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

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#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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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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