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Six from NC State Score First Round Wins



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:


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)



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)



#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 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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