The Hofstra wrestling team will have its first dual match in nearly a month Saturday against the University of North Carolina (UNC) at the Mack Sports Complex starting at 1 p.m.
In Hofstra’s last dual match on Dec. 8 the Pride defeated Maryland 22-17 at the Physical Education Building. The Pride are coming off a ninth-place finish in the 34-team Southern Scuffle on December 29-30 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Fifth-ranked Lou Ruggirello highlighted Hofstra’s showing in Greensboro with a second place finish at 133 pounds.
Against UNC the Pride will be without Justin Accordino at 149 pounds who is rehabbing an injury and was only able to complete one match at the Southern Scuffle before withdrawing from the tournament after taking a medical default in his second bout. UNC (4-2) also took part in the Southern Scuffle and finished in 16th place.
Hofstra and UNC wrestlers squared off three times during the Southern Scuffle with the Pride winning two of the three matches. The Hofstra victories over UNC included 125-pounder Steve Bonanno defeating Jake Corrill by fall in 4:31 and Ruggirello pinning Brock Livorio in 2:33 at 133 pounds. The one Tar Heel win over the Pride came with Danny Lopes pinning Hofstra sophomore Luke Vaith at 141 pounds in 1:21.
Check in with "Inside the Pride" for live updates of the Hofstra-UNC match 15 minutes before the first match Saturday at 12:45 p.m. Comments and questions are also welcome and encouraged during the live in-match blog.