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Six from NC State Score First Round Wins

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PITTSBURGH, PA. – Six of the nine participants from the NC State wrestling team won their first period matches in Session I at the 2019 NCAA Championships this afternoon. The six will advance to tonight’s second round, while the other three will be in action in the consolation bracket.

Thursday Night Matchups – Session 2:

SECOND ROUND

125 – Bout #185: #14 seed Sean Fausz (12-2) vs. #3 seed Spencer Lee (Iowa – 19-3)

133 – Bout #194: #11 seed Tariq Wilson (15-3) vs. #6 seed Ethan Lizak (Minnesota – 29-5)

149 – Bout #206: #9 seed Justin Oilver (19-5) vs. #8 seed Jarrett Degen (Iowa State – 26-6)

157 – Bout #215: #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (21-2) vs. #21 seed Justin Thomas (Oklahoma – 22-9)

165 – Bout #221: #16 seed Thomas Bullard (21-8) vs. #1 seed Alex Marinelli (Iowa – 24-0)

197 – Bout #248: #13 seed Malik McDonald (19-9) vs. #4 seed Patrick Brucki (Princeton – 30-1)

 

CONSOLATION

141 – Bout #281: #14 seed Jamel Morris (22-4) vs. #30 seed Nate Limmex (Purdue – 18-16) OR #32 seed Christopher Sandoval (Northern Colorado – 8-11)

174 – Bout #315: #23 seed Daniel Bullard (20-10) vs. #26 seed Drew Hughes (Michigan State – 26-14)

184 – Bout #323: #7 seed Nick Reenan (15-5) vs. #23 seed Jackson Hemauer (Fresno State – 23-12)

 

FIRST ROUND RECAP

#14 seed Sean Fausz started the Pack’s day with a dominating 8-2 win (with 3:21 of ride time) over #19 seed Mackall of Iowa State. Fausz scored a takedown in the first and third periods and only gave up a reversal.

#11 seed Tariq Wilson followed suit with a 5-0 decision over #22 seed Gosner of Campbell. Wilson scored a takedown in the first and third periods and used 1:44 of ride time to advance.

The Pack’s first loss of the day came at 141 pounds, as #14 seed Jamel Morris got upset by #19 Perry of Old Dominion, a returning All-American, 5-1. Perry got a takedown in the first and second, and Morris chose top in the third but could not get a turn.

With his bout tied 6-6 with 40 seconds left, #9 seed Justin Oliver scored and escape and then his takedown with 10 seconds left secured a 10-6 win over #24 seed Schuyler of Lehigh.

The Pack scored bonus points at 157 pounds, as #5 seed Hayden Hidlay came out with a 16-1 tech fall win over #28 Willits of Oregon State. Hidlay scored three takedowns and added a pair of near falls, inclusing a four-pointer in the third period.

#16 seed Thomas Bullard scored the bout’s lone takedown, early in the third period, and scored a 3-2 win over #17 seed Viruet of Brown to advance to face the top-seeded Marinelli of Iowa.

At 174 pounds, #23 seed Daniel Bullard scored the bout’s first takedown, but #10 seed Labriola scored the winning takedown in the third period for the 7-5 win.

#7 seed Nick Reenan was upset by #26 seed Dakota Geer of Oklahoma State, 6-0.

With the scored tied 3-3 going into the final period, #13 seed Malik McDonald scored five points in the final period and came away with an 8-3 win over #20 seed Adams of West Virginia.

 

Up Next: Session II resumes tonight at 7 p.m. ESPN will provide TV coverage (7 PM – 10:30 PM), while all eight mats will be streamed on WatchESPN.

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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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