monday. Fought won his first two matches — 14-4 over Gabriel Ramos of Ohio University and 16-5 over Brian Bokoski of North Carolina — before being buzzsawed by third-ranked Alan Waters of Missouri, 10-0 in the quarterfinals.

    Fought, who improved to 15-4, will take on Cornell’s Bricker Dixon in the consolation rounds when action resumes on Monday. That round of the wrestlebacks is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. local time. Little and Fought are the lone two NC State wrestlers still alive for Monday’s action at the Southern Scuffle.

    “I’m very pleased with Darrius and Coltin,” Jordan said. “I know the score was 10-0, but you never got the feeling that it was a blowout. Coltin competed hard, but [Alan Waters] is just on another level right now. As for the rest of our team, we are what we are right now. We have a bunch of young guys in the lineup and our heavyweight, Eloheim Palma, is out for the year. Some of those guys wrestled well and will be better for the experience. A few of them just had a disappointing day.”

    Following are match-by-match results for the 13 NC State wrestlers in the Southern Scuffle:

    Coltin Fought - 125 pounds
    defeated Gabriel Ramos (Ohio University), 14-4
    defeated Brian Bokoski (North Carolina), 16-5
    lost to #3 Alan Waters (Missouri), 0-10

    On Monday:
    Colton Fought vs. Bricker Dixon (Cornell)

    Adam Matthews - 133 pounds
    defeated William Johnson (Appalachian State), 7-5
    lost to #5 David Thorn (Minnesota) by fall at 1:56
    lost to Brett Boston (Appalachian State), 3-7
    Adam Matthews eliminated

    Darrius Little - 141 pounds
    pinned Connor Hanafee (Army) at 5:44
    defeated Bryan Pearsall (Penn State), 6-4
    defeated #10 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota), 7-3

    On Monday:
    Darrius Little vs. Nicholas Hucke (Missouri)

    Thomas Gantt - 149 pounds
    defeated Eric Roach (Indiana), 6-2
    defeated Joe Locksmith (Navy), 12-5
    lost to Marcus Cain (Duke), 0-8
    lost to Pete Baldwin (Old Dominion), 1-11
    Thomas Gantt eliminated

    Matt Nereim - 149 pounds
    pinned Mike Mencini (Cleveland State) at 1:38
    lost to Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga), 8-16
    lost to Andrew Romanchik (Ohio University), by technical fall, 3-18
    Matt Nereim eliminated

    Colton Palmer - 157 pounds
    double forfeits with Paul Duggan (Campbell)
    Colton Palmer eliminated

    Nijel Jones - 165 pounds
    lost to Nick Fischer (Penn State), 2-10
    lost to Coleman Gracey (Army) by fall at 3:48
    Nijel Jones eliminated

    Steven Ramos - 165 pounds
    lost to Ryan Krecker (Campbell), 6-18
    defeated Michael Harper (The Citadel), 10-5
    lost to Jordan Gagliano (Missouri), by technical fall, 2-19
    Steven Ramos eliminated

    Quinton Godley - 174 pounds
    defeated Jermaine John (Hofstra), 5-3
    lost to #11 Logan Storley (Minnesota), 0-8
    lost to Stephen Doty (Virginia), 3-7
    Quinton Godley eliminated

    Robert O’Neill - 184 pounds
    lost to #8 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota), by technical fall, 5-20
    defeated Corbin Boone (Cleveland State), 6-2
    lost to Robert Prigmore (Chattanooga), 4-11
    Robert O’Neill eliminated

    KaRonne Jones - 197 pounds
    lost to Joe Budi (Old Dominion), 4-15
    defeated Nick Anthony (Cleveland State), 15-4
    lost to Lukasz Stala (Cornell), 2-4
    KaRonne Jones eliminated

    Harrison Honeycutt - 197 pounds
    lost to Beau Wenger (Ohio University), 5-11
    lost to Derek Stanley (Army), 0-4
    Harrison Honeycutt eliminated

    Josh Davis - Heavyweight
    lost to Joe Cummings (Appalachian State), 0-6
    lost to Chance Rauscher (Navy), 3-4
    Josh Davis eliminated



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