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.
CONSOLATION FINALS RECAP
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.
CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS RECAP
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.
FIRST ROUND RECAP
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.
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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#6 NC State Wrestling Crushed Binghamton 36-3 Over the Weekend
NC State’s 6th ranked Wrestling team was back in action this weekend, crushing Binghamton 36-3. The Wolfpack are now 9-0 this year in duals.
NC State Coach Popolizio is now 4-0 in duals against Binghamton, who he coached from 2007-12.
Hidlay and Trephan both picked up ranked wins.
125: Micah Roes def. No. 24 Jarrett Trombley (NCSU), 3-1 dec.
133: No. 25 Kai Orine (NCSU) def. Ivan Garcia, 8-2
141: No. 6 Ryan Jack (NCSU) def. Christian Gannone, 12-2, maj. dec.
149: No. 17 Jackson Arrington (NCSU) def. Michael Zarif, 5-0 dec.
157: No. 10 Ed Scott (NCSU) def. Conner Decker, Fall
165: Derek Fields (NCSU) def. Dimitri Gamkrelidze, 6-4 dec.
174: Alex Faison (NCSU) def. Sam DePrez, 7-3
184: No. 3 Trent Hidlay (NCSU) def. No. 23 Jacob Nolan, 13-4, maj. dec.
197: No. 7 Isaac Trumble (NCSU) def. Cayden Bevis, 16-2, Fall
285: No. 13 Owen Trephan (NCSU) def. No. 21 Cory Day, 11-0, maj dec.
The Wolfpack have one more non-conference dual against Army this Friday at home, before the ACC slate begins.
NC State Defeats Northern Iowa to Win the Journeyman Collegiate Duals
After defeating #25 Cal-Poly and #19 Lehigh on Monday, the NC State Wrestling team advanced to the finals of the Journeyman Collegiate Duals against #19 Northern Iowa.
On Tuesday night, the #7 Wolfpack defeated #22 Northern Iowa 22-12 to take home the trophy, beating the Panthers for the first time ever.
125: Jarrett Trombley (NCSU) def. Kyle Gollhofer, 8-4 dec.
133: No. 25 Kai Orine (NCSU) def. No. 6 Kyle Biscoglia, 8-5 dec.
141: No. 12 Ryan Jack (NCSU) def. No. 10 Cael Happel, 6-3 dec.
149: Colin Realbuto def. No. 19 Jackson Arrington (NCSU), 4-5 dec.
157: No. 9 Ed Scott (NCSU) def. No. 27 Derek Holschlag, pin
165: No. 11 Austin Yant def. Matty Singleton (NCSU), 2-5
174: Alex Faison (NCSU) def. Carson Babcock, 3-1
184: No. 3 Parker Keckeisen def. No. 2 Trent Hidlay (NCSU), pin
197: No. 9 Isaac Trumble (NCSU) def. Noah Glaser, pin
285: No. 13 Owen Trephan (NCSU) def. No. 19 Tyrell Gordon, 3-1 SV (GoPack)
After winning the Journeyman Collegiate Duals, the Wolfpack have bumped up one spot to #6 in the Coaches Poll.
ACC Teams in the Coaches Poll
6. NC State
8. Virginia Tech
The Wolfpack will be back on the mat on January 6th, when they host Binghamton.
#7 NC State Wrestling Picks Up Two Top-25 Dual Wins on Opening Day of Journeyman Collegiate Duals
The 7th ranked NC State Wrestling Team won both of their duals last night at the Journeyman Collegiate Duals in New Orleans, both coming against Top-25 teams.
In the opening match, the Wolfpack defeated #25 Cal-Poly convincingly, to the tune of 33-3.
In the next dual, NC State beat #19 Lehigh 24-10. This marks the first time the Wolfpack has ever beaten Lehigh, going 0-10 against them in a series dating back to 1976.
NC State is now 7-0 in duals this year, and will face #19 Northern Iowa in the Championship at 5pm. The Wolfpack have never defeated Northern Iowa in a dual, going 0-5 agains the Panthers.
No. 7 N.C. State 33, No. 25 Cal-Poly 3
125: Jarrett Trombley (NCSU) def. No. 14 Antonio Lorenzo; 4-0 dec.
133: No. 25 Kai Orine (NCSU) def. Ethan Rotondo; 5-2 dec.
141: No. 12 Ryan Jack (NCSU) def. Lawrence Saenz; 10-2 maj. dec.
149: No. 19 Jackson Arrington (NCSU) def. No. 11 Dom Demas; 9-4 dec.
157: No. 9 Ed Scott (NCSU) def. Luka Wick; 15-3 maj. dec.
165: Legend Lamar def. Don Cates (NCSU); 12-10 SV1
174: Alex Faison (NCSU) def. Jarad Priest; 7-3 dec.
184: No. 2 Trent Hidlay (NCSU) def. No. 19 Adam Kemp; 11-4 dec.
197: No. 9 Isaac Trumble (NCSU) def. No. 7 Bernie Truax; Fall
285: No. 13 Owen Trephan (NCSU) def. Trevor Tinker; 14-1 maj. Dec.
No. 7 N.C. State 24, No. 19 Lehigh 10
125: Jarrett Trombley (NCSU) def. Jaret Lane; 4-0 dec.
133: No. 8 Connor McGonagle def. No. 25 Kai Orine (NCSU); 4-1 dec.
141: No. 12 Ryan Jack (NCSU) def. No. 31 Malyke Hines; 8-3 dec.
149: No. 19 Jackson Arrington (NCSU) def. Max Brignola; 2-0 dec.
157: No. 7 Josh Humphreys def. No. 9 Ed Scott; 12-7 dec.
165: Matty Singleton (NCSU) def. Connor Herceg; 10-1 maj dec.
174: Alex Faison (NCSU) def. Jake Logan; 5-4 dec.
184: No. 2 Trent Hidlay (NCSU) def. No. 22 Tate Samuelson; 11-2 maj dec.
197: No. 4 Michael Beard def. No. 9 Isaac Trumble (NCSU); 11-3 maj dec.
285: Tyrie Houghton (NCSU) def. No. 25 Nathan Taylor; 10-0 maj dec.
NC State Wrestling Falls 1 Spot to #9 In Coaches Poll After Winning Both Duals Over the Weekend…
The NC State Wrestling Team fell one spot to #9 after winning both duals over the weekend up in Pennsylvania, against Lock Haven & #17 Nebraska. How you fall in the rankings after winning two duals, with one of them being over a ranked team, I have no idea.
ACC Teams in the NWCA Coaches Poll
9. NC State (-1)
11. Virginia Tech (-1)
17. Pitt (+1)
The Wolfpack finished last season ranked 10th in the NWCA Rankings.
NC State has 2 duals on Friday up in New York against Central Michigan and Illinois.