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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 Pat Popolizio Earns 2020 ACC Coach of the Year Honors

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NC State Wrestling Head Coach Pat Popolizio has been named the 2020 ACC Coach of the Year.

Under the leadership of Popolizio, NC State was undefeated in duals (15-0) for the first time in school history. He led the Wolfpack to an ACC Championship for the 3rd time in his time in Raleigh. The ACC title was NC State’s 17th in school history, tying UNC for the most in conference history.

This is Popolizio’s 2nd time winning the award. In sum, 3 NC State coaches have earned the honor, a total of 9 times now.

NC State finished the season ranked 3rd heading into the NCAA Tournament.

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NC State’s Trent Hidlay Wins ACC Freshman of the Year

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NC State Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184 pounds) has been named the 2020 ACC Freshman of the Year, becoming the 4th Wolfpack Wrestler to earn the honor.

Hidlay finished with a 23-4 record, and finished 2nd in the ACC Championships, earning All-ACC honors. Had the NCAA Tournament taken place, he was slated to be a #5 seed.

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NC State’s Hayden Hidlay Wins ACC Wrestler of the Year

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NC State Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay (157 pounds) has been named the 2020 ACC Wrestler of the Year, becoming the 10th Wolfpack wrestler to earn the honor.

Hidlay finished the year with a 28-1 record, and won his 3rd straight ACC Championship. Not only did he win the ACC title, but he remained undefeated against ACC opponents throughout his 3 year collegiate career.

Due to Covid-19, the NCAA Tournament was cancelled, but Hidlay was set to be a #2 seed.

NC State has won 5 of the last 7 ACC Wrestler of the Year honors.

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NC State’s Hayden Hidlay Wins ACC Wrestler of the Week for 2nd Time this Year

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NC State Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay earned ACC Wrestler of the Week honors for the 2nd time this season for his dominating 16-3 major decision over Matt Zovistoski of Appalachian State on Friday night.

Zovistoski was a ranked opponent, with FloWrestling ranking him 17th, and InterMat ranking him 20th.

This was Hidlay’s 3rd ranked victory of the season, and his second victory over Zovistoski. The last time they faced each other, Hidlay squeaked out a 3-2 victory.

This marks the 7th time Hidlay has earned ACC Wrestler of the Week honors.

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