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Wolfpack wrestlers ready to compete in their own NCAA Champtionship Today

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Hayden Hidlay, Michael Macchiavello, Kevin Jack and their Wolfpack teammates have touched down in Cleveland for this week’s NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships. NC State finished top of the ACC 2017-18 Wrestling Standing with a 15-2 record and it is now ranked sixth overall in the country. Only perennial champion Penn State, Ohio State, Missouri, Michigan and Oklahoma State are above it in the regular season rankings. Penn State finished unbeaten at the top of the Big Ten and conference rival Ohio State is typically the only team that can stop it winning the Division 1 Championships. But NC State has sent nine strong representatives – a program record – into battle at the Quicken Loans Arena and it should prove to be an exciting few days.

Leading the charge is Hidlay, top ranked seed in the 157 pounds division. The freshman put together an unbeaten regular season to clinch the ACC division with ease. He displayed grit and magnificent technique to go 22-0 for the season, and that winning streak included seven victories over ranked opponents heading to the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships. The most impressive win came against second seed Joey Lavallee, of Missouri, which came via a highly dramatic sudden-victory. Hidlay has dominated the opposition all season, racking up 13 bonus points, and enjoying six major decisions, five technical falls and two pins, while vastly outscoring his competitors.

“Right now, I am the only undefeated guy in the bracket,” Hidlay said. “I think that surprised a lot of people but I still feel like I have a lot to prove. I am ready to go to Cleveland and prove it. I just have to make sure that my head is in the right place and that I do the little things right.” Head coach Pat Popolizio said his young star has the mental strength to secure victory in the big tournament. “I think the biggest thing with Hayden is his mental approach to the sport,” said Popolizio. “It’s shown a big difference in his wrestling this year. If you go back to his results from a year ago, he’s closed the gap quite a bit. He’s not just looking to win. He’s mentality has changed to wanting to dominate.”

Check Bookmaker for odds on the tournament and you will find Penn State as the favorite to win it all, followed by Ohio State, but the Wolfpack is in with a chance. Junior Sean Fausz is ranked fifth at 125 pounds, Jack is sixth at 141 pounds, Pete Renda is fifth at 181 pounds and Machiavello is ranked fifth at 197 pounds, so there are some serious contenders among the ranks.

Jack has earned All-America honors twice for the Wolfpack, finishing fifth at the NCAA championships in the 141 pound class as a freshman, and third last year as a junior. Only four NC State wrestlers have earned All-America honors on three separate occasions, and another big performance could see Jack join that elite group. “At this point in my career, I know what to expect going in,” he said. “The way the season has gone so far, I’m just going to go in very open-minded, have fun, attack every position, do my best in every match and just worry about one match at a time.”

Machiavello is fourth seeded heading into the tournament and he should be full of confidence after securing victory last time out against top seed Kollinn Moore, of the mighty Ohio State. He produced the winning takedown with five seconds left, and with the score tied, so that should give him a great psychological boost heading into the championships. It should be a thrilling ride.

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NC State vs. Ball State will be a BLACK OUT

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NC State will be wearing ALL BLACK on Saturday night in their Week 3 game against Ball State at 7pm.

Last year, NC State lost 27-23 in ALL BLACK to Wake Forest on Thursday night, which was their first loss in ALL BLACK, winning the previous three games through the years.

In 2017, the Wolfpack wore their “BLACK Howl” uniforms against #17 Louisville on Thursday night, and took down the Cardinals 39-25.

The Wolfpack also wore ALL BLACK in a 35-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky in 2015.

In 2014, NC State beat Old Dominion 46-34 in ALL BLACK.

The Wolfpack wore BLACK jersey’s in tandem with RED pants and RED helmets against Louisville in 2015, slipping 13-20 in the rain.

In 2011, NC State wore BLACK jerseys and pants, with RED helmets in a 38-24 victory over Central Michigan.

As far as I can tell, NC State is 3-0 when wearing ALL BLACK heading into Thursday nights matchup against the Demon Deacons.

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NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Rank in Top-15 in Preseason Polls

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For the 1st time since 2007, NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are ranked in the Top-15 in the Preseason Poll.

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The Women’s team won their third straight ACC Championship last year, and the Men finished 3rd. The ladies finished 13th at the NCAA Championships last year, and the fellas finished 11th.

The Women’s Cross-Country team are in the Preseason Top-15 for the 4th year in a row, and the Men find their way in the Top-15 at the start of the year for the first time since 2014.

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Money Magazine Ranks NC State as the 40th Best College for the Money

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Recently Money Magazine ranked the best colleges in America for the money heading into the 2019-20 school year, public and private, and NC State is ranked 40th. Behind Duke, they are the ranked as the 2nd best school in North Carolina, and the #1 Public School.

Going to college shouldn’t mean a lifetime of debt. To find the schools that successfully combine quality and affordability, MONEY weighed more than 19,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings. Explore our list, then build your own. (Money)

Here’s what they had to say about North Carolina State University:

North Carolina State University is a school with deep-rooted tradition and local pride. In fact, many current students have parents and grandparents who are NC State alumni. Probably best known for its agricultural science program, as well as its science research majors, NC State offers its 34,000 students some 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Take your pick from animal science, extension education, forest management, meteorology, poultry science, textile engineering, and more. With its location in Raleigh, there’s always plenty to do, both on campus and off. Hundreds of student clubs are constantly recruiting on the Brickyard, State’s central quad, and Greek parties run late into the night. But nothing brings the community together as much as cheering for NC State’s Division I sports teams, embroiled in a century-old rivalry with nearby UNC. Students and professors go all out, dressing in red, roasting pigs at tailgating sessions, and pitching tents in parking lots before games. When it’s time to study, the Learning Commons offers a quiet escape. Undergrads say that professors are attentive and almost always available. The university has a solid 79% graduation rate, which is slightly higher than would be expected based on the academic preparation and economic background of NC State Raleigh’s students, according to MONEY’s calculations. In their first three years after graduating, alumni tend to earn an average salary of $55,800, according to PayScale. (Money)

 

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CNBC Ranks NC State #22 Public University that Pays off the Most

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CNBC released a report this week exploring the Top-50 U.S. Colleges (Private & Public) that pay off the most. To understand all of the details that went into their calculations, click here, but in a nutshell, they calculated the net cost to attend each college, and divided it by a graduates expected annual earnings.

NC State ranked 22nd out of all the Public Universities nationally.

NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a public university that enrolls roughly 35,479 students. The public university is known for its veterinary medicine program.

Average net cost (income $48,001-$75,000): $13,244
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience: $55,800
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: $104,700
Salary average, early and mid career: $80,250

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Other ACC schools represented on the list:

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5. Georgia Tech

17. Virginia

22. NC State

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10. Duke

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