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Three from NC State with Top-10 Seeds for NCAA Championships



RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State wrestling team is sending nine wrestlers to the 2019 NCAA Championships next week, and three received top-10 seeds with all nine seeded 23rd or better as the NCAA announced the brackets.

In the 10 weight classes, all 33 wrestlers were seeded for the first time this year.

Returning NCAA finalist R-So. Hayden Hidlay leads the way for the Pack, as he is the No. 5 seed at 157 pounds. Fellow R-So. Nick Reenan is the No. 7 seed at 184 pounds, while graduate student Justin Oliver is the No. 9 seed at 149 pounds (the third time in his career he enters ranked ninth).

In addition to Oliver competing in his fourth NCAAs, R-Sr. Sean Fausz will also be returning for one final time, and is No. 15 at 125 pounds.

Retuning All-American, R-So. Tariq Wilson is the No. 11 seed at 133 pounds.

2019 ACC Champions, R-Sr. Jamel Morris was No. 14 at 141 pounds while classmate Malik McDonald was No. 13 at 197 pounds.

Rounding out the Pack’s lineup, R-So. Thomas Bullard is No. 16 at 165 pounds, while twin brother Daniel is No. 23 at 174 pounds.

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NC State’s Trent Hidlay and Isaac Trumble Earn Spots on the USA National Team



NC State Wrestlers Trent Hidlay and Isaac Trumble both competed in the Olympic Trials this weekend. Trumble finished 2nd, and Hidlay finished 3rd. While that didn’t send them to the Olympics, it did earn them a spot on the USA National Team.

Hidlay started things off by beating Penn St.’s Carter Starocci 6-4 in the 2nd round. Starocci has won the National Championship at 174 pounds the past 4 years in a row

In the semi’s Hidlay lost to Chance Marsteller (29 years old) 4-6. Marstellar picked up a takedown with 2 seconds left in the match. Marstellar was a 2-time All-American at Lock Haven at 165 pounds. Back in September, Marstellar represented the United States in the 2023 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. He earned a spot on that team after beating former Olympic gold medalist and World Champion Jordan Burroughs in a best-of-three series.

Hidlay would then beat Mark Hall (27 years old) 9-4, who won an NCAA Championship at 174 pounds at Penn St. Hall announced his retirement after the match. In 2018, Hall won the Pan American Championship at 74kg. Last year he finished 3rd at 86kg. In 2021, Hall won the US Open Championship at 86kg, defeating Hidlay on that run.

In the 3rd place match, Hidlay defeated Alex Dieringer (30 years old) 5-4. Dieringer was a 3-time National Champion at Oklahoma St. (2x at 165 & 1 time at 157). In 2019, Dieringer won the US National Championship at 79kg and he earned 3rd place at the Pan American Championship in 2020 at 86kg.

Hidlay was a few seconds away from being in the Finals like Trumble.

Trumble defeated 2-time All-American Eric Shultz out of Nebraska 7-3 in the 2nd round. He then beat former UVA All-American Wrestler Jay Aiello 6-4. Trumble was down 4-0, but then recorded the final three takedowns.

Then, Trumble won 11-1 (tech fall) over Kollin Moore, the former 3x All-American out of Ohio St. Back in 2020, Moore won the US National Championship at 97kg.

Trumble ultimately faced 2-time Olympian Kyle Snyder, who won a Gold Medal in 2016, and a Silver in 2020. In a best of three contest, Snyder won the first match 5-0, and the second match 4-0.

Despite the loss, Trumble has had an incredible year, winning the U23 World Championship, making the US Open Finals, and losing to Snyder in the Finals of the Olympic Trials. His future is bright.

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All 10 NC State Wrestlers Qualified for the NCAA Championships: Check Out Their Seeds



For only the third time in program history, the NC State Wrestling team has qualified all 10 of their wrestlers for the NCAA Championships.

125 – Jakob Camacho (13-4) is a #7 seed, and he will wrestle #26 Blake West (27-6) of Northern Iowa in the 1st round.
133- Kai Orine (15-2) is a #3 seed, and he will wrestle #30 Hunter Leake (18-9) of CBU in the 1st round.
141 – Ryan Jack (18-3) is a #4 seed, and he will wrestle #29 Greyson Clark (16-8) of Purdue in the 1st round.
149 – Jackson Arrington (18-3) is a #3 seed, and he will wrestle #30 Jude Swisher (23-7) of Penn in the 1st round.
157 – Ed Scott (21-5) is a #4 seed, and he will wrestle #29 Legend Lamer of POLY (14-10) in the 1st round.
165 – Derek Fields (15-4) is a #23 seed, and he will wrestle #10 Cameron Amine (14-7) of Michigan in the 1st round.
174 – Alex Faison (13-12) is a #29 seed, and he will wrestle #4 Shane Griffith (14-3) of Michigan in the 1st round.
184 – Dylan Fishback (17-7) is a #10 seed, and he will wrestle Layne Malczewski (14-8) of Michigan St. in the 1st round.
197 – Trent Hidlay (24-0) is a #2 seed, and he will wrestle #31 Krystian Kinsey (10-8) of Virginia in the 1st round.
HWT – Owen Trephan (17-5) is a #10 seed, and he will wrestle #25 Bradley Hill (20-7) of Iowa in the 1st round.



  • 8 of the 10 NC State Wrestlers are seeded in the Top-10
  • 6 of the 10 NC State Wrestlers are seeded in the Top-8
    • Wrestlers that finish 8th or better earn All-American status.
  • 5 of the 10 NC State Wrestlers are seeded in the Top-5.

The wrestling will begin on the morning of March 21st.

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#7 NC State Wrestling Wins Their 6th Straight ACC Championship



Dynasty. There’s no other word more deserving for what Wrestling Head Coach Pat Popolizio has built at NC State.

The Wolfpack won their 6th straight ACC Championship this evening.

7 NC State Champions

157 – Junior Ed Scott – 2nd ACC Championship (2022 & 2024)

149 – Sophomore Jackson Arrington – 1st ACC Championship

141 – Junior Ryan Jack – 1st ACC Championship

133 – Redshirt Junior Kai Orine – 2nd ACC Championship (2023 & 2024)

125 – Redshirt Junior Jakob Camacho – 3rd ACC Championship (2020, 2022 & 2024)

197 – Redshirt Senior Trent Hidlay – 4th ACC Championship (2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024)

HWT – Redshirt Junior Owen Trephan – 2nd ACC Championship (2023 & 2024).

9 of NC State’s 10 wrestlers automatically qualified for the NCAA Tournament (all but Redshirt Sophomore Derek Fields at 165).

The NCAA Championships are on March 21-23 in Kansas City.

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NC State Wrestling Finishes the Regular Season Ranked 7th



The NC State Wrestling team has finished the regular season ranked 7th in the nation.


This marks the 9th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has finished the regular season ranked in the Top-10. Going all the way back to the 2015-16 season, NC State has been ranked in the Top-10 in 130 straight polls.

For context, Head Coach Pat Popolizio was hired in 2013. Pop is simply one of the best hires in the history of the Wolfpack Athletic Department.

The 7th ranked Wolfpack will look to win their 6th consecutive ACC Championship next weekend in Chapel Hill.

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