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All 9 NC State Wrestlers advance to Day Two at NCAA’s

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PITTSBURGH, PA. – For the second straight year, R-So. Hayden Hidlay has advanced to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championships. Today, the returning NCAA finalists at 157 pounds scored back-to-back 16-1 tech fall wins in Pittsburgh.

For the second year in a row, every NC State qualifier advanced to Day Two, as the remaining eight qualifiers will be in the second round of the consolation bracket tomorrow morning.

After the first two rounds, NC State sits 12th in the team race.

 

NC State Friday Matchups – Session 3

QUARTERFINALS

157 – Bout #358: #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (22-2) vs. #4 seed Alec Pantaleo (Michigan – 20-7)

 

CONSOLATION ROUND 2

125 – Bout #384: #14 seed Sean Fausz (12-3) vs. #20 seed Gabe Townsell (Stanford – 19-11)

133 – Bout #391: #11 seed Tariq Wilson (15-4) vs. #21 seed Cam Sykora (North Dakota St. – 21-9)

141 – Bout #401: #14 seed Jamel Morris (23-4) vs. #4 seed Josh Alber (Northern Iowa – 32-6)

149 – Bout #411: #9 seed Justin Oliver (19-6) vs. #23 seed Joshua Maruca (Arizona State – 17-13)

165 – Bout #428: #16 seed Thomas Bullard (21-9) vs. #18 seed Gordon Wolf (Lehigh – 19-8)

174 – Bout #435: #23 seed Daniel Bullard (21-10) vs. #9 seed Devin Skatzka (Minnesota – 27-9)

184 – Bout #443: #7 seed Nick Reenan (16-5) vs. #9 seed Taylor Venz (Nebraska – 22-8)

197 – Bout #449: #13 seed Malik McDonald (19-10) vs. #19 Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley – 19-13)

 

Round 2 Recap

#14 seed Sean Fausz fell to #3 seed and defending national champion Lee of Iowa by major decision 10-1.

In one of the top battles of the night, #11 seed Tariq Wilson came up short against #6 seed Lizak of Minnesota, 6-4. With Lizak up 5-4 and the ride time point locked, Wilson took a shot in the final 10 seconds and got in on the legs, but could not convert for a tying takedown.

In the battle of the 8-9 seeds, #9 Justin Oliver fell to #8 Degen of Iowa State 11-8. With the score tied 8-8, Degen scored a takedown with 20 seconds left and added on the ride time point for the final margin.

#5 seed Hayden Hidlay scored his second straight 16-1 tech fall to start the NCAA Championships, this against #21 seed Thomas of Oklahoma. Hidlay scored a pair of takedowns and a four-point near fall in the first to build an 8-1 lead, and a third period tech fall gave him the win.

#16 seed Thomas Bullard fell to top seed Marinelli of Iowa by major decision 12-4.

#4 seed Brucki of Princeton scored the bout’s lone takedown in the first period and defeated #13 seed Malik McDonald 3-2.

 

Consolation Round 1 Recap

R-Sr. Jamel Morris picked up his first career win at the NCAA Championships, as the #14 seeded Morris defeated #30 seed Limmex of Purdue 10-6. Morris used a pair of near falls in the second pair, first a two-point then a four-point.

Picking up his first win of the day, #23 seed Daniel Bullard used a first period takedown and came away with a 2-1 win over #26 Hughes of Michigan State.

#7 seed Nick Reenan made it three-for-three in the consolation round as he scored a first period pin over #23 seed Hemauer of Fresno State. Reenan hit a headlock, and converted the pin at the 1:06 mark to wrap up the day of action for NC State.

 

Up Next

Action will resume with Session 3 on Friday. The quarterfinals and consolation rounds start at 11 a.m., and the semifinals and Blood Round will be at 8 p.m.

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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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