BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- After starting the 2012-13 season with five straight tournaments, the NC State wrestling team competed in its first dual meets of the season Wednesday night. The Pack got the season off to a 2-0 start, first defeated VMI 35-6 and then downing host Campbell 27-13 at Gore Arena in Buies Creek.
In the Pack's two victories, NC State collected two falls and eight major decisions in winning 16 of the 20 matches on the evening.
NC State (2-0) started its evening winning nine of 10 matches in its 35-6 win over VMI (0-4) . The Pack recorded one fall and five major decision wins in its nine wins for six bonus point victories.
The Pack got off to a fast start against VMI, winning its first four matches and jumping out to an 18-0 lead, with all four matches being controlled by NC State wrestlers from the start.
The meet started at 149 pounds, with sophomore Thomas Gantt getting the scoring started with a fall at 2:36 and giving the Pack a quick 6-0 lead and a lead it would never surrender.
The Pack then recorded three straight major decisions, and five in the next seven matches overall.
2012 NCAA qualified Matt Nereim recorded a 15-5 major decision at 157 pounds, then redshirt-freshman Mardel Gabriel jumped up one weight class to 165 pounds and brought home a 13-4 major decision, followed by freshman Patrick Davis' 16-5 major decision win at 174 pounds to give the Pack an 18-0 lead.
Redshirt-freshman Bret Peltier, at 184 pounds, suffered the Pack's first set-back, getting pinned and VMI was on the board at 18-6.
Sophomore Bill Cook got the Pack going again at 197 pounds, winning 7-4 to increase the Pack's lead to 21-6.
NC State then recorded back-to-back major decisions. Feshman Mike Kosoy earned a 12-2 major decision at 285 pounds, and then junior Joe DeAngelo made his Wolfpack debut with a 16-4 major decision at 125 pounds.
The Pack closed out the win over VMI with freshman Sam Speno winning 8-3 at 133 pounds, and classmate Tyler Hunt also making his Wolfpack debut with a 8-2 win at 141 pounds.
NC State and Campbell (2-5) also opened at 149 pounds, with NC State's Gantt started the Pack off strong once again with his 15-6 major decision to give the Pack an early 4-0 lead.
Nereim at 157 pounds also picked up his second win of the night, with a 6-4 win pushing the lead up to 7-0 after two bouts.
Campbell got on the board with a major decision at 165 pounds over Gabriel, 14-4 to close the score to 7-4.
The Pack answered with back-to-back wins. Davis also recorded his second win of the night at 174 pounds, a 15-5 major decisions. Junior Nijel Jones jumped up two weight classes to 184 pounds, and won 8-4 to push the Pack's lead to 14-4 after five bouts.
Campbell would record a fall at 197 pounds over State's Cook and close the gap to 14-10.
At 285 pounds, Kosoy continued the Pack's winning ways with a 2-1 win in extra time. After no takedowns in overtime, Kosoy earned an escape to pick up three team points and push the lead up to 17-10.
Campbell answered right back with a 4-3 win at 125 pounds over DeAngelo to bring the score to 17-13.
Speno clinched the match for the Pack with a 14-3 major decision increasing the Pack's lead to 21-13. NC State closed out the evening just as it start, with Hunt picking up a fall at 4:58 for the decisive score of 27-13.
The Pack will return to action this Saturday, traveling to Gardner-Webb for a dual meet against the Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m.
NCSU 35, VMI 6
149: Gantt (NCSU) pin Stewart; 2:36
157: Nereim (NCSU) MD Gottwald; 15-5
165: Gabriel (NCSU) MD Darr; 13-4
174: Jones (NCSU) MD Dommert; 16-5
184: Jones (VMI) pin Davis; 3:29
197: Cook (NCSU) dec. Garcia; 7-4
285: Kosoy (NCSU) MD LaPrade; 12-2
125: DeAngelo (NCSU) MD Herrera; 16-4
133: Speno (NCSU) dec. Onufruyenko; 8-3
141: Hunt (NCSU) dec. Goodsell; 8-2
NCSU 27, Campbell 13
149: Gantt (NCSU) MD Jorge; 15-6
157: Nereim (NCSU) dec. Rex; 6-4
165: Duggan (Cam) MD Gabriel; 14-4
174: Davis (NCSU) MD Cox; 15-5
184: Jones (NCSU) dec. McGiffen' 8-4
197: Merickel (Cam) pin Cook; 1:04
285: Kosoy (NCSU) SV3 Nolan, 2-1
125: Montoya (Cam) dec. DeAngelo; 5-4
133: Speno (NCSU) MD Bidelspach; 14-3
141: Hunt (NCSU) pin Dahlstrom; 4:58