Wrestling ACCtion: Saturday, January 9

Jan. 9, 2010

NC State Opens ACC Action With 22-17 Victory At Duke
Heavyweight Eloheim Palma defeated Andrew Fulk in the final bout of the night to give NC State a 22-17 victory over homestanding Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference wrestling opener for both teams.

NC State won the first four bouts of the match, and five of the first six to build an 18-3 lead, but Duke battled back to cut the lead to a point heading into the heavyweight match. Palma's major decision lifted NC State to 4-5 for the season. Duke fell to 1-1.

In the opening bout, Duke's Peter Terrezza trailed Mike Moreno 2-1 after on period at 125 pounds, but scored on an escape, a takedown and a two-point near fall in the second period to take a 6-3 lead after two. Moreno began the third period with an escape, then tied the score at 6-6 with a takedown with 35 seconds left and stayed on top the remainder of regulation to force overtime. Moreno won the match in sudden victory with a takedown 50 seconds into the overtime period.

No. 7 Marylad Wins Twice At National Duals
The No. 7 University of Maryland wrestling team, competing for the first time in school history at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals, defeated Northern Iowa and Buffalo, while falling to No. 2 Iowa State Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The Terps opened the day by winning seven of 10 matches en route to a 25-9 victory over Northern Iowa, the tournament host. From there, Maryland advanced to face No. 2 Iowa State, falling 26-6 to the perennial power. Head coach Kerry McCoy's squad bounced back from the loss to defeat Buffalo 31-7 in the consolation bracket.

Against Northern Iowa, Terrence Young took a 7-2 decision over James Knox to get the Panthers out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Terps took seven of the next eight matches to pull away. No. 10 Steven Bell and No. 8 Alex Krom both earned major decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively, and Maryland was well on its way to victory. 

Tech takes sixth at Virginia Duals
The Virginia Tech wrestling team finished the Virginia Duals with a 25-18 loss to 19th-ranked Kent State Saturday evening. The sixth-place finish marks Tech's best finish ever at the Duals, topping a seventh-place finish in 1981. The three wins ties the program's best performance at the Duals.

Tech jumped out to a big 18-4 lead after five matches, but a forfeit at 174 swung the momentum in the Golden Flashes' favor. Jarrod Garnett opened with a 3-1 decision at 125 pounds, but Kent State took a 4-3 lead after No. 11 Dan Mitcheff picked up a major decision at 133 pounds. Chris Diaz pinned Chase Skonieczny in just 32 seconds and the Brian Stephens beat Tommy Sasfy 12-9 at 149 pounds. Jesse Dong capped off a huge 5-0 weekend with a pin of Mallie Shuster at the 6:34 mark.

But Kent State got a 3-2 win from Ross Tice at 165 pounds over Tech's Matt Epperly and then the forfeit at 174 pounds made it 18-13. At 184 pounds, No. 5 Dustin Kilgore of KSU picked up a major decision over Tommy Spellman and then Adam Cogar earned an 11-2 major decision over Chris Penny to make it 21-18. With a chance to win, Tim Miller tried to help out the team by bumping up to heavyweight and pick up a win, but Joe Tymosuzak was too much as he beat him 14-5.

No. 18 Virginia Finishes Seventh at Virginia Duals
With two wins Saturday, the No. 18 Virginia wrestling team placed seventh at the Virginia Duals, hosted at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va. It marks the third time Virginia has placed in the prestigious event in 16 all-time appearances.

Virginia (10-3), seeded seventh in the tournament, went 2-1 Saturday and finished the Duals with three wins in five matches. UVa started the day with a 21-15 win over No. 23 Old Dominion before dropping a 21-18 decision to No. 24 Virginia Tech. In the seventh-place match, the Cavaliers rebounded to down Michigan, 19-13, for UVa's second win over the Wolverines in as many days.

Chris Henrich (Jr., Lansdale, Pa.) and heavyweight Jack Danilkowicz (R-Jr., Green Oaks, Ill.) each picked up three wins on the day. Henrich, ranked fourth nationally at 174 pounds, went 5-0 at the Duals and upped his record to 20-2 this season. 

NC State Dumps VMI, 28-10
NC State won seven of 10 matches Saturday and cruised to a 28-10 victory over VMI in college wrestling action at Reynolds Coliseum.

The victory lifted NC State 3-5 on the season while VMI fell to 1-3. The Wolfpack got pins from sophomore 174-pounder Quinton Godley and freshman 197-pounder Andrew Tumlin. VMI got a major decision at 184 pounds from Andrew Szymborski.

Mike Moreno got the Wolfpack started in the 125-pound bout to start the match, taking a 5-0 lead over John Pope with a takedown and near fall at the end of the first period, then an escape to start the second. Pope escaped to start the third period, but was whistled for stalling, giving Moreno a 6-1 decision and NC State a 3-0 lead in the team scoring.