banner
NC State

WRES: NC State's Gwiazdowski defeats nation's top-ranked Heavyweight

Posted February 22

N.C. State Logo

— The NC State wrestling team split a pair of duals in Durham today. The Wolfpack (14-7) defeated Duke in the final ACC dual of the year, 25-13, then fell to No. 21 Northwestern 24-15. The highlight of the day was NC State’s Nick Gwiazdowski scoring a 5-3 overtime win over the nation’s top-ranked heavyweight, Michael McMullan of Northwestern.

With the win over Duke, Pack head coach Pat Popolizo notched his 100th career dual victory. The Pack’s Sam Speno (141 pounds), Tommy Gantt (157) and Gwiazdowski (285) all won both of their bouts on the day.

After dropping the opening bout at 197 pounds to start the ACC dual against Duke, NC State reeled off six straight wins, including three bonus point victories.

Gwiazdowski started with his 15th pin of the year just 2:25 into the first period. At 125, Duke was forced to forfeit and give up six points. The Pack’s Chris Wilkes (133 pounds), Speno(141) and Brian Hamann (141) all recorded decisions before Gantt scored a major decision over No. 22 Immanuel Kerr-Brown, who was a perfect 5-0 in ACC action, to put the Pack well ahead at 25-4 after the first seven bouts. Duke won the final three matches, but the Pack came out on top 25-13 for the ACC win.

Against No. 21 Northwestern, the Pack won four bouts but fell 24-15.

Gwiazdowski recorded the 5-3 overtime upset of No. 1 ranked McMullan in the second bout to tie it at 3-3. Going into the third period down 3-0, he picked up an escape point early then a takedown to force OT before scoring the winning takedown in extra time. Gwiazdowski finishes with a perfect 20-0 record in duals this year, and has racked up 13 straight wins dating back to Jan. 2. He finished a perfect 6-0 against ACC foes, and six of his last eight wins have come against ranked foes.

Speno got the Pack six points at 141 pounds, as his bout also went to overtime, but he recorded a pin over No. 30 Pasquale Greco to tie the dualat 9-9 at the midway point. After the Wildcats scored a tech fall at 149 pounds, Gantt earned a 13-7 decision at 157 pounds to pull the Pack within 14-12 with three matches left.

Northwestern scored a pin and a major decision to push the score to 24-12, and the Pack’s Michael Macchiavello recorded an 8-6 decision to close the meet at 24-15.

The Pack will next be in action on March 8, traveling to Virginia Tech for the 2014 ACC Championship.

NC State 25, Duke 13
197: #22 Conner Hartmann (DU) major dec. KaRonne Jones; 9-1 (0-4)
285: #6 Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) fall Brendan Walsh; 2:25 (6-4)
125: Micah Perez (NCSU) by forfeit; (12-4)
133: Chris Wilkes (NCSU) dec. Evan Botwin; 11-7 (15-4)
141: #26 Sam Speno (NCSU) dec. Xaviel Ramos; 8-5 (18-4)
149: #31 Brian Hamann (NCSU) dec. Connor Bass; 3-1 (21-4)
157: #19 Tommy Gantt (NCSU) major dec. #22 Immanuel Kerr-Brown; 11-2 (25-4)
165: Marcus Cain (DU) dec. Max Rohskopf; 6-4 (25-7)
174: Trey Adamson (DU) dec. #19 Pete Renda; 7-5 (25-10)
184: Jacob Kasper (DU) dec. Michael Macchiavello; 9-6 (25-13)

No. 21 Northwestern 24, NC State 15
197: #14 Alex Polizzi (NW) dec. KaRonne Jones; 8-6 (3-0)
285: #6 Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) dec. #1 Michael McMullan; 5-3-SV1 (3-3)
125: Garrison White (NW) dec. Micah Perez; 6-2 (6-3)
133: #33 Dominick Malone (NW) dec. Chris Wilkes; 7-3 (9-3)
141: #26 Sam Speno (NCSU) fall #30 Pasquale Greco; 7:44-SV1 (9-9)
149: #5 Jason Tsirtsis (NW) tech fall Cohl Fulk; 20-4 (14-9)
157: #19 Tommy Gantt (NCSU) dec. Benjamin Sullivan; 13-7 (14-12)
165: #7 Pierce Harger (NW) fall Max Rohskopf; 3:17 (20-12)
174: Kevin Bialka (NW) major dec. Nijel Jones; 16-5 (24-12)
184: Michael Macchiavello (NCSU) dec. Jacob Berkowitz; 8-6 (24-15)

Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Newest First
View all
  • ACC: North Carolina vs. Miami

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego vs. Miami

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida vs. Georgia

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Saturday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

    Tonight at 8:25 on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Pittsburgh

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State at Syracuse

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tomorrow at 11:35 pm

Scoreboard
Local
8:25pm Tonight
CAR
NOS
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
WAS
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
DET
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
NYK
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
UTA
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
OKC
7:30pm Tonight
LOU
FSU
7:30pm Tonight
GASO
TROY
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
BOS
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
LOS
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
WIN
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
ARI
7:30pm Tonight
OTT
CHI
7:30pm Tonight
TAM
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
ANA
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
SJS
9:00pm Tonight
COL
NYI
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
MON
8:25pm Tonight
CAR
NOS