NC State comes away with 23-17 road win at Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. -- After dropping the first bout, No. 8 NC State won four straight matches and took a commanding lead in a 23-17 road win at #23 Virginia Friday night.

With the win, head coach Pat Popolizio picked up his 100th dual victory at NC State.

The dual started at 125 pounds, and No. 5 Jack Mueller scored a first-period tech fall.

Bumping up from 125 pounds, No. 12 Sean Fausz scored a 6-0 decision at 133 pounds. Fausz scored a takedown in both the first and third periods for the Pack's first win of the night.

Jamel Morris controlled his bout enroute to a 10-3 decision at 141 pounds. Morris scored an early takedown in the first and a late one in the second, and used a four-point near fall in the third to secure the win.

No. 8 Justin Oliver scored the Pack's first bonus point win of the night, notching a 13-3 major decision at 149 pounds. Oliver finished the bout with 4:06 of ride time, in addition to not giving up a takedown.

No. 4 Hayden Hidlay made it back-to-back major decisions, as he came away with a 15-6 win at 157 pounds. Hidlay scored a pair of takedowns and a pair of two-point near falls in the first period to take a commanding 8-1 lead.

At the halfway point NC State was up 14-5.

UVA's Cam Coy scored an OT win at 165 pounds over No. 17 Thomas Bullard.

No. 20 Daniel Bullard got the Pack back on the winning way with a 6-4 decision at 174 pounds. The first period saw an early UVA takedown and then three reversals, and Bullard rode out Patrick the entire third period.

In his first action since Jan. 6, No. 3 Nick Reenan needed only 31 seconds before securing a pin and six team points for the Pack with a headlock.

Virginia won the final two bouts, a pin at 197 pounds and a decision at heavyweight.

Up Next: The Wolfpack will host its final home dual of the season next weekend, as NC State will host No. 13 Pittsburgh on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum.

125: #5 Jack Mueller (UVA) tech fall Zurich Storm; 16-1 - 0-5
133: #12 Sean Fausz (NCSU) dec. Louie Hayes; 6-0 - 3-5
141: Jamel Morris (NCSU) dec. Sam Krivus; 10-3 - 6-5
149: #8 Justin Oliver (NCSU) major dec. Michael Murphy; 13-3 - 10-5
157: #4 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) major dec. Jake Keating; 15-6 - 14-5
165: Cam Coy (UVA) dec. #17 Thomas Bullard; 3-1 - 14-8
174: #20 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) dec. Robby Patrick; 6-4 - 17-8
184: #3 Nick Reenan (NCSU) WBF Chance McClure; 0:31 - 23-8
197: #8 Jay Aiello (UVA) WBF #20 Malik McDonald; 6:54 - 23-14
285: Tyler Love (UVA) dec. Colin Lawler; 4-2 - 23-17


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