Amityville grad and No. 5 NC State making push toward NCAA wrestling title


Amityville Memorial High School graduate Deonte Wilson continues to be a key member of NC State’s highly ranked wrestling team.

The junior sports management major is the defending ACC champ in the 285-pound weight class and has qualified for the NCAA finals each of the last two seasons. Last year, Wilson — who is 60-27 overall in four seasons with NC State — reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament and the Wolfpack finished sixth as a team.

This year, No. 5 NC State is 6-1 as it heads into conference play, beginning with a home showdown on Friday, Jan. 21, with No. 7 Virginia Tech. Despite having a down season for his standards so far, Wilson has won nine of his 13 matches and is ranked No. 49 in the country in his weight class.

2021 ACC champ Deonte Wilson

During Wilson’s time on campus, the Wolfpack have solidified their place among the country’s top wrestling programs. In each of his first three seasons, NC State has captured the ACC title and competed favorably in the NCAA Tournament, earning a sixth place finish in 2021.

The Wolfpack’s only defeat so far this season came to No. 1 Iowa, 19-15, on Dec. 21.

With Amityville, Wilson’s career high school record was 166-23, including a 31-2 mark as a senior. At 285 pounds his senior year, Wilson became Amityville’s first state champion since 2001.

State champ in high school with Amityville

The tweet below commemorates Wilson’s state championship and his selection to the All-Long Island Wrestling team.

Top photo: Facebook/NC State Wrestling