EDMOND, Okla. — The Newberry Wolves wrestling team will close out the 2012-13 season in the No. 5 spot in the Division II Coaches Rankings, with four Wolves ranked in the top eight nationally in their weight class.
Newberry closed out the regular season with a 45-6 win over Anderson on Wednesday night and flipped spots with Pitt-Johnstown in the national rankings. UPJ is ahead of Newberry in the Super Region I rankings as well
Jeff Vesta is the highest ranked individual at No. 4 in the 125-pound weight class. Vesta is the national leader in pinfalls with 14 pins over wrestlers of all classes and 12 pins of Division II wrestlers. He carries a 30-5 record in his first season at Newberry and has won 14 of his last 15 bouts, with nine of those victories coming via pin. Counting his time wrestling at Neosho County CC in Kansas, the redshirt junior now has a 102-30 career record.
Taylor Knapp is ranked sixth in the nation at 157-pounds. The 2012 All-American has a 22-5 record this season with nine wins by fall and two wins by major decision. His last four wins have been bonus point wins.
Deral Brown is ranked seventh in the nation at 149-pounds. With his senior night win by pin, Brown is now second in the Newberry record books in career wins, with a career record of 135-44. He has a 33-5 record in his redshirt senior season with three pinfalls, a technical fall and 13 major decisions. His 36 career major decisions is by far and away the most in school history, 15 more than the nearest wrestler in the record book.
Rounding out Newberry’s nationally ranked contingent is B.J. Young in the No. 8 spot at 141-pounds. Young picked up his 100th career win with a pinfall in Wednesday’s win over Anderson. Young has a 30-8 record on the season with 10 wins by pinfall, five wins by technical fall and four wins by major decision.