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6 NC State Wrestlers Went Undefeated at Journeymen Classic



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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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.

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.

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#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.

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.

#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)

Att: 1893

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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

“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


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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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