RALEIGH, N.C. -- The No. 3 NC State wrestling team won all four matches among the ranked vs. ranked bouts, and defeated visiting No. 14 North Carolina 28-8 Monday night at Dorton Arena. The Wolfpack (18-0, 3-0 ACC) won eight of the 10 matches on the night, and took control early by jumping out to an 11-0 lead after the first three bouts.
The ACC dual featured four different matches where both wrestlers were ranked nationally. The Pack won all four, and all eight NC State wrestlers ranked in this week's NCAA Coaches Panel rankings won their bout (the top-33 wrestlers at each weight class are ranked from now till the end of the season by the Coaches Panel).
NC State improves to a perfect 18-0 on the season, the second-highest single-season win total in school history, and 3-0 in ACC action. The Pack has outscored its ACC competition 97-24 on the year, winning 23 of the 30 matches with 14 bonus point wins.
The Wolfpack started with back-to-back major decision and then a decision to jump out to the early 11-0 lead after the first three matches.
R-Fr. Sean Fausz had five takedowns and accumulated 5:08 of ride time to earn an 11-3 win at 125 pounds to start the dual. Fellow redshirt-freshman Jamal Morris followed suit with another major decision, as he won 13-3, powered behind five takedowns as well.
No. 3 Kevin Jack picked up a 5-3 OT win over No. 11 Joey Ward at 141 pounds. Jack made the comeback possible with riding out Ward the entire third period to erase a ride time point, then in the OT three stalls were called between the two and Jack earned an escape point for the final total.
After a UNC major at 149 pounds, No. 4 Tommy Gantt responded with 10-4 decision (with 2:12 of ride time) to give NC State a 14-4 lead halfway through the dual.
The Pack scored another decision right after the intermission, when No. 7 Max Rohskopf picked up a 1-0 win over No. 10 John Michael Staudenmayer. After the first two periods were scoreless, Rohskopf got an escape and did not let Staudenmayer get a late takedown after he took a shot with about a minute left.
UNC got a second major decision at 174, but No. 15 Pete Renda came right back and scored an 11-7 win over No. 17 Alex Utley. Renda scored a quick takedown and a four-point near-fall for a quick 6-0 lead and held on for his fourth win over a ranked foe this year. In the final battle of ranked foes, No. 17 Michael Boykin scored an 11-6 win over No. 23 Chip Ness at 197 pounds.
No. 1 Nick Gwiazdowski closed out the victory with a 19-2 second-period technical fall.
125: No. 24 Sean Fausz (NCSU) major dec. Anthony Bosco; 11-3 - 4-0
133: No. 28 Jamal Morris (NCSU) major dec. James Szymanski; 13-3 - 8-0
141: No. 3 Kevin Jack (NCSU) dec. No. 11 Joey Ward; 5-3 (TB-1) - 11-0
149: No. 7 Evan Henderson (UNC) major dec. Beau Donahue; 12-2 - 11-4
157: No. 4 Tommy Gantt (NCSU) dec. Christian Barber; 10-4 - 14-4
165: No. 7 Max Rohskopf (NCSU) dec. No. 10 John Michael Staudenmayer; 1-0 - 17-4
174: No. 3 Ethan Ramos (UNC) major dec. Nicky Hall; 14-2 - 17-8
184: No. 15 Pete Renda (NCSU) dec. No. 17 Alex Utley; 11-7 - 20-8
197: No. 17 Michael Boykin (NCSU) dec. No. 23 Chip Ness; 11-6 - 23-8
285: No. 1 Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) technical fall Cory Daniel; 19-2 - 28-8
Up Next: The Wolfpack will be in road action this weekend competing in two duals. NC State travels to ACC foe No. 18 Pittsburgh on Saturday, and then to West Virginia on Sunday.