The college wrestling season officially kicked off on Wednesday afternoon. While other sports have exhibition events or preseason, wrestling has wrestle-offs. Some teams use these intrasquad matches to determine their lineup, but others simply use it as a test run to prepare for the season. The competitors are often overly familiar with each other since teammates wrestle in practice. In some cases, this can create some strange results, but in other cases, it could be an early sign for the upcoming season. The following are some of the most interesting results from the preseason wrestle-offs.
NC State 285: No. 8 Owen Trephan dec. Chase Horne 7-3
During his prep career, Horne was a Super 32 champion and a four-time Georgia state champion. He came to NC State as a top-40 recruit and is expected to continue the tradition of strong Wolfpack heavyweights. During a redshirt year last year, he went 17-5, but it seems likely he will sit behind a veteran this season. Trephan won the ACC last year and went 2-2 at the NCAA tournament. He enters this season as the eighth-ranked heavyweight in the InterMat rankings. Trephan was able to hold off a challenge from Horne in the intrasquad event and will likely benefit from having a strong partner in the room.
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