NC State's NCAA runner-up Trent Hidlay (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Duke: The Blue Devils were off this week--they will host Citadel and Bloomsburg next week.
North Carolina: The #20 Tar Heels were off this week--they return to action with a dual at App State next week.
North Carolina State: The Wolfpack traveled to Boone to meet the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Sunday for an in-state dual. The Wolfpack and Mountaineers traded matches through 165, then NC State took control for the remainder of the dual, winning the next four bouts, three by bonus. Wolfpack 25--Mountaineers 10. They return to action next Monday in the first annual National Collegiate Duals in Florida. They will take on Binghamton and #10 Mizzou on day one and cross over to face either #21 Lehigh, Central Michigan or #1 Iowa on day two.
125: #5 Jakob Camacho vs. #30 Caleb Smith--Camacho looked to be in control throughout, but this was a great match. I was impressed by what I saw from Smith. Camacho got takedowns in the first and third periods to separate himself and pick up the decision.
133: Jarrett Trombley vs. Sean Carter--App State sent out Carter over #24 Codi Russell and he was able to deliver. This was a pretty slow-paced match with only escapes for scoring in regulation. Carter picked up a takedown in sudden victory to take the win.
141: #18 Ryan Jack vs. Anthony Brito--Jack continued his strong start to the year with a very controlling major decision. He scored a pair of takedowns in the first two periods in addition to an escape and earning two-plus minutes of riding time.
149: Matt Fields vs. #7 John Millner--Millner showed how he earned All-American status in a dominating major decision over Matt Fields in his first match of the season.
157: #25 Ed Scott vs. Cody Bond--Scott looked phenomenal again in this match. He has been attacking and finishing at a high rate, and that continued here. He had a 12-point first period and cruised to an 18-7 major decision.
165: #15 Thomas Bullard vs. #26 Will Formato--Formato replicated his result from last year's dual in a match that he controlled. Bullard did not wrestle up to his level in this match and it showed in the result, with Formato winning 6-1.
174: #5 Hayden Hidlay vs. Thomas Flitz--Hayden came out guns blazing and locked up a cradle off his first shot. Were it not for Flitz getting his other leg caught underneath him, Hidlay would have had a first-period pin. Instead, he opened with a six-point move and continued to control the match for the next six minutes to pick up the 14-4 major.
184: #3 Trent Hidlay vs. Barrett Blakely--Little brother saw the result and matched it--point for point. Trent showed off some explosive shots and controlled the match from whistle to whistle to pick up his bonus points in a 14-4 major.
197: #15 Isaac Trumble vs. Mason Fiscella--Trumble joined the major decision parade and brought his saddle with him. He picked up over three minutes of riding time--and four stalling calls--in a dominating 12-2 major.
285: Deonte Wilson vs. Michael Burchell--Deonte Wilson got the nod to finish out the in-state dual for the Wolfpack. The match started slow, then Wilson piled on the offense in the final three minutes to pick up a 7-2 decision.
Pittsburgh: The #22 Panthers had a road test on Sunday, traveling to #7 Ohio State for the third match between ACC teams and the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State took control of the dual early and didn't relinquish it. The Buckeyes have a very solid dual team and it was on display on Sunday. Micky Phillippi earned a solid major decision and Nino Bonaccorsi picked up a ranked win for the Panthers. Panthers 7--Buckeyes 30. Pittsburgh will have a short break and return to action at The Midlands at the end of December.
125: #24 Gage Curry vs. #14 Malik Heinselman--Heinselman continued his impressive start to the season. The match was pretty even early and the Buckeye pulled away with a takedown in the second and third.
133: #6 Micky Phillippi vs. Brady Koontz--Phillippi controlled the match from the first whistle. He grabbed two takedowns in the first and, following a quiet second period, scored two takedowns and a set of back points to finish the major decision 14-3. Phillippi looked back to his old self this match; it was great to see.
141: #16 Cole Matthews vs. #24 Dylan D'Emilio--I said from the outset that this would be a tight match. Matthews and D'Emilio traded escapes in the second and third before D'Emilio snagged a takedown in the third to take the lead and grabbed the 4-3 decision.
149: Luke Kemerer vs. #2 Sammy Sasso--Sasso was impressive. Not much more to say here. He looked phenomenal and earned a 22-6 tech fall.
157: #30 Elijah Curry vs. Jashon Hubbard--In the lowest scoring bout of the evening, Hubbard and Curry traded escapes, but Hubbard was able to collect a riding time point to win 2-1 over his former teammate.
165: #9 Jake Wentzel vs. #8 Carson Kharchla--In the marquee match of the evening, Kharchla's offense was on display against a very tough to score on Wentzel. Kharchla tallied a takedown late in the first with a quick escape by Wentzel to go 2-1 into the second. Wentzel escaped for the only point in the second. Kharchla made the strategic choice not to go under Wentzel in the third and it paid off for him. He grabbed another takedown midway through the third to lead 4-3 and was able to hold off Wentzel's late shot attempts to earn the decision.
174: Hunter Kernan vs. #6 Ethan Smith--Smith showed off his offensive skills in this match. He ran through the first period with multiple takedowns and back points to take a 12-4 lead into the second. He continued this offensive onslaught and worked his way to 26-8 tech fall.
184: #31 Gregg Harvey vs. #10 Kaleb Romero--Romero looked great after a strong CKLV tournament last weekend. Romero was the aggressor and was able to control the match on his way to a 10-2 major decision.
197: #2 Nino Bonaccorsi vs. #21 Gavin Hoffman--Nino continued his methodical start to the season. He controlled the match and was the aggressor throughout. He took an early lead in the first and never looked back, working his way to a 10-4 decision.
285: #31 Jake Slinger vs. #13 Tate Orndorff--Orndorff made this match much less competitive than I expected. He got an early takedown and rideout in the first and did the same after a quick escape in the second. Orndorff pulled away more as the match went on and was able to pick up the major decision to close out the dual for the Buckeyes.
Virginia: The Cavaliers were off this week--they return to action at The Midlands.
Virginia Tech: The #9 Hokies were off this week and will face Hofstra, #6 Arizona State on day one and will cross over to face either Northern Iowa, #11 Cornell, or #2 Penn State on day two at the Collegiate Duals in Florida on December 20-21.