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Macchiavello Wins National Championship, NC State Takes 4th in NCAA’s

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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.

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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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