Wolves ranked 14th in preseason poll; Four individuals nationally ranked


Wolves ranked 14th in preseason poll; Four individuals nationally ranked
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | by Bryan Eckelberg, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY - The Newberry College Wolves' wrestling team is ranked 14th in the preseason Division II Wrestling Coaches' Poll, which was released on Oct. 28. The Wolves have four nationally ranked individuals in Trung Duong, Jordan Simpson, Huston Evans and Cody Brundage.

Newberry received 18 points in the voting as a team. St. Cloud State is the top ranked team after receiving 74 points and two first place votes.

Duong is ranked sixth at 125 lbs. after going 29-8 as a junior. Duong finished in eighth place at the 2016 NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament at the 125-lb. weight class.

Simpson is ranked seventh at 133 lbs. after going 21-6 as a sophomore. Simpson will look to return to the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament after placing seventh last season at 133 lbs.

Evans is ranked sixth at 174 lbs. after going 34-6 as a junior. He placed seventh at the 2016 NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament at 184 lbs.

Brundage is ranked seventh at 197 lbs. after going 30-11 as a junior. Brungage was named first team all-conference after going a perfect 6-0 in ECAC duals.

Newberry will open the season Nov. 6th at the Southeast Open in Roanoke, Va.

Team Rankings

Rank School 1st Points
1. St. Cloud State 2 74
2. Maryville   50
3. Pitt-Johnstown 2 43
4. Mercyhurst   40
5. Upper Iowa 1 35
6. Nebraska-Kearney 1 29
7. Notre Dame   28
8. Indianapolis   24
  McKendree 1 24
10. Tiffin   23
11. Ashland   22
  Seton Hill   22
13. California Baptist   20
14. Newberry   18
15. Northern State 1 17
16. Augustana 1 16
  UNC Pembroke 1 16
18. Newman   13
19. Minnesota State-Mankato   12
  Simon Fraser   12
  Wisconsin-Parkside   12
  Wheeling Jesuit   12
22. Lake Erie   11
23. Colorado Mesa   10
24. Shippensburg   9
25. Fort Hays State   8
  Limestone   8
  Minnesota State-Moorhead   8

Individual Rankings

125 lbs.

1. Brett Velasquez St. Cloud State
2. Willie Bohince Mercyhurst
3. Ronzel Darling UW Parkside
4. Dustin Reed Newman
5. Ronnie Wardleigh Western State Colo.
6. Trung Duong Newberry
7. Maleek Williams Upper Iowa
8. Zach Brown West Liberty
9. Jaret Singh Maryville
10. Giuseppe Penzone Tiffin

133 lbs.

1. Nick Roberts Pitt-Johnstown
2. Mike Labry Ashland
3. Nick Crume Indianapolis
4. Blake Bosch Minn. St.-Moorhead
5. Dakota Bauer Maryville
6. Naquan Hardy McKendree
7. Jordan Simpson Newberry
8. Martin Ramirez Adams State
9. David Bavery Notre Dame
10. Taylor Summers Chadron State

174 lbs.

1. Blaze Shade UNC Pembroke
2. Adam Cooling Minn. St.-Mankato
3. Calvin Ochs Nebraska-Kearney
4. Clayton Jennissen St. Cloud State
5. Justan Rivera Notre Dame
6. Huston Evans Newberry
7. Nolan Kistler California Baptist
8. J.J. Filipek McKendree
9. John Blankenship Pitt-Johnstown
10. Brad Metz Findlay

197 lbs.

1. Joe Gomez Northern State
2. Garrett Lineberger Notre Dame
3. Jacob Waste California Baptist
4. Jon Inman Fort Hays State
5. Ryan Parmely Upper Iowa
6. Evan Ramos Shippensburg
7. Cody Brundage Newberry
8. Matt Rudy Limestone
9. Dylan Archer Lindenwood
10. Uthman Rabiu St. Cloud State