Dec. 30, 2010

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Junior 157-pounder Colton Palmer won three straight wrestleback matches Thursday to advance to the final round of eight before being eliminated at the UNCG Southern Scuffle at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

NC State was in 22nd place in the team standings as the tournament headed into the consolation finals and bracket championships on Thursday afternoon.

"I was really pleased with the way we wrestled, with the progress we've made since Las Vegas," Wolfpack head coach Carter Jordan said, referring to the Wolfpack's 34th-place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 4. "The guys were aggressive and really got after it. We still have work to do, but this was a clear step forward."

Palmer, who went 5-2 in the tournament and won four matches by pin, improved to 14-7 for the season.

Junior 141-pounder Darrius Little won four of six bouts in the tournament to improve 15-6. Sophomore heavyweight Eloheim Palma also won four of six bouts. He was wrestling unattached.

"Colton had a great tournament," Jordan said. "He's really improved. If he continues to progress like that, he has a chance to make a splash in March. Darrius Little wrestled really well, and Quinton Godley had a good tournament. Eloheim hasn't wrestled in more than a month and got a bad draw with Jeremy Johnson [from Ohio]. That guy's really good, but Eloheim had a nice tournament."


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Senior 149-pounder Darrion Caldwell, the 2009 national champion, did not wrestle in the Southern Scuffle and will make his 2010-11 debut on Tuesday, Jan. 4, in a 1 p.m. dual match at Bloomsburg. The Wolfpack then will travel to Rider for a 4 p.m. match Jan. 5. "We still don't have our full lineup out there and we've shown a lot of improvement," Jordan said. "When we get everyone out there, if we continue to show the work ethic we've shown the last month, this should be a really nice team."

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NC State Results at the UNCG Southern Scuffle

125 - Pedram Rahmatabadi
lost to Brad Pataky (Penn State) by technical fall, 0-15
lost to Ryan Renkey (Army), 2-11
Pedram Rahmatabadi eliminated

133 - Conor Hovis
lost to Peter Terrezza (Duke) by fall at 1:28
lost to Angel Garcia (UNC Greensboro), 1-6
Conor Hovis eliminated

141 - Darrius Little
lost to #11 Michael Mangrum (Oregon State), 3-8
defeated Justin Morrill (Utah Valley University), 9-7
defeated Raymond Borja (Navy), 11-2
defeated Kasey Davis (Edinboro), 8-6
defeated Darrin Boing (Ohio), 8-3
lost to Derek Shingara (Bloomsburg), 1-4
Darrius Little eliminated

149 - Brett Farina
lost to Alex Warren (Indiana) by technical fall, 0-15
lost to Joshua Kreimier (Air Force), by fall at 5:25
Brett Farina eliminated

149 - Tylor Sigmon (unattached)
lost to Zach Basich (Navy), 2-9
pinned Dalton Cunningham (Lock Haven), at 3:48
lost to Scott Clymer (Liberty), by fall at 2:23
Tylor Sigmon eliminated

157 - Colton Palmer
pinned Nicholas Gordon (Virginia), at 6:28
pinned Travis Puckett (Appalachian State), at 5:29
lost to Kyle Kiss (North Carolina), 2-6
pinned Julian Colon (Liberty), at 0:56
defeated James Rafferty (Army) by medical forfeit
pinned Daniel Kolodzik (Princeton) at 1:45
lost to Brandon Zeerip (Michigan), 7-12
Colton Palmer eliminated

165 - Colin Genthert
lost to Jake Kemmerer (Penn State), 4-12
defeated Kasey Young (NC State), 3-1
lost to Christopher Smith (Bloomsburg), 2-7
Colin Genthert eliminated

165 - Kasey Young
defeated Bobby Barnhisel (Navy) by medical default at 5:57
lost to Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia), 4-11
lost to Colin Genthert (NC State), 1-3
Kasey Young eliminated

174 - Quinton Godley
defeated Keith Brown (UNC Greensboro), 10-5
lost to #1 Mack Lewnes (Cornell), by fall at 2:13
defeated William Coggins (Virginia), 5-3
lost to Canaan Bethea (Pennsylvania), 0-7
Quinton Godley eliminated

197 - KaRonne Jones
lost to Chad Hanke (Oregon State), by technical fall, 4-19
lost to Kyle Sanders (Ohio), 2-6
KaRonne Jones eliminated

Hwt - Bobby Isola
lost to Joe Tymosuzuk (Kent State), by fall at 5:54
lost to Eloheim Palma (NC State), 4-7
Bobby Isola eliminated

Hwt - Christian McClean
lost to Daniel Miller (Navy), 3-8
lost to Stryker Lane (Cornell), by fall at 3:25
Christian McClean eliminated

Hwt - Eloheim Palma (unattached)
lost to Henry Turner (Lock Haven), 4-5
defeated Bobby Isola (NC State), 7-4
defeated Michael Horton (Edinboro), 4-2
defeated Odie Delaney (The Citadel), 7-2
defeated Kyle Cowan (Pennsylvania), 6-4
lost to Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), 1-6
Eloheim Palma eliminated