Wolves rated top team in Super Region II in preseason Basford Rankings
OMAHA, Neb. — The Basford regional rankings have the Wolves wrestling team rated as the top team in Super Region II prior to the 2013-14 season.
Newberry is one of 17 schools in the super region and five individuals in each weight class from the super region will advance to the national tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, next March.
The preseason Basford rankings predict the Wolves advancing nine wrestlers to nationals, led by senior 125-pounder Jeff Vesta, who is the lone Newberry wrestler with a preseason No. 1 regional ranking. The returning All-American was the national leader in pins last season.
Three Wolves have the distinction of being ranked second in their weight class, Taylor Knapp at 157 pounds, Blake Ridenour at 165 pounds and Jared Holliday at 184 pounds..
A trio of Wolves are ranked third in their weight class, including three-time national qualifier and two-time national runner-up B.J. Young at 141 pounds.
Academic All-America Seiji Borja is rated third at 149 pounds and 2013 national qualifier Matt Wade is ranked third at heavyweight.
Rounding out the Newberry contingent in the rankings are 2013 All-American Joey Grisko in fourth at 197 pounds and Joe Pittman in fifth at 174 pounds.
Newberry starts the 2013-14 season at The Citadel Invitational in Charleston on Nov. 2.
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