banner
NC State

NC State wrestler winning titles with more in mind

Posted April 17

At 6-1, 250 pounds Nick Gwiazdowski is a powerhouse on the wrestling mat.

And last month, the NC State sophomore powered his way to an NCAA title, beating the two-time defending heavyweight champ in the process.

“I was really really happy, a lot of different emotions. It’s been a long year, everything just hit me at once, a lot of grateful feelings,” said Gwiazdowski.

Gwiazdowski actually started his collegiate career at Binghamton but when State hired then-Binghamton coach Pat Popolizio to run the Wolfpack program, Gwiazdowski soon made it a package deal. And it’s been one that has worked out well for all involved at State.

“I knew what I had there and I didn’t want to leave him behind because he’s definitely a special athlete,” said Popolizio.

“I had a successful first year as a true freshman, I All-American’d. After doing something like that, it’s like their coaching, that stuff works for me. So if it already works why change it,” said Gwiazdowski.

“That’s the kind of kid he is. He’s very loyal and dedicated, all of those things, and I knew to build a program I needed someone like that,” said Popolizio.

Gwiazdowski is State’s sixth individual champion, and the Pack’s third heavyweight. As a sophomore he has plenty of time for loftier goals.

“It’s a great achievement, but at the same time I have to remember that I have two more years of college to compete and hopefully win some more titles,” said Gwiazdowski.

And Gwiazdowski’s senior season ends just before the 2016 Olympics, just another goal for the NCAA champ.

7 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • hspooner2000 Apr 23, 11:10 p.m.

    I never thought much about wrestling until I started covering as a photographer. As others have mentioned, it is not a sport that gets a lot of press, but these guys are incredible athletes. I had the pleasure of covering Nick this year, and watched him make a move on a wrestler who had 50 pounds on him. You just need to watch these guys warm up to see that at the D1 Collegiate level, they are all special. NCSU has done a great job growing their program in the past few years. I look to see them in the top 20-25 in the next few years.

  • KT called a Congressional hearin Apr 19, 3:12 p.m.

    He's a loser.

    — Posted by Whistling Dixie

    And yet he could probably bend you into a pretzel and shove your head where it belongs.

  • BB5 Apr 18, 11:42 a.m.

    About time this kid got some press.

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Wrestling isn't in everybody's wheelhouse, but I love niche sports....track and field,... View More

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Yep....you have to be in serious shape to wrestle. Goes with the territory....

  • BB5 Apr 18, 11:32 a.m.

    Congrats to him. Future MMA'er?

  • Hammerhead Apr 18, 7:02 a.m.

    About time this kid got some press.

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Wrestling isn't in everybody's wheelhouse, but I love niche sports....track and field, wrestling, can't watch the NHL but love college hockey. Anybody who's ever wrestled knows the dedication it takes to get good, you have to live and breathe the sport. What he has accomplished is pretty impressive.

  • Super Hans Apr 17, 10:17 p.m.

    About time this kid got some press.

  • Hammerhead Apr 17, 9:41 p.m.

    Go get 'em bro.

  • WGC: Bridgestone Invitational

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • WGC: Bridgestone Invitational

    Sunday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Toledo

    Tonight at 7:00 on 620am

  • MLB: NY Yankees at Boston

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Buffalo at NY Giants

    Sunday at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 11
TOL 10
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
TOL
 
Final
NYY 4
TOR 5
Final
CIN 2
WAS 4
Final
PHI 4
ARI 2
Final
TAM 2
BOS 3
Final
MIN 4
CWS 3
Final
KAN 3
CLE 10
Final
HOU 2
MIA 4
Final
MIL 0
NYM 2
Final
CHC 0
STL 1
Final
ANA 2
DET 1
Final
SEA 2
BAL 3
Final
COL 5
PIT 7
Final
ATL 8
SDP 3
Final
TEX 3
OAK 9
Final
SFG 3
LOS 4
12:10pm Today
ATL
SDP
 
7:10pm Tonight
CIN
ARI
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
MIL
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
PHI
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
TOR
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
COL
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
PIT
 
Final
DUR 11
TOL 10
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
TOL