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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.

Photo Credit: @PackWrestle

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NC State Ranks 14th in Directors’ Cup Standings (2nd Winter Update)



The 2018-19 Directors’ Cup Standing have been updated for the 2nd time during the Winter Season, and NC State ranks 14th. They are the 3rd highest ranked team in the ACC behind Virginia (6th) and Duke (8th).

The Wolfpack picked up points from both the Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving teams.

The Men’s team finished in 4th place with 80 points once again this year, but the Women’s team stepped it up a notch this year. Last year the ladies finished in 18th place with 56 points. This year they finished in 7th place with 72 points.

The Wrestling team took a slight step back this year, but still picked up points. Last year they finished in 4th place with 77.5 points. This year they finished in 17th place with 57 points.

This year, neither Men’s or Women’s Indoor Track & Field teams picked up any points. Last year, the Men’s team finished in 45th place with 26 points.

There are 3 more NC State Winter sports that need to wrap up before the Winter standings are finalized: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Gymnastics.

The Wolfpack were ranked 5th in the Final Directors’ Cup Winter Standings last year, and finished the year 15th.

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NC State’s Hayden Hidlay Takes 4th at NCAA Championships



PITTSBURGH, PA. – R-So. Hayden Hidlay split a pair of matches in the medal rounds in Session 5 at the 2019 NCAA Championships, and finished in fourth place at 157 pounds in Pittsburgh.

Hidlay entered as the #5 seed and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the second straight season.

Earning All-American honors for the second straight season, Hidlay is only the third wrestler in NC State school history to earn a podium finish at the NCAAs as both a freshman and sophomore.


3rd Place Bout Recap

In a rematch of their quarterfinals matchup, Hidlay fell to #4 seed Pantaleo of Michigan in the third place bout.

In the first period, Pantaleo scored the bout’s first takedown. After Hidlay notched that escape and then another to start the third period the score was even 2-2.

Pantaleo started the third down and got an early escape, then tacked on his second takedown of the bout with 30 seconds left. A Hidlay escape pulled it to 5-3 late, but he could not secure a tying takedown.


Consolation Semifinals Recap

Hidlay started his day with an 8-2 decision over #3 seed Deakin of Northwestern. Hidlay’s first period saw a pair of takedowns and a two-point near fall for the 6-1 lead. Hidlay tacked on a late takedown in the second, and only gave up two escapes points in the bout.


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NC State’s Hidlay Falls in NCAA Semifinals to #1 Nolf 3-2, Still Has Chance for 3rd



PITTSBURGH, PA. – Advancing to the NCAA Semifinals for the second straight year, R-So. Hayden Hidlay’s run to a championship came to an end after a highly-contested 3-2 loss to top-seeded Jason Nolf of Penn State.

Hidlay will be the lone NC State representative in action today.

In the Blood Round, R-Sr. Sean Fausz (125 pounds) and R-So. Tariq Wilson (133) both fell one win shy of All-American honors.

NC State Saturday Matchups – Session 5


157: Bout #590 – #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (23-3) vs. #3 seed Ryan Deakin (Northwestern – 33-5)

Semifinals Recap

As the first period was winding down, Hidlay was awarded a takedown with four seconds left, but after a long video review by the officials, the call was overturned and the first 3:00 was scoreless. Nolf started the second with an escape, then secured the bout’s lone takedown. Hidlay scored the escape and then started the third with an escape to close the gap to 3-2. The period went on, and Hidlay was in on a late shot, but his takedown came as the period expired.

Hidlay will be in action this afternoon, wrestling in the consolation semifinals and then in a placement bout.

With his quarterfinal victory yesterday, Hidlay became only the third wrestler in NC State school history to become an All-American as both a freshman and sophomore.

Blood Round Recap

Fausz fell to #8 seed Arujau of Cornell, 11-3. He ends his Wolfpack career a four-time NCAA Qualifier and four-time ACC Finalist.

In one of the most exciting bouts of the night, Wilson fell in extra time to #8 seed Erneste of Missouri, 9-7. Wilson scored an early takedown and racked up 2:54 of ride time in the first period. Wilson started the second with another takedown, but Erneste reversed it and got a four-point near fall to take a 6-4 lead into the third. Wilson then scored a takedown with 19 seconds left and locked up riding time, but Erneste was awarded an escape with one second left. After no score in the first OT, Erneste earned a takedown with just one second left in the second period of OT for the win.

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NC State’s Hidlay Becomes 2-Time All-American, Wilson & Fausz to Wrestle for All-American Honors



PITTSBURGH, PA. – For the second straight year, R-So. Hayden Hidlay has advanced to the NCAA Championships semifinals, and in the process becomes a two-time All-American. Hidlay will face top-seeded Jason Nolf of Penn State for a spot in the finals.

In addition to Hidlay in action tonight, a pair of Wolfpack wrestlers are also one win away from earning All-American honors. With a win tonight, R-Sr. Sean Fausz (125 pounds) and R-So. Tariq Wilson (133) will both also become All-Americans.

NC State Friday Night Matchups – Session 4:


157: BOUT #509 – #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (23-2) vs. #1 seed Jason Nolf (29-0)



125: Bout #522 – #14 seed Sean Fausz (14-3) vs. #8 seed Vitali Arujau (Cornell – 28-3)

133: Bout #526 – #11 seed Tariq Wilson (17-4) vs. #8 seed John Erneste (Missouri – 20-5)

Quarterfinals Recap

Hidlay secured his second straight All-American season with a thrilling OT win in the quarterfinals over #4 seed Pantaleo of Michigan, 5-3. Hidlay was down in the third, when Pantaleo was called for a hands to the face and the score was tied 3-3 after regulation. Hidlay got the winning takedown with 12 seconds left in the first OT period, to defeat Pantaleo for the second straight year at the NCAAs.

Consolation Round 3 Recap

Fausz captured his second win in as many matches, a 7-2 decision over #21 seeded Schwarm of Northern Iowa. Fausz scored a takedown and racked up 2:35 of riding time in the first period. He then added a pair of reversals to secure the win.

Wilson also won both of his bouts today, bot going for bonus points. Wilson scored a 13-0 major decision over ACC rival, #14 seed Myers of Virginia Tech. In the bout, he scored three takedowns and a trio of tow-point near falls and added a point for riding time.

Anther pair of Wolfpack wrestlers saw their careers come to an end with a loss in their second match of the day. 2019 ACC Champion Jamel Morris fell 16-10 at 141 pounds to #11 seed Moran of Wisconsin and Justin Oliver lost to #18 seed Prince of Navy 8-6 at 149 pounds.

Consolation Round 2 Recap

Day Two action started with Fausz at 125 pounds, and he advanced with a third period pin against #20 seed Townsell of Stanford. Up 3-0 with over two minutes of ride time to start the third, Fausz scored a takedown and turned it right into a pin to advance.

Wilson made it back-to-back bonus point wins to start the Pack’s day, as he scored a 19-4 tech fall win over #21 seed Sykora of North Dakota State. Wilson posted three first-period takedowns, then got a two-point then a four-point near fall in the second.

Three straight bonus point wins to open the consolation round, as Morris took out #4 seed Alber of Northern Iowa by major decision, 15-5. Morris scored 11 points in the second period, thanks to a pair of four-point near falls.

Oliver kept the Pack’s winning streak going, as he scored a takedown in all three periods and came away with a 9-5 win over #23 seed Maruca of Arizona State.

Thomas Bullard fell at 165 pounds and his twin brother Daniel fell at 174 to end their NCAA runs. Thomas fell 12-11 to #18 seed Wolf of Lehigh and Daniel lost 10-2 to #9 seed Skatzka of Minnesota.

Nick Reenan and Malik McDonald also both fell for the second time and were eliminated. Reenan 7-2 to #9 seed Venz of Nebraska, and McDonald 14-2 to #19 seed Orndorff of Utah Valley.

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NC State will have four wrestle in tonight’s Session 4, scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

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