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#10 NC State Claims Share of ACC Dual Title With 17-16 Win at #14 Virginia Tech



BLACKSBURG, VA. – #10 NC State and #14 Virginia Tech split the 10 matches, but the Wolfpack won the dual on criteria with total individual points and came away with a 17-16 win in Blacksburg Friday night.

NC State finished with a 53-46 advantage on most individual points scored.

With the win, the Pack finishes with a 4-1 mark in the ACC and was the co-ACC Dual Champions with North Carolina. NC State won back-to-back ACC regular season titles for the first time since 2001-02.

The dual started with a top-5 battle at 184 pounds, which saw Virginia Tech’s #5 Zack Zavatsky claim a 6-2 win over #3 Nick Reenan.

The Hokies added a decision at 197 pounds and major decision at heavyweight to build their lead to 10-0 after three bouts.

The Wolfpack answered the bonus point win and scored its first win of the day at 125 pounds, as #11 Sean Fausz scored an 11-0 major decision, with 4:08 of ride time. Fausz scored a first period takedown and a pair of two-point near falls to take a commanding 7-0 lead after the first.

In his first dual since Jan. 6, #7 Tariq Wilson scored a ranked win, taking out #14 Korbin Myers 6-1 at 133 pounds. Wilson collected takedowns in the first and third periods, and a ride out in the second scored the ride time point.

The Pack made it three in a row, as Jamel Morris scored a 4-0 decision at 141 pounds. Morris scored a takedown with one second left in the first period, and a reversal in the second secured the win. Morris has now outscored his foes 61-5 since becoming the starter.

#8 Justin Oliver gave the Pack its first lead of the day (13-10) as he scored a 6-3 win, thanks to a pair of first period takedowns.

The streak ran to five straight for the Pack, as #4 Hayden Hidlay scored a takedown with two seconds left for the 6-4 win.

With two bouts left, NC State held a 16-10 lead as the Hokies closed with back-to-back top-10 wrestlers.

#8 Mekhi Lewis scored an 11-5 decision at 165 pounds over Thomas Bullard to close the gap to 16-13 with one bout left.

#7 David McFadden closed the dual with a 9-8 win over Daniel Bullard to tie the dual 16-16 after the 10 matches.

But NC State won the dual on criteria for total team points, 53-46.

Up Next: The dual concludes the regular season for the Wolfpack. NC State will return to Blacksburg for the ACC Championship on March 9.

#10 NC State 17, #14 Virginia Tech 16

184: #5 Zack Zavatsky (VT) dec. #3 Nick Reenan; 6-2 – 0-3

197: #9 Tom Sleigh (VT) dec. Malik McDonald; 3-2 – 0-6

285: #20 Billy Miller (VT) major dec. Colin Lawler; 10-2 – 0-10

125: #11 Sean Fausz (NCSU) major dec. Joey Prata; 11-0 – 4-10

133: #7 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) dec. #14 Korbin Myers; 6-1 – 7-10

141: Jamel Morris (NCSU) dec. Mitch Moore; 4-0 – 10-10

149: #8 Justin Oliver (NCSU) dec. Ryan Blees; 6-3 – 13-10

157: #4 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) dec. B.C. LaPrade; 6-4 – 16-10

165: #8 Mekhi Lewis (VT) dec. Thomas Bullard; 11-5 – 16-13

174: #7 David McFadden (VT) dec. Daniel Bullard; 9-8 – 17-16*

NC State wins on criteria, most team points (53-46)


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



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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#6 NC State Wrestling Beats Appalachian State 24-12 on the Road



The 6th ranked NC State Wrestling team headed up to the mountains last night, beating Appalachian State 24-12 on the road, winning 7 of their 10 matches. The Wolfpack is now 7-0 on the year in duals.

#6 NC State 24, Appalachian State 12
141: #13 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) dec. Bradley Irwin; 6-2 – 3-0
149: #20 Jonathan Millner (APP) dec. A.J. Leitten; 5-0 – 3-3
157: #2 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. #20 Matt Zovistoski; 16-3 – 7-3
165: #8 Thomas Bullard (NCSU) dec. Will Formato; 6-2 – 10-3
174: #17 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) dec. Thomas Flitz; 6-4 – 13-3
184: #2 Trent Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. Julian Gorring; 17-5 – 17-3
197: #4 Nick Reenan (NCSU) dec. Paul Carson; 4-3 – 20-3
285: #19 Cary Miller (APP) major dec. Colin Lawler; 13-3 – 20-7
125: Jakob Camacho (NCSU) major dec. Sean Carter; 14-6 – 24-7
133: Codi Russell (APP) tech fall Tommy Cox; 19-3 – 24-12 (GoPack)


  • #4 Redshirt Junior Nick Reenan (197) wrestled his first match of the year. He was about to start the season 0-1, before picking up a takedown with 6 seconds left, securing a 4-3 victory.
  • The lone ranked matchup of the night was #2 Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay vs. #20 Matt Zovistoski at 157 pounds. Despite the number beside Zovistoski’s name, it wasn’t much of a competition for Hidlay, picking up a 16-3 major decision.
  • #2 Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184) and Jakob Camacho (125) were the other two Wolfpack wrestlers to pick up bonus points, both winning by major decision.
  • Redshirt Freshman Jarrett Trombley didn’t wrestle at 133 pounds like usual, and his replacement Redshirt Junior Tommy Cox lost by tech fall in the final match of the night.
  • Both of App State’s ranked wrestlers won in matches they were expected to win.
    • #19 Heavyweight Cary Miller beat Sophomore Colin Lawler by major decision 13-3. NC State’s regular heavyweight Deonte Wilson didn’t wrestle.
    • #20 Jonathan Miller beat Redshirt Sophomore A.J. Leitten 5-0 in the 149 pound match.

The Wolfpack have a nice long break before their next action, starting off the new year at the Southern Scuffle on January 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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NC State Wrestling Stays Put at #6 After Cliff Keen Invitational, Individual Rankings Updated



The NC State Wrestling team placed 8th at the Cliff Keen Invitational this past weekend, managing to stay put at #6 nationally in the NWCA Coaches Poll.

Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay (157) and Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184) finished 2nd at the Cliff Keen Invitational, and Redshirt Junior Thomas Bullard (165) finished 3rd, while Redshirt Junior Tariq Wilson finished 7th.

Here’s a look at the updated individual rankings via InterMat.

Redshirt Freshman Jakob Camacho (125) fell out of the rankings, after being ranked 15th last week.
Redshirt Freshman Jarrett Trombley (133) fell out of the rankings, after being ranked 13th last week.
Redshirt Junior Tariq Wilson (141) fell back 1 spot to #13.
Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay (157) fell back 1 spot to #2.
Redshirt Junior Thomas Bullard (165) moved up 5 spots to #8.
Redshirt Junior Daniel Bullard (174) fell back 4 spots to #17.
Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184) moved up 2 spots to #2.
Redshirt Junior Nick Reenan (197) moved up 1 spot to #4 (still hasn’t wrestled all year).

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3 NC State Wrestlers Reach Podium in Cliff Keen Invitational



Three NC State Wrestlers made the podium at the 2019 Cliff Keen Invitational. Redshirt Junior #1 Hayden Hidlay (157) and Redshirt Freshman #4 Trent Hidlay (184) placed 2nd, and Redshirt Junior #13 Thomas Bullard (165) finished 3rd.

#1 Hayden Hidlay beat #8 Kendall Coleman of Purdue 8-0 in the Semifinals, but then lost to #2 Ryan Deakin of Northwestern 6-2 in the finals.

#4 Trent Hidlay beat #3 Taylor Lujan of Northern Iowa 8-4 in the Semifinals, marking his 3rd Top-5 victory of the year. Unfortunately, he ran into #1 #1 Zahid Valencia of Arizona State in the finals, losing 12-4 to the 2-time National Champion.

#13 Thomas Bullard beat Dazjon Casto of The Citadel 3-0 to start off the Consolation rounds, and then 18-6 major decision over #8 Andrew Fogarty of North Dakota State to advance to the 3rd/4th match. Bullard then pinned #12 Ethan Smith of Ohio State to claim 3rd place.

While he didn’t make the podium, Redshirt Junior #12 Tariq Wilson finished 7th. Wilson started off the day with a 4-2 win over Anthony Sparacio of Binghamton, but then went on to lose to Northern Iowa’s Blockhus 6-4, booting him to the 7th/8th match. Wilson claimed 7th place in dramatic fashion, beating #18 Mitch Moore of  Virginia Tech in the final 3 seconds, with a takedown and two swipes, winning 5-3.

The Wolfpack will hit the road on Friday for a dual against Appalachian State.

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