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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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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 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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