University of Pittsburgh wrestler Taleb Rahmani acknowledges the crowd after a win. Rahmani, who won a state championship for Marysville High School in 2015, placed second during the recent ACC tournament. He qualified for his fourth NCAA tournament with the finish, but the NCAA event will not be held. (File photo)
Marysville High School graduate Taleb Rahmani recently finished second in his weight class during the Athletic Coast Conference (ACC) wrestling tournament.
Rahmani, who competes in the 157-pound weight class for the University of Pittsburgh, fell to North Carolina State’s Hayden Hidlay during the tournament that was held at the University of Pittsburgh.
It was the second consecutive season in which Hidlay beat Rahmani for the ACC crown.
Hidlay, the No. 2 seed, captured the championship by scoring a 13-4 major decision over No. 24 Rahmani, who won the 2017 championship.
Hidlay took Rahmani down early in the match and turned him for a four-point near fall after a reset.
Rahmani trailed 6-1 as competition moved into the second period.
An escape and takedown extended Hidlay’s advantage to 6-1 as action moved into the third set.
Hidley tallied one additional takedown late in the match to claim his third consecutive ACC crown.
Rahmani won a state high school wrestling championship for Marysville as a senior in 2015.
He is the most recent state champion for the Monarch wrestling program.
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