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#5 PackWrestle: New Rankings & Weekend Preview

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New Rankings

The Pack (8-0) are one of the country’s three remaining unbeaten teams (Iowa & Virginia Tech) - Nebraska took their first loss to Wisconsin over the weekend. This helped NC State move up to #5 in the this week’s new NWCA team rankings. If you’re counting, that makes the 67th straight poll that Popolizio’s team has been ranked in the top 10. Can you say ‘perennial’?

In addition, FloWrestling released their new set of individual rankings on Tuesday. Find out where the Pack grapplers stack-up below:

  • 125 - Camacho #19 (last week: 19)
  • 141 - T. Wilson #16 (18)
  • 157 - H. Hidlay #2 (2)
  • 165 - T. Bullard #13 (10)
  • 174 - D. Bullard #18 (21)
  • 184 - T. Hidlay #3 (3)
  • 197 - Reenan #15 (14)
  • 285 - D. Wilson #24 (23)

Upcoming Weekend Duals

The boys head north for another weekend on the road. Their first stop is in Philadelphia for a matchup against Drexel (5-4) on Friday evening (7PM). Then they keep on moving up to New York to take on Hofstra (3-4) on Saturday afternoon (4PM). Probable lineups along with my predictions are below:

@ Drexel

How to Watch: FloWrestling.org

  • 125- #19 Jakob Camacho vs. Antonio Mininno (Camacho major; 4-0 NCSU)
  • 133- Jarrett Trombley vs. Chandler Olson (Trombley decision; 7-0 NCSU)
  • 141- Jarred Papscy/Alex Urquiza vs. Tyler Williams (Urquiza decision; 10-0 NCSU)
  • 149- AJ Leitten/Matt Grippi vs. Jared Donahue (Leitten decision; 13-0 NCSU)
  • 157- #2 Hayden Hidlay vs. Parker Kropman (Hidlay tech fall; 18-0 NCSU)
  • 165- #13 Thomas Bullard vs. #20 Ebed Jarrell (Bullard decision; 21-0 NCSU)
  • 174- #18 Daniel Bullard vs. Michael O’Malley (Bullard decision; 24-0 NCSU)
  • 184- #3 Trent Hilday vs. Anthony Walters (Hidlay tech fall; 29-0 NCSU)
  • 197- #15 Nick Reenan vs. Bryan McLaughlin (Reenan decision; 32-0 NCSU)
  • 285- #24 Deonte Wilson vs. Sean O’Malley (Wilson decision; 35-0 NCSU)

@ Hofstra

How to Watch: GoHofstra.com

  • 125- #19 Jakob Camacho vs. Dylan Ryder (Camacho decision; 3-0 NCSU)
  • 133- Jarrett Trombley vs. Justin Hoyle (Trombley decision; 6-0 NCSU)
  • 141- Jarred Papscy/Alex Urquiza vs. Vinny Vespa (Vespa decision Papscy; 6-3 NCSU)
  • 149- AJ Leitten/Matt Grippi vs. Reece Heller (Grippi decision; 9-3 NCSU)
  • 157- #2 Hayden Hidlay vs. Holden Heller (Hidlay tech fall; 14-3 NCSU)
  • 165- #13 Thomas Bullard vs. Ricky Stamm (Bullard pin; 20-3 NCSU)
  • 174- #18 Daniel Bullard vs. Sage Heller (Bullard decision; 23-3 NCSU)
  • 184- #3 Trent Hilday vs. Charles Small (Hidlay tech fall; 28-3 NCSU)
  • 197- #15 Nick Reenan vs. Trey Rogers (Reenan major; 32-3 NCSU)
  • 285- #24 Deonte Wilson vs. Zachary Knighton-Ward (Wilson decision; 35-3 NCSU)

According to GoPack.com’s probable lineups, we won’t be seeing Tariq Wilson this weekend. I haven’t heard anything injury- or discipline-related, so we can only assume this is the staff giving him the weekend off. The team shouldn’t need him to win either of these duals.