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#10 NC State Defeats #13 UNC 20-14 in Chapel Hill

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After dropping the first bout of the night, No. 10 NC State won the next five, and six of the next seven, and picked up a huge road ACC win over No. 13 North Carolina, 20-14.

With the win over the ACC-leading Tar Heels, NC State will now go into next week’s season finale at Virginia Tech with a chance to repeat as ACC Dual champions with a win.

The Wolfpack (15-3, 3-1 ACC) has now won six in a row in the series versus the Tar Heels (11-6, 3-1 ACC).

The dual started at 149 pounds with a top-10 battle. #5 Austin O’Connor scored a pair of third period takedowns and posted a 9-4 decision over #7 Justin Oliver.

The Pack then went on to win five in a row and took a commanding 17-3 lead with four matches left.

#4 Hayden Hidlay scored a pair of takedowns in all three periods and cruised to an 18-6 major decision over #20 McClure at 157 pounds for the first bonus point win of the night.

The Bullard twins went for back-to-back wins for the Pack. At 165 pounds, Thomas Bullard scored an 8-2 decision, and at 174 pounds, Daniel notched a four-point near fall in the second period and dominated to an 11-0 major decision.

In the third ranked battle in the first five bouts, #5 Nick Reenan scored both of the bout’s takedowns and picked up a 6-4 decision over #14 Chip Ness at 184 pounds.

At the intermission, NC State held a 14-3 lead.

The Pack made it five in a row, when R-Sr. Malik McDonald scored a third period takedown to pick up a 3-1 decision at 197 pounds.

UNC broke the Pack’s streak with a decision at heavyweight.

NC State clinched the dual win, as #11 Sean Fausz returned to 125 pounds and picked up a 7-2 decision.

UNC closed the dual with a tech fall at 133 pounds and decision at 141.

Up Next: The Wolfpack will conclude the regular season with a dual at #14 Virginia Tech next Friday night in Blacksburg. With a win in the dual, the Pack will win its second straight ACC dual title.

#10 NC State 20, #13 North Carolina 14

149: #5 Austin O’Connor (UNC) dec. #7 Justin Oliver; 9-4 – 0-3

157: #4 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. #20 Josh McClure; 18-6 – 4-3

165: #17 Thomas Bullard (NCSU) dec. Sawyer Davidson; 8-2 – 7-3

174: #23 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) major dec. #29 Devin Kane; 11-0 – 11-3

184: #5 Nick Reenan (NCSU) dec. #14 Chip Ness; 6-4 – 14-3

197: #21 Malik McDonald (NCSU) dec. Brandon Whitman; 3-1 – 17-3

285: #16 Cory Daniel (UNC) dec. Colin Lawler; 9-4 – 17-6

125: #11 Sean Fausz (NCSU) dec. Joe Heilmann; 7-2 – 20-6

133: #19 Gary Wayne Harding (UNC) tech fall Zurich Storm; 18-1 – 20-11

141: #19 A.C. Headlee (UNC) dec. Kelln Devlin; 3-1 – 20-14

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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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