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The 5 Most Impressive Dual Performances Last Week December 11-17

12/18/2017, 3:30pm EST
By Michael Willis

5. Utah Valley over NDSU 26-13

Last week NDSU was listed as our top team on the verge of being ranked. Utah Valley obviously didn’t think so as they controlled the dual meet to the tune of 26-13. With losses only to #6 NC State and Kent State (another team on the verge of being ranked), Utah Valley is putting together a very nice dual season.

4. Bucknell over Pittsburgh 20-16

After falling out of the rankings last week, Pittsburgh’s woes continue. Bucknell earned their first win of the season bringing them to 1-4, while Pitt dropped their 5th straight dual, putting them at 1-5. This was a solid win for Bucknell against an instate rival. For Pittsburgh, this is not the way first year head coach, Keith Gavin, wanted to start his season.

3. #2 Ohio State over Princeton 39-0

Princeton is a program on the rise looking to compete with teams in the upper echelon of the EIWA like Cornell and Lehigh. Ohio State looked to be on an entirely separate tier as they dominated the Tigers in a shutout performance. What made this performance particularly impressive was that Ohio State was missing their starting bookends, 3 time NCAA All-American and former NCAA champion, Nathan Tomasello at 125, and Olympic Champion and 2 time NCAA Champion, Kyle Snyder at heavyweight.

2. University of North Carolina over #12 Nebraska 22-14

The Cornhuskers had a rough weekend ending with a 22-14 loss to the unranked Tar Heels. UNC accomplished the upset while missing former All-American, 174 pounder, Ethan Ramos, from the lineup. UNC jumped out in front winning 4 of the first 5 matches. However it was the 6th match of the night at 157 pounds that really stood out. Unranked Kennedy Monday pinned #7 Tyler Berger, avenging an overtime loss he took at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas. Don’t be surprised if UNC moves into the rankings after this performance.

1. #6 NC State over #12 Nebraska 29-3

Pat Popolizio’s Wolfpack squad came into Nebraska’s gym and gave them a beat down they won’t soon forget last Friday evening. Besides earning a win at 165, Nebraska couldn’t get anything going against a tenacious NC State team. The Wolfpack looked like they were out to make a statement, and that’s exactly what they did. We have a long to go until March, but NC State looks very much like a team that will compete for a trophy at the National Tournament.

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