RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State wrestling head coach Pat Popolizio has announced the transfer of All-American Justin Oliver to the Wolfpack. A graduate transfer from Central Michigan, Oliver will have one season of eligibility remaining.
Oliver was a three-time NCAA Qualifier at 149 pounds for Central Michigan, and earned All-American honors in his redshirt-freshman season in 2016. He was seeded ninth or better in the last three NCAA Championships, falling one win short of All-American honors each of the last two seasons. For his career, he is 10-6 at the NCAAs.
“This is an exciting time for NC State Wrestling,” said Popolizio. “Justin’s experiences as a student-athlete, coupled with his already decorated wrestling resume, will have an immediate impact for Wolfpack Wrestling this upcoming season. Justin’s style mirrors our mentality, and he will be fun and exciting for Wolfpack Nation to watch.”
A Davidson, Michigan native, Oliver went a combined 92-23 at Central Michigan the last three seasons, and finished the 2017-18 campaign ranked #11 nationally in the final FloWrestling rankings.
Oliver went 28-7 this past season, and was ranked as high as #3 for six straight polls by FloWrestling. He entered the 2018 NCAA Championships as the No. 6 seed, and went 3-2. Also this past season, he won the Cliff Keen Invite and was second at the Midlands Championships.