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.
NC State Helping Make 500,000 Surgical Masks Per Day
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.
NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards
NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.
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.
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.
Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.
Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers
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.
Colts’ full intentions are to keep Jacoby Brissett, I'm told. His contract calls for $7M guarantee tomorrow and $6M salary, so perhaps that affects some things, but the team considers him a special guy and wants him in the fold.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 21, 2020
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.
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State obliterates #6 Duke, 88-66
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.