NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves open their home and dual schedule this Sunday, hosting the Newberry Duals. The Wolves will wrestle four dual matches over the course of the day, facing off against Queens, East Stroudsburg, Bellarmine and top-ranked St. Cloud State. Also participating in the event are Coker, Emmanuel, Life, Limestone and UNC Pembroke.
WHAT TO KNOW
WHERE: Newberry, S.C. - Eleazer Arena
WHEN: Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.
RANKINGS: St. Cloud State: 1st; Life: 7th (NAIA); Receiving Votes: Limestone, East Stroudsburg, Newberry
VIDEO: All duals on Mat 1, which includes each of Newberry's duals, will be streamed at www.newberrywolves.tv
LIVE SCORING: All matches will be scored at www.trackwrestling.com
LOOKING AT NEWBERRY'S OPPONENTS
East Stroudsburg: The Warriors return redshirt junior Dylan Nace, who currently sits at the No. 8 spot in the 141 lbs. class. Nace finished last season at No. 9 in the final NWCA national rankings. Alongside him is redshirt sophomore Mike Raccioppi, who is listed at No. 9 at 165 lbs.
Bellarmine: The Knights of Bellarmine are in their second year of the newly introduced program. Sophomore Gage Branson has shown much success for the Knights, placing in each event this year.
St. Cloud State: The Wolves welcome the Huskies, who gained the number one spot in the latest national poll. The Huskies claimed second place at the 2017 NCAA Championships. St. Cloud State brings back Brett Velasquez, who ranks No. 1 in the 125 lbs. class. Velasquez placed third at the NCAA DII Championships in March, defeating former Wolves' standout Trung Duong in the consolation semifinals. He will likely wrestle against eighth-ranked Jordan Simpson of Newberry in one of the day's marquee matchups. Senior Larry Bomstad is also the top-ranked wrestler at 157 pounds after a third-place finish at last year's national championships.
Queens: The Royals’ enter their first season of competition. The team has made great strides in the early going, including placing at the King Open.
Coker: The Cobras look to return to the mat after wrapping up the season at the Super Region 2 Championships. They return ECAC All-Academic selections Jordan Garlow and Temaris Dixon. Garlow went 11-10 with the Cobras, and was named to the DII NWCA all-academic honorable mention team. Dixon finished the season 7-4.
Life: The Running Eagles’ currently rank 7th in the NAIA. Redshirt senior Dalton Bailey ranks the highest individually at No. 2 in the 197 lbs. Division. Alongside Bailey is Hunter Smith, who ranks third in the 184 lbs class. Bailey and Smith both had top four finishes at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships.
UNC Pembroke: The Braves return to competition after sharing the 7th place honor at the Wolfpack Open. They bring in new talent, including Blaine Shade, the younger brother of assistant coach Blaze Shade. They also return Eric Milks who compiled a 17-10 record, including a 9-4 clip in dual meets. He registered a pair of wins en route to grabbing a fifth place finish at the NCAA Midwest Super Regional. The Braves took down Newberry 20-19 in an ECAC dual in February, the only conference loss in school history for the Wolves.
Limestone: The Saints Limestone returns junior Matt Rudy, who ranks fourth in the 197 lbs. class. Rudy earned all-american and sixth place honors at the 2017 DII Wrestling Championships. The Saints claimed a share of the ECAC title last season at 5-1, but were defeated by the Wolves head-to-head on a Nick Weldon takedown as time expired in the teams' dual last January