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All-American Justin Oliver Transfers to NC State

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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.

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NC State’s Hayden Hidlay Wins ACC Wrestler of the Week for 2nd Time this Year

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NC State Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay earned ACC Wrestler of the Week honors for the 2nd time this season for his dominating 16-3 major decision over Matt Zovistoski of Appalachian State on Friday night.

Zovistoski was a ranked opponent, with FloWrestling ranking him 17th, and InterMat ranking him 20th.

This was Hidlay’s 3rd ranked victory of the season, and his second victory over Zovistoski. The last time they faced each other, Hidlay squeaked out a 3-2 victory.

This marks the 7th time Hidlay has earned ACC Wrestler of the Week honors.

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#6 NC State Wrestling Beats Appalachian State 24-12 on the Road

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The 6th ranked NC State Wrestling team headed up to the mountains last night, beating Appalachian State 24-12 on the road, winning 7 of their 10 matches. The Wolfpack is now 7-0 on the year in duals.

#6 NC State 24, Appalachian State 12
141: #13 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) dec. Bradley Irwin; 6-2 – 3-0
149: #20 Jonathan Millner (APP) dec. A.J. Leitten; 5-0 – 3-3
157: #2 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. #20 Matt Zovistoski; 16-3 – 7-3
165: #8 Thomas Bullard (NCSU) dec. Will Formato; 6-2 – 10-3
174: #17 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) dec. Thomas Flitz; 6-4 – 13-3
184: #2 Trent Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. Julian Gorring; 17-5 – 17-3
197: #4 Nick Reenan (NCSU) dec. Paul Carson; 4-3 – 20-3
285: #19 Cary Miller (APP) major dec. Colin Lawler; 13-3 – 20-7
125: Jakob Camacho (NCSU) major dec. Sean Carter; 14-6 – 24-7
133: Codi Russell (APP) tech fall Tommy Cox; 19-3 – 24-12 (GoPack)

Notes

  • #4 Redshirt Junior Nick Reenan (197) wrestled his first match of the year. He was about to start the season 0-1, before picking up a takedown with 6 seconds left, securing a 4-3 victory.
  • The lone ranked matchup of the night was #2 Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay vs. #20 Matt Zovistoski at 157 pounds. Despite the number beside Zovistoski’s name, it wasn’t much of a competition for Hidlay, picking up a 16-3 major decision.
  • #2 Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184) and Jakob Camacho (125) were the other two Wolfpack wrestlers to pick up bonus points, both winning by major decision.
  • Redshirt Freshman Jarrett Trombley didn’t wrestle at 133 pounds like usual, and his replacement Redshirt Junior Tommy Cox lost by tech fall in the final match of the night.
  • Both of App State’s ranked wrestlers won in matches they were expected to win.
    • #19 Heavyweight Cary Miller beat Sophomore Colin Lawler by major decision 13-3. NC State’s regular heavyweight Deonte Wilson didn’t wrestle.
    • #20 Jonathan Miller beat Redshirt Sophomore A.J. Leitten 5-0 in the 149 pound match.

The Wolfpack have a nice long break before their next action, starting off the new year at the Southern Scuffle on January 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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NC State Wrestling Stays Put at #6 After Cliff Keen Invitational, Individual Rankings Updated

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The NC State Wrestling team placed 8th at the Cliff Keen Invitational this past weekend, managing to stay put at #6 nationally in the NWCA Coaches Poll.

Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay (157) and Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184) finished 2nd at the Cliff Keen Invitational, and Redshirt Junior Thomas Bullard (165) finished 3rd, while Redshirt Junior Tariq Wilson finished 7th.

Here’s a look at the updated individual rankings via InterMat.

Redshirt Freshman Jakob Camacho (125) fell out of the rankings, after being ranked 15th last week.
Redshirt Freshman Jarrett Trombley (133) fell out of the rankings, after being ranked 13th last week.
Redshirt Junior Tariq Wilson (141) fell back 1 spot to #13.
Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay (157) fell back 1 spot to #2.
Redshirt Junior Thomas Bullard (165) moved up 5 spots to #8.
Redshirt Junior Daniel Bullard (174) fell back 4 spots to #17.
Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184) moved up 2 spots to #2.
Redshirt Junior Nick Reenan (197) moved up 1 spot to #4 (still hasn’t wrestled all year).

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3 NC State Wrestlers Reach Podium in Cliff Keen Invitational

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Three NC State Wrestlers made the podium at the 2019 Cliff Keen Invitational. Redshirt Junior #1 Hayden Hidlay (157) and Redshirt Freshman #4 Trent Hidlay (184) placed 2nd, and Redshirt Junior #13 Thomas Bullard (165) finished 3rd.

#1 Hayden Hidlay beat #8 Kendall Coleman of Purdue 8-0 in the Semifinals, but then lost to #2 Ryan Deakin of Northwestern 6-2 in the finals.

#4 Trent Hidlay beat #3 Taylor Lujan of Northern Iowa 8-4 in the Semifinals, marking his 3rd Top-5 victory of the year. Unfortunately, he ran into #1 #1 Zahid Valencia of Arizona State in the finals, losing 12-4 to the 2-time National Champion.

#13 Thomas Bullard beat Dazjon Casto of The Citadel 3-0 to start off the Consolation rounds, and then 18-6 major decision over #8 Andrew Fogarty of North Dakota State to advance to the 3rd/4th match. Bullard then pinned #12 Ethan Smith of Ohio State to claim 3rd place.

While he didn’t make the podium, Redshirt Junior #12 Tariq Wilson finished 7th. Wilson started off the day with a 4-2 win over Anthony Sparacio of Binghamton, but then went on to lose to Northern Iowa’s Blockhus 6-4, booting him to the 7th/8th match. Wilson claimed 7th place in dramatic fashion, beating #18 Mitch Moore of  Virginia Tech in the final 3 seconds, with a takedown and two swipes, winning 5-3.

The Wolfpack will hit the road on Friday for a dual against Appalachian State.

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