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Brackets released for 2012 Super Region I Tournament

PEMBROKE, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves' path to a fifth straight Super Region I Tournament victory has become clearer, as the official brackets for the tournament have been released. The tournament will take place in three sessions over Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, at UNC Pembroke's English Jones Center.

The top four finishers in each weight class at this weekend's regional tournament will advance to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in Pueblo, Colo., on March 10-11.

Jon Cronin (Las Vegas, Nev.) has been seeded fourth at 125 lbs. and will receive a bye into the quarterfinals, where he will face the winner of Gannon's Matt Turek - seeded fifth - and UNC Pembroke's JD Baker. Cronin has not faced either wrestler this season. He is 1-0 vs. wrestlers in his bracket with a win over Anderson's Cory Monteforte.

Matt Oliver (Toms River, N.J.) is the top-seeded wrestler at the 133 lbs. class and will wrestle Ohio Valley's Josue Rodriguez in the first round. Oliver has not faced any of the wrestlers in his bracket this season.

BJ Young (Jackson, N.J.) is the top-seeded wrestler in the 141 lbs. weight class, and the No. 4-ranked wrestler in the country will look to roll past his opposition. He opens in the first round against Anderson's Ian Harper, who Young pinned in the first period of the season finale. Young has seen five of his potential opponents in the bracket and defeated them all this season.

Deral Brown (Elgin, S.C.) will look for his 100th career victory in the opening round of the 149 lbs. class, where he is the top seed. He will face East Stroudsburg's Andrew Ritchie in the opener, with the winner facing eighth-seeded Christopher Robbins of Ohio Valley, who received a first round bye. Brown has only two Division II losses this season, with four wins in four tries against potential opponents.

Taylor Knapp (Lawrenceville, Ga.) is the second seed in the 157 lbs. weight class and sees American International's Jeffrey Cole in the opener, with the winner getting seventh-seeded Sam Brehm of Gannon in the quarterfinals. Knapp is 1-0 against wreslters in his bracket.

Sean Byrnes (Jackson, N.J.) has a tougher road to nationals at 165 lbs. as the third seed, facing Ohio Valley's Kenneth Colbey Richards in the opening round. The winner gets sixth-seeded Neil Grudi of Shippensburg, who Byrnes pinned at the Super Region Duals in January. Byrnes is 1-1 against wrestlers in this bracket, with the only loss coming to the top seed.

Travis Sheehy (Suwanee, Ga.) is the top seed at 174 lbs. and earned a bye to the quarterfinals. He will face the winner of eighth-seeded Randall Wagner of Seton Hill and American International's Vladimir Bereshchenko. He is 3-0 against his potential opponents in the class.

Mitch Brown (Omaha, Neb.) is the third seed in the 184 lbs. class and will face Ohio Valley's Justin Smith in the first round. The winner will get sixth-seeded Derrick Williams of West Liberty in the quarterfinals. Brown is 0-2 against potential opponents, with both losses coming in overtime.

Zach Anderson (Dunwoody, Ga.) is seeded third at 197 lbs. and faces off against Anderson's Jordan Denmark in the first round. Zach Anderson earned a 10-5 decision over Denmark in the season finale. The winner gets sixth-seeded Chris Boyd of Gannon in the quarterfinals. Anderson is 2-1 this year against potential opponents, with the only loss coming in the sudden victory period.

It's no surprise that 2011 All-American Jake Elkins (Trussville, Ala.) is the top seed in the heavyweight class, where he will face East Stroudsburg's Joe Blaes in the opening round. The winner gets eighth-seeded Chaz Lear of Gannon in the quarterfinals. Elkins is 4-1 against his potential opponents in Pembroke.

The tournament begins at 4 p.m. Friday in UNCP's English Jones Center. Tournament information will updated through the weekend here. You can view the full brackets here.

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