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3rd-ranked NC State wrestling team set for match against No. 14 UNC

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In case you've missed it up to this point, NC State's wrestling team is in the midst of a historic season. The Wolfpack is ranked No. 3 in the most recent Coaches Poll, and received one first-place vote, which might be the first time that's happened in program history. Probably is.

State is 17-0, with wins against a handful of ranked teams. The Pack blew out then-No. 16 Minnesota early in the season, and later edged then-No. 4 Oklahoma State in Stillwater. This team has blown out ACC foes Duke and Virginia. The Cavs are the defending ACC champs.

On Monday night at 7 p.m. ET, the Wolfpack will host North Carolina, which is ranked 14th. It's been a good year for wrestling in this state, as the News and Observer's Ron Morris details here, and there's no better evidence of the improvement than State's arrival on the national scene.

If the Pack takes care of business Monday night, it will improve to 3-0 in league play and continue on its way to potential national championship contention. This is all pretty dang rare for a school outside of the midwest.

The tests won't end with UNC, either--State still has four other matches against teams ranked in the top 20, including No. 4 Missouri and No. 10 Virginia Tech. It will be difficult for NC State to maintain its perfect record through that stretch, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Pack did manage to win all of those contests. They've proven that they can compete with anybody.