UNCP wrestler wins weekly honor

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NEWBERRY, S.C. – An impressive week on the mat – one that saw him oust four NCAA Division I foes – has earned junior Blaze Shade D2Wrestle.com Super Region 2 Wrestler of the Week honors, the publication announced this week.

Shade, an Erial, N.J., product, amassed a 7-1 record across two NC State-hosted events last week, including a 4-1 record against NCAA Division I competition. He began his week with a perfect 3-0 mark at Saturday’s Wolfpack Duals at Cary Academy, and then logged a runner-up finish at Sunday’s Wolfpack Open inside Carmichael Gymnasium. Of his seven wins on the week, four were of the bonus-point variety.

He opened up the Wolfpack Duals with a 12-4 major decision over Campbellsville’s Sean Black who is ranked 15th in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) poll at 174 pounds, and then did away with NC State starter Lee Davis via a 5-2 decision. Shade wrapped up his day at the event with a 13-5 major decision over Cumberland’s Corey Daniels.

He registered four-straight wins at Sunday’s Wolfpack Open, including punching his ticket to the championship bout with a tight 3-2 decision over defending Southern Conference (SoCon) champion Sean Mappes of Chattanooga. Shade’s season-opening 13-match win streak would eventually be snapped in the title bout by NC State’s Nicky Hall – the Wolfpack’s starter at 184 pounds during the 2014-15 campaign.

Currently listed seventh in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Poll at 174 pounds, Shade has tallied a 13-1 record this season with three pins, two technical falls and three major decisions. A three-year starter for the Braves, he has compiled a 68-21 (.764) career record with 32 bonus-point victories (15 pins, 3 technical falls, 14 major decisions) and is 35-15 all-time against NCAA Division II competition.

Four Braves named to All-State team

GREENSBORO – The University of North Carolina at Pembroke women’s soccer team continued to add to its stable of postseason hardware on Wednesday morning when defenders Jasmine Senécal-Guzman and Stacey Scott, goalkeeper Janae Aiken and midfielder Amber Watkins were all named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Team.

The announcement marked the sixth time in the last eight years that the Braves have been represented on the squad, and the fourth time during that span that the Braves have sent multiple representatives to the listing. It is the second all-state nod for Watkins, while Aiken, Senécal-Guzman, Scott were all lauded with the accolade for the first time in their careers.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Senécal-Guzman, a defender by trade, tallied 10 points on four scores and two assists, including a 2-goal, 1-assist showing in a dominating home win over PBC rival Georgia Southwestern. She played every minute of 16 contests this season, and was an integral part of a defense that surrendered just 1.5 goals per game as well. This season, she was named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic and All-Conference teams.

Scott, a product of Jacksonville, picked up her second postseason laurel after earning a spot on the PBC All-Tournament team. She ranked second on the team in points, but led the Braves in assists. The only freshman on the all-state first-team registered a pair of game-winning goals and played every minute of 16 contests. She also played a central role in a defense that produced four shutouts.

A Kannapolis native, Watkins logged 11 points on five goals and one assist in 2015. She turned in her first goal of the season earlier this year in a 4-2 home victory over Pfeiffer, but also tallied four goals and her lone assist over the last five games of the regular season, including a two-goal showing at Young Harris.

Aiken was a mainstay between the pipes for UNCP this season and finished her senior campaign with a 1.60 goals against average and a career-best 107 saves. The San Antonio, Texas, native registered six or more stops in 11 different outings, including a season-best 10 saves in a loss at PBC Champion Columbus State. She bookended that showing with nine saves against both USC Aiken and Georgia College. Aiken also produced three shutouts in 2015, including clean sheets against PBC foes Montevallo and USC Aiken.


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