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The 5 Most Impressive Dual Performances Last Week February 15-20

02/22/2018, 3:30pm EST
By Michael Willis

5. #11 Cornell over #24 University of North Carolina 32-6

Cornell put a thumping on the Tar Heels last week as they 8 out of 10 bouts (including a forfeit). Cornell’s #1 ranked freshman, 197lber Ben Darmstadt kept rolling with a first period pin over #13 Daniel Chaid. Also of note was Cornell’s unranked second semester transfer, Freddy Stroker, knocking off #10 Kennedy Monday, 4-3.

4.  #3 Missouri over #13 Northern Iowa 23-9

While this match looked a lot closer on paper, Missouri won all of the matches they were favored in and took care of business. #3 Grant Leeth’s last second takedown of UNI’s returning All-American #6 Max Thompson to win 4-3 at 149 pounds basically shut the door on any potential UNI could pull. Another exciting match was #4 Daniel Lewis’s 13-10 victory over UNI’s, #7 Taylor Lujan.

3. #22 Purdue over #18 Wisconsin 25-15

While Wisconsin was favored based on team rankings, Purdue matched up favorably with the Badgers and was able to pull the upset. The most important result of the dual occurred in the first match where Purdue’s unranked Griffin Parriott pinned #15 Andrew Crone. #7 Evan Wick leveled the score with a pin of his own at 165. Purdue and Wisconsin traded wins at 174 and 184 giving Wisconsin a one point lead, until Purdue rattled off 5 wins in a row from 197 to 141, securing victory.

2.  #6 NC State over # 10 Virginia Tech 19-15

This was NC State’s first win over Virginia Tech since 2008. If that wasn’t significant enough, their victory also clinched their first ACC Dual title since 2004. In climactic fashion, the dual came down to heavy weight, the final match of the night, where the Wolfpack’s Michael Boykin avenged an early season loss to Andrew Dunn in overtime. Also noteworthy, Virginia Tech’s, #8 Zack Zavatsky knocked off then #2 Pete Renda, giving him his first loss on the season.

1. #2 Ohio State over #6 NC State 29-6

After just being crowned the ACC Dual Champions, Ohio State brought a rude awakening to Raleigh as the Buckeyes handled the Wolfpack their second defeat this season in decisive fashion. The dual went according to paper except for two notable exceptions. The first occurring at 197 where NC State’s #7 Michael Macchiavello knocked off #1 Kollin Moore 7-5. The other being at 141 where tOSU’s #7 Joey McKenna bested #2 Kevin Jack 6-2. This dominant victory over the #6 team in the country shows why Ohio State is widely considered the only team that will challenge Penn State for a National Title this year.


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