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NC State’s Hidlay Becomes 2-Time All-American, Wilson & Fausz to Wrestle for All-American Honors



PITTSBURGH, PA. – For the second straight year, R-So. Hayden Hidlay has advanced to the NCAA Championships semifinals, and in the process becomes a two-time All-American. Hidlay will face top-seeded Jason Nolf of Penn State for a spot in the finals.

In addition to Hidlay in action tonight, a pair of Wolfpack wrestlers are also one win away from earning All-American honors. With a win tonight, R-Sr. Sean Fausz (125 pounds) and R-So. Tariq Wilson (133) will both also become All-Americans.

NC State Friday Night Matchups – Session 4:


157: BOUT #509 – #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (23-2) vs. #1 seed Jason Nolf (29-0)



125: Bout #522 – #14 seed Sean Fausz (14-3) vs. #8 seed Vitali Arujau (Cornell – 28-3)

133: Bout #526 – #11 seed Tariq Wilson (17-4) vs. #8 seed John Erneste (Missouri – 20-5)

Quarterfinals Recap

Hidlay secured his second straight All-American season with a thrilling OT win in the quarterfinals over #4 seed Pantaleo of Michigan, 5-3. Hidlay was down in the third, when Pantaleo was called for a hands to the face and the score was tied 3-3 after regulation. Hidlay got the winning takedown with 12 seconds left in the first OT period, to defeat Pantaleo for the second straight year at the NCAAs.

Consolation Round 3 Recap

Fausz captured his second win in as many matches, a 7-2 decision over #21 seeded Schwarm of Northern Iowa. Fausz scored a takedown and racked up 2:35 of riding time in the first period. He then added a pair of reversals to secure the win.

Wilson also won both of his bouts today, bot going for bonus points. Wilson scored a 13-0 major decision over ACC rival, #14 seed Myers of Virginia Tech. In the bout, he scored three takedowns and a trio of tow-point near falls and added a point for riding time.

Anther pair of Wolfpack wrestlers saw their careers come to an end with a loss in their second match of the day. 2019 ACC Champion Jamel Morris fell 16-10 at 141 pounds to #11 seed Moran of Wisconsin and Justin Oliver lost to #18 seed Prince of Navy 8-6 at 149 pounds.

Consolation Round 2 Recap

Day Two action started with Fausz at 125 pounds, and he advanced with a third period pin against #20 seed Townsell of Stanford. Up 3-0 with over two minutes of ride time to start the third, Fausz scored a takedown and turned it right into a pin to advance.

Wilson made it back-to-back bonus point wins to start the Pack’s day, as he scored a 19-4 tech fall win over #21 seed Sykora of North Dakota State. Wilson posted three first-period takedowns, then got a two-point then a four-point near fall in the second.

Three straight bonus point wins to open the consolation round, as Morris took out #4 seed Alber of Northern Iowa by major decision, 15-5. Morris scored 11 points in the second period, thanks to a pair of four-point near falls.

Oliver kept the Pack’s winning streak going, as he scored a takedown in all three periods and came away with a 9-5 win over #23 seed Maruca of Arizona State.

Thomas Bullard fell at 165 pounds and his twin brother Daniel fell at 174 to end their NCAA runs. Thomas fell 12-11 to #18 seed Wolf of Lehigh and Daniel lost 10-2 to #9 seed Skatzka of Minnesota.

Nick Reenan and Malik McDonald also both fell for the second time and were eliminated. Reenan 7-2 to #9 seed Venz of Nebraska, and McDonald 14-2 to #19 seed Orndorff of Utah Valley.

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NC State will have four wrestle in tonight’s Session 4, scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

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WRESTLING: #9 NC State 22 #26 Old Dominion 11



#9 NC State Wrestling defeated #26 Old Dominion 22-11 in their season opening dual in Reynolds Coliseum.

149: Kenan Carter (ODU) dec. A.J. Leitten; 7-2 – 3-0
157: #1 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) dec. #4 Larry Early; 6-4 – 3-3
165: Shane Jones (ODU) dec. #10 Thomas Bullard; 3-2 – 3-6
174: Alex Cramer (ODU) dec. Jacob Ferreira; 10-4 – 3-9
184: #13 Trent Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. Antonio Agee; 12-4 – 7-9
197: Tyrie Houghton (NCSU) fall Tim Young; 4:31 – 13-9
285: Deonte Wilson (NCSU) dec. Will Hilliard; 3-1 – 16-9
125: Killian Cardinale (ODU) dec. #13 Jacob Camacho; 6-5 – 16-12
133: Kellen Devlin (NCSU) dec. Shannon Hanna; 9-5 – 19-12
141: #11 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) dec. #14 Sa’Derian Perry; 3-2 – 22-11^

^ODU deducted a team point after final match. (GoPack)

The Monarchs won 3 out of the first 4 matches, including an upset over #10 Thomas Bullard. The one victory in that bunch was a Top-5 victory for #1 Hayden Hidlay over #4 Larry Early (6-4).

Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay and Sophomore Tyrie Houghton would have something to say about that 9-3 deficit, producing 11 points between the 2 of them over the next two matches.

ODU made things interesting, bringing the match within 4 points when #13 Redshirt Freshman Jacob Camacho was upset by Killian Cardinale in his debut, bringing the score to 16-12.

With that being said, Redshirt Junior Kellen Devlin all but sealed the deal with decision over Hanna, and #11 Redshirt Junior Tariq Wilson put the cherry on top with a victory over #14 Sa’Derian Perry in his first match at 141 pounds.

NC State will host Belmont Abbey, UNC-Pembroke and Reinhardt today in the Wolfpack Duals, beginning at Noon.

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#9 NC State Wrestling Opens Dual Season Tonight Against #26 Old Dominion



The #9 NC State Wrestling team will open their Dual Season tonight, hosting #26 Old Dominion in Reynolds Coliseum at 7pm.

The Wolfpack have won the past 5 duals with the Monarchs over the past 5 seasons, and hold a 15-5-1 lead in the overall series.

Below is a look at NC State’s wrestlers that are ranked heading into the season opener.


Duals have been NC State’s bread and butter the past 5 years, leading the nation in Dual victories, and ranking 3rd in Dual Winning Percentage (89.3%).

Here’s a look at the Top-20 matchups to look out for tonight:

125 pounds – #13 Redshirt Freshman Jakob Camacho – vs. #7 Junior Michael McGee – McGee has qualified for the NCAA’s in his first 2 seasons, making the Round of 12 last year. MAC Champion.

141 pounds – #11 Redshirt Junior Tariq Wilson vs. #14 Redshirt Senior Sa’Derian Perry – Wilson wrestled his first two seasons at 133, earning All-American honors his first year, and barely missed the honor last year. His first ever match at 141 will be against Perry, who has qualified for the NCAA’s two years in a row, and earned All-American honors last year.

157 pounds – #1 Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay vs. #4 Redshirt Senior Larry Early – This is the marquee matchup of the evening. Hidlay is the first Wolfpack wrestler to enter the season ranked #1 since Nick Gwiazdowski in 2016. This marks the 3rd time these two have faced off, with Hidlay taking the first match as a Freshman, and Early squeaking out a 4-2 victory last year. Hidlay has earned All-American honors his first two years, finishing 2nd and 4th respectively. Early finished 8th in the NCAA’s last year.


It’s worth noting that #7 Redshirt Junior Nick Reenan (197) will not be wrestling tonight, as he is still recovering from ACL surgery.

In a remarkable feat, NC State has been ranked in the Top-10 now for 60 consecutive weeks.

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NC State Ranks 14th in Directors’ Cup Standings (2nd Winter Update)



The 2018-19 Directors’ Cup Standing have been updated for the 2nd time during the Winter Season, and NC State ranks 14th. They are the 3rd highest ranked team in the ACC behind Virginia (6th) and Duke (8th).

The Wolfpack picked up points from both the Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving teams.

The Men’s team finished in 4th place with 80 points once again this year, but the Women’s team stepped it up a notch this year. Last year the ladies finished in 18th place with 56 points. This year they finished in 7th place with 72 points.

The Wrestling team took a slight step back this year, but still picked up points. Last year they finished in 4th place with 77.5 points. This year they finished in 17th place with 57 points.

This year, neither Men’s or Women’s Indoor Track & Field teams picked up any points. Last year, the Men’s team finished in 45th place with 26 points.

There are 3 more NC State Winter sports that need to wrap up before the Winter standings are finalized: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Gymnastics.

The Wolfpack were ranked 5th in the Final Directors’ Cup Winter Standings last year, and finished the year 15th.

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NC State’s Hayden Hidlay Takes 4th at NCAA Championships



PITTSBURGH, PA. – R-So. Hayden Hidlay split a pair of matches in the medal rounds in Session 5 at the 2019 NCAA Championships, and finished in fourth place at 157 pounds in Pittsburgh.

Hidlay entered as the #5 seed and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the second straight season.

Earning All-American honors for the second straight season, Hidlay is only the third wrestler in NC State school history to earn a podium finish at the NCAAs as both a freshman and sophomore.


3rd Place Bout Recap

In a rematch of their quarterfinals matchup, Hidlay fell to #4 seed Pantaleo of Michigan in the third place bout.

In the first period, Pantaleo scored the bout’s first takedown. After Hidlay notched that escape and then another to start the third period the score was even 2-2.

Pantaleo started the third down and got an early escape, then tacked on his second takedown of the bout with 30 seconds left. A Hidlay escape pulled it to 5-3 late, but he could not secure a tying takedown.


Consolation Semifinals Recap

Hidlay started his day with an 8-2 decision over #3 seed Deakin of Northwestern. Hidlay’s first period saw a pair of takedowns and a two-point near fall for the 6-1 lead. Hidlay tacked on a late takedown in the second, and only gave up two escapes points in the bout.


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