NC State Wrestling

Our Facilities

One of nine “hallowed spaces” on the NC State campus, venerable “old” Reynolds Coliseum is now a place where the Wolfpack’s legendary past meets its promising future. The largest arena in the southeast when it opened its doors in 1949, Reynolds reopened in the fall of 2016 after undergoing a $35 million renovation.

Reynolds Coliseum is such a beautiful venue,” said head coach Pat Popolizio. “To me, it is a perfect wrestling venue and it speaks volumes that we have such a great home arena to try to accomplish what we are setting out to do here at NC State. I don’t think anything will be able to compare to what Reynolds brings to the table for this program.”

With a seating capacity of 5,500, Reynolds Coliseum provides an intimate home dual environment for the Wolfpack. The building boasts new hospitality areas, restrooms, concessions, merchandise stands and other amenities. All building systems have been overhauled, including the addition of new LED sport lighting and a new, center-hung video board and secondary LED displays, which enhance the in-match experience.

Adjacent to the iconic north lobby, the first third of the arena has been transformed into the Grand Hall and serves as the heart of the new NC State Athletics Walk of Fame & History. Members of the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame (est. 2012) are permanently enshrined, while all current and heritage varsity sports are also recognized inside Reynolds Coliseum. The area also features a row of stainless steel wolf sculptures and multimedia displays that highlight university and athletic legacies.

The Weisiger-Brown Athletics Building might be considered the ‘hub’ for the NC State Wrestling team. The Wolfpack's practice room and locker room are located within the facility, just a few feet away from both the Sports Medicine and Strength & Conditioning centers. Along with the majority of the NC State Administration, the Wolfpack's coaching staff is also housed in Weisiger-Brown.

Our Success

7 NCAA Individual Titles • 10 NCAA Finalists • 18 Top-25 NCAA Finishes

34 All-American Honors • 15 ACC Team Championships • 117 ACC Individual Titles

Pat Popolizio was named the 2016 National Coach of the Year by FloWrestling.

Two-time All-American Kevin Jack placed fifth at the NCAA Championships in 2015 and took third in 2017.

• Four straight top-20 NCAA finishes • Back-to-back top-10 NWCA/USA Today Coaches’ Poll finishes • 2016 ACC Champions with four individual titles

Pete Renda (184) placed third at the 2016 NCAA Championships as a junior and took a redshirt season in 2017. Sean Fausz (125) and Michael Macchiavello (184) were each one win away from All-American honors in 2017.

Over last five seasons: two NCAA Championships, three NCAA Finals appearances, five top-three NCAA finishes, seven All-American honors, 31 NCAA Qualifiers

As freshmen, Thomas Bullard and Nick Reenan were both NCAA Qualifiers in 2017.

Our 2016 recruiting class was ranked #1 nationally by FloWrestling and InterMat. In Popolizio's first five years, three recruiting classes were ranked in the top-25.


Nick Gwiazdowki won his second straight NCAA title in 2015, posting a perfect 35-0 record on the year. Entering as the No. 1 seed, Gwiazdowski went 5-0 at the NCAA championships with a combined 46-15 score and became only the third wrestler in ACC history to win multiple national titles, and the first since 1995.

NICK GWIAZDOWKSI - 2015 (Heavyweight)

Heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski’s 2014 NCAA title was NC State’s sixth individual crown and the third for a heavyweight. Gwiazdowski finished the year 42-2, including 20-0 in dual matches. His 42 wins set a new single-season NCSU record.

NICK GWIAZDOWSKI - 2014 (Heavyweight)

Darrion Caldwell became NC State’s fifth national champion in 2009, winning five bouts at the NCAA tourney by a combined score of 52-12 to win the Most Outstanding Wrestler award. Caldwell finished the season at 38-1, his only loss an injury default.

DARRION CALDWELL - 2009 (149 pounds)

Sylvester Terkay went undefeated at 41-0 his senior season and was 122-14 during his four-year career at NC State. Terkay successfully concluded his career by winning the 1993 NCAA heavyweight championship.

SYLVESTER TERKAY - 1993 (Heavyweight)

Scott Turner won the national championship at 150 pounds in 1988. He breezed through the competition, allowing just one point in six bouts. Turner was named the NCAA’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

SCOTT TURNER - 1988 (150 pounds)

Tab Thacker, one of the biggest heavyweights of all time at more than 450 pounds, won four ACC championships and the 1984 NCAA crown. Thacker won 31 matches as a senior.

TAB THACKER - 1984 (Heavyweight)

­As a freshman in 1980, Matt Reiss surprised everyone at the NCAA Championships by capturing the national championship at 167 pounds. Reiss won two ACC championships while at NC State.

MATT REISS - 1980 (167 pounds)

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