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4 NC State Wrestlers Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – In Session II of the 2018 NCAA Championships Thursday night in Cleveland, the NC State wrestling team advanced four wrestlers into tomorrow’s quarterfinal round. All nine of the Wolfpack wrestlers advanced to Day 2 action overall.

After the first two sessions, NC State sits fifth in the team race.

NC State Friday Matchups – Session 3:

QUARTERFINALS
133: Match #346 – Tariq Wilson vs. #4 seed Kaid Brock (Oklahoma St.)
157: Match #357 – #1 seed Hayden Hidlay vs. #8 seed Tyler Berger (Nebraska)
184: Match #370 – #4 seed Pete Renda vs. #5 seed Domenic Abounader (Michigan)
197: Match #374 – #4 seed Michael Macchiavello vs. #5 seed Shakur Rasheed (Penn St.)

CONSOLATION ROUND 2
125: Match #386 – #5 seed Sean Fausz vs. Travis Piotrowski (Illinois)
141: Match #402 – #5 seed Kevin Jack vs. Henry Pohlmeyer (South Dakota St.)
149: Match #408 – #14 seed Beau Donahue vs. #13 seed Colton McCrystal (Nebraska)
174: Match #433 – Daniel Bullard vs. #13 seed Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma St.)
285: Match #456 – #14 Michael Boykin vs. #13 William Miller (Edinboro)

The Pack started the night session with eight of its nine NCAA participants in the second round after wins in the afternoon session. The first two Pack wrestlers to advance to the quarterfinals were a pair of redshirt-freshmen followed by a pair of redshirt- seniors.

After an opening round win over #5 seeded Erneste of Missouri, Wilson picked up where he left off and scored a 7-0 decision to advance into the quarterfinals over Montoya of Northern Colorado. Wilson stuck quick with a takedown just seven seconds in and rode Montoya the rest of the first. Wilson added another takedown in both the second and third periods, and accumulated 5:40 of ride time.

Fellow rookie, #1 seeded Hayden Hidlay, also advanced into the quarterfinals, as he scored a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh’s Rahmani. Hidlay started the bout with a takedown in the first period, then tacked on an escape point and forced a pair of stall calls for the final margin.

R-Sr. Pete Renda, the #4 seed at 184 pounds, advanced into the quarterfinals with a 9-0 bonus point win. Renda started with a first period takedown, an escape to start the second and another takedown in the second to build a 5-0 lead. A two-point near fall at the end of the third, along with the ride time point scored Renda the 9-0 major decision.

Classmate and #4 seed Michael Macchiavello picked up his second bonus point win of the day to advance to the quarterfinals, 16-5 over #13 seed Kasunic of American. Macchiavello started his bout with a big six-point move in the first period, a takedown and a four-point near fall. He went on to add two more takedowns and a two-pint near fall for the major decision.

All four of the Pack’s losses in the second round came in overtime.

#5 seeded R-Jr. Sean Fausz fell in his second bout. Fausz was up 3-0 with ride time clinched, but #12 seed Hayes of Virginia scored a takedown and two-point near fall in the final 10 seconds to send the bout into OT. Hayes then got a takedown and four-point neat fall in extra time for the 10-4 win.

#5 seed Sr. Kevin Jack also fell in overtime in his second bout, to #12 seed Tyler Smith of Bucknell, 6-4. A Jack first period takedown and escape in the second put him up 3-1 entering the third. Smith scored an escape then his own takedown, and a Jack escape evened it 4-4 at the end of regulation. Smith scored the winning takedown in extra time.

#14 seed R-Sr. Beau Donahue also fell in extra time. Tied 1-1 going into OT with #3 seed Leeth of Missouri, Donahue took a shot, but Leeth scrambled for the winning takedown for the 3-1 win.

Fellow #14 seed Sr. Michael Boykin scored a takedown in extra time, but #3 seed Nevills of Penn State scored the escape point and a ride out for the 5-4 win.

R-Fr. Daniel Bullard stayed alive in the consolation bracket with a second period technical fall to cap the Pack’s day. Bullard got an early takedown, then added four-point near falls all in the first period to go up 14-0 after two minutes. Starting on bottom, Bullard scored a reversal for the 16-0 win.

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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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