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NC State dominates Duke

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The 10th ranked NC State wrestling team started its ACC slate in dominating fashion, as the Wolfpack (5-1, 1-0 ACC) won the final eight bouts of the night and defeated Duke 34-6 in Reynolds Coliseum. After the Blue Devils (2-3, 0-1 ACC) won the first two matches, NC State won eight straight, including six for bonus points.

The ACC dual started at 285 pounds, and Duke got a pair of decisions in the first two matches (125) to take an early 6-0 lead.

No. 15 R-So. Jamal Morris made his dual debut this season, and got the Pack on the scoreboard with a 17-10 win over Duke's Cole Baumgartner. Morris dominated the first period taking a 10-1 lead and 1:41 of ride time thanks to a pair of four-point near falls. Baumgartner made a comeback with a reversal and near fall of his own, but Morris got another four-point near fall at the end and claimed the win.

No. 2 Jr. Kevin Jack dominated Duke's Zach Finesilver with a 16-0 technical fall win at 141 pounds for the first bonus point win of the night. It was Jack's 19th straight win on the season improving his record to 21-1.

No. 14 Sr. Sam Speno also scored bonus points for the Pack, with an 18-7 major decision at 149 pounds over Duke's Xaviel Ramos.

At the intermission, NC State held a 12-6 lead.

In the most back-and-forth bout of the night, freshman Thomas Bullard pulled off a 7-6 comeback over Duke's Jake Faust, who was ranked in the preseason before missing recent time. Bullard was down 5-4 and giving up the ride time point as he started the third down. He got the reversal, and Duke got hit with a stall to give Bullard a 7-5 lead. A late Duke escape was not enough as Bullard pulled out the win.

R-Jr. Brian Hamann gave the Pack its second technical fall with an 18-1 win at 165 pounds. Duke's forfeit at 174 pounds netted the Pack another six points.

NC State closed out the dual with back-to-back major decisions. No. 11 R-Jr. Michael Macchiavello won 12-4 at 184 pounds, and R-So. Malik McDonald got a four-point near fall in the final seconds to record the 17-8 major.

NC State has now won 39 of the last 43 duals dating back to 1975 against Duke, and the Pack has won 28 of its last 30 duals dating back to last season.

Results:
285: #8 Jacob Kasper (DU) dec. Michael Boykin; 3-0 - 0-3
125: Thayer Atkins (DU) dec. Tommy Cox; 11-6 - 0-6
133: #15 Jamal Morris (NCSU) dec. Cole Baumgartner; 17-10 - 3-6
141: #2 Kevin Jack (NCSU) tech fall Zach Finesilver; 16-0 - 8-6
149: #14 Sam Speno (NCSU) major dec. Xaviel Ramos; 18-7 - 12-6
157: Thomas Bullard (NCSU) dec. Jake Faust; 7-6 - 15-6
165: Brian Hamann (NCSU) tech fall Jose Abbate; 18-1 - 20-6
174: Nick Reenan (NCSU) by forfeit - 26-6
184: #11 Michael Macchiavello (NCSU) major dec. Alec Schenk; 12-4 - 30-6
197: Malik McDonald (NCSU) major dec. Luke Farinaro; 17-8 - 34-6

Up Next: The Wolfpack will have a quick turnaround, traveling to Pittsburgh on Saturday to face Harvard, Edinburg and Columbia at the Pitt Duals starting at 9 a.m.

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