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NC State’s Hidlay Falls in NCAA Semifinals to #1 Nolf 3-2, Still Has Chance for 3rd



PITTSBURGH, PA. – Advancing to the NCAA Semifinals for the second straight year, R-So. Hayden Hidlay’s run to a championship came to an end after a highly-contested 3-2 loss to top-seeded Jason Nolf of Penn State.

Hidlay will be the lone NC State representative in action today.

In the Blood Round, R-Sr. Sean Fausz (125 pounds) and R-So. Tariq Wilson (133) both fell one win shy of All-American honors.

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157: Bout #590 – #5 seed Hayden Hidlay (23-3) vs. #3 seed Ryan Deakin (Northwestern – 33-5)

Semifinals Recap

As the first period was winding down, Hidlay was awarded a takedown with four seconds left, but after a long video review by the officials, the call was overturned and the first 3:00 was scoreless. Nolf started the second with an escape, then secured the bout’s lone takedown. Hidlay scored the escape and then started the third with an escape to close the gap to 3-2. The period went on, and Hidlay was in on a late shot, but his takedown came as the period expired.

Hidlay will be in action this afternoon, wrestling in the consolation semifinals and then in a placement bout.

With his quarterfinal victory yesterday, Hidlay became only the third wrestler in NC State school history to become an All-American as both a freshman and sophomore.

Blood Round Recap

Fausz fell to #8 seed Arujau of Cornell, 11-3. He ends his Wolfpack career a four-time NCAA Qualifier and four-time ACC Finalist.

In one of the most exciting bouts of the night, Wilson fell in extra time to #8 seed Erneste of Missouri, 9-7. Wilson scored an early takedown and racked up 2:54 of ride time in the first period. Wilson started the second with another takedown, but Erneste reversed it and got a four-point near fall to take a 6-4 lead into the third. Wilson then scored a takedown with 19 seconds left and locked up riding time, but Erneste was awarded an escape with one second left. After no score in the first OT, Erneste earned a takedown with just one second left in the second period of OT for the win.

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NC State Wrestling Ranked 6th in Average Attendance Last Season



NC State’s Wrestling Team ranked 6th in average attendance last season.

The Wolfpack were the highest ranked ACC team in average attendance, averaging 4,340.8 people per match.

ACC Teams in the Top-25 Average Attendance

6) NC State – 4,340.8

14) Virginia Tech – 2,254

21) Pitt – 1,419.9

23) UVA – 1,254.5

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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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