CLEVELAND, OHIO – Led by the 2018 197-pound National Champion Michael Macchiavello and a school record four All-Americans, the NC State wrestling team recorded its best-ever team finish by placing fourth at the 2018 NCAA Championships. The Wolfpack brings home its first-ever team trophy from the NCAA Championships and ties for the best-ever finish by an ACC school in NCAA history.
As a team, NC State tied for fourth place with 80 team points.
NC State sent a program-best two wrestlers into Saturday night’s NCAA Finals
197 Finals: #4 seed Michael Macchiavello (21-3) vs. #3 seed Jared Haught (Virginia Tech – 30-2)
• In his final career wrestling match as a member of the Wolfpack, R-Sr. Michael Macchiavello goes out a National Champion winning the NCAA title at 197 pounds.
Macchiavello faced off against ACC rival #3 seed Jared Haught, who defeated Macchiavello twice this year. After a scoreless first period, each wrestler traded takedowns and the bout was tied 1-1 late in the third. Macchiavello struck the winning takedown with 14 seconds left and claimed the 3-1 victory.
Macchiavello is the seventh individual to win a national title at NC State, combing for eight total trophies. The national title is the Pack’s third in the last five years under head coach Pat Popolizio.
157 Finals: #1 seed Hayden Hidlay (26-0) vs. #3 seed Jason Nolf (Penn State – 25-1)
• In his first trip to the NCAA Championships, R-Fr. Hayden Hidlay fell in the NCAA Finals to defending champion Jason Nolf of Penn State, 6-2. The loss was Hidlay’s first of the season, he came into the NCAA Championships as the only undefeated freshman nationally (both true and redshirt).
Nolf started with a pair of takedowns in the first period and held a 4-1 lead after the first three minutes. A Nolf escape to start the second was the lone point in the period, and he was up 5-1 going into the final period. Hidlay escaped to start the third to narrow it to 5-2, but could not secure a takedown, and Nolf tacked on the ride time point for the final margin.
Hidlay concludes his rookie season with a 26-1 record. His second place finish is the second-highest ever among NC State freshmen at the NCAA Championships, only Matt Resiss as a national champion in 1980 placed higher. Hidlay was also the 2018 ACC Champion, and only the fourth wrestler in school history to finish as an NCAA runner-up, to go along with the Pack’s seven national titles.
NC State vs. Ball State will be a BLACK OUT
NC State will be wearing ALL BLACK on Saturday night in their Week 3 game against Ball State at 7pm.
— NC State Football 🐺🐺🏈 (@PackFootball) September 15, 2019
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.
NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Rank in Top-15 in Preseason Polls
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.
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.
Money Magazine Ranks NC State as the 40th Best College for the Money
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)
CNBC Ranks NC State #22 Public University that Pays off the Most
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): $13,244CNBC
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
Other ACC schools represented on the list:
5. Georgia Tech
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