The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

Newsletter Signup

Get our news delivered straight to your inbox every week.

* indicates required

Mountaineers get trounced on opening night by No. 3 NC State 40-3

Junior+Will+Miller+tries+to+escape+a+takedown+by+NC+State%E2%80%99s+AJ+Kovacs+Friday+night+Nov.+4.
Sam Fleming
Junior Will Miller tries to escape a takedown by NC State’s AJ Kovacs Friday night Nov. 4.

No. 26 App State wrestling opened their season Friday losing 40-3 against No. 3 NC State, a team with ranked wrestlers at all 10 weight classes. 

The Wolfpack won all but one of the 10 matchups, achieving two falls by pin and two more by technical falls. One hundred thirty-three-pound redshirt sophomore Ethan Oakley took the lone win for App State against NC State’s three-time NCAA qualifier and No. 23 in the country at his weight class Jarrett Trombley. 

“That’s a really good team. Probably the best team we’ve ever wrestled in my time here from top to bottom,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “They just don’t have any holes, they’re really good, they have a lot of experience and for us, I think it exposed some things and shows us where we need to be.” 

The first match of the night saw No. 25 redshirt senior Cody Bond taking on No. 7 Jackson Arrington in his first match since moving to the 149-pound weight class. Bond, unable to get any leverage in the match, was dominated by Arrington from start to finish as he was only able to get three points off of escapes from his opponent’s takedowns. He defeated Bond on an 18-3 major decision, and got NC State on the board first as they took a 5-0 advantage to start the duel. 

The 157-pound match saw No. 20 junior Tommy Askey take on No. 5 Ed Scott. Askey began slow, allowing Scott to add on early points, putting Askey in an 11-2 hole before the final period. A good third period effort from Askey saw a takedown and an escape to get the crowd on their feet, but good defense from Scott in the final minute thwarted any chance of a comeback from Askey as the match ended 13-6. 

The next match saw 165-pound junior Will Miller face off against No. 33 AJ Kovacs. Miller started the match hot, achieving a takedown and finishing the period up 3-1. Miller gained all of the first 45 seconds in ride time, but after a Kovacs escape, he was unable to gain any other leverage as the two struggled for positioning the rest of the period. A third period takedown with 48 seconds left by Kovacs allowed him to dominate the final period as he never relinquished control of Miller and won the match 5-4.

174lb redshirt sophomore Luke Uliano gains control over NC State’s Alex Faison in their match on Friday. Nov. 4, (Sam Fleming)

The fourth match of the night saw redshirt sophomore Luke Uliano in a match against No. 22 Alex Faison. A slow starting match with zero points through the first two periods ramped up in the third period as Uliano used two escapes, and an extra point for ride time to tie Faison at three heading into sudden death overtime. Faison controlled Uliano the entire overtime period, eventually picking up a takedown and winning 6-3. 

The next three matches were not kind to the Mountaineers as 184-pound freshman Tomas Brooker and senior heavyweight Jacob Sartorio both lost on first period falls while 197-pound redshirt freshman Hunter Adams lost on a technical fall in the third period. Brooker and Adams’ duels were the two wrestlers’ first ever matchups in front of a home crowd. One hundred forty-one-pound redshirt freshman Kaden Keiser and 125-pound junior Chad Bellis both also wrestled their first duels in Varsity Gym.

“Hopefully you’re going to grow and these young guys figure it out and get a lot more experience,” Bentley said. “Wrestling in front of the crowd is some different pressure and it’s stressful. I think we’ll be okay by the time March comes.”

The Mountaineers will be back in action Sunday as they send 22 wrestlers to the Battle at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina for an all-day event. Matches will begin at 9 a.m. and will run throughout the day. 

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Appalachian
$1151
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

We hope you appreciate this article! Before you move on, our student staff wanted to ask if you would consider supporting The Appalachian's award-winning journalism. We are celebrating our 90th anniversary of The Appalachian in 2024!

We receive funding from the university, which helps us to compensate our students for the work they do for The Appalachian. However, the bulk of our operational expenses — from printing and website hosting to training and entering our work into competitions — is dependent upon advertising revenue and donations. We cannot exist without the financial and educational support of our fellow departments on campus, our local and regional businesses, and donations of money and time from alumni, parents, subscribers and friends.

Our journalism is produced to serve the public interest, both on campus and within the community. From anywhere in the world, readers can access our paywall-free journalism, through our website, through our email newsletter, and through our social media channels. Our supporters help to keep us editorially independent, user-friendly, and accessible to everyone.

If you can, please consider supporting us with a financial gift from $10. We appreciate your consideration and support of student journalism at Appalachian State University. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, or if you would prefer to make a recurring monthly gift, please give to The Appalachian Student News Fund through the university here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1727/cg20/form.aspx?sid=1727&gid=2&pgid=392&cid=1011&dids=418.15&bledit=1&sort=1.

About the Contributors
Trey Blake, Reporter
Trey Blake (he/him) is a sophomore digital journalism major, media studies minor, from Clayton, NC. This is his second year writing for The Appalachian.
Sam Fleming, Photographer
Sam Fleming (he/him) is a freshman Environmental Science Major, Computer Information Systems minor, from Greensboro, NC. This is his first year with The Appalachian.
Donate to The Appalachian
$1151
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All The Appalachian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *