The only wrestler competing for NC State on Saturday at the NCAA Championships was redshirt sophomore Hayden Hidlay, who lost his consolation finals match to finish fourth in the 157-pound bracket.
NC State wrestling did not repeat its success from last year’s NCAA Championships, losing all but one wrestler, redshirt sophomore Hayden Hidlay, on Friday.
After two rounds at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, only one Wolfpack wrestler remains in the winner’s brackets: redshirt sophomore Hayden Hidlay. The former finalist at 157 pounds led the Wolfpack to a total team score of 13.5, good for 12th overall.
After an impressive showing from the NC State wrestling team at the ACC Championships, which resulted in a conference title, nine Wolfpack wrestlers will carry that momentum into the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week. All but one of NC State’s participants are seeded in the top half of the bracket, with three top-10 seeds.
Redshirt senior No. 22 Jamel Morris, redshirt sophomore No. 4 Hayden Hidlay and redshirt senior No. 19 Malik McDonald all won ACC titles for NC State wrestling en route to the team’s ACC championship. The Wolfpack sent 10 wrestlers to Blacksburg, Virginia, and nine of them had podium finishes.
Redshirt sophomore Hayden Hidlay and redshirt senior Sean Fausz will attempt to repeat as ACC Champions when NC State travels to Blacksburg, Virginia on March 9. The No. 10 Wolfpack went 4-1 against ACC foes in the regular season to secure a share of the dual conference title.
For NC State graduate student Justin Oliver, wrestling has been a part of his life since the age of six.
The No. 10 NC State Wrestling team won its second consecutive ACC Dual Championship after a 17-16 decision at No. 14 Virginia Tech was decided on criteria in the Pack’s favor on Friday night in Blacksburg, Virginia.
The NC State wrestling team will travel to Blacksburg, Virginia this weekend to square off against the Virginia Tech Hokies in their final meet of the regular season. The No. 10 Pack (15-3, 3-1 ACC) is coming off a big rivalry victory over the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels this past Friday with a score of 20-14.