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NC State Wrestling Qualifies Nine for 2019 NCAA Championships

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The 2019 ACC Champion NC State wrestling team will be sending nine of its 10 starters to next week’s 2019 NCAA Championships as announced by the NCAA this afternoon. National seeds and brackets will be announced tomorrow at 6 p.m., and the 2019 NCAA Championships take place in Pittsburgh March 21-23.

For the second straight season, NC State posted a school-record nine automatic qualifiers based off their finishes at this past weekend’s ACC Championship, which saw the Wolfpack take top team honors.

Eight of the Pack’s nine NCAA participants this season will be making a return trip to the NCAA Championships, including three who have already collected All-American honors.

NC State will be led by a pack of five redshirt-sophomores. Hayden Hidlay (157 pounds) was an NCAA Finalist last year in his first trip to the NCAAs, while Tariq Wilson (133) went from unseeded to third place last year as well. In addition, classmates Thomas Bullard (165), Daniel Bullard (174) and Nick Reenan (184) will all be making their second trips.

Three additional members of the Wolfpack will be making their final appearances in the NCAA Championships here in their final seasons. Sean Fausz (125) will be returning to the NCAAs for the fourth time in his career, along with Justin Oliver (149), but his first with the Pack after reaching the NCAAs three times with Central Michigan. 2019 ACC Champion Malik McDonald (197) will be making his second trip, first since 2017.

R-Sr. Jamel Morris, the 2019 ACC Champion at 141 pounds, qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career, in his final season.

Over the last four seasons, NC State has qualified 36 of the possible 40 starters.

 

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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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