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Carson Floyd
Carson Floyd won by pinfall at the 197 pound weight class.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Wrestling Blanks Duke

Make it another dual shutout and another Power Five win for App State Wrestling.

The 24th-ranked Mountaineers won all 10 individual matches, plus two extra matches, before leaving Duke’s Card Gym with a 44-0 victory against the Blue Devils on Monday night.

It was App State’s national-leading 15th shutout since the start of 2020 and its 12th win against a P5 program since JohnMark Bentley became head coach. The Mountaineers (2-1) had also faced ACC opponents in their first two duals (No. 3 NC State, No. 21 North Carolina) of this season, and they square off against another one (No. 11 Virginia Tech) on the road Friday night.

Coming off a fourth-place finish at the Southern Scuffle, an encouraging development following an injury-delayed start to his season, Riley Edwards took the mat first in his first career dual start and opened the competition against Duke (4-6) with a 15-2 major decision at 141 pounds.

After building leads of 7-0 and 11-4, Carson Floyd delivered a pin at 197 pounds in just his fifth match of the season, while Tomas Brooker (16-2 major decision at 184 pounds) and Chad Bellis (forfeit at 125 pounds) officially recorded their first career dual victories.

Back-to-back-to-back tech falls from Tommy Askey (157 pounds), Will Miller (165) and Luke Uliano (174) pushed the lead from 7-0 to 22-0 at the midway point. The other wins came from Cody Bond (7-3 decision at 149), Jacob Sartorio (8-1 decision at heavyweight) and Ethan Oakley (7-3 decision at 133).

Bond trailed 3-2 entering the third period but had 90 seconds in riding time thanks to a second-period rideout. He earned an escape early in the third and gained separation on a takedown with 1:06 left.

In Brooker’s win, he used strong defense in the opening two minutes to avoid falling behind, then produced a key takedown with 10 seconds left in the period to seize control.

In the two extra matches, Ike Byers overcame an 8-1 deficit in a 14-10 decision against Duke starter Christian Colman at 141 pounds, and Anthony Conetta won a 15-8 decision at 157.

No. 24 App State 44, Duke 0
141: Riley Edwards (APP) def. Christian Colman (DU), 15-2 maj. dec.
149: #26 Cody Bond (APP) def. Jarred Papcsy (DU), 7-3 dec.
157: #19 Tommy Askey (APP) def. Logan Ferrero (DU), 23-6 tech fall
165: #22 Will Miller (APP) def. Gaetano Console (DU), 22-5 tech fall
174: Luke Uliano (APP) def. Jack Wimmer (DU), 19-1 tech fall
184: Tomas Brooker (APP) def. Conor Becker (DU), 16-2 maj. dec.
197: Carson Floyd (APP) def. Kwasi Bonsu (DU), fall (6:36)
HWT: Jacob Sartorio (APP) def. Connor Barket (DU), 8-1 dec.
125: Chad Bellis (APP) won by forfeit
133: #24 Ethan Oakley (APP) def. Raymond Adams (DU), 7-3 dec.