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NC State Wrestling Led ACC, Ranked 12th Nationally in Attendance



RALEIGH, N.C. – The list of program firsts continues to grow for the NC State Wrestling team for the 2017-18 season, as the Wolfpack set a new attendance record for its five home duals this past season.

NC State led the ACC and ranked 12th nationally in averaging 1,868 fans per dual this past season. That mark is a new school record for attendance in a season.

“The many Wolfpack fans that continue to come out and watch us compete are such a vital part of the growth of this program,” said head coach Pat Popolizio. “Our fan base has grown tremendously over the last few years, and they help to make Reynolds Coliseum one of the best home venues in college wrestling.

“We are looking forward to the same type of environment this upcoming season, and many more to come.”

In addition to setting a new single season record for attendance, the 2018 season also provided a new single dual attendance record as 3,905 fans saw NC State battle Ohio State in the final regular season dual.

Other home highlights saw 2,147 fans come to Reynolds to watch NC State defeat rival North Carolina for the fifth straight season, while 1,394 were in attendance when the Pack clinched the ACC regular season title with a win over Virginia Tech the last weekend of the season.

On the national level, after a record 19 schools attracted more than 1000 per match last season, 23 did so this year, setting a new standard for college wrestling. Eleven programs cracked 2000, up from the previous record of nine that did so in 2015-16.

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NC State Wrestling Adds 9 During Fall Signing Period



RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State wrestling team added nine future members of the Wolfpack during November’s signing period. Four of the nine are ranked among the top-100 recruits nationally according to

“After our fourth place finish last season, our staff worked extremely hard in identifying high-level talent in both folkstyle and freestyle that wanted to be part of the Wolfpack,” said NC State head coach Pat Popolizio. “This class has had success both at the prep level and internationally. We look forward to not only to continue to build upon our collegiate success, but to also continue to bring home world medals to our practice room.

“This class mirrors our mentality and they all showcase strong character, which will make them successful student-athletes once they are on our campus.”

Sammy Alvarez – Montvale, N.J. – 125/133

  • Two-time N.J. state finalist
  • 4th at 2018 Beast of the East
  • 3rd at 2018 Super 32
  • 2017 Journeyman Champion
  • Ranked #50 nationally, #5 at 126 pounds by FloWrestling
  • Ranked #54 nationally, #4 at 126 pounds by InterMat

Kai Orine – Imperial, Mo. – 125/133

  • Two-time state champion (2017, 2018)
  • 1st at 2018 NHSCA Nationals
  • 2nd at 2018 Flo Nationals
  • 5th at 2018 Fargo Junior Freestyle
  • 5th at 2018 Super 32
  • 3rd at 2016 NHSCA Nationals
  • Ranked #81 nationally, #11 at 126 pounds by FloWrestling
  • Ranked #75 nationally, #6 at 126 pounds by InterMat

Hunter Lewis – Stoughton Wisc. – 141

  • 2018 state title in both freestyle and Greco-roman
  • 1st in Greco at 2018 UWW Cadet World Team Trials
  • Gold at 2018 Pan American Cadets

Mike Madara – Nazareth, Pa. – 141

  • Three-time Prep All-American
  • Three-time Prep state champion
  • Junior Fargo All-American
  • 6th at Ironman
  • 4th at Beast of the East

Silas Shaw – Troutman, N.C. – 149

  • Two-time North Carolina state champion
  • NHSCA All-American

Kiernan Shanahan – Rexford, N.Y. – 157

  • Two-time NYS finalist
  • 2017 Flo Nationals All-American
  • 2017 Virginia Beach All-American
  • 2017 Journeymen World finalist
  • 2016 Fargo All-American
  • 2016 Flo Excalibur Champion

Chris Garrison – Summerfield, N.C. – 197

  • North Carolina state champion
  • 2018 NAHSA Disney Duals All-star All-American

Christian Knop – Anniston, Ala. – 197

  • Three-time undefeated Alabama state champion
  • Four-time NHSCA All-American
  • Double Junior Fargo All-American
  • 2018 Flo Nationals All-American
  • 2017 UWW All-American
  • Ranked #97 nationally, #11 at 195 pounds by InterMat

Owen Trephan – Summerville S.C. – 285

  • 2018 Prep National Champion
  • 2017 South Carolina state champion
  • Two-time S.C. state finalist
  • NHSCA Freshman and Sophomore national champion
  • 3rd at Ironman
  • Beast of the East runner-up
  • Ranked #69 nationally by FloWrestling
  • Ranked #77 nationally, #6 at 285 pounds by InterMat


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NC State Claims Titles in Seven Weight Classes at Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open



RALEIGH, N.C. – After going 3-0 in the Wolfpack Duals with a combined score of 122-12 on Saturday, #8 NC State was back in action on Sunday and claimed titles in seven of the 10 weight classes at the annual Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open.


R-Fr. Zurich Storm and Fr. Jakob Camacho were co-champions at 125 pounds, as each reached the finals but they did not wrestle each other. Storm went 3-0 with a pair of bonus point wins, and outscored his foes 38-11. Camacho was also a perfect 3-0, and he outscored those opponents 48-17.


Making his season debut, #4 R-So. Tariq Wilson claimed top honors at 133 pounds. In the finals, he downed Zach Sherman from North Carolina, 9-3. Wilson was 5-0 on the day, with four bonus point wins, and outscored his foes 62-6. Freshman Jarrett Trombley was fifth.


Also making his season debut, R-Sr. Jamal Morris won the 141-pound weight class. Moving down from 149 last year, Morris went 5-0 and scored an 8-3 win over Jon Miller of UNC Pembroke in the finals. Jamel Morris placed third at the weight, while freshman Alex Urquiza was sixth.


R-Fr. A.J. Leitten took home the title at 149 pounds. In the finals, Leitten gutted out a 5-3 overtime win over Gardner-Webb’s Denton Spencer. After calling for injury time, Leitten recorded the only two takedowns of the bout. Freshman Matt Fields was third while classmate Matt Grippi was fourth.


R-So. Thomas Bullard made quick work of all of his opponents on the day, as he pinned his way to the title. Bullard was a perfect 4-0, with all wins coming via pinfall – three in the first period. He received a medical forfeit in the title bout.


#17 R-So. Daniel Bullard and Fr. Trent Hidlay were co-champions at 174 pounds, as each reached the finals but they did not wrestle each other. Bullard was 3-0 on the day, including a 16-1 tech fall in the semifinals. Hidlay was also 3-0, outscoring his foes 30-10 for a pair of bonus point wins.


R-Sr. Malik McDonald won the 197-pound weight class with a perfect 4-0 mark. In the finals, he scored a 5-3 decision over The Citadel’s Sawyer Root.


True Freshmen Deonte Wilson and Colin Lawer both reach the third place bout at 285 pounds, but they did not wrestle each other.

NC State will return to dual action next week, traveling to Old Dominion on Thursday, November 29.

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#8 NC State Starts 2018 Wrestling Season 3-0 in Wolfpack Duals



The #8 NC State Wrestling team kicked off their 2018 season this past Saturday, hosting Davidson, Reinhardt and UNC Pembroke at the annual Wolfpack Duals. The Wolfpack defeated all 3 schools with ease

#8 NC State 47, Davidson 6
125: Zurich Storm (NCSU) fall Zamir Ode (DC); 1:31 – 6-0
133: Kyle Gorant (DC) fall Charlie Lenox (NCSU); 5:35 – 6-6
141: Jamel Morris (NCSU) fall Caleb Ziebell (DC); 4:42 – 12-6
149: #6 Justin Oliver (NCSU) tech fall Aidan Conroy (DC); 16-0, 4:39 – 17-6
157: Sam Melikian (NCSU) dec. Tony Palumbo (DC); 7-4 – 20-6
165: Thomas Bullard (NCSU) fall Hunter Costa (DC); 2:54 – 26-6
174: #17 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) fall Noah Satterfield (DC); 3:42 – 32-6
184: #6 Nick Reenan (NCSU) fall Conor Fenn (DC), 4:40, 38-6
197: Malik McDonald (NCSU) fall Finlay Holston (DC); 3:08 – 44-6
285: Deonte Wilson (NCSU) dec. Mitchell Trigg (DC); 4-2 – 47-6

#8 NC State 35, Reinhardt 6
125: Charlie Lenox (NCSU) tech fall Koby Milner (RU); 16-0 2:29, 5-0
133: John Devine (NCSU) major dec. Jordan Pitt (RU); 12-2 – 9-0
141: Jamel Morris (NCSU) dec. Curtis Doctor (RU); 4-1 – 12-0
149: A.J. Leitten (NCSU) tech fall Jody McAlister (RU); 16-1, 2:50 – 17-0
157: Sam Melikian (NCSU) fall Cole Luallen (RU); 1:06 – 23-0
165: Alex Faison (NCSU) major dec. Cole Tenety (RU); 14-2 – 27-0
174: #17 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) tech fall Tristan Bozoian (RU); 16-1, 4:25 – 32-0
184: Roderick Davis (NCSU) dec. Michael Carew (RU); 13-7 – 35-0
197: Antonio Stewart (RU) fall Tyrie Houghton (NCSU); 2:21 – 35-6
285: Deonte Wilson (NCSU) major dec Hinton Bolinger; 14-3 – 39-6

#8 NC State 40, UNCP 0

165: Alex Faison (NCSU) dec. Rashaan Vereen (UNCP); 7-6 – 3-0
125: Charlie Lenox (NCSU) dec. Michael Perez (UNCP); 8-6 – 6-0
174: #17 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) won by forfeit; 12-0
133: John Devine (NCSU) dec. Ronnie Pietro (UNCP); 6-0 – 15-0
184: Roderick Davis (NCSU) dec. Brandon Sloop (UNCP); 6-5 – 18-0
141: Jamel Morris (NCSU) major dec. Jonathan Miller (UNCP); 10-1 – 22-0
197: Tyrie Houghton (NCSU) dec. Andrew Colburn (UNCP); 5-1 – 25-0
149: A.J. Leitten (NCSU) tech fall Kaleb Warner (UNCP); 18-3, 4:27 – 30-0
285: Deonte Wilson (NCSU) fall Cameron Oakley (UNCP); 3:31 – 36-0
157: Sam Melikian (NCSU) major dec. Tyler Makosky (UNCP); 15-7 – 40-0

The Wolfpack’s next Dual is on November 29th at Old Dominion at 7pm.

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



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’s National Wrestler of the Week.

(Photo Credit: GoPack)

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