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.
NC State’s Hidlay Falls in NCAA Semifinals to #1 Nolf 3-2, Still Has Chance for 3rd
PITTSBURGH, PA. – Advancing to the NCAA Semifinals for the second straight year, R-So. Hayden Hidlay’s run to a championship came to an end after a highly-contested 3-2 loss to top-seeded Jason Nolf of Penn State.
Hidlay will be the lone NC State representative in action today.
In the Blood Round, R-Sr. Sean Fausz (125 pounds) and R-So. Tariq Wilson (133) both fell one win shy of All-American honors.
NC State Saturday Matchups – Session 5
157: Bout #590 – #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (23-3) vs. #3 seed Ryan Deakin (Northwestern – 33-5)
As the first period was winding down, Hidlay was awarded a takedown with four seconds left, but after a long video review by the officials, the call was overturned and the first 3:00 was scoreless. Nolf started the second with an escape, then secured the bout’s lone takedown. Hidlay scored the escape and then started the third with an escape to close the gap to 3-2. The period went on, and Hidlay was in on a late shot, but his takedown came as the period expired.
Hidlay will be in action this afternoon, wrestling in the consolation semifinals and then in a placement bout.
With his quarterfinal victory yesterday, Hidlay became only the third wrestler in NC State school history to become an All-American as both a freshman and sophomore.
Blood Round Recap
Fausz fell to #8 seed Arujau of Cornell, 11-3. He ends his Wolfpack career a four-time NCAA Qualifier and four-time ACC Finalist.
In one of the most exciting bouts of the night, Wilson fell in extra time to #8 seed Erneste of Missouri, 9-7. Wilson scored an early takedown and racked up 2:54 of ride time in the first period. Wilson started the second with another takedown, but Erneste reversed it and got a four-point near fall to take a 6-4 lead into the third. Wilson then scored a takedown with 19 seconds left and locked up riding time, but Erneste was awarded an escape with one second left. After no score in the first OT, Erneste earned a takedown with just one second left in the second period of OT for the win.
NC State’s Hidlay Becomes 2-Time All-American, Wilson & Fausz to Wrestle for All-American Honors
PITTSBURGH, PA. – For the second straight year, R-So. Hayden Hidlay has advanced to the NCAA Championships semifinals, and in the process becomes a two-time All-American. Hidlay will face top-seeded Jason Nolf of Penn State for a spot in the finals.
In addition to Hidlay in action tonight, a pair of Wolfpack wrestlers are also one win away from earning All-American honors. With a win tonight, R-Sr. Sean Fausz (125 pounds) and R-So. Tariq Wilson (133) will both also become All-Americans.
NC State Friday Night Matchups – Session 4:
157: BOUT #509 – #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (23-2) vs. #1 seed Jason Nolf (29-0)
125: Bout #522 – #14 seed Sean Fausz (14-3) vs. #8 seed Vitali Arujau (Cornell – 28-3)
133: Bout #526 – #11 seed Tariq Wilson (17-4) vs. #8 seed John Erneste (Missouri – 20-5)
Hidlay secured his second straight All-American season with a thrilling OT win in the quarterfinals over #4 seed Pantaleo of Michigan, 5-3. Hidlay was down in the third, when Pantaleo was called for a hands to the face and the score was tied 3-3 after regulation. Hidlay got the winning takedown with 12 seconds left in the first OT period, to defeat Pantaleo for the second straight year at the NCAAs.
Consolation Round 3 Recap
Fausz captured his second win in as many matches, a 7-2 decision over #21 seeded Schwarm of Northern Iowa. Fausz scored a takedown and racked up 2:35 of riding time in the first period. He then added a pair of reversals to secure the win.
Wilson also won both of his bouts today, bot going for bonus points. Wilson scored a 13-0 major decision over ACC rival, #14 seed Myers of Virginia Tech. In the bout, he scored three takedowns and a trio of tow-point near falls and added a point for riding time.
Anther pair of Wolfpack wrestlers saw their careers come to an end with a loss in their second match of the day. 2019 ACC Champion Jamel Morris fell 16-10 at 141 pounds to #11 seed Moran of Wisconsin and Justin Oliver lost to #18 seed Prince of Navy 8-6 at 149 pounds.
Consolation Round 2 Recap
Day Two action started with Fausz at 125 pounds, and he advanced with a third period pin against #20 seed Townsell of Stanford. Up 3-0 with over two minutes of ride time to start the third, Fausz scored a takedown and turned it right into a pin to advance.
Wilson made it back-to-back bonus point wins to start the Pack’s day, as he scored a 19-4 tech fall win over #21 seed Sykora of North Dakota State. Wilson posted three first-period takedowns, then got a two-point then a four-point near fall in the second.
Three straight bonus point wins to open the consolation round, as Morris took out #4 seed Alber of Northern Iowa by major decision, 15-5. Morris scored 11 points in the second period, thanks to a pair of four-point near falls.
Oliver kept the Pack’s winning streak going, as he scored a takedown in all three periods and came away with a 9-5 win over #23 seed Maruca of Arizona State.
Thomas Bullard fell at 165 pounds and his twin brother Daniel fell at 174 to end their NCAA runs. Thomas fell 12-11 to #18 seed Wolf of Lehigh and Daniel lost 10-2 to #9 seed Skatzka of Minnesota.
Nick Reenan and Malik McDonald also both fell for the second time and were eliminated. Reenan 7-2 to #9 seed Venz of Nebraska, and McDonald 14-2 to #19 seed Orndorff of Utah Valley.
NC State will have four wrestle in tonight’s Session 4, scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
All 9 NC State Wrestlers advance to Day Two at NCAA’s
PITTSBURGH, PA. – For the second straight year, R-So. Hayden Hidlay has advanced to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championships. Today, the returning NCAA finalists at 157 pounds scored back-to-back 16-1 tech fall wins in Pittsburgh.
For the second year in a row, every NC State qualifier advanced to Day Two, as the remaining eight qualifiers will be in the second round of the consolation bracket tomorrow morning.
After the first two rounds, NC State sits 12th in the team race.
NC State Friday Matchups – Session 3
157 – Bout #358: #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (22-2) vs. #4 seed Alec Pantaleo (Michigan – 20-7)
CONSOLATION ROUND 2
125 – Bout #384: #14 seed Sean Fausz (12-3) vs. #20 seed Gabe Townsell (Stanford – 19-11)
133 – Bout #391: #11 seed Tariq Wilson (15-4) vs. #21 seed Cam Sykora (North Dakota St. – 21-9)
141 – Bout #401: #14 seed Jamel Morris (23-4) vs. #4 seed Josh Alber (Northern Iowa – 32-6)
149 – Bout #411: #9 seed Justin Oliver (19-6) vs. #23 seed Joshua Maruca (Arizona State – 17-13)
165 – Bout #428: #16 seed Thomas Bullard (21-9) vs. #18 seed Gordon Wolf (Lehigh – 19-8)
174 – Bout #435: #23 seed Daniel Bullard (21-10) vs. #9 seed Devin Skatzka (Minnesota – 27-9)
184 – Bout #443: #7 seed Nick Reenan (16-5) vs. #9 seed Taylor Venz (Nebraska – 22-8)
197 – Bout #449: #13 seed Malik McDonald (19-10) vs. #19 Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley – 19-13)
Round 2 Recap
#14 seed Sean Fausz fell to #3 seed and defending national champion Lee of Iowa by major decision 10-1.
In one of the top battles of the night, #11 seed Tariq Wilson came up short against #6 seed Lizak of Minnesota, 6-4. With Lizak up 5-4 and the ride time point locked, Wilson took a shot in the final 10 seconds and got in on the legs, but could not convert for a tying takedown.
In the battle of the 8-9 seeds, #9 Justin Oliver fell to #8 Degen of Iowa State 11-8. With the score tied 8-8, Degen scored a takedown with 20 seconds left and added on the ride time point for the final margin.
#5 seed Hayden Hidlay scored his second straight 16-1 tech fall to start the NCAA Championships, this against #21 seed Thomas of Oklahoma. Hidlay scored a pair of takedowns and a four-point near fall in the first to build an 8-1 lead, and a third period tech fall gave him the win.
#16 seed Thomas Bullard fell to top seed Marinelli of Iowa by major decision 12-4.
#4 seed Brucki of Princeton scored the bout’s lone takedown in the first period and defeated #13 seed Malik McDonald 3-2.
Consolation Round 1 Recap
R-Sr. Jamel Morris picked up his first career win at the NCAA Championships, as the #14 seeded Morris defeated #30 seed Limmex of Purdue 10-6. Morris used a pair of near falls in the second pair, first a two-point then a four-point.
Picking up his first win of the day, #23 seed Daniel Bullard used a first period takedown and came away with a 2-1 win over #26 Hughes of Michigan State.
#7 seed Nick Reenan made it three-for-three in the consolation round as he scored a first period pin over #23 seed Hemauer of Fresno State. Reenan hit a headlock, and converted the pin at the 1:06 mark to wrap up the day of action for NC State.
Six from NC State Score First Round Wins
PITTSBURGH, PA. – Six of the nine participants from the NC State wrestling team won their first period matches in Session I at the 2019 NCAA Championships this afternoon. The six will advance to tonight’s second round, while the other three will be in action in the consolation bracket.
Thursday Night Matchups – Session 2:
125 – Bout #185: #14 seed Sean Fausz (12-2) vs. #3 seed Spencer Lee (Iowa – 19-3)
133 – Bout #194: #11 seed Tariq Wilson (15-3) vs. #6 seed Ethan Lizak (Minnesota – 29-5)
149 – Bout #206: #9 seed Justin Oilver (19-5) vs. #8 seed Jarrett Degen (Iowa State – 26-6)
157 – Bout #215: #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (21-2) vs. #21 seed Justin Thomas (Oklahoma – 22-9)
165 – Bout #221: #16 seed Thomas Bullard (21-8) vs. #1 seed Alex Marinelli (Iowa – 24-0)
197 – Bout #248: #13 seed Malik McDonald (19-9) vs. #4 seed Patrick Brucki (Princeton – 30-1)
141 – Bout #281: #14 seed Jamel Morris (22-4) vs. #30 seed Nate Limmex (Purdue – 18-16) OR #32 seed Christopher Sandoval (Northern Colorado – 8-11)
174 – Bout #315: #23 seed Daniel Bullard (20-10) vs. #26 seed Drew Hughes (Michigan State – 26-14)
184 – Bout #323: #7 seed Nick Reenan (15-5) vs. #23 seed Jackson Hemauer (Fresno State – 23-12)
FIRST ROUND RECAP
#14 seed Sean Fausz started the Pack’s day with a dominating 8-2 win (with 3:21 of ride time) over #19 seed Mackall of Iowa State. Fausz scored a takedown in the first and third periods and only gave up a reversal.
#11 seed Tariq Wilson followed suit with a 5-0 decision over #22 seed Gosner of Campbell. Wilson scored a takedown in the first and third periods and used 1:44 of ride time to advance.
The Pack’s first loss of the day came at 141 pounds, as #14 seed Jamel Morris got upset by #19 Perry of Old Dominion, a returning All-American, 5-1. Perry got a takedown in the first and second, and Morris chose top in the third but could not get a turn.
With his bout tied 6-6 with 40 seconds left, #9 seed Justin Oliver scored and escape and then his takedown with 10 seconds left secured a 10-6 win over #24 seed Schuyler of Lehigh.
The Pack scored bonus points at 157 pounds, as #5 seed Hayden Hidlay came out with a 16-1 tech fall win over #28 Willits of Oregon State. Hidlay scored three takedowns and added a pair of near falls, inclusing a four-pointer in the third period.
#16 seed Thomas Bullard scored the bout’s lone takedown, early in the third period, and scored a 3-2 win over #17 seed Viruet of Brown to advance to face the top-seeded Marinelli of Iowa.
At 174 pounds, #23 seed Daniel Bullard scored the bout’s first takedown, but #10 seed Labriola scored the winning takedown in the third period for the 7-5 win.
#7 seed Nick Reenan was upset by #26 seed Dakota Geer of Oklahoma State, 6-0.
With the scored tied 3-3 going into the final period, #13 seed Malik McDonald scored five points in the final period and came away with an 8-3 win over #20 seed Adams of West Virginia.
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