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All-American Justin Oliver Transfers to NC State



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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#10 NC State Defeats #13 UNC 20-14 in Chapel Hill



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After dropping the first bout of the night, No. 10 NC State won the next five, and six of the next seven, and picked up a huge road ACC win over No. 13 North Carolina, 20-14.

With the win over the ACC-leading Tar Heels, NC State will now go into next week’s season finale at Virginia Tech with a chance to repeat as ACC Dual champions with a win.

The Wolfpack (15-3, 3-1 ACC) has now won six in a row in the series versus the Tar Heels (11-6, 3-1 ACC).

The dual started at 149 pounds with a top-10 battle. #5 Austin O’Connor scored a pair of third period takedowns and posted a 9-4 decision over #7 Justin Oliver.

The Pack then went on to win five in a row and took a commanding 17-3 lead with four matches left.

#4 Hayden Hidlay scored a pair of takedowns in all three periods and cruised to an 18-6 major decision over #20 McClure at 157 pounds for the first bonus point win of the night.

The Bullard twins went for back-to-back wins for the Pack. At 165 pounds, Thomas Bullard scored an 8-2 decision, and at 174 pounds, Daniel notched a four-point near fall in the second period and dominated to an 11-0 major decision.

In the third ranked battle in the first five bouts, #5 Nick Reenan scored both of the bout’s takedowns and picked up a 6-4 decision over #14 Chip Ness at 184 pounds.

At the intermission, NC State held a 14-3 lead.

The Pack made it five in a row, when R-Sr. Malik McDonald scored a third period takedown to pick up a 3-1 decision at 197 pounds.

UNC broke the Pack’s streak with a decision at heavyweight.

NC State clinched the dual win, as #11 Sean Fausz returned to 125 pounds and picked up a 7-2 decision.

UNC closed the dual with a tech fall at 133 pounds and decision at 141.

Up Next: The Wolfpack will conclude the regular season with a dual at #14 Virginia Tech next Friday night in Blacksburg. With a win in the dual, the Pack will win its second straight ACC dual title.

#10 NC State 20, #13 North Carolina 14

149: #5 Austin O’Connor (UNC) dec. #7 Justin Oliver; 9-4 – 0-3

157: #4 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. #20 Josh McClure; 18-6 – 4-3

165: #17 Thomas Bullard (NCSU) dec. Sawyer Davidson; 8-2 – 7-3

174: #23 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) major dec. #29 Devin Kane; 11-0 – 11-3

184: #5 Nick Reenan (NCSU) dec. #14 Chip Ness; 6-4 – 14-3

197: #21 Malik McDonald (NCSU) dec. Brandon Whitman; 3-1 – 17-3

285: #16 Cory Daniel (UNC) dec. Colin Lawler; 9-4 – 17-6

125: #11 Sean Fausz (NCSU) dec. Joe Heilmann; 7-2 – 20-6

133: #19 Gary Wayne Harding (UNC) tech fall Zurich Storm; 18-1 – 20-11

141: #19 A.C. Headlee (UNC) dec. Kelln Devlin; 3-1 – 20-14

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3-Star C Dylan McMahon Signs his Letter of Intent to NC State



3-Star Center Dylan McMahon has officially signed his letter of intent to play football at NC State.

McMahon committed to NC State on June 8th over offers from UVA, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Southern Florida and others. The Wolfpack offered him a scholarship on May 18th.

247Sports ranks McMahon as the #7 Center in the 2019 recruiting class.

NC State continues to recruit the state of Georgia well, with McMahon playing at Savannah Christian Prep.

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#7 NC State Wins Four of Final Five Matches and Downs #11 Nebraska



RALEIGH, N.C. – Falling behind 14-3 after the first five bouts, NC State won four of the final five matches and scored an 18-17 comeback over #11 Nebraska in Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday.

Going into the final bout down 17-12, NC State’s #4 R-So. Tariq Wilson needed the technical fall to even the team score, and he scored the 18-2 win.

The dual ended with a team score of 17-17, but after criteria which was total points scored (58-53), the Pack got the extra team point for the win.

The dual started at 141 pounds, with Nebraska winning four of the first five bouts before the intermission to take a 14-3 lead.

The dual started with a Nebraska 3-2 win, as 2017 All-American scored the bout’s lone takedown and got a 3-2 win over #13 Jamal Morris.

The Pack scored its first win of the day by #4 Justin Oliver at 149 pounds. Oliver scored a takedown in all three periods and added the ride time point for an 8-2 win.

Nebraska won three straight, first with a decision at 157 pounds as #5 Tyler Berger scored a 5-2 win over #4 Hayden Hidlay. The Cornhuskers then scored back-to-back major decisions with wins at 165 and 174 pounds.

NC State stormed out of the intermission winning four of the final five bouts.

The stretch started with a pair of top-10 upsets.

In the second top-five battle of the night, #5 Nick Reenan scored an 8-6 win over #3 Taylor Venz. Reenan scored all three of the bout’s takedowns, and a reversal late in the third gave him the win.

#19 R-Sr. Malik McDonald made it back-to-back top-10 wins for the Pack with a 3-2 win over #9 Eric Schultz. McDonald scored the bout’s lone takedown in the second, and his win pulled the Pack to within 14-9.

Nebraska won at heavyweight, 5-2, and went up 17-9 going into the last two matches.

Making his season debut, #6 R-Sr. Sean Fausz scored an 8-2 win over two-time All-American #11 Zeke Moisey at 125 pounds to pull the Pack within five points going into the final matchup.

Wilson stepped to the mat and ended his bout in the third period with a final four-point near fall.

#7 NC State 18, #11 Nebraska 17
141: Chad Red (NEB) dec. #13 Jamal Morris; 3-2 – 0-3
149: #4 Justin Oliver (NCSU) dec. Zemua Baptisa; 8-2 – 3-3
157: #5 Tyler Berger (NEB) dec. #4 Hayden Hidlay; 5-2 – 3-6
165: #6 Isaiah White (NEB) major dec. #18 Thomas Bullard; 13-3 – 3-10
174: #9 Mikey Labriola (NEB) major dec. Daniel Bullard; 13-4 – 3-14
184: #5 Nick Reenan (NCSU) dec. #3 Taylor Venz; 8-6 – 6-14
197: #19 Malik McDonald (NCSU) dec. #9 Eric Schultz; 3-2 – 9-14
285: David Jenson (NEB) dec. Deonte Wilson; 5-2 – 9-17
125: #6 Sean Fausz (NCSU) dec. #11 Zeke Moisey; 8-2 – 12-17
133: #4 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) tech fall Tucker Sjomeling; 18-2 – 17-17*

NC State wins on criteria, total points scored in dual (58-53)

Att: 1893

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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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