RALEIGH, N.C. – Three Mountaineers claimed wins as the West Virginia wrestling team dropped a 30-9 dual at No. 8 NC State on Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.
“We had some good performances today,” WVU coach Sammie Henson said. “It was good to see Jake, Joe and Devin get some wins. But we still have a lot of work to do, especially with some Big 12 duals coming up.”
Brown started the Mountaineers off with a win by decision at 125. After yielding a takedown to Tommy Cox late in the first, Brown started on top and got the tilt for a pair of nearfall points to start the second. Cox escaped, but Brown added another takedown. Another Cox escape tied the bout 4-4 heading into the third. Starting on bottom, Brown scored an escape in the third and added another takedown. He tacked on the point for riding time to take an 8-4 win and give WVU a 3-0 lead over NC State.
dropped an 8-4 decision to No. 14 Jamal Morris at 133 pounds as the Wolfpack tied the score 3-3 after two bouts. Joe Wheeling
then earned a win at 141 to put the Mountaineers back on top. After giving up a takedown to Robbie Rizzolino, Wheeling used a reversal to tie the score 2-2 after three minutes of action. A second-period escape put Wheeling up 2-1 before he started the third on top. Wheeling rode Rizzolino through the period, adding a point for riding time to take the 4-2 decision and put the Mountaineers on top, 6-3.
dropped a hard-fought, 4-2 decision to No. 11 Sam Speno on riding time at 149 to tie the team score 6-6. The Wolfpack took bonus-point victories in the next four bouts, including a pair of pins and a pair of major decisions, for a 26-6 advantage with two bouts remaining.
Smith added three more to the Mountaineers’ tally with a win by decision over Malik McDonald at 197. Striking early with a takedown, Smith took a 2-1 lead into the second period. He started on bottom and scored a reversal, putting his lead at 4-1 after five minutes of action. Smith started on top in the third, yielding an escape and a takedown to McDonald to tie the score at 4-4. Smith escape, tying the score at 5-5 before adding another takedown in the closing seconds of regulation. He added the point for riding time in winning the 8-5 decision.
NC State capped the dual with a 10-2 major decision at heavyweight for the 30-9 win.
West Virginia returns to Morgantown on Thursday to host No. 19 South Dakota State on Thursday in a 7 p.m. Big 12 dual at the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers will then welcome Iowa State on Sunday.
No. 8 NC State 30, West Virginia 9
165: Brian Hamann (NCSU) major dec. Ryan Lopez
184: No.10 Michael Macchiavello (NCSU) major dec. Parker VonEgidy