Jones & Gwiazdowski preseeded at Scuffle

Nijel Jones & Nick Gwiazdowski (competing unattached) were seeded in their weight classes for the 2013 Southern Scuffle.  Their weight class seeds are below.  For a complete list of pre-seeds and options for live viewing/ticketing information, click here.  We will also be tweeting results via @PackWrestle.

1. Kyle Dake - Cornell
2. David Taylor - Penn State
3. Tyler Caldwell - Oklahoma State
4. Nick Sulzer - UVa.
5. Cody Yohn - Minnesota
6. Zach Toal - Missouri
7. Josh Condon - UTC
8. Corey Mock - UNC
9. Nijel Jones - NC State
10. Peyton Walsh - Navy
11. Gabe Martinez - AFA


1. Anthony Nelson - Minnesota
2. Dom Bradley - Missouri
3. Alan Gelogaev - Oklahoma State
4. Nick Gwiazdowski - NC State
5. Levi Cooper - Arizona State
6. James Lawson - Penn State
7. Jonathan Gingrich - Penn State
8. Odie Delaney - The Citadel
9. Jeremy Johnson - Ohio
10. Stryker Lane - Cornell


Reno Tournament of Champions Preview: Part II

Here is the second half of our Reno TOC preview.  

165 pounds
NCSU Entrants:  Nijel Jones
Other Top Contenders:  Ethan Hinebauch (MT St Northern – Ranked 1st NAIA), Bret Baumbach (Stanford – Nationally Ranked), Zach Strickland (App St – Nationally Ranked), Cody Allala (CCC – Nationally Ranked 9th JUCO),Derek Mestrovich (Southern OR – Ranked 3rd JUCO), Ryan Miller (GCU – Roadrunner Open 4th), Gian Traverso (MO Valley – Ranked 6th NAIA), Harrison Hightower (Ohio – Navy Classic 4th), Jim Wilson (Stanford – Roadrunner Open Champ), Abner Cook (UVU – Cowboy Open Champ), Robert Nash (MSU – EMU Open 2nd), Holden Packard (Boise), Troy Lamson (MSU – EMU Open 6th), Austin Dewey (Boise – Cowboy Open Placer), and Cole Rice (Spokane Open Champ)

174 pounds
NCSU Entrants:  Patrick Davis
Other Top Contenders:  Bryce Hammond (Cal Bakersfield – Ranked Top 20), Brock Gutches (Southern Oregon – Ranked #1 NAIA), Austin Morehead (Oregon St – Nationally Ranked), Max Payne (MT St Northern – Ranked 5th NAIA), Trent Noon (CCC – Ranked 3rd JUCO), Jordan Wohlfert (MSU – MSU and EMU Open 2nd), Ross Taylor (Western Wyoming – Ranked 8th JUCO), Jared Miller (MT St Northern –Ranked Top 15 NAIA), Cody Walters (Ohio – MSU Open Champ), Jarrod Purvis (Adams St – Fort Hays Open Champ), Michael Duckworth (Ohio – Navy Classic 5th), Monte Schmalhaus (UVU – Cowboy Open Champ), Ethan Smith (UVU – Cowboy Open 2nd), LJ Helbig (Wyoming – UNK Open 3rd), and Zach Nevills (Stanford – Roadrunner Open 3rd)

184 pounds
NCSU Entrants:  Brett Peltier
Other Top Contenders:  Jake Swartz (Boise – Ranked top 10), Ty Vinson (Oregon St – Nationally Ranked), John Rizgallah (MSU – Nationally Ranked), Lance Bryson (WVU – Nationally Ranked), Kody Reed (MT St Northern – Ranked top 10 NAIA), Tyler Thomas (Southern OR – Ranked top 10 NAIA), Brett Sanchez (GCU – Ranked top 10 D2), Taylor McGiffen (Campbell – Citadel Open Champ),Shane Woods (Wyoming – UNK Open 2nd), Ryan Garringer (Ohio – 3rd Navy Classic), Marcus Haughian (GCU – Cowboy Open 4th), Cody Rodgers (Ohio – MSU Open 4th), Sean Dougherty (Cal Poly – Keystoen Classic 5th), Kadyn Del Toro (Boise – Cowboy Open Placer), and Riley Argyle (Western Wyoming – Ranked JUCO)

197 pounds
NCSU Entrants:  Josh Lackey
Other Top Contenders:  Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming – Ranked top 5), Taylor Meeks (Oregon St – Ranked top 15),Toby Cheff (MT St Northern – Ranked NAIA), Charles Johnson (Southern Oregon – Ranked top 10 NAIA), Josh Manu (MO Valley – Ranked 4th NAIA), Jake Laden (CCC – Ranked #1 JUCO), Celic Bell (GCU – Ranked #3 NAIA), Patrick Gomez (Northern Colorado – Cowboy Open 2nd), Phil Wellington (Ohio –MSU Open Champ), Michael Sojka (Stanford – Roadrunner Open 2nd), Nick McDiarmid (MSU – EMU Open 2nd), AJ Vizcarrondo (WVU – Wolfpack Open 4th), Luke Jones (MSU – MSU Open 4th), Cody Rodgers (Ohio – Navy Classic 5th), and Paul Weiss (App State – Keystone Classic 6th)

285 pounds
NCSU Entrants:  Mike Kosoy

Other Top Contenders:  Chad Hanke (Oregon St – Ranked top 10), JT Felix (Boise – Ranked top 10), Jeremy Johnson (Ohio – Ranked top 10), Odie Delaney (Citadel – Ranked top 15), Mike McClure (MSU – Ranked top 15), Atticus Disney (Cal Poly – Nationally Ranked), Tyrell Fortune (GCU – Ranked top 5 D2), Dan Scherer (Stanford – Nationally Ranked), Jacob Mitchell (CCC – Ranked 4th JUCO), Dan Mueller (Mo Valley – Ranked 6th NAIA), Bubba Owens (Southern OR – Ranked 5th NAIA), Hnery Chirino (Northern CO – Las Vegas Invite 8th),  Gabi Musallam (MO Valley – Ranked top 15 NAIA), Mike Williams (Western WY – Ranked top 15 JUCO), and Tanner Harms (Wyoming – UNK Open Champ)


Reno Tournament of Champions Preview: Part I

This Sunday we will compete at the Reno Tournament of Champions.  It is a good opportunity to see a lot of teams that we do not normally get to compete against from the west coast.  There are 24 teams competing.  Here are the teams and a weight class breakdown of some of the top contenders in each weight class.

Teams entered:  #18 Adams State University, Appalachian State University, #20 Boise State University, #40 Cal Poly, #51 CSU Bakersfield, Campbell University, #28 The Citadel, #3 Clackamas CC, #2 Grand Canyon University, #48 Michigan State University, #7 Missouri Valley College, #12 Montana State – Northern, NC State University, Northern Colorado, #52 Ohio University, #14 Oregon State University, Sacramento State University, Simpson University, #1 Southern Oregon University, Stanford University, Utah Valley University, #24 University of Wyoming, #52 West Virginia, and #14 Western Wyoming CC

125 Pounds
NCSU Entrants:  None
Other Top Contenders:  Tyler Cox (Wyoming – Nationally Ranked), Shyane Young (WVU – Nationally Ranked), Evan Silver (Stanford – Nationally Ranked), Jade Rauser (UVU – Nationally Ranked), Joey Palmer (Oregon St – Nationally Ranked), Dominic Parisi (App St – Nationally Ranked), Kyle McCrite (Grand Canyon – D2 National Champion), Mitchell Lofstedt (Southern Oregon – Ranked #1 in NAIA), Drew Templeman (Wyoming – won 3 opens this year), Jerry Huff (Adams St – Ranked top 10 D2), Tyler Iwamura (Cal Bakersfield – top 12 Las Vegas Invite), Eric Montoya (Campbell – PSU Open Place Winner), Stevan Knoblauch (CCC – Ranked 4th JUCO), Ryan Sterns (MO Valley – Nationally Ranked NAIA), and Hermilo Esquivel (MSU – EMU Open Champ)

133 pounds
NCSU Entrants:  Sam Speno
Other Top Contenders:  Devin Lotito (Cal Poly – Ranked top 15), Drew Van Anrooy (Oregon St – Nationally Ranked), Ian Nickell (Cal Bakersfield – Nationally Ranked),Brian Owen (Boise – Nationally Ranked), Colin Johnson (WVU – Nationally Ranked), Zach Zehner (Wyoming – 2nd Reno last year), Kasey Garnhart (Wyoming – 5th Reno last year), Martin Gonzalez (GCU – Ranked top 10 D2), Brian Bitney (MO Valley – Ranked 4th NAIA), Logan Welch (MO Valley – Ranked 8th NAIA), Cameron Neiss (MT St Northern – Ranked 11th NAIA), Prescott Gardner (Southern OR – Ranked 5th NAIA), Luis Baltazar (Southern OR – Ranked 9th NAIA), Val Rauser (UVU – 3rd Wolfpack Open), and Terry Turner (MSU – 3rd EMU Open)

141 pounds
NCSU Entrants:  None
Other Top Contenders:  Michael Mangrum (Oregon St – Ranekd top 5), Ugi Khishignyam (Citadel – Ranked top 10), Nathan Pennesi (WVU – Nationally Ranked), Tim Box (Cal Bakersfield – Nationally Ranked), Ryan Fillingame (Adams St – Ranked 6th D2), Shane Yacuta (CCC – Ranked 9th JUCO), Todd Brackett (MO Valley – Ranked top 15 NAIA), Hunter Azure (MT St Northern – Ranked Nationally NAIA), Jonathan Gay (Southern OR – Ranked 7th NAIA), Justin Eldred (Southern OR – Ranked top 15 NAIA), Mario Luna (Western Wyoming – Ranked 8th JUCO), Kagan Squire (Ohio – 4th MSU Open), Brandan Rocha (Cal Poly – Roadrunner Open Champ), Nick Adams (Northern CO – Cowboy Open 2nd), and Jose Mendoza (Cal Bakersfield – Roadrunner Open 2nd)

149 pounds
NCSU Entrants:  Tommy Gantt
Other Top Contenders:  Jason Chamberlain (Boise – Ranked top 5), Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon St – Ranked Top 10), Dan Osterman (MSU – Ranked top 20), Justin Gonzales (Northern CO – Ranked top 20), Josh Wilson (UVU – Nationally Ranked), Jimmy Eggemeyer (Southern Oregon – Nationally Ranked #1 NAIA), Bobby Ward (GCU – Nationally Ranked 3rd NAIA), Kevin Maelfeyt (CCC – Nationally Ranked JUCO), Jake Briggs (Cal Bakersfield – Roadrunner Open Champ), Grant Blumenthal (Campbell – Citadel Open Champ), Blake Kastl (Cal Poly – Roadrunner Open 3rd), Jordan Dix (Citadel – Navy Classic 5th), Andrew Romanchik (Ohio – MSU Open 6th), Brandon Richardson (Wyoming – Cowboy Open 3rd), and Austin Breckenridge (Wyoming – UNK Open 6th)

157 pounds
NCSU Entrants:  Mardel Gabriel and Matt Nereim
Other Top Contenders:  RJ Pena (Oregon St – Ranked top 10), Andy McCulley (Wyoming – Ranked top 15), David Cheza (MSU – Ranked top 20), George Ivanov (Boise – Ranked top 20),Ed Cheff (MT St Northern – Ranked 6th NAIA), Dalton Urrutia (Southern Oregon – Ranked 4th NAIA), Scott Verner (Western Wyoming – Ranked 4th JUCO), Adam Fierro (Cal Poly – Top 12 Las Vegas Invite), Kyle Chene (Cal Poly – Top 8 Keystone), Matt Frisch (Citadel – 3rd Navy Classic), Mitchell Polkowske (Northern Colorado – Cowboy Open 2nd), Spartak Chino (Ohio – MSU Open 2nd), Kory DeBerry (GCU – Cowboy Open Champ), Ryan Watts (MSU – MSU Open 2nd), and Zach Rohr (Ohio – MSU Open 5th)

For more information about the Reno TOC, check out their official website here.


Wolfpack Wrestling Holiday Party

Last evening, the Wolfpack Wrestling team held their first annual Holiday party at Cafe Caturra.  We enjoyed spending the evening as a team and had a lot of fun.  Below are a few shots from the party.  Enjoy!

See more photos from the party here.


Ask the Pack

Since the team is not competing this weekend and preparing for the Reno Tournament of Champions next week, we don't have a weekend competition preview to post for you. In lieu of that, we're opening the floor up to our friends, family and fans for questions.

If you have any questions or comments for the coaching staff, please leave them in the comments below or email us at ncsuwolfpackwrestling@gmail.com. We'll answer your questions in a post later this week.

Enjoy the weekend - Go Pack!


Nittany Lion Open Preview Part II

As promised, here is a preview of the 165-HWT weight classes for the Nittany Lion Open.  Follow the Pack @PackWrestle on twitter for results. 

165 Pounds (61 Registered Wrestlers)
NCSU Wrestlers Competing:  Nijel Jones & Ryan Fox (unattached)
Other Top Competition:  David Taylor (PSU – NCAA Champ), Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo – NCAA Qualifier), Corey Mock (UNC – NCAA Qualifier), Chris Moon (Va Tech – NCAA Qualifier), Nick Fisher (PSU – 2012 Binghamton Open 4th), Bobby Nash (MSU – 2012 EMU Open 2nd), John Staudenmayer (UNC – 2012 Wolfpack & Hokie Open 5th), Jake Schalles (Navy – 2012 Navy Classic Runner-Up), Aaron McKinney (Lock Haven – 2012 Mat Town Open 4th), &Troy Lamson (MSU – 2012 EMU Open 6th)

174 Pounds (60 Registered Wrestlers)
NCSU Wrestlers Competing:  Patrick Davis
Other Top Competition:  Josh Asper (Maryland – NCAA All-American), Matt Brown (PSU – Nationally Ranked), Greg Zannetti (Rutgers – NCAA Qualifier), Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (Citadel – NCAA Qualifier), Jim Resnick (Rider – NCAA Qualifier), Mike Dessino (Bloomsburg – NCAA Qualifier), John-Martin Cannon (Buffalo – NCAA Qualifier), Kyle Czarnecki (Boston – NCAA Qualifier), PJ Tasser (Pitt – NCAA Qualifier), & Billy Curling (ODU – Nationally Ranked)

184 Pounds (54 Registered Wrestlers)
NCSU Wrestlers Competing:  Brett Peltier
Other Top Competition:  Ed Ruth (PSU – NCAA Champ), Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland – Top 12 NCAA’s), Alex Utley (UNC – Nationally Ranked), Lorenzo Thomas (Penn – NCAA Qualifier), Dan Rinaldi (Rutgers – NCAA Qualifier), Vic Avery (Edinboro – NCAA Qualifier), Jack Dechow (ODU – 2012 ESU & Mat Town Open Runner-Up), John Dickson (Va Tech – 2011 PSU Open 3rd), Brandon Griffin (Lehigh – 2012 ESU Open 3rd), & Anthony Gardner (Maryland – 2012 Clarion Open & Oklahoma Gold Classic 4th)

197 Pounds (41 Registered Wrestlers)
NCSU Wrestlers Competing:  KaRonne Jones (unattached) & Josh Lackey
Other Top Competition:  Quentin Wright (PSU – NCAA Champ), Christian Boley (Maryland – NCAA Qualifier), Morgan McIntosh (PSU – NCAA Qualifier), Antonio Giorgio (UNC – Nationally Ranked), Jacob Henderson (ODU – Nationally Ranked), Angelo Malvestuto (Buffalo – Nationally Ranked), Billy George (Cornell – 2012 Binghamton Open 4th), Kevin Beazley (ODU – 2012 Wolfpack Open Runner-Up), Dan Seidenberg (Rutgers – 2012 Hokie Open 4th), & John Merickel (Campbell – 2012 SoCon 4th)

285 Pounds (53 Registered Wrestlers)
NCSU Wrestlers Competing:  Nick Gwiazdowski (unattached), Mike Kosoy, & Josh Davis (unattached)
Other Top Competition:  Odie Delaney (Citadel – Top 12 NCAA’s), Kevin Innis (Boston – NCAA Qualifier), James Lawson (PSU – Nationally Ranked), Jonathan Gingrich (PSU – Binghamton Open Champ), Chris Penny (Va Tech – 2012 Wolfpack Open 4th), William Smith (Rutgers – Nationally Ranked), Henry Turner (Lock Haven – Nationally Ranked), Doug Vollaro (Lehigh – 2012 ESU & Binghamton Open 3rd), Nick Tavanello (OH State – 2012 Buffalo Invite 3rd), & Chris Nash (MSU – 2012 EMU Open Champ)