Jan. 22, 2011


RALEIGH, N.C. *-- Ohio University won the final five matches of the evening to come from behind and defeat NC State 29-12 in the finale of a wrestling tri-meet with the Wolfpack, Bobcats and Campbell at Reynolds Coliseum.

NC State (7-5) led 12-9 at the midway point, thanks to a 5-3 decision by Darrius Little over 19th-ranked Germane Lindsey at 141, freshman Matt Nereim's pin of Darrin Boing at 149, and Colton Palmer's 9-2 decision over Casey Gordon at 157.
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The Bobcats (6-3) ran the table from there, however, winning twice by major decision and once by pin to win the match going away and come out of the tri-meet unbeaten.


In the afternoon's opening bout, the Wolfpack dropped the 125-pound match vs. Campbell before winning seven of the next eight to win handily. Darrius Little won a major decision at 141 over Brad Merriman, and 149-pounder Matt Nereim built a 14-0 lead after one period before pinning Darien Peele at 3:49. Little's victory was his 20th of the season. Quinton Godley won a major decision at 174, and Nijel Jones, who began the year at 165 pounds, pinned John Merickel at 184.

"We wrestled well in spots," Wolfpack coach Carter Jordan said. "A key match was Darrius Little defeating a returning All-American. That should put him in the top 20 and solidify a spot for him at nationals. That was huge. I thought our starters wrestled well. Matt Nereim at 149 was huge. We haven't had a freshman wrestle like that since Darrion [Caldwell]. We keep taking two steps forward and one back, but we're making progress."


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Ohio made short work of Campbell in the second match of the day, winning all 10 matches, only one of which went the full seven minutes. The Bobcats recorded eight pins, a technical fall and a major decision in dismantling the Camels by a 57-0 margin. The match lasted less than an hour. Campbell fell to 1-13 with the losses to NC State and Ohio.NC State returns to action on Thursday at Reynolds Coliseum with an Atlantic Coast Conference match vs. Duke. The match will begin at 7 p.m.

NC State 31, Campbell 9
125 - Tanner Bidelspach (CU) dec. Pedram Rahmatabadi, 3-1
133 - Conor Hovis (NCS) dec. Gabe Gardner, 14-7
141 - Darrius Little (NCS) major dec. Brad Merriman, 14-5
149 - Matt Nereim (NCS) pinned Darien Peele at 3:49
157 - Colton Palmer (NCS) dec. Jake Fose, 7-4
165 - Ryan Ham* (CU) dec. Colin Genthert, 5-2
174 - Quinton Godley (NCS) major dec. Peter Comis, 11-1
184 - Nijel Jones (NCS) pinned John Merickel at 3:57
197 - KaRonne Jones (NCS) technical fall Justin Sparrow, 18-0
Hwt - Parker Burns (CU) dec. Eloheim Palma, 4-3


Ohio 57, Campbell 0
125 - Gabe Ramos (OU) pinned Tanner Bidelspach at 3:34
133 - Jake Wojcik (OU) major dec. Gabe Gardner, 12-2
141 - #19 Germane Lindsey (OU) pinned Brad Merriman at 5:45
149 - Darrin Boing (OU) technical fall Darrien Peele, 18-1
157 - Chris Kline (OU) pinned Jake Fose at 3:36
165 - Steve Wilson (OU) pinned Ryan Ham at 3:14
174 - Nick Purdue (OU) pinned Peter Comis at 3:20
184 - Ryan Garringer (OU) pinned John Merickel at 2:22
197 - Erik Schuth (OU) pinned Justin Sparrow at 0:15
Hwt - #20 Jeremy Johnson (OU) pinned Parker Burns at 1:23

Ohio 29, NC State 12
125 - Gabe Ramos (OU) technical fall Pedram Rahmatabadi, 15-0
133 - Gavin Moore (OU) major dec. Conor Hovis,* 10-0
141 - Darrius Little (NCS) dec. #19 Germane Lindsey, 5-3
149 - Matt Nereim (NCS) pinned Darrin Boing at 3:46
157 - Colton Palmer (NCS) dec. Casey Gordon, 9-2
165 - Steve Wilson (OU) major dec. Colin Genthert, 10-3
174 - Nick Purdue (OU) major dec. Nijel Jones, 17-4
184 - Ryan Garringer (OU) dec. Quinton Godley, 9-6
197 - Erik Schuth (OU) pinned KaRonne Jones at 1:08
Hwt - #20 Jeremy Johnson (OU) dec. Eloheim Palma, 4-1