Wrestler’s Drop Opening Dual; Munson scores a stunner

ALBANY, New York— North Carolina State won the doubles meet.

Corbyn Munson made for the biggest highlight.

Munson, a Central Michigan senior, earned a 4-1 win over North Carolina State’s Ed Scott on Friday as the Chippewa wrestling team went 26-12 in the Armbar at the Armory, an event organized by Journeymen against the ninth-placed Wolfpack, eight-team wrestling fell in four dual meets.

It was a big win for Munson, who has gone up from 149 to 157 pounds this season and sits 33rdapproxnational. Scott is a sophomore and the defending ACC champion, tied for sixth.

“Corbyn has put on a weight, I don’t know if he had the confidence that we thought he should have,” CMU coach said Tom Borelli said. “I have a feeling this match will really push him forward.”

Munson got a takedown on a return late in the first period after Scott shot him. In the second third he then managed a reversal to extend his lead to 4-0. Scott scored a vanishing point in the third period, but Munson maintained an aggressive tact to end the match.

“(Munson) drove really well, which kept (Scott) on the mat and kind of negated his offense,” Borrelli said. “(Munson) kind of dominated the match.”

Five of the Wolfpack’s 10 wrestlers earned double national rankings. Four of those wrestlers won their matches on Friday, scoring bonus points on three of those wins.

The Chippewas’ other victories came from Vince Perez (133) and Alex Cramer (174). Perez won via medical waiver on Jacob Cox.

Cramer, a junior who picked up a redshirt from injury last season, scored in a 6-2 win over Joey Milano. Cramer extended a 6-0 lead.

“He was trying to get the major at the end of the match and ended up getting tripped himself, but he was able to get a major in that match, so he wrestled really well,” Borrelli said.

All in all, Borrelli said, it was a good start for the Chippewas, who will compete in Sunday’s Army Black Knight Invitational.

“There are many things we can improve,” he said. “We lost a one-point match at 125, we lost a one-point match at 165, we lost a one-point match in overtime at 149, and in heavyweight we have a two-point match lost.

“We were right in the doubles goal. I think we’re capable of changing those results. There’s a lot to build on.”

State of North Carolina 26, Central Michigan 12

125: Troy Hohman (NC State) Dec. Sean Spidle4-3
133: Vince Perez (CMU) Dec Jacob Cox, MFF
141: No. 19 Ryan Jack (NC State) Major Dec. Yes’Kerion Merritt12-3
149: Jackson Arrington (NC State) Dec. #14 Johnny Lovett4-3 SV-1
157: No. 33 Corbyn Munson (CMU) Dec. No. 6 Ed Scott, 4-1
165: Donald Cates (NC State) Dec. Tracy Hubbard3-2
174: Alex Cramer (CMU) Dec. Joey Milano, 6-2
184: #3 Trent Hidlay (NC State) pinned Ben Cushman1:25
197: No. 19 Isaac Trumble (NC State) Major Dec. Cameron Wood11-2
285: No. 21 Owen Trephan (NC State) Dec. Bryan Caves4-2