RALEIGH, N.C. – Head coach Pat Popolizio and his staff have finalized the Wolfpack’s 2018 signing class. The group consists of 17 prep signees and one All-American transfer.
The group holds a consensus top-six ranking nationally in four different publications. InterMat ranks the Wolfpack’s recruiting class No. 3 nationally, WIN Magazine tabbed it No. 4, and both FloWrestling and TheOpenMat ranked the Pack’s haul No. 6.
“This is a complete class, we met all of our needs with this group,” said head coach Pat Popolizio. “With the amount of talent we have coming back, plus our redshirts from last year, we will be looking to build off of last year’s success with the addition of these newcomers.
“They are very talented and even more motivated as a group. They agree with our philosophies that we have established, and blended with all of our returning wrestlers, the future for NC State Wrestling is extremely bright.”
Just two years ago, NC State’s 2016 recruiting class was ranked No. 1 nationally by both FloWrestling and InterMat. In that class, the Pack signed two of the top-six ranked wrestlers in the 2016 recruiting class, and five in the top-66 overall.
Below are the write-ups from all four websites about the Wolfpack’s 2018 signees:
#3. NC State
Top 100 recruits: No. 19 Jakob Camacho (Danbury, Conn.), No. 22 Trent Hidlay (Mifflin County, Pa.), No. 53 Jarrett Trombley (Lake Fenton, Mich.), No. 55 Josiah Rider (Grand Junction, Colo.), and No. 84 Tyler Barnes (Ballston Spa, N.Y.)
Other ranked recruits: Deonte Wilson (Amityville, N.Y.) and Colin Lawler (Kinkaid School, Texas)
Impact transfer: Justin Oliver (Central Michigan)
Commentary: Two years ago head coach Pat Popolizio and staff pulled in the No. 1 recruiting class. This past season two of those wrestlers – in their redshirt freshman season – were key components to the Wolfpack earning a “trophy finish” at the national tournament; Hayden Hidlaywas runner-up at 157, while Tariq Wilson took third at 133. Familiarity is the theme in this class; its anchors beng Hayden’s younger but bigger (in size) brother Trent, as well as the dynamite lightweight Camacho, who graduated the same high school as three-time All-American Kevin Jack. Given this program’s track record with less heralded recruits, the pair of projected 197 and 285 wrestlers (Wuest and Tyler Houghton, Wilson and Lawler) could emerge to the impact level. In addition, 2016 All-American Oliver provides a one-year “solution” at 149.
#4. NC State
Popolizio helped himself everywhere, particularly in the upper weights Trent Hidlay of Lewistown (Pa.) Mifflin County and Tyler Barnes of Ballston Spa (N.Y.) will likely be at 184 and Tyrie Houghton of Matthews Weddington and Delaware OW Tony Wuest of Smyrna at 197, all of whom won state titles easily. So did four-time Michigan champion Jarrett Trombley (141-149) of Linden Lake Fenton and three-time Colorado champion Josiah Rider (149-157) of Grand Junction.
#6: NC State
Top 100 Recruits
#18 Trent Hidlay, PA (174/184)
#23 Jakob Camacho, CT (125/133)
#56 Josiah Rider, CO (157)
#74 Jarrett Trombley, MI (133/141)
#81 Tyler Barnes, NY (174/184)
Transfer: Justin Oliver (Central Michigan, 1 year)
Why They’re Here: I’m always trying to stress the importance of recruiting, and while the numbers are on my side, NC State does a good job smiling in the face of it. Well, kinda. The Wolfpack have done wonders with low- or un-ranked kids. Just this year Tariq Wilson (#66), Kevin Jack (UR) and Mike Macchiavello (UR), combined for 53pts, pacing them to their highest finish ever. That’s not to say recruiting is not important to them; they had blue chipper Hayden Hidlay make the finals. But NC State has a great track record at identifying diamonds in the rough. There is some familiarity with the group they bring in this year. Fargo finalist Trent Hidlay is the brother of Hayden, and Super 32 Champ Jakob Camacho comes from the same high school as Jack. They are clear AA-level wrestlers with three solid other ranked recruits to develop. I particularly like what they’ve done at the upper weights with FloNats Champ Barnes, FloNats placers Wuest and Houghton, and Wilson and Lawler who very well could have been ranked if they wrestled more nationally.
Flashback Stat: NC State’s recruiting class last year was unranked. But their 2016 Class was #1, and brought in Hidlay, Nick Reenan, Tariq, and the Bullards. Between 2016 and 2018 recruits, future Pack teams will likely push for more March hardware.
#6: NC State
#4 at 170 Trent Hidlay (Mifflin County, PA) 174
#9 at 152 Josiah Rider (Grand Junction, CO) 157
#10 at 126 Jakob Camacho (Danbury, CT) 125
#11 at 132 Jarrett Trombley (Lake Fenton, MI) 141
#15 at 170 Tyler Barnes (Ballston Spa, NY) 184
#18 at 285 Colin Lawler (Kincaid School, TX) 285
—Transfer Justin Oliver (Central Michigan) 149
NC State continues to get better every season, and with a recruiting class like this one, they have shown that they do not plan to stop any time soon. The Wolfpack will get the services of All-American 149 lber Justin Oliver for a season. Oliver will be considered one of the title contenders in a weight class left open by the departure of Zain Retherford. Trent Hidlay is a two-time Pennsylvania state champion that will follow his brother’s footsteps to Raleigh. Hayden Hidlay was an NCAA runner-up as a freshman in 2018. Connecticut’s Jakob Camacho got to the top of the podium at both the Super 32 and FloNationals in a senior season that was otherwise disrupted by injuries. Four-time Michigan state champion Jarrett Trombley could be among those who try to fill-in for the graduation of three-time All-American Kevin Jack. There will be plenty of help to try and replace 197 lb NCAA Champion Michael Macchiavello between Tony Wuest and Tyrie Houghton, both Super 32 placers.
NC STATE’S 2018 RECRUITING CLASS
184/197 • Fr.
Rock City Falls, N.Y. • Ballston Spa HS
Prep: Finished his career with over 220 wins … State Finalist as a senior at Division I 170 pounds … Went 46-1 on the season … State champion at 170 pounds as a junior going a perfect 41-0 … Became his school’s first state champion … Won 87 straight matches during final two seasons … Times Union Large School Wrestler of the Year as both a senior and junior … Placed fifth at 170 pounds as a sophomore … Four-time Section II champion … 2018 FloNationals champion … 2018 Eastern States Champion … 2017 FloNationals All-American, placing fifth … 2017 UWW Freestyle National All-American … 2017 NHSCA Junior National Champion … 2016 Cadet National Freestyle and Greco-Roman Runner-Up … Father, Terry, placed second at NY state championships as a senior … High school teammate of fellow signee Jake Cook … Ranked #14 at 170 pounds and #81 overall by FloWrestling … Ranked #11 at 182 pounds and #84 overall by InterMat … Ranked #15 at 170 pounds by TheOpenMat.
125/133 • Fr.
Danbury, Conn. • Danbury HS
Prep: Three-time Connecticut State Open champion … Missed most of senior season due to injury … 2018 FloNationals champion … 2017 Super 32 National Champion … Became the first high school wrestler from Connecticut to win a national championship since 2003, and is the first public school student to accomplish the feat … 2017 FloNationals All-American, placing second … 2017 Junior National Freestyle All-American … 2016 NHSCA National All-American … Trained with fellow signee Matt Grippi at Iowa Style Wrestling Club … Attended the same high school as three-time All-American Kevin Jack … Ranked #11 at 126 pounds and #23 overall by FloWrestling … Ranked #19 overall by InterMat … Ranked #10 at 126 pounds by TheOpenMat.
197 • Fr.
Ballston Spa, N.Y. • Ballston Spa HS
Prep: Placed fourth at the state championships at 182 pounds as a senior … 2017 New York State Qualifier at 182 pounds … Went 33-5 with 20 pins and surpassed 100 career wins … Advanced to state quarterfinals … Two-time UWW Cadet National Freestyle All-American … 2016 New York State Freestyle and Greco-Roman Champion … Also was a first team all-state linebacker on the football team … Carried a GP of 3.6 … High school teammate of fellow signee Tyler Barnes … Younger brother of former NC State wrestler Bill Cook (2013-15).
157/165 • Fr.
Cameron, N.C. • Union Pines HS
Prep: Placed fourth as a senior at the NC 3A state championships at 160 pounds … As a junior, won a 3A state title at 152 pounds … Went 28-6 on the year … Only starting wrestling once he got to high school.
133/141 • Fr.
Brunswick, Ohio • Walsh Jesuit HS
Prep: Placed seventh at the state championships at 132 pounds as a senior … Went 41-5 on the year … Division I state champion as a junior at 126 pounds, allowed just one point in tournament … Posted a record of 38-6 … State finalist as a sophomore at 113 pounds … Went 84-17 as a sophomore and junior … Two-time Top Gun Placer … Held a GPA of 3.925.
165/174 • Fr.
Tallahassee, Fla. • Lincoln HS
Prep: Finished with a career record of 129-12 … Placed third at the Florida 2A state championships as a senior … Posted a record of 43-4 that year … 22 wins came via pin and eight were tech falls … As a senior, named Northwest Florida Class 2A Wrestler of the Year and All-Big Bend Wrestler of the Year … Placed third at 160 pounds as a junior with a 51-1 record and was fourth as a sophomore at 152 pounds … Three-time regional champion … Three-time Disney Duals All-American … Older brother, Jamie, is a pitcher at Florida A&M.
149/157 • Fr.
Bedford Hills, N.Y. • Fox Lane HS
Prep: Three-time New York state finalist … School’s all-time wins leader with over 240 career victories … Runner-up at state championships as a senior at 152 pounds … Entered states with 239 career wins, which ranked second all time for Section I … Three-time section champion … As a senior, voted Champion of Champions after regionals … Placed fifth at 2018 FloNationals … Also earned All-American honors at 2016 FloNationals … Trained with fellow signee Jakob Camacho at Iowa Style Wrestling Club … Youngest of four brothers.
174 • Fr.
Lewistown, Pa. • Mifflin County HS
Prep: State champion as both a senior and junior … Finished his career 153-14, and won the final 81 high school matches of his career … Did not surrender a takedown during the winning streak … Second-most career wins in county history … Claimed top honors at 3A 170 pounds as a senior, outscoring his opponents in the state tournament 64-19 … Went a perfect 43-0 as a senior … Also went undefeated as a junior, 38-0, and won the state title at 160 pounds … State finalist as a sophomore … First wrestler in Mifflin County history to reach the finals three times … Also the second two-time state champion in county history, first from his high school … Won four District 6 titles and three in the Northwest regional … Wrestled in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic … Placed third at the 2018 UWW Junior World Team Trials at 79 kg … 2017 Junior National Freestyle and Greco-Roman Runner-Up … 2017 FloNationals Champion … 2016 PowerAde Champion … 2016 Journeyman Classic Champion … Three-time Super 32 placer … Held a 4.0 GPA … Older brother, Hayden, is a member of the Wolfpack and was a NCAA Finalist as a redshirt-freshman in 2018 … Ranked #3 at 170 pounds and #18 overall by FloWrestling … Ranked No. 2 at 170 pounds and #22 overall by InterMat … Ranked #4 at 170 pounds by TheOpenMat.
197 • Fr.
Matthews, N.C. • Weddington HS
Prep: Won the 3A state title at 195 pounds as a senior … Went undefeated as a senior, and won the state title with a pin …Took third at the 2018 FloNationals … 2018 NHSCA All-American with a fifth place finish … State runner-up at 182 pounds as a junior … Posted 92 career wins … Earned all-county and all-conference honors final three years … 2017 Disney Duals All-American … 2017 Super 32 Placer … Held a 4.95 GPA and ranked in the top-five of his class … Also played varsity football as a tight end and fullback, and team was state champions as a junior.
285 • Fr.
Houston, Texas • The Kinkaid School
Prep: Three-time Texas Prep state champion … Took top honors at heavyweight as a senior … Went a perfect 36-0 as a senior, all wins by pin … Claimed titles at 220 previously … 2018 National Prep Champion … Houston area’s first in-season, prep-school national champion … Named Houston Chronicle’s All-Greater Houston Boys Wrestler of the Year … 2017 National Prep All-American, placing fourth … 2017 Super 32 Placer, taking third … 2015 USA Wrestling Preseason National Champion … 2015 Cadet National Freestyle and Greco-Roman All-American … Originally from Penfield, New York … Held a 3.72 GPA … Ranked #20 at heavyweight by FloWrestling … Also ranked #18 by InterMat and TheOpenMat.
133/141 • Fr.
Holly Springs, N.C. • Holly Springs HS
Prep: Two-time North Carolina 4A state runner-up … Finished his career with over 100 wins … Lone loss as a senior was in the state finals at 132 pounds … Was 7-0 as a junior, missing most of the season due to injury … Placed second at the NC State championships as a sophomore … Went 37-1 as a sophomore at 113 pounds, his only loss was a medical forfeit in the state finals … Wrestled his freshman season at Panther Creek HS.
149 • Gr.
Davison, Mich. • Central Michigan/Davison HS
2017-18 (at Central Michigan): Posted a 28-7 record at 149 pounds … NCAA Qualifier for the third straight year, he entered as the No. 6 seed … Went 3-2, and fell one win short of All-American honors … Placed fourth at the MAC Championships … Went a perfect 6-0 and took top honors at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational … Was second at the Midlands Championships … 14 of his 28 wins were for bonus points … Was 7-2 in duals … Ranked #11 in final FloWrestling rankings.
2016-17 (at Central Michigan): Finished 32-9 at 149 pounds … Qualified for the NCAA Championships finished 3-2, one win from All-American honors … Was the No. 9 seed … Went 3-1 to place third in the MAC Championships … Recorded nine pins, four technical falls, and six major decisions … Went 3-1 to place second at the Eastern Michigan Open … Went 4-0 to place first at the Michigan State Open … Went 5-1 at the Las Vegas Invitational … Went 5-1 to place second at the Midlands Championship.
2015-16 (at Central Michigan): Earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish at 149 pounds at the NCAA Championships … Started as the No. 9 seed … Won four matches at the NCAA Championships, defeating Boise State’s Geo Martinez, 5-1, in the seventh-place bout … Placed second at the MAC Championships … Named to the Amateur Wrestling News 2016 All-Rookie Team … Earned CMU’s Chick Sherwood Outstanding Wrestler Award, the Most Takedowns Award and the Most Team Points Award … Recorded a team-high 32 wins (32-7) … Posted a perfect 6-0 mark in MAC dual meets … Placed second at the Michigan State Invite, falling to teammate Colin Heffernan in the final … Won the 149-lb. weight class title at the Cleveland State Open, going 4-0 … Took third place at the Southern Scuffle with a 6-1 record … Posted nine straight dual meet wins from Jan. 9 through Feb. 21, including six MAC victories … Honored on the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team.
2014-15 (at Central Michigan): Redshirted the season … Went 25-7 on the season with five pin falls … Went 4-1 at the Michigan State Open while taking third place … Named the Chippewas’ Redshirt Freshman of the Year.
Prep: Went 172-5 during standout career at Davison High School … Won Division I state titles in 2011 and 2012, placing third in 2013, and runner-up in 2014.
141/149 • Fr.
Bethlehem, Pa. • Bethlehem HS
Prep: Finished high school career with a 106-39 record … Went 26-8 as a senior … Missed the state tournament as a senior due to injury … Placed fourth at the 3A PA state championships as a junior.
149 • Fr.
Grand Junction, Colo. • Grand Junction HS
Prep: Three-time state champion … Placed first at 152 pounds with a prefect record as a senior at 5A … Helped team to win Class 5A wrestling state championship title … Went a combined 75-2 as a junior (145) and sophomore (152) in also winning state titles … Named ALL-USA Wrestling: Third Team as a junior … Cadet National All-American … UWW Junior National runner-up in Greco … 2016 Super 32 Runner-Up … 2016 Ironman Runner-Up … NHSCA Freshman National Champion … Held a 3.6 GPA … Ranked #14 at 152 pounds and #56 nationally by FloWrestling … Ranked #11 at 152 pounds and #55 nationally by InterMat.
141/149 • Fr.
Owosso, Mich. • Lake Fenton HS
Prep: Four-time state champion with a career record of 194-1 … His only loss came as a freshman by one point, and he is the 23rd wrestler in Michigan history to win four state titles … Went a perfect 59-0 in capturing the Division 3 state title at 130 pounds as a senior … Set a national record for single season takedowns with over 550, averaging over 10 a match … Won state titles at 130 pounds as a junior, 119 as a sophomore and 103 as a freshman (at Corunna) … 2015 Grappler Fall Classic Champion … Held a 4.0 GPA … Has five brothers … Ranked No. 8 by FloWrestling at 132 pounds and No. 74 overall … Ranked No. 7 at 132 pounds and #53 overall by InterMat … Ranked No. 11 by TheOpenMat at 132 pounds.
141/149 • Fr.
Miami, Fla. • Southwest HS
Prep: Florida 3A state champion at 138 pounds as a senior … Went 56-2 on the season … Placed third at 132 pounds as a junior with a record of 59-3 … Was fifth as a sophomore also at 132 pounds.
285 • Fr.
Amityville, N.Y. • Amityville Memorial HS
Prep: Finished his high school career with a record of 166-23 … State champion at 285 pounds as a senior … Became his school’s first state champion since 2001 … Went 31-2 as a senior, only two losses were forfeits … Named to Newsday’s All Long Island Wrestling team … Finished second at state championships as a junior … Was Suffolk County champion as both a senior and junior … Placed second at the 2018 NHSCA senior nationals … Also played high school football … Ranked No. 12 by InterMat at 285 pounds.
197 • Fr.
Smyrna, Del. • Smyrna HS
Prep: Three-time state champion … Missed the honor as a sophomore with an injury, was 27-5 at time of the injury … Finished his high school career 129-18 … 108 of those wins were by pin, with 93 coming in the first period … Won back-to-back state titles at 195 pounds as a junior and senior … Was named the DIAA individual tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler both years … Went 38-2 as a junior and was named The News Journal’s 2017 state high school wrestler of the year … Won the state title as the sixth seed as a freshman and went 22-9 on the season … Two-time NHSCA All-American … 2018 Beast of the East finalist … Finished seventh at the 2018 FloNationals … 2017 Super 32 placer … 2016 Beast of the East Placer … Father, Ronnie, is an NC State grad and a Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt … Ranked No. 19 by InterMat at 195 pounds.
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.
On the OLine – Welcome @thedylanmcmahon!
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) December 19, 2018
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.
Junior Year Highlights
#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.
— NC State Wrestling 🤼♂️ (@PackWrestle) December 16, 2018
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.
— NC State Wrestling 🤼♂️ (@PackWrestle) December 16, 2018
#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)
Pic via GoPack
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 InterMat.com.
“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
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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