Monday's High Country Sports Report.... (2016-11-28 16:05:54)

No. 23 App State Topples No. 25 North Carolina, 18-16....BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University wrestling downed No. 25 North Carolina in a down-to-the-wire battle, 18-16, on Sunday afternoon at Varsity Gym to improve to 3-0 for the fifth time in program history.


In a revenge match from 2014-15 when the Mountaineers lost by one point late to the Tar Heels, 23rd-ranked Appalachian edged out head coach JohnMark Bentley’s alma mater. The win gives the Black and Gold their second victory over a nationally ranked opponent this season and their second victory against a Power 5 school this season – a program first since year-by-year results were first recorded in 1990-91.

With only two major decisions and one technical fall on the day, the match was neck-and-neck, as the Mountaineers and Tar Heels (1-1) vied for every weight class.

Appalachian fell behind early in the team score as UNC’s James Szymanski defeated senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) on an 8-4 decision to open the day. But freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) battled the Apps back in, tying the team score up when he downed Tyrone Klump by 5-0 decision in the 133-pound weight class.

The balance beam continued to sway as No. 8 141-pounder, Joey Ward of North Carolina, defeated sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) by a 12-3 major decision before No. 11 sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.C./St. Joseph Regional) won a come-from-behind barn-burner against Troy Heilmann, 7-6.

Riding the momentum of Zovistoski’s comeback victory, freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) upset North Carolina’s No. 16 Joey Moon with a huge 5-2 decision in the 157-pound weight class.

The 165- and 174-pound classes went win and loss for the Mountaineers, as No. 17 Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) dropped John Clark in a 5-0 decision before Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) fell the No. 8 Ethan Ramos in a 20-5 technical fall.

The nail-biter of the night came in the 184-pound match when junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) took Elijah Kerr-Brown to overtime tied at 2-2. Peters-Logue battled hard against the Tar Heel, trying to not give up the sudden-death point, before finally getting a one-point escape to win the weight class and put Appalachian ahead.

North Carolina stormed back in the 197-pound match, as Daniel Chaid downed sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) by a 19-7 major decision to put the Tar Heels back up one with only the heavyweight bout to go.

No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) came out of the gates with ferocity, making multiple attempts at takedowns in the first few moments of the match. Corey Gilliland fought him off for only an instance before Dejournette got the points he was looking for. After the end of the third and final period, the senior heavyweight had his 8-2 decision, sealing the win for Appalachian State by one point.

Appalachian State wrestling returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 30 as it travels to face its second-straight nationally-ranked ACC opponent, No. 9 NC State. The action begins at 7 p.m.

125: James Szymanski (UNC) def. Vito Pasone (APP), 8-4 dec.
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Tyrone Klump (UNC), 5-0 dec.
141: #8 Joey Ward (UNC) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 12-3 maj dec.
149: #11 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Troy Heilmann (UNC), 7-6 dec.
157: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. #16 Joey Moon (UNC), 5-2 dec.
165: #17 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. John Clark (UNC), 5-0 dec.
174: #8 Ethan Ramos (UNC) def. Marcus Johnson (APP), 20-5 TF
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Elijah Kerr-Brown (UNC), 3-2 dec.
197: Daniel Chaid (UNC) def. Randall Diabe (APP) 19-7, maj dec.
HWT: #9 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Corey Gilliland (UNC), 8-2 dec.


UNC Men's Soccer Beats Syracuse, 1-0, To Reach NCAA Quarters

SYRACUSE--Freshmen Jeremy Kelly and Cam Lindleycombined on a goal in the 32nd minute to give ninth-seeded North Carolina a 1-0 victory over eighth-seeded Syracuse (12-4-4) in the third round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. The victory gives the Tar Heels their seventh quarterfinal appearance in the last nine years and 11th appearance in program history.

“I’m very proud of our team and what we were able to accomplish today,” said head coach Carlos Somoano. “Especially against a great Syracuse team, I think they played an amazing game. I’m amazed at the job Coach (Ian) McIntyre does year in and year out with this program, which makes us feel all the more proud for being able to come up here and do what we did today.”

Tucker Hume and Alan Winn looked to strike first as they had back-to-back chances in the seventh minute of play, but both were repelled by Syracuse goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert. Carolina goalkeeperJames Pyle matched his counterpart with a great save after Johannes Pieles got free and threatened the Tar Heels' goal in the 14th minute. Just nine minutes later, Winn got behind the defense on the end line but neither him nor Zach Wright were able to get the ball past Hilpert.

The Tar Heel goal began with Lindley finding Kelly streaking up the left flank. Kelly cut between Syracuse defenders, made his way to the top of the box and found a gap in the left corner of the goal to put Carolina ahead.

The Tar Heels best chance in the second half came from David October, as he found himself in a one-on-one situation with Hilpert, but he was not able to convert. Lindley and Mauricio Pineda both threatened from a distance, but Hilpert dealt with both.

Carolina’s defense was stout down the stretch. Syracuse’s best chance came when they hit the post in the 70th minute off a free-kick. After that moment, Syracuse was limited to shots from outside the box, none of which threatened Pyle. 

Carolina (13-3-3) will play Providence (15-6), who upset top-seeded Maryland earlier in the tournament, on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field with a trip to Houston for the Final Four on the line. Carolina won their only matchup with Providence 2-0, in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

This is the first home quarterfinal game for the Tar Heels since 2012. 



App State’s Second-Half Rally Falls Short

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women’s basketball (3-3) stormed a furious comeback in the second half but fell short, 65-62, to College of Charleston (2-3) Sunday afternoon in the home opener at the Holmes Center.

Appalachian faced a slow start and a 22-point deficit in the first half, but outscored the Cougars, 42-28, in the second to cut the deficit down to just one on a few occasions in the fourth quarter but could never overtake the visitors. With the Apps trailing 63-62, CofC’s Shiclasia Brown would hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three points with 10 seconds on the clock.

Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth), coming off her buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Wednesday at ETSU, looked to make more magic happen. With four seconds left, she hoisted a shot from beyond the arc at the top of the key and narrowly missed, leading to the Cougars’ second win of the season.

Jones scored a career-high 29 points on 12-for-20 shooting from the field along with six boards. The senior guard again performed very well in the second half scoring 22 points on a 75 percent (9-for-12) performance from the floor. Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) was the other Mountaineer in double figures with a season-high 14 points and a personal-best 14 off the glass for her third double-double of her career and the first of the season.

Jones and Carter scored 43 of App State’s 62 points and shot 50 percent from the floor. 

If it wasn’t for a slow start and 18-missed free throws (23-41), the Apps could be talking about a 4-2 start to the season. The Apps’ 41 free throw attempts is a season high while it’s the fifth time in six games Appalachian has attempted 30 or more foul shots.

The Cougars came out of the gate with a 13-1 lead in the first 4:23 of the game, holding the Apps to 0-for-5 shooting from the field and four turnovers. App State wouldn’t find its first field goal until the 3:16 mark of the opening frame thanks toAshley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin).  CofC held App to 30.8 percent shooting from the floor and six turnovers en route to a 21-8 cushion.

CofC stayed in front during the second quarter and ballooned its lead to 22, 34-12, with 4:16 to go in the half. App State found some momentum ending the frame on an 8-3 run. Carter and Jones scored all eight points during the run to help dwindle the lead down to 17, 37-20. 

It was a different App State team in the third quarter as a 13-0 run while trailing 41-20 brought the Black and Gold back to within single digits, 41-33. Appalachian held CofC to a 3:47 scoring drought, forced five turnovers and missed all three shots it attempted. The Apps showed aggressiveness, especially getting to the boards as they hustled for six offensive rebounds including five after a missed foul shot.

Appalachian continued to claw its way back the rest of the quarter, closing the gap to seven (52-45) going into the final period. The Mountaineers dominated the Cougars, 25-15, in the frame while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and holding CofC to 36.4 percent. Appalachian forced seven CofC turnovers into 14 points and held a 14-8 advantage in the paint and grabbed six offensive boards.  

In the fourth quarter, Appalachian went on another run that covered seven points in 4:29 to bring the hosts to its close margin since the first quarter at one, 51-52. App State scored its first six points from the charity stripe thanks to four different Mountaineers. 

After Breanna Bolden and Tanisha Brown scored five of the next seven points to put the Cougars up by four, 57-53, Madi Story (Maiden, N.C. /Bandys) scored three-straight points to close the gap to one, 57-56. CofC responded with a 6-0 spurt over the next 2:26 to stretch the advantage to six, 63-57 before Appalachian would come back and get a chance to tie in the closing seconds.

Bolden scored 18 points but had to work for it shooting 6-for-17 from the field. Tanisha Brown recorded a double-double for the Cougars with 17 points and 10 boards. 

App State grabbed a season-high 19 offensive rebounds for 19-second chance points, which was also a season-best. Appalachian turned 19 CofC turnovers into season-high 27 points off the miscues.

App State will look to bounce back against North Carolina A&T on Wednesdayat 12 p.m. for the annual Education Day contest in the Holmes Center.

- Jones is the first player since Maryah Sydnor in 2013-14 to score 15 or more points in five-straight games.
- Jones is also the first player since Maryah Sydnor in 2014-15 to score 20 or more points in two-straight games.
- Carter is the first Mountaineer this season to record at least 10 boards.
- Bassett-Smith is just two blocks away from 100-career swats.
- Jones was a team-best plus-7 in 35 minutes.
- Story played a game-high 38 minutes, the fourth time in the past five games she’s played 35 or more minutes. 

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Loses Close To Chowan, 78-76

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (2-3) fell to Chowan (3-1) by a 78-76 score Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Hawks were led by Marco Haskins (Fredericksburg, Va.) with a game-high 19 points to go along with five three-pointers while Hank Edmonds (Columbia, S.C.) added 15 points off the bench in the victory.

For the second straight game, junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) led the way with 17 points and was one of four players to score in double figures for the Bears.

Chowan was able to rally from a 61-55 deficit with 8:15 remaining in the contest to take the victory. With the score tied at 71 with 1:12 left, the Hawks' Kevin Kuteyi (Lanham, Md.) hit the game-winning three-pointer. Kuteyi finished with 14 points in the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne had a chance to win but a three-point attempt from the corner rimmed out as time expired. Senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added 14 points for the Bears, who hit 14 treys in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its second straight setback, also received 12 points each from senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) and junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and connected on 12-of-13 free throw attempts.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday, November 30, when the Bears travel to Harrogate, Tenn., to face Lincoln Memorial at 7:30 p.m. Chowan, meanwhile, hosts The Apprentice School on Wednesday beginning at 7:30 p.m., as well.