November 29, 2013
The big news on the college wrestling scene in the Carolinas is the fast start of brand new Division II program Coker College out of Hartsville, S.C. Coker is 2-0 on the season with a win at Limestone and they celebrated their first ever wrestling match on the school’s campus with a 25-13 win over the Knights of St. Andrews University. The Cobras attracted a crowd of over 400 fans on Nov. 25 to secure their first wrestling victory at home in school history.
Former Scotland High School three-time state champion Nick Kee is continuing his winning ways in college as he won the Citadel Open on Nov. 2, and placed third in the Wolf-Pack Open on Nov. 17 for Appalachian State at 174-pounds. ASU is still deciding whether or not to redshirt Kee this year. Also on the roster for the Mountaineers is Scotland High School product and former state champ Adrian Soto-Perez, who placed fourth at the Citadel and has a dual-meet win for ASU at 165-pounds.
St. Andrews University’s next competition is set for Jan. 4 as they travel to NAIA foe Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, Ky.), who is ranked No. 5 nationally, and then wrestle the next day and attempt to takedown No. 12 Cumberland University in Cumberland, Tenn.
The state of North Carolina has the second most Division I colleges in the United States with seven. Only Pennsylvania has more with 11. The Division I schools are: Appalachian State, Campbell, Davidson, Duke, Gardner-Webb, N.C. State and the University of North Carolina. So far, none of these seven have made the Top 25 USA Today/NWCA Coaches poll. Individually, in the 10 college weight classes: 125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197 and 285 the Wolfpack have Nick Gwiazdowski ranked No. 3 at 285-pounds and the Tar Heels have Evan Henderson at No. 8 at 141-pounds.
The Newberry Wolves are the only college team in the Carolina Region who are nationally ranked. Newberry is ranked No. 5 in the latest rankings.
In the latest series of the”War on 74 Trophy,” UNC-Pembroke thrashed the Belmont Abbey Crusaders 42-6, on Nov. 21. Next up in the series will pit SAU at UNCP on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. UNCP is 1-0 on the season, Belmont is 1-3 and St. Andrews University is 2-2.
SAU assistant coach Tyler Wozniak assisted in this report.