Wrestling ACCtion: Saturday, February 13

Feb. 13, 2010

Hokies complete undefeated ACC season with win over NC State
The 14th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team capped off its second-straight undefeated conference season with a 36-9 win over NC State Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum. The Hokies won the first six matches with several backups wrestling and won two more sown the stretch to wrap up things.

Schuyler Swanton bounced back from a loss Friday night with a 7-3 decision over Mike Moreno at 125 pounds and then Brock LiVorio pulled out an exciting 14-13 win at 133 pounds. Back-up Nick Murray rolled to a 15-0 technical fall at 141 pounds over Scott Norris and then Brian Stephens capped his undefeated ACC slate with a pin over Greyson Mills midway through the first period.

At 157 pounds, No. 5 Jesse Dong picked up a 15-0 technical fall of his own, downing Brett Farina and then Matt Epperly made it 26-0 with a 13-2 major decision over Ray Ward at 165 pounds. Taylor Knapp dropped a 6-0 decision to Quinton Godley at 174 pounds but then 19th-ranked Tommy Spellman pinned Colin Gerheart early in the first period to get the Hokies back on track. Freshman Chris Penny picked up his first ACC win in impressive fashion, beating Christian McClean 22-8 before the Hokies forfeited at heavyweight.

No. 24 Virginia Pummels NC State, 45-6
The No. 24 Virginia wrestling team won nine matches for the second straight match in posting a 45-6 ACC victory at NC State Saturday morning at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. The 45-point effort was Virginia's most points ever in an ACC dual, topping the previous high of 44, set twice in 1984.

Virginia (16-5, 3-1 ACC) won 38-3 Friday at Duke - its largest margin of victory in an ACC dual since Jan. 21, 1984 (44-3 vs. Georgia Tech). UVa topped that with its 39-point win Saturday. NC State falls to 6-12 overall and 1-3 in ACC duals.

UVa finished its strong weekend with 18 wins in 20 total bouts. Eight of the Cavaliers' nine victories Saturday resulted in bonus points. UVa's only loss came when Pat Riley (Sr., Bernardsville, N.J.) was forced to take an injury default after going down late in the first period of his match at 165 pounds against Ray Ward. 

Carolina Splits Saturday Doubleheader
The North Carolina wrestling team defeated Cleveland State 40-0 early Saturday for its second consecutive victory, but it could not sustain the momentum as the Tar Heels dropped a 25-19 decision to Clarion in the nightcap of the day's action in Clarion, Pa. With the results, UNC now stands 6-8-1 in dual meets on the season.

Five of Carolina's ten starters were unbeaten on the day, as Jeremy Shaw (133 pounds), Thomas Ferguson (174), Nick Tenpenny (184), Dennis Drury (197) and Ziad Haddad (heavyweight) all registered two victories while the remaining five Tar Heel wrestlers all split their two matches.

Carolina dominated the match versus Cleveland State from start to finish. After Ferguson and Tenpenny earned decisions to give UNC a quick 6-0 lead, Drury and Shaw sandwiched pins around major decision victories by Haddad and 125-pounder Brian Bokoski. Jon Burns gained a technical fall victory late in the match at 149 pounds while Mike Rappo, (141), No. 10 Thomas Scotton (157) and Kyle Kiss (165) all grabbed decisions in the convincing victory. 

NC State Falls Twice
Virginia and Virginia Tech brought nationally ranked wrestling teams to Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday, and unfortunately for NC State, both the Cavaliers and Hokies lived up to expectations in a doubleheader against the Wolfpack.

Virginia, ranked No. 24 in the latest NWCA poll, opened things up with a 45-6 victory over the Pack, and 14th-ranked Virginia Tech followed with a 36-9 victory. NC State won one bout in each match, and picked up six points against Virginia Tech by virtue of a forfeit at heavyweight. NC State fell to 6-13 on the season. Virginia and Virginia Tech both improved to 15-5.

In the first match, Virginia the first five matches and won nine of 10 overall, losing on an injury default at 165 pounds. The Wolfpack’s Ray Ward took a 4-1 lead on Pat Riley on a takedown late in the first period. Riley suffered a leg injury on the takedown and was unable to continue.