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ACC Gold for NC State Wrestling at 2019 ACC Championship



BLACKSBURG, VA. – By placing six of its 10 wrestlers into the ACC Finals, and claiming three individual titles, the NC State wrestling team won the 2019 ACC Championship held in Blacksburg Saturday night.

R-So. Hayden Hidlay (157 pounds) won his second straight ACC title, R-Sr. Jamel Morris (141) captured ACC gold in his first ACC Championship, and fellow R-Sr. Malik McDonald (197) capped his career with his first ACC title. In addition, Sean Fausz (125), Tariq Wilson (133), and Thomas Bullard (165) all claimed second place finishes.

In all, 9 of the 10 Wolfpack wrestlers finished third or better (the 10th placed fourth), and all nine of of those top-three finishers qualified for the NCAA Championships by claiming an automatic bid.

NC State won the team race with 93.5 points. Host Virginia Tech was second with 86 points, North Carolina third (47.5), Pitt fourth (41), Duke fifth (39), and Virginia sixth (27.5).

The ACC Championship is the second for head coach Pat Popolizio since 2016. NC State has also claimed the ACC Dual Championship each of the past two seasons.


NC State placed six into the ACC Finals, with all six also claiming an NCAA allocation at their weight.

R-Sr. Jamel Morris brought home the Pack’s first ACC title of the night, in his first ACC Champion appearance. Entering as the top seed at 141 pounds with a perfect 4-0 dual record, Morris went 2-0 on the day. In the finals vs. Virginia Tech’s Moore, Morris scored a takedown and a two-point near fall to jump out to an early lead and won 6-2.

R-So. Hayden Hidlay defending his ACC title and brought home the championship once again at 157 pounds.

Also claimed in first ACC Championship in his final campaign, R-Sr. Malik McDonald socred wins over a pair of top-11 wrestlers and won the 197-pound title. In the finals, McDonald scored a 13-6 decision over top seeded and #7 ranked Aiello of Virginia.

R-Sr. Sean Fausz reached the ACC Finals for the fourth consecutive year, but fell to #5 Mueller of Virginia 10-2 at 125 pounds.

R-So. Tariq Wilson reached the ACC finals for the first time in his career, but fell to #5 Phillippi of Pitt 4-1 at 133 pounds.

A third member of the Pack advanced to the ACC Finals for the first time, R-So. Thomas Bullard at 165 pounds. He fell in the title bout to #8 Lewis of Virginia Tech 7-4, but limiting Lewis to just a decision clinched the team title for the Wolfpack.


NC State won three of its four third place bouts, picking up an additional NCAA allocation.

Gr. Justin Oliver scored a big head-to-head win over Virginia Tech, downing Blees thanks to a takedown in the second and two-point near fall in the third for the 6-1 win.

With only three NCAA allocations at 174, R-So. Daniel Bullard secured a bid to NCAAs for the second year in a row with an 18-3 tech fall over UNC’s Kane.

R-So. Nick Reenan also captured third place, after he downed returning All-American Chip Ness from UNC 12-8.

Fr. Deonte Wilson placed fourth in his first trip to the ACC Championships, and fell one win short of advancing to the NCAAs.


All four Wolfpack wrestlers that wrestled in this round won, and advanced to their third place bouts, with two earning NCAA bids.

Oliver was the first to punch his ticket to the NCAAs in this round, as he scored an 11-3 major decision to advance to the third place bout.

Daniel Bullard avenged a regular season loss and scored an 8-2 win (with 3:33 of RT).

Reenan was an offensive machine and his match ended early with a 21-6 tech fall, as he also advanced to the NCAAs with the win.

Wilson picked up his second win of the day, a dominating 9-0 major decision at heavyweight.


NC State had all 10 wrestlers advance to the semifinals, and six won and advanced to the ACC Finals. In doing so, all six earned an automatic NCAA bid.

All with a first round bye, Fausz (125), Wilson (133) and Morris (141) all recorded takedowns in the first 10 seconds of their opening bouts.

Fausz scored four takedowns, two in the first, and collected a 10-1 major decision. Wilson used a reversal and a takedown in the third to seal his 7-4 win. Morris was up 5-0 in takedowns and hung on for the 14-11 win.

Hidlay made short work of his first opponent, as his bout ended in the second period with a 16-0 tech fall win. Hidlay scored a first period takedown, then a pair of two-point near falls followed by two four-point near falls.

The Pack’s two other semifinal winners both avenged regular season losses. Thomas Bullard (174) scored a four-point near fall in the third period to score a 7-1 win over Virginia’s Coy. McDonald (197) forced a stall call with seven seconds left and downed Virginia Tech’s Sleigh 3-2.


The Wolfpack went a perfect six-for-six in the first round, with its first three wins of the day all by major decision.

Oliver started the Pack’s day with a 12-0 major decision. Oliver scored a first period takedown and added a four-point near fall to build an early 6-0 lead.

Both Bullard’s opened with dominating major decisions. Daniel won 9-1 (with 5:32 of RT) at 165, and Daniel followed 11-1 (with 3:41) of RT at 174.

Reenan had the most exciting win of the first round to advance 11-8. With the score tied 7-7 and UVA with the RT point locked, Reenan scored a takedown and a two-point near fall in the final three seconds.

McDonald was clinical with a 4-0 decision at 197 pounds, and Wilson capped the first round with a pair of takedowns in his 8-3 decision.


NC State concludes its season with a trip up to Pittsburgh for the 2019 NCAA Championships March 21-23.

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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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