Newberry voted top team in East Region again
January 6, 2009
Four Newberry wrestlers were ranked number one for their weight
ERIE, Pa. â€“ The Newberry College wrestling team is ranked first in the NCAA Division II East Region Rankings, released today. The scarlet and gray have started off the season 10-1 with three wins over East Region opponents and won the 38th annual Midwest Classic in Indianapolis.
Four Newberry wrestlers grabbed the top spot in their respective weight classes; Matt Oliver (Toms River, N.J.) at 125 lbs., Latra Collick (Berlin, Md.) at 149 lbs., Keeno Griffin (Jacksonville, Fla.) at 197 lbs. and Cy Wainwright (Green Cove Spring, Fla.) at 285 lbs.
Coming in at second spot for 184 pounds was Bryant Blanton (Summerville, S.C.), who placed second at the Midwest Classic. Tony Washington (Georgetown, S.C.) dropped one spot at 141 lbs. to third. Josh Whitelock (Rhodesdale, Md.) made his debut in the rankings with the number three position.
The three other Newberry wrestlers that are ranked are senior Andrew Young (Summerville, S.C.), who is ranked fourth at 133 lbs., freshman Sean Byrnes (Jackson, N.J.), who is fourth at 157 lbs. and sophomore Vin Salek (Toms River, N.J.), who is ranked sixth at 165 lbs.
This is the fourth time this season the East Region Rankings have been released and in each Newberry has been ranked as the top squad with all ten weight classes being represented by the scarlet and gray each time.
Newberryâ€™s wrestlers have combined for a 25-5 record against East Region opponents in the team’s three duals this season. The scarlet and gray has also outscored those three opponents by a 104-21 advantage.
Coach Jason Valek’s squad will travel to the campus of Northern Iowa this weekend for the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals presented by Hibiclens, where they will face off against the top Division II teams in the nation. The brackets for the team duals tournament will be announced later this week. (Original here)