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

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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)

Notes

  • #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

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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

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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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