October 4, 2013
MISSOULA, Mont. —The Newberry College wrestling program has had its 2013 signing class recognized as one of the best in the nation by Wrestling USA magazine. The Wolves’ newcomers were rated as the fourth-best signing class in Division II and seventh-best outside of Division I.
With 15 signees announced earlier this summer, the Wrestling USA rankings do not include 125-pounder J.J. Johnson of Hanahan High School, who was a late signee. Johnson placed third in the 120 lbs. class at the NHSCA Nationals and was also recognized as a North/South All-Star.
“This class speaks for itself in terms of its quality both on and off the mat,” said head coach Jason Valek. “Had the rankings taken into account the late edition of J.J. Johnson, who had originally signed with Mizzou, we would have been even higher. It’s a testament to our staff’s hard work and going the extra mile to not only recruit great student athletes, but student-athletes who are great fits for Newberry College.”
Wrestling season is barely a month away, as the Wolves start the season at The Citadel Open in Charleston on Nov. 2.