NC State fends off Drexel

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The No. 8 NC State Wrestling team used four bonus point wins to secure a 25-16 win over visiting Drexel in the final non-conference dual of the year Saturday night in Reynolds Coliseum.

The dual started at 125 pounds, and the two teams split a pair of decisions to open the dual. R-Fr. Zurich Storm secured the ride time point and came away with a 4-3 win for the Pack at 125 pounds.

R-Sr. Jamel Morris scored the Pack's first bonus point win of the day, 11-0 at 141 pounds. After an early takedown, Morris had a two-point, then a four-point near fall to take a commanding 8-0 lead after the first period.

No. 7 Justin Oliver used a pair of third period takedowns and scored an 11-5 win at 149 pounds.

No. 4 Hayden Hidlay made it three straight wins going into the break, as he posted a 17-0 tech fall win at 157 pounds. The Pack was up 15-3 at intermission.

In the lone matchup of ranked wrestlers, No. 16 Ebed Jarrell of Drexel caught No. 17 Thomas Bullard in a cradle and scored the first period pin. The Dragons pulled to within 15-9.

The Pack once again scored a bonus point win, as No. 20 Daniel Bullard used a late four-point near fall in the third period to secure the bonus points in his 14-2 win at 174 pounds.

The Dragons scored their second bonus win of the night, 14-6 at 184 pounds and made the team score 19-13 with a pair of bouts left.

No. 20 Malik McDonald sealed the dual for the Wolfpack, as he scored a pin just 2:02 into the bout at 197 pounds.

Up Next: The Pack will conclude its four-match homestand next weekend with the start of ACC action against Duke on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum.

125: Zurich Storm (NCSU) dec. Antonio Mininno; 4-3 - 3-0
133: Chandler Olson (Drexel) dec. John Devine; 6-0 - 3-3
141: Jamel Morris (NCSU) major dec. Nick Widmann; 11-0 - 7-3
149: No. 7 Justin Oliver (NCSU) dec. Parker Kropman; 11-5 - 10-3
157: No. 4 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) tech fall Felix Belga; 17-0 - 15-3
165: No. 16 Ebed Jarrell (Drexel) WBF No. 17 Thomas Bullard; 2:17 - 15-9
174: No. 20 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) major dec. Bryan McLaughlin; 14-2 - 19-9
184: Anthony Walters (Drexel) major dec. Roderick Davis; 14-6 - 19-13
197: No. 20 Malik McDonald (NCSU) WBF Derek Rose; 2:02 - 25-13
285: No. 16 Joey Goodhart (Drexel) dec. Colin Lawler; 5-0 - 25-16


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