On the night the Wolverines won a total of seven of the 10 matches, including seven of the final eight bouts. With the loss NC State drops to 1-1 on the year.
"The match was great tonight," UVU head coach Greg Williams said. "Our freshmen at the upper weights (Josh Wood and Dylan Stadel) improved a lot from last night and won hard fought matches."
NC State took command of the dual early as the Wolfpack's grapplers won their first two matches. Trailing 7-0 on the scoreboard the Wolverines looked to junior Justin Morrill (149-pounds) to help get them going. Morrill won his match over NC State's Colton Palmer by injury default at the end of the first period to cut the score the Wolfpack's lead to 7-6.
Following another Wolfpack victory at 157-pounds, UVU freshman Monte Schmalhaus (165-pounds) won his match by decision (12-5) to help start the Wolverines rally where they went onto win the final six matches in a row.
Sophomore Brad Darrington (174-pounds) then gave Utah Valley a 12-10 lead on the night as he defeated NC State's Quinton Godley in a very tightly contested match, 4-2 in the second period of sudden victory. UVU junior Casen Eldredge then gave his squad a 16-10 advantage as he picked up a 9-1 major decision victory over Jonathan Becker.
UVU then put the bout away for all intents and purposes when freshman 197-pounder Josh Wood took down NC State's Andrew Tumlin with three seconds left in the bout to pull out a 9-8 decision. Tumlin had taken an 8-6 lead with a takedown with 40 seconds remaining, but Wood scored an escape with 21 seconds left, then got the buzzer-beating takedown to give Utah Valley a 19-10 team lead. UVU freshman Dylan Stadel (285-pounds)then kept the Wolverine win streak alive as he held on to beat NC State's Bobby Isola by the score of 3-2.
In the final match of the night it was UVU's 11th-ranked junior Benjamin Kjar's (125-pounds) turn to shine as he recorded three takedowns in the first period and one more in the second, then scored a quick reversal and a near fall in the third to take a 15-3 major decision over the Wolfpack's Taylor Cummings. With the win Kjar improved to 5-1 on the young season. Kjar's victory concluded the dual as UVU won 26-10. With the win the Wolverines went a perfect 3-0 in North Carolina to begin their dual season.
The Wolverines will conclude their East Coast road trip this weekend by competing in the Wolfpack Open at NC State on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. MT. Other than UVU and NC State the Wolfpack Open will include wrestlers from No. 19 Virginia, No. 21 Old Dominion and No. 23 Virginia Tech, along with wrestlers from UT Chattanooga, Hofstra, North Carolina, Newberry, Gardner-Webb, Auburn, and several unattached wrestlers.
133 - Darrius Little (NCS) Dec., Flint Ray, 10-7
141 - Dale Shull (NCS) Major Dec., Marty Carlson, 9-0
149 - Justin Morrill (UVU) Injury Def., Colton Palmer, at 3:00
157 - Bobby Ward (NCS) Dec., Richard Winger, 11-8
165 - Monte Schmalhaus (UVU) Dec., Kasey Young, 12-5
174 - Brad Darrington (UVU) Dec., Quinton Godley, 4-2 sv2
184 - Casen Eldredge (UVU) Major Dec., Jonathan Becker, 9-1
197 - Josh Wood (UVU) Dec., Andrew Tumlin, 9-8
Hwt - Dylan Stadel (UVU) Dec., Bobby Isola, 3-2
125 - #11 Benjamin Kjar (UVU) Major Dec., Taylor Cummings, 15-3