Pack Wrestling to Send Three to NCAA Championships
March 14, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. -
The NC State wrestling team will send three individuals to the 2013 NCAA Championships, taking place next week in Des Moines, Iowa. Junior Joe DeAngelo (125 pounds) and freshman Sam Speno (133) were awarded automatic bids based on their finish at the ACC Championships, and junior Nijel Jones (165) received an at-large bid announced on Wednesday.
DeAngelo got a late start with the Pack, joining NC State at the semester break. He went 7-7 on the season, all in dual matches after missing the fall tournaments. DeAngelo went 3-5 in ACC action, where the 125-pound weight class was awarded four NCAA qualifying spots. He faced tough competition all season, wrestling six matches against NCAA qualifiers.
In his rookie season with the Pack, Speno finished with a 16-12 mark, including 5-5 in dual meets this season. The 133-pound weight class was awarded an ACC-best five qualifying spots, and Speno performed well enough at the ACC Championships to qualify. Speno will be very familiar with his competition in his bracket, as he has wrestled 11 matches against NCAA qualifiers this season.
Jones had to await the NCAA's at-large announcement, but the junior also made the championship field. He led the Pack in wins this season, going 26-11 and was ranked in numerous polls throughout the year. During the season, Jones faced 10 NCAA qualifiers.
Competition starts next Thursday, with first round action starting at 12 p.m. (ET).
Full brackets for the 2013 NCAA Championship were also released on Wednesday and can be found at the link here.