NC State topples Duke 30-12 to open ACC action

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The No. 8 NC State wrestling team opened up its ACC dual season with a 30-12 win over Duke in Reynolds Coliseum Friday night. The Wolfpack (13-2, 1-0 ACC) used four bonus point wins, including a pin (141 pounds) and a tech fall (125).

The ACC dual started at heavyweight, and the Pack jumped out to a 20-0 lead after the first four bouts.

Fr. Deonte Wilson scored an escape to open the second then rode out Duke's Fisher the entire third period for the 2-0 win to start.

R-Fr. Zurich Storm scored three takedowns and a pair of two-point near falls to jump out to a 10-0 lead in the first, and a final two-point near fall ended it in the third for a 19-4 technical fall win.

Duke forfeited at 133 pounds, giving No. 8 Tariq Wilson the win.

R-Sr. Jamel Morris scored a takedown about a minute into his bout at 141 pounds, and put Duke's Josh Finesilver onto his back for the first period pin at the 1:06 mark.

Duke picked up its first win at 149 pounds in a top-10 battle, as No. 6 Mitch Finesilver scored 10-0 major decision over No. 7 Justin Oliver.

No. 4 Hayden Hidlay picked up more bonus points at 157, after a pair of third period takedowns pushed him to the major, 15-5.

The first of back-to-back Bullard-Finesilver matches at 165 pounds, Thomas Bullard scored an escape in the third for the 4-3 win to push the Pack's lead to 27-4.

Duke scored back-to-back wins at 174 (decision) and 184 pounds (tech fall).

The dual closed with an 8-5 win by Malik McDonald, thanks to a pair of first period takedowns and another late in the third.

Up Next: The Pack will be in conference road action next weekend, traveling up to No. 25 Virginia for a dual next Friday night.

285: Deonte Wilson (NCSU) dec. Araad Fisher; 2-0 - 3-0
125: Zurich Storm (NCSU) tech fall Harrison Campbell; 19-4 - 8-0
133: #8 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) by forfeit; 14-0
141: #26 Jamel Morris (NCSU) WBF #30 Josh Finesilver; 1:06 - 20-0
149: #6 Mitch Finesilver (DU) major dec. #7 Justin Oliver; 10-0 - 20-4
157: #4 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. Benjamin Anderson; 15-5 - 24-4
165: #16 Thomas Bullard (NCSU) dec. #25 Zach Finesilver; 4-3 - 27-4
174: #16 Matt Finesilver (DU) dec. #21 Daniel Bullard; 8-7 - 27-7
184: Kaden Russll (DU) tech fall Alex Faison; 19-3 - 27-12
197: #21 Malik McDonald (NCSU) dec. Alec Schenk; 8-5 - 30-12


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