Keydet Wrestling Drops Pair Against Carolina Foes
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BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Despite a pair of pins from two different wrestlers, the Virginia Military Institute wrestling squad fell twice Wednesday night as the Keydets not only took on Southern Conference foe Campbell University, but North Carolina State University as part of a trimatch.

VMI started off strong against Campbell, but dropped seven consecutive matches, falling 32-9. In the second match of the night, the Keydets found themselves in an early deficit against the Wolfpack, dropping 35-6.

Each match of the day featured a VMI victory by pin, both coming in the second round. Against the Camels, 133 pounds Andriy Onufriyenko stuck his opponent while Conor Black did likewise against NC State.

The Keydets struggled in their Southern Conference opener, dropping a 32-9 decision against the Camels.. VMI’s lone wins came at 133 pounds as Onufriyenko pinned Tanner Bidelspach in 5:18. Onufriyenko’s win by fall tied the match at 6-6 and the Keydets moved out to a 9-6 lead after Ryan Goodsell collected his win. The Keydet utilized a 3-2 victory over Michael Dahlstrom at 141 pounds for the advantage, but VMI could not maintain the lead as Campbell collected wins in the next seven weights.

In the Keydets’ second match of the night, VMI collected another win by fall, this time at 184 pounds. Jones collected six team points with his second-period pin against Bret Peltier. But it was too little too late as the Keydets (0-4, 0-1 SoCon) were down 28-0 heading into Black’s bout.

VMI will have a short respite as it makes the jaunt to the Hampton Roads area for the 2013 Virginia Duals. Action will kick off at the Hampton Coliseum at 9 a.m. on Friday. The tournament can be followed on the official site,

VMI 9 (0-3, 0-1 SoCon)
Campbell 32 (2-4, 1-0 SoCon)
Weight: Winner (School) Type Loser (School) Result - Running Score CU-VMI
125: Eric Montoya (CU) WBF Armando Hererra (VMI) 4:45 - 6-0
133: Andriy Onufriyenko (VMI) WBF Tanner Bidelspach (CU) 5:18 - 6-6
141: Ryan Goodsell (VMI) DEC Michael Dahlstrom (CU) 3-2 - 6-9
149: Brent Jorge (CU) WBF Zeb Stewart (VMI) 1:12 - 12-9
157: Nick Rex (CU) MAJ DEC Ted Gottwald (VMI) 11-0 - 16-9
165: Paul Duggan (CU) MAJ DEC Mark Darr (VMI) 11-1 - 20-9
174: Cody Ryba (CU) DEC John Dommert (VMI) 7-0 - 23-9
184: Taylor McGiffen (CU) DEC Jonathan Jones (VMI) 5-1 - 26-9
197: John Merickel (CU) DEC Urayoan Garcia (VMI) 9-5 - 29-9
285: Joe Nolan (CU) DEC Michael LaPrade (VMI) 3-2 - 32-9

VMI 6 (0-4)
NC State 35 (1-0)
Weight: Winner (School) Type Loser (School) Result - Running Score NCSU-VMI
125: Joe DeAngelo (NCSU) MAJ DEC Armando Hererra (VMI) 16-4 - 4-0
133: Sam Speno (NCSU) DEC Andriy Onufriyenko (VMI) 8-3 - 7-0
141: Tyler Hunt (NSCU) DEC Emmitt Kelly (VMI) 8-2 - 10-0
149: Thomas Gantt (NCSU) WBF Zeb Stewart (VMI) 2:36 - 16-0
157: Matt Nereim (NCSU) MAJ DEC Ted Gottwald (VMI) 15-5 - 20-0
165: Mardel Gabriel (NCSU) MAJ DEC Mark Darr (VMI) 13-4 - 24-0
174: Patrick Davis (NCSU) MAJ DEC John Dommert (VMI) 16-5 - 28-0
184: Conor Black (VMI) WBF Bret Peltier (NCSU) 3:29 - 28-6
197: Bill Cook (NCSU) DEC Urayoan Garcia (VMI) 7-4 - 31-6
285: Mike Kosoy (NCSU) MAJ DEC Michael LaPrade (VMI) 12-2 - 35-6