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#6 NC State Wrestling Beats Appalachian State 24-12 on the Road

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The 6th ranked NC State Wrestling team headed up to the mountains last night, beating Appalachian State 24-12 on the road, winning 7 of their 10 matches. The Wolfpack is now 7-0 on the year in duals.

#6 NC State 24, Appalachian State 12
141: #13 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) dec. Bradley Irwin; 6-2 – 3-0
149: #20 Jonathan Millner (APP) dec. A.J. Leitten; 5-0 – 3-3
157: #2 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. #20 Matt Zovistoski; 16-3 – 7-3
165: #8 Thomas Bullard (NCSU) dec. Will Formato; 6-2 – 10-3
174: #17 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) dec. Thomas Flitz; 6-4 – 13-3
184: #2 Trent Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. Julian Gorring; 17-5 – 17-3
197: #4 Nick Reenan (NCSU) dec. Paul Carson; 4-3 – 20-3
285: #19 Cary Miller (APP) major dec. Colin Lawler; 13-3 – 20-7
125: Jakob Camacho (NCSU) major dec. Sean Carter; 14-6 – 24-7
133: Codi Russell (APP) tech fall Tommy Cox; 19-3 – 24-12 (GoPack)

Notes

  • #4 Redshirt Junior Nick Reenan (197) wrestled his first match of the year. He was about to start the season 0-1, before picking up a takedown with 6 seconds left, securing a 4-3 victory.
  • The lone ranked matchup of the night was #2 Redshirt Junior Hayden Hidlay vs. #20 Matt Zovistoski at 157 pounds. Despite the number beside Zovistoski’s name, it wasn’t much of a competition for Hidlay, picking up a 16-3 major decision.
  • #2 Redshirt Freshman Trent Hidlay (184) and Jakob Camacho (125) were the other two Wolfpack wrestlers to pick up bonus points, both winning by major decision.
  • Redshirt Freshman Jarrett Trombley didn’t wrestle at 133 pounds like usual, and his replacement Redshirt Junior Tommy Cox lost by tech fall in the final match of the night.
  • Both of App State’s ranked wrestlers won in matches they were expected to win.
    • #19 Heavyweight Cary Miller beat Sophomore Colin Lawler by major decision 13-3. NC State’s regular heavyweight Deonte Wilson didn’t wrestle.
    • #20 Jonathan Miller beat Redshirt Sophomore A.J. Leitten 5-0 in the 149 pound match.

The Wolfpack have a nice long break before their next action, starting off the new year at the Southern Scuffle on January 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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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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