Hoosiers Sweep Three-Match Sunday
Feb. 12, 2012
RALEIGH/BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - The Indiana University wrestling team improved to 11-7 on the season with three straight wins on Sunday. Indiana headed south to defeat North Carolina State, VMI and Gardner-Webb by a combined score of 106-31.
Four Hoosiers posted 3-0 individual records as well, a list that included: Joe Duca, Preston Keiffer, Luke Sheridan and Adam Chalfant. Matt Powless pinned his two opponents before giving way to Joe Fagiano in the final 197-pound match of the day. Fagiano made it a clean sweep of Hoosier pins at that weight class, sticking Gardner-Webb's Travis Porter in the second period.
The day began at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C., for a tri-meet versus hosting NC State and VMI. Indiana trailed the Wolfpack, 19-13, after the 174-pound bout despite three bonus-point-garnering performances at that point. The Hoosiers maximized the team point production from there on out, however, recording falls in the final three matches. The 18-point explosion pushed IU to a 31-19 victory.
Bonus points kept flowing in dual match number two. Indiana won eight bouts over VMI, six of which came with 4+ team points in the Hoosiers' 39-6 besting of VMI. Duca, Keiffer and Powless each recorded pins.
Duca racked up a total of 14 team points on Sunday, sandwiching his fall with a pair of major decisions against North Carolina State and Gardner-Webb. Chalfant was the Hoosiers' leading scorer, gathering 16 team points on two pins and a major.
The Hoosiers then made a short trip over to Boiling Springs, N.C. to face Gardner-Webb in the nightcap. IU rolled again, collecting bonus points by the bundle. Indiana won eight of 10 bouts en route to a 36-6 victory over the Bulldogs.
Indiana 31, North Carolina State 19
125 lbs - Coltin Fought (NCST) tech fall Zach Zimmer (IU), 15-0; Team Score: 0-5
133 lbs - Joe Duca (IU) maj. dec. Ben Elliott (NCST), 18-5; TS: 4-5
141 lbs - Matt Ortega (IU) won by forfeit; TS: 10-5
149 lbs - Matt Nereim (NCST) tech fall Geno Capezio (IU), 18-3; TS: 10-10
157 lbs - Colton Palmer (NCST) pinned Sawyer Morris (IU), 0:32; TS: 10-16
165 lbs - Preston Keiffer (IU) dec. Nijel Jones (NCST), 10-9; TS: 13-16
174 lbs - Quinton Godley (NCST) dec. Ryan LeBlanc (IU), 5-4; TS: 13-19
184 lbs - Luke Sheridan (IU) pinned Robert O'Neill (NCST), 4:21; TS: 19-19
197 lbs - #3 Matt Powless (IU) pinned KaRonne Jones (NCST), 5:44; TS: 25-19
285 lbs - Adam Chalfant (IU) pinned Josh Davis (NCST), 2:50; TS: 31-19
Indiana 39, VMI 6*
Indiana 36, Gardner-Webb 6
The regular season is quickly coming to end as the Hoosiers travel to Northwestern Friday night (Feb. 17) for their final dual match of the year. Postseason action starts with the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., on March 3-4.
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