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NC State’s Hidlay & Morris Take Titles at Hokie Open

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In the first tournament of the 2018-19 season, the NC State wrestling team claimed a pair of titles at the Hokie Open. The Wolfpack took just six wrestlers to compete in the Open Division, but claimed titles at 141 and 157 pounds.

“It is always a great way to start off the year coming to tournaments and brining home titles,” said NC State head coach Pat Popolizio. “Our guys got some wins over some nationally ranked opponents today, and this gives us great momentum to start the season as we have our full squad in action next weekend.”

R-Sr. Jamel Morris claimed the 141-pound title with a 10-6 decision over UNC’s AC Headlee in the finals. Morris was 5-0 on the day, four bonus point wins. Morris opened with back-to-back pins, then outscored his final three foes 43-16.

No. 2 ranked R-So. Hayden Hidlay scored a top-10 win in the finals at 157 pounds, as he defeated No. 7 Kennedy Monday of UNC 10-7. Hidlay finished the day 4-0, with three bonus point wins, and outscored his foes 71-28.

In his NC State debut, R-Fr. A.J. Leitten placed sixth at 141 pounds, only losing to NCAA Quailifier Josh Finesilver from Duke.

In addition to those that wrestled in the Open Division, the Wolfpack also had 11 true freshmen competing in the Freshman/Sophomore Division. Of those 11, seven made the finals in their weight classes and four won the championship.

“A lot of our young guys came up here and made a statement,” said Popolizio. “A lot of these freshmen will probably redshirt this season, but they all had some big wins against future conference opponents. I was very pleased with how they performed in their first college tournament.”

• Jakob Camacho won the 125-pound title. He went a perfect 5-0 on the day, with four bonus point wins and he outscored his foes 81-15. In the finals, he claimed a 13-4 major decision.

• Jarrett Trombley won the 133-pound title. He went a perfect 4-0 on the day. After an opening pin, he outscored his foes 14-3. He won 2-1 in the finals.

• Matt Fields won the 149-pound title. He went a perfect 5-0 on the day, outscoring his foes 46-22. In the finals, he claimed a 7-4 win.

• Trent Hidlay won the 174-pound title. He went a perfect 5-0 on the day, all bonus point wins, and outscored his foes 84-14. In the finals, he scored a 14-3 major decision.

Alex Urquiza (141), Tyler Barnes (165), and Tony Wuest (197) all placed second. Alex Faison (165) and Tyrie Houghton (197) both took sixth.

 

 

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NC State’s Nick Reenan Named ACC Wrestler of the Week

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Two weeks into the 2018-19 season, two ACC Wrestlers of the Week for NC State.

After R-So. Hayden Hidlay was named last week for winning the Hokie Open, classmate Nick Reenan was named the ACC Wrestler of the Week for his performance this past weekend at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic.

In his season debut, and after a redshirt season, Reenan went a perfect 3-0 at 184 pounds. He started with an 11-3 major decision, then scored a first-period pin over #20 MacCallum of Oklahoma. In his final bout, he scored a pair of takedowns without conceding any and defeated #6 Preisch of Lehigh, 4-1.

In this week’s rankings, Reenan is No. 6 at 184 pounds by both FloWrestling and InterMat.

Reenan was also named TheOpenMat.com’s National Wrestler of the Week.

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6 NC State Wrestlers Went Undefeated at Journeymen Classic

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TROY, N.Y. – The #8 NC State wrestling team took 15 wrestlers up to Troy, N.Y., for the annual Journeymen Classic on Sunday. The Wolfpack had strong day going 30-14 overall, with six wrestlers going undefeated with perfect 3-0 records.

• #11 R-So. Nick Reenan was back in an NC State singlet after redshirting last season. He went 3-0 and took top honors at 184 pounds, with a pair of top-20 wins. Reenan started with an 11-3 tech fall, then pinned #20 MacCallum of Oklahoma in the first period. In his final bout, Reenan scored a 4-1 win over #6 Preisch of Lehigh, with a takedown in both the first and third periods.

• #6 Gr. Justin Oliver made his NC State debut with a perfect 3-0 mark, with two bonus points wins. He outscored his foes 34-6. In his last match, he beat Jeffries of Oklahoma 7-2.

• #17 R-So. Daniel Bullard also went 3-0. He made a comeback after being down 6-0 to win 17-11 in his first bout, then scored a pin. In his final bout, he downed Ramirez of West Virginia 6-2.

• A pair of 125-pounders ended the day a perfect 3-0. R-Fr. Zurich Storm scored three decisions, while R-So. Charlie Lenox had two bonus point wins and outscored his foes 35-6.

• True freshman Deonte Wilson was 3-0 at 285 pounds, getting a pin in his first match then winning 3-1 in OT and 5-0.

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NC State’s Hidlay Named Co-ACC Wrestler of the Week

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State redshirt-sophomore Hayden Hidlay was named co-ACC Wrestler of the Week after winning the 157-pound title at the Hokie Open this past weekend.

In the first tournament of the season, the 2018 NCAA finalist went 4-0 at the Hokie Open. He outscored his foes 71-29 (with 23 of his points given up being escape points) and tallied 27 takedowns and only gave up one.

In the finals, he notched a top-10 win, defeating #7 Monday of North Carolina 10-7, scoring four takedowns to Monday’s one.

Last season, he was named ACC Wrestler of the Week a league-best three times.

Hidlay is ranked #2 at 157 pounds in every poll, and will be leaving next week to compete at the U23 World Championships in Romania.

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NC State Wrestling Starts Season Ranked #8 in Coaches’ Poll

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Coming off its highest NCAA Championship finish in school history, the NC State wrestling team will start the 2018-19 season ranked No. 8 nationally in the NWCA Division I Coaches’ Poll.
 
NC State has now been ranked in the top-10 in 41 straight polls dating back to the 2015-16 season, after having not reached that high since 1993.
 
The Wolfpack earned its first ever team trophy last season, placing fourth at the NCAA Championships. The Wolfpack returns three previous All-Americans, as well as nine former NCAA Qualifiers.
 
Heading into the 2018-19 season, NC State has won 50 of its last 55 duals over the last three years. That make is second nationally only behind NC State.

The Wolfpack will face eight teams that are in the preseason top-25, including three in the top-12.

Fans will have their first chance to come and and watch the NC State wrestling team in action this weekend, as the Pack will host its annual wrestle-offs this Saturday at the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility. The action starts at 12:45 p.m., before the NC State-Florida State football game at 3:30 p.m.

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