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Here are the recaps from the semi-finals (via NC State media)…

Tariq Wilson (25-9) vs. #1 seed Seth Gross (South Dakota St. – 27-1)

• Unseeded Tariq Wilson took #1 seed Gross of South Dakota to overtime with a takedown in the final seconds of regulation, but Gross got a takedown in extra time and converted it for the pin. Wilson stuck Gross with a pair of takedowns in the first period, and after a Gross four-point near fall in the second, Gross took a 7-4 lead into the third. Wilson scored three takedowns in the third, in the final 1:15 and the bout was tied 10-10 at the end of regulation. Gross’ pin came 16 seconds into extra time. Wilson returns to action in tonight’s first session, and will finish between third and sixth in his rookie campaign.

#1 seed Hayden Hidlay (25-0) vs. #5 seed Alec Pantaleo (Michigan – 20-5)

• #1 seed R-Fr. Hayden Hidlay became the first NC State freshman to advance to the NCAA Finals since 1980, as he scored a 10-2 major decision in the semifinals. Pantaleo scored the first takedown and was up 2-1 after the first period. After Hidlay escaped to start the second and even it at 2-2, Hidlay scored a takedown and put Pantaleo on his back for a four-point near fall and the 8-2 lead. He also rode Pantaleo the rest of the second period, and with a stall call in the third, the ride time point gave Hidlay the major decision. Hidlay will face defending national champion Jason Nolf of Penn State in tonight’s finals.

#4 seed Michael Macchiavello (20-3) vs. Kyle Conel (Kent State – 28-10)

• #4 seed R-Sr. Michael Macchiavello made it two Wolfpack wrestlers in tomorrow’s finals as he scored a pin to secure his trip. Conel was coming off of a pin of #1 seed Moore of Ohio State, and scored the bout’s first takedown 19 seconds in. After an escape, Macchiavello scored his own takedown and took a 3-2 lead into the second round. Macchiavello started down and increased his lead to 4-2, then scored a takedown and turned it into a pin 4:23 into the match. The pin was his first of the season. In the finals tonight, he will face ACC foe Jared Haught of Virginia Tech, who won both matchups this season between the two.

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NC State’s Nick Reenan Named ACC Wrestler of the Week

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Two weeks into the 2018-19 season, two ACC Wrestlers of the Week for NC State.

After R-So. Hayden Hidlay was named last week for winning the Hokie Open, classmate Nick Reenan was named the ACC Wrestler of the Week for his performance this past weekend at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic.

In his season debut, and after a redshirt season, Reenan went a perfect 3-0 at 184 pounds. He started with an 11-3 major decision, then scored a first-period pin over #20 MacCallum of Oklahoma. In his final bout, he scored a pair of takedowns without conceding any and defeated #6 Preisch of Lehigh, 4-1.

In this week’s rankings, Reenan is No. 6 at 184 pounds by both FloWrestling and InterMat.

Reenan was also named TheOpenMat.com’s National Wrestler of the Week.

(Photo Credit: GoPack)

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6 NC State Wrestlers Went Undefeated at Journeymen Classic

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TROY, N.Y. – The #8 NC State wrestling team took 15 wrestlers up to Troy, N.Y., for the annual Journeymen Classic on Sunday. The Wolfpack had strong day going 30-14 overall, with six wrestlers going undefeated with perfect 3-0 records.

• #11 R-So. Nick Reenan was back in an NC State singlet after redshirting last season. He went 3-0 and took top honors at 184 pounds, with a pair of top-20 wins. Reenan started with an 11-3 tech fall, then pinned #20 MacCallum of Oklahoma in the first period. In his final bout, Reenan scored a 4-1 win over #6 Preisch of Lehigh, with a takedown in both the first and third periods.

• #6 Gr. Justin Oliver made his NC State debut with a perfect 3-0 mark, with two bonus points wins. He outscored his foes 34-6. In his last match, he beat Jeffries of Oklahoma 7-2.

• #17 R-So. Daniel Bullard also went 3-0. He made a comeback after being down 6-0 to win 17-11 in his first bout, then scored a pin. In his final bout, he downed Ramirez of West Virginia 6-2.

• A pair of 125-pounders ended the day a perfect 3-0. R-Fr. Zurich Storm scored three decisions, while R-So. Charlie Lenox had two bonus point wins and outscored his foes 35-6.

• True freshman Deonte Wilson was 3-0 at 285 pounds, getting a pin in his first match then winning 3-1 in OT and 5-0.

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NC State’s Hidlay Named Co-ACC Wrestler of the Week

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State redshirt-sophomore Hayden Hidlay was named co-ACC Wrestler of the Week after winning the 157-pound title at the Hokie Open this past weekend.

In the first tournament of the season, the 2018 NCAA finalist went 4-0 at the Hokie Open. He outscored his foes 71-29 (with 23 of his points given up being escape points) and tallied 27 takedowns and only gave up one.

In the finals, he notched a top-10 win, defeating #7 Monday of North Carolina 10-7, scoring four takedowns to Monday’s one.

Last season, he was named ACC Wrestler of the Week a league-best three times.

Hidlay is ranked #2 at 157 pounds in every poll, and will be leaving next week to compete at the U23 World Championships in Romania.

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NC State’s Hidlay & Morris Take Titles at Hokie Open

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In the first tournament of the 2018-19 season, the NC State wrestling team claimed a pair of titles at the Hokie Open. The Wolfpack took just six wrestlers to compete in the Open Division, but claimed titles at 141 and 157 pounds.

“It is always a great way to start off the year coming to tournaments and brining home titles,” said NC State head coach Pat Popolizio. “Our guys got some wins over some nationally ranked opponents today, and this gives us great momentum to start the season as we have our full squad in action next weekend.”

R-Sr. Jamel Morris claimed the 141-pound title with a 10-6 decision over UNC’s AC Headlee in the finals. Morris was 5-0 on the day, four bonus point wins. Morris opened with back-to-back pins, then outscored his final three foes 43-16.

No. 2 ranked R-So. Hayden Hidlay scored a top-10 win in the finals at 157 pounds, as he defeated No. 7 Kennedy Monday of UNC 10-7. Hidlay finished the day 4-0, with three bonus point wins, and outscored his foes 71-28.

In his NC State debut, R-Fr. A.J. Leitten placed sixth at 141 pounds, only losing to NCAA Quailifier Josh Finesilver from Duke.

In addition to those that wrestled in the Open Division, the Wolfpack also had 11 true freshmen competing in the Freshman/Sophomore Division. Of those 11, seven made the finals in their weight classes and four won the championship.

“A lot of our young guys came up here and made a statement,” said Popolizio. “A lot of these freshmen will probably redshirt this season, but they all had some big wins against future conference opponents. I was very pleased with how they performed in their first college tournament.”

• Jakob Camacho won the 125-pound title. He went a perfect 5-0 on the day, with four bonus point wins and he outscored his foes 81-15. In the finals, he claimed a 13-4 major decision.

• Jarrett Trombley won the 133-pound title. He went a perfect 4-0 on the day. After an opening pin, he outscored his foes 14-3. He won 2-1 in the finals.

• Matt Fields won the 149-pound title. He went a perfect 5-0 on the day, outscoring his foes 46-22. In the finals, he claimed a 7-4 win.

• Trent Hidlay won the 174-pound title. He went a perfect 5-0 on the day, all bonus point wins, and outscored his foes 84-14. In the finals, he scored a 14-3 major decision.

Alex Urquiza (141), Tyler Barnes (165), and Tony Wuest (197) all placed second. Alex Faison (165) and Tyrie Houghton (197) both took sixth.

 

 

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