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



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 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)

Semifinals Recap

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.

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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)

Quarterfinals Recap

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.

Up Next

NC State will have four wrestle in tonight’s Session 4, scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

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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)



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.


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Action will resume with Session 3 on Friday. The quarterfinals and consolation rounds start at 11 a.m., and the semifinals and Blood Round will be at 8 p.m.

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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)



#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.


Up Next: Session II resumes tonight at 7 p.m. ESPN will provide TV coverage (7 PM – 10:30 PM), while all eight mats will be streamed on WatchESPN.

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