Wrestling ACCtion: Weekend of February 19-21

Feb. 21, 2010

Seniors Lead Tar Heels to Victory in Regular Season Finale
North Carolina and The Citadel split the ten individual contests in Sunday's dual meet, but late pins by UNC seniors Dennis Drury and Jeremy Shaw triggered a 21-16 Tar Heel victory in the final dual meet of the 2009-10 season for both teams. With the decision, Carolina caps its recent hot streak by registering its fourth win in five matches. The Tar Heels complete dual action with a 7-8-1 record while the Bulldogs end their campaign at 9-6.

Along with wins from the 19th-ranked Drury (197 pounds) and Shaw (133), the Tar Heels also received victories from Jon Burns (149), Nick Tenpenny (184) and Ziad Haddad (heavyweight). Shaw, Drury and Haddad all extended win streaks that either tie or mark season highs. Dating back to a January 23 win over Navy's Ben Levin, Shaw has now won six consecutive bouts. Meanwhile, Drury and Haddad have come out on top in five straight contests.

The match kicked off at 141 pounds, where Carolina's Rocco Wellek, who was filling in for normal starter and 2009 national qualifier Mike Rappo, dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to Nick LaFevre. Burns quickly helped the Tar Heels rebound with a 4-0 shutout victory over Derek Royster. The result knotted the score at three after two matches.

Feb. 20, 2010

 

No. 9 Terps Defeat No. 24 Virginia 22-11

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Saturday, February 20) - No. 9 Maryland won seven of ten matches to defeat No. 24 Virginia 22-11 in Charlottesville, capping off a 19-4 regular season in which the Terps set the school record for wins.

The Terps trailed 10-11 following the sixth match, but Mookie Golden, No. 9 Alex Krom, Jon Kohler and Kyle John notched victories as Maryland scored 12 straight points to end the match.

No. 3 Hudson Taylor improved to 36-2 this season with a victory over defending ACC Champion Brent Jones, who is ranked 18th in the nation at 197 pounds.

The focus now shifts to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, as Maryland and Virginia Tech both finished the season 4-0 in conference action. The Terps improved their case for high seeds in the tournament at a number of weight classes; Taylor, No. 14 Josh Asper, Kyle John and Patrick Gilmore all finished the season 4-0 in conference duals.

 

Blue Devil Seniors Go Out in Style with Win

DURHAM, N.C. (Friday, February 19)-The Duke University wrestling team closed out the 2010 regular season on a high note with a 30-11 victory over Gardner-Webb University at Cameron Indoor Stadium this evening. The match was the final regular season contest for seven Blue Devil seniors.

John Barone, Konrad Dudziak, Robert Holbrook, Spencer Jasper, Voris Tejada, Chris Thumen and Ben Wales each were recognized prior to the match. Barone, Dudziak, Tejada and Wales all won their final career match in Cameron Indoor Stadium.