ERIE, Pa. — Led by three wrestlers at the top of their weight class, the Newberry Wolves start 2013 once again ranked No. 1 in Super Region One. The Wolves are the only team in the region with a top six wrestler in all 10 weight classes.
Newberry enters 2013 on a dominant roll, having set a new record for team points at the Midwest Classic and holding a 5-0 duals record. The scarlet and gray will face off against Central Missouri and Newman (Kan.) in Warrensburg, Mo., on Sunday before the NWCA National Duals in Springfield, Ill.
Jeff Vesta (Manhattan, Kan.) at 121-pounds has moved into the top spot in the region with a 16-4 record this season. He has only lost two matches to Division II wrestlers this season and was the runner-up at the Midwest Classic.
Travis Laxton (Live Oak, Fla.) moves into the rankings in the 133 pounds weight class in the fifth spot. He has yet to see action this season.
At 141-pounds, B.J. Young (Jackson, N.J.) remains at the No. 2 spot in the region behind UNC Pembroke’s Daniel Ownbey. Young has a 17-5 record on the season and has only lost two Division II bouts this year, both to Ownbey.
Also at the No. 2 spot is Deral Brown (Elgin) at 141-pounds with a record of 19-3 this season. He now has 120 career victories and is on a nine-match winning streak after going 5-0 to win the championship at the Midwest Classic.
Taylor Knapp (Lawrenceville, Ga.) remains in the top spot in the rankings at 1571-pounds with a record of 12-4 after finishing in fourth place at the Midwest Classic.
With a national wrestler of the week honor to his credit, Blake Ridenour (Maryville, Tenn.) jumped two spots to No. 1 in the region at 1651-pounds He has a 16-4 record this season after finishing in third place at the Midwest Classic.
Travis Sheehy (Suwanee, Ga.) holds steady at the second spot in the 1741-pounds ranking with a 17-3 record. Sheehy finished third at the Midwest Classic, with his only Division II loss of the year coming to the nation and region’s No. 1 ranked wrestler in the semifinals.
Mitch Brown (Omaha, Neb.) fell one spot to third in the region ranking at 1841-pounds. He has an 18-5 record after finishing as runner-up at the Midwest Classic. His only Division II losses have come to teammate Jared Holliday and twice to national No. 1 Adam Walters of Findlay by one point in each bout.
Joey Grisko (Gloucester Township, N.J.) fell one spot to third in the region at 1971-pounds. He has a 14-7 overall record and finished in sixth place at the Midwest Classic.
Rounding out the rankings is Matt Wade (Easton, Md.), who was champion of the Braves Open in November and will return to action with a 5-2 record this season.