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NC State’s Popolizio Named National Coach of the Year Finalist

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RALEIGH, N.C. – For the second straight season, NC State wrestling coach Pat Popolizio has been named a finalist for the 2019 NWCA Division I National Coach of the Year presented by Defense Soap.

For the first time since the 2014 campaign, NC State won both the ACC regular season title and then the ACC Championship, with three individual conference champions for the second straight year.

This year’s finalists include:

ACC:  Pat Popolizio (NC State)

Big Ten: Cael Sanderson (Penn State)

Big 12: Kevin Dresser (Iowa State)

EWL: Scott Moore (Lock Haven)

EIWA: Kevin Ward (Army West Point)

MAC: John Stutzman (Buffalo)

Pac 12: Jason Borrelli (Stanford)

SoCon:   Cary Kolat (Campbell)

The National winner will be announced at the NWCA Coaches Social on Tuesday, March 19. The winner will be determined by a vote of all NWCA Division I Member Coaches.

The National Coach of the Year award presented by Defense Soap is in its second year of existence and is intended to honor the coach who has had the most outstanding season up to the NCAA Championship which includes dual meet success and conference tournament placement.

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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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NC State’s Hidlay Brothers Advance to the Semi-Finals of Cliff Keen Invitational

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NC State’s 6th ranked Wrestling team is participating in the Cliff Keen Invitational this weekend, and the Hidlay brothers both advanced to the semifinals last night.

#1 Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay (157) pinned Jerry Rubio of Utah Valley in 49 seconds, and then beat Keaton Geerts of Northern Iowa 15-0 in the 2nd period due to tech fall. He then beat Peyton Robb of Nebraska 3-2 in the Quarterfinals. He will face #8 Kendall Coleman of Purdue in the Semifinals.

#4 Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184) beat Trent Tracy of Cal Poly 12-4, and then beat Tate Samuelson of Wyoming  4-1. Hidlay beat another ranked opponent in the Quarterfinals, beating #19 Owen Webster 7-4 to advance. He will face #3 Taylor Lujan of Northern Iowa in the Semifinals.

Three other Wolfpack wrestlers will have a chance to finish on the podium as well.

#12 Redshirt Junior Tariq Wilson (141) beat Nate Hagan of Edinboro 9-3 in the opening round, and Vinny Vespa of of Hofstra 11-1 in the 2nd round. Unfortunately, Wilson was pinned by #6 Chad Red of Nebraska in the 1st. Wilson will face Anthony Sparacio of Binghamton.

#13 Redshirt Freshman Jarrett Trombley (133) beat Minnesota’s Brent Jones 5-0 in the first round, and pinned Jack Skudlarczyk of Northern Iowa in the second. He unfortunately was taken down with one second left to Ohio State’s Dylan Koontz, losing 5-4. He will face Mosha Schwartz of Northern Colorado.

#13 Redshirt Junior Thomas Bullard (165) had two shutouts in the first two rounds, destroying Jordan Robison of Northern Colorado 16-0 in the 1st, and beating Austin Yant of Northern Iowa 8-0. He went on to lose a close one to #12 Ethan Smith of Ohio State, 4-3 in the Quarterfinals. He will face Dazjon Casto of The Citadel next.

 

Here’s a look at how the other 5 NC State wrestlers who have been eliminated.

#15 Redshirt Freshman Jakob Camacho (125) fell to Jack Medley of Michigan 6-5 in the 2nd round. He then beat Dominic LaJoie of Cornell 12-3 in the Consolation rounds, before falling to #16 Jacob Schwarm of Northern Iowa.

Redshirt Sophomore A.J. Leitten (149) lost to #8 Brock Zacherl of Clarion in the 2nd round, and then beat Cornell’s Hunter Richard 8-6 in Consolation, before falling to Minnesota’s Joshua Maruca 8-4.

#13 Redshirt Junior Daniel Bullard (174) was pinned by Andrew McNally of Kent State, despite holding a dominant lead prior to the pin. He then went on to beat Joe Accousti of Sacred Heart 5-0, before losing to Minnesota’s #9 Devin Skatzka 8-2.

Sophomore Tyrie Houghton lost to Edinboro’s Dylan Reynolds 6-3 in the first round, and advanced by Medical Forfeit over Ryan Reyes of Fresno State in the 2nd Consolation round, before losing Jacob Seely of Northern Colorado 6-4.

Sophomore Heavyweight Deonte Wilson was pinned by Kent State’s Spencer Berthold in the first round, and then beat Tyler Bagoly of Clarion in the 2nd round of Consolation, before falling to #19 Brandon Metz of North Dakota State.

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NC State Wrestling Moves up to #6 in Coaches Poll

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NC State’s Wrestling team might not have been in action this past week, but that didn’t stop them from moving up one spot to #6 in the NWCA Coaches Poll, with Wisconsin losing their 1st dual of the year. The Wolfpack have been in the Top-10 for 63 straight weeks, spanning over 5 years.

NC State doesn’t have a dual this week, but they will be sending wrestlers to the Cliff Keen Invite in Vegas this weekend.

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NC State Wrestling Moves Up 2 Spots to #7, Individual Rankings Updated

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After going beating #15 Cornell and Binghamton in Duals this past Saturday, the NC State Wrestling Team moved up two spots to #7 in the NWCA Coaches Poll.

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Also, InterMat has updated their individual rankings by weight class.

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Notes

  • Redshirt Freshman Jarrett Trombley (133) moved up 1 spot to #13 (#12 OpenMat) after losing two close Top-10 battles.
  • Redshirt Junior Tariq Wilson (141) moved back 1 spot to #12 (#9 OpenMat) after going 2-0 against Cornell and Binghamton.
  • Redshirt Junior Thomas Bullard (165) moved up 1 spot to #13 (#15 OpenMat) after going 2-0 last Saturday.
  • Redshirt Junior Daniel Bullard (174) moved up 4 spots to #13 (#20 OpenMat) after going 2-0, highlighted by a victory over #11 Brandon Womack of Cornell.
  • Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184) made a huge jump from #14 to #4 (#4 OpenMat) after two Top-5 victories over in #3 Ben Darmstadt and #4 Lou DePrez.
  • Redshirt Junior Nick Reenan moved up 1 spot again to #5 (#10 OpenMat), despite not wrestling a match due to injury.

The NC State wrestling team will be back in action in the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on December 6-7.

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