FAYETTE, Iowa - The Division II Wrestling Coaches' Association announced their preseason individual and team rankings for the 2017-2018 season. Two Newberry individuals were ranked in their respective weight classes while the team received votes to land just outside the top 25.
Jordan Simpson, a senior, is ranked No. 11 in the 125 pound class. Last season for the Wolves, he finished fifth at the NCAA Super Region 2 Tournament to cap off a 25-9 campaign wrestling at 133 pounds. Simpson was 7-0 in matches decided by fall last season and was 5-1 in conference matches. He is a two-time all-ECAC honoree.
Whitely, a transfer from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, ranked ninth in the 133-pound class. While at Wheeling Jesuit, Whitely qualified for back-to-back NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, becoming the program's first qualifier in the process. His 51 career wins ranks fourth in WJU history. He holds the third-best winning percentage of .718 (51-20) and has the second-most tech falls (9) and third-most major decisions (8) in the Cardinals record books.
Newberry received six points in the team poll to land just outside the top 25. Eastern College Athletic Conference foe King was tied for 21st, while fellow ECAC rival Limestone was also receiving votes.
The Wolves open their season at the Hokie Open on Nov. 5 in Blacksburg, Virginia.