ERIE, Pa. — The Newberry Wolves find themselves in a familiar spot, as they are atop the first Super Region I Wrestling Coaches Poll, as released Monday evening. The Wolves are also the only school with a wrestler ranked in the top six of each weight class, with none ranked lower than fourth.
The Wolves are 2-0 in dual action and host the Sixth Annual Newberry Duals in Eleazer Arena on Saturday, where they will wrestle Cumberland (Tenn.), Findlay and Lake Erie.
Only one Scarlet and Gray wrestler holds the top spot in his class - Taylor Knapp (Lawrenceville, Ga.) at 157-pounds - who has a 7-2 overall record with no losses to Division II wrestlers. He finished fifth at the season-opening Hokie Open, where he notched a 5-2 record against Division I competition. He earned decisions in dual wins over Indianapolis and Lindsey Wilson last week.
Five Wolves find themselves in the region’s second spot - Jeff Vesta (Manhattan, Kan.) at 125-pounds., B.J. Young (Jackson, N.J.) at 141-pounds, Deral Brown (Elgin) at 149-pounds, Travis Sheehy (Suwanee, Ga.) at 174-pounds and Joey Grisko (Gloucester Township, N.J.).
Vesta enters the Newberry Duals with a 10-3 record with championship honors at the Pembroke Classic and King Open, while Young is 11-4 with runner-up honors at Pembroke and a third place finish at King. Deral Brown is 11-3 and also won championship honors at Pembroke and King.
Sheehy is 10-2 and on a nine-match winning streak with championship honors at Pembroke and King and the only pin in Newberry’s duals last week. Grisko is 9-3 and was the champion at Pembroke and King and split his duals last week.
In the third spot in the polls are Blake Ridenour (Maryville, Tenn.) at 165 lbs. and Matt Wade (Easton, Md.) at heavyweight. Ridenour is 7-3 and was the runner-up at the Pembroke Classic, while Wade is 5-2 and was the championin Pembroke. Neither Wolf wrestled in last week’s duals.
Bazell Partridge Jr. (Lawrenceville, Ga.) at 133-pounds and Mitch Brown (Omaha, Neb.) at 184-pounds are Newberry’s wrestlers in the fourth spot. Partridge is 6-4 on the season, while Mitch Brown is 13-3 on the year with championship honors in Pembroke, runner-up honors at King and fifth place laurels in the Hokie Open.