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Popolizio Named National Coach of the Year Finalist

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Coming off the program’s first ACC regular season title since 2004 and a school record nine NCAA automatic qualifiers, NC State wrestling head coach Pat Popolizio has been named one of eight finalists for the 2018 Theraworx Coach of the Year.

In addition to the nine automatic qualifiers this season, NC State also set a new school record with seven receiving national seeds (top-16 in each weight class) and also a program-best five receiving top-five seeds, including the No. 1 overall seed at 157 pounds. NC State also finished 15-2 in duals this season, and placed second at the 2018 ACC Championships with three individual champions.

Previously, Popolizio was named FloWrestling’s National Coach of the Year in 2016 after leading the squad to a school-best 23-1 dual record.

The award is presented to the coach that has demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the season in developing and elevating their program on campus and in the community.

The winner of this award, for Division I, will be announced on Tuesday March 13 in Cleveland Ohio prior to the National Championship tournament.

In 2016, The National Wrestling Coaches Association partnered with Theraworx, for Theraworx to become the Official Prevention Partner of the NWCA. Theraworx Protect, is a topical formulation that optimizes and preserves the skin’s natural antimicrobial function.

This year’s finalists are:
Ohio State – Tom Ryan
Lock Haven – Scott Moore
Appalachian State – John Mark Bentley
Missouri – Brian Smith
Eastern Michigan – Dave Bollard
NC State – Pat Popolizio
Virginia Tech – Tony Robie
Lehigh – Pat Santoro

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NC State Helping Make 500,000 Surgical Masks Per Day

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NC State’s Nonwoven Institute is currently using two of it’s production lines to produce materials for the creation of face masks for the use of medical workers as they fight Covid-19.

According to Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of NWI, Wilson College of Textiles associate dean for industry research and extension and William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, the materials being made can create a face mask that can be cleaned and reused.

“Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we took the spunbond technology and created a new generation of unique filters that have excellent filtering capability and can potentially be reused after cleaning with peroxide, or potentially alcohol solution,” Pourdeyhimi said. “Because these materials are strong, unlike classical meltblown filters, they can also be cut and sewn by traditional techniques.” (NCSU)

Currently, NC State is roughly able to create material for roughly 500,000 surgical face masks per day.

Within the next month when new machinery arrives, NC State will be able to create the actual face masks on their Centennial Campus, to provide to local medical workers.

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NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards

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NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.

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Stewart, a Senio, has now one the ACC Swimmer of the Year award two years in a row. At the ACC championships, he won the 100 & 200 backstrokes (2nd straight), and was part of the 1st-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

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This has almost become a lock annually for Holloway, winning the award in 7 of the last 8 years. The Men’s Swimming & Diving team won their 6th consecutive ACC Championship this year.

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Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.

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Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers

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Last week NC State legend Philip Rivers signed a 1-year $25 million with the Indianapolis Colts. This move led many to wonder if another former Wolfpack Quarterback Jacoby Brissett would still have a spot in Indy, or if he would be traded.

Apparently the Colts want to keep both Wolfpack QB’s on their roster.

Indy must have no qualms financially, because they are keeping Brissett on the roster, despite the fact his pay will equal $21.375 million salary cap hit.

2020 will equal be the final year of Brissett’s 2-year $30 million contract.

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FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State obliterates #6 Duke, 88-66

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NC State played their most complete game of the season, out-playing the #6 Blue Devils from tip to buzzer, resulting in a stunning 88-66 victory.
Three Pack players scored over 20 points, led by senior Markell Johnson with 28 (Daniels had 25 and Funderburk had 21. The Pack shot a solid 45% from the floor and a sizzling 60% from beyond the arc. NC State outrebounded Duke 36-27.

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