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

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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:

SEMIFINALS

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

 

BLOOD ROUND

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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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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