Lions Rank 4th in South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Men's Wrestling Preseason Poll

Lions Rank 4th in South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Men's Wrestling Preseason Poll

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Newberry is the favorite in the 2019-20 South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Men's Wrestling Preseason Poll.

The preseason poll was unveiled on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. 

Newberry (56) received all seven first-place votes that it had available since you could not vote for own team. Limestone (50) claimed the other first-place vote to sit second.

King (38) was tabbed third followed closely by Emmanuel (36). Belmont Abbey (33) was chosen fifth, while Coker (32) was picked sixth. Queens (21) was selected seventh and first-year program Mount Olive (14) was tabbed eighth. 

The team with the best head-to-head record against conference opponents in dual matches will be crowned the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas champion.

2019-20 Men's Wrestling Preseason Poll

Team

1st

Total 

1. Newberry

7

56

2. Limestone

1

50

3. King

 

38

4. Emmanuel

 

36

5. Belmont Abbey

 

33

6. Coker

 

32

7. Queens

 

21

8. Mount Olive

 

14

Conference Carolinas Men's Wrestlers to Watch (Submitted by South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Coaches)

Belmont Abbey
184 - Logan Branham, Jr., Rogersville, Tenn.
165 - Greg Hilliard, Sr., Dahlonega, Ga.
285 - Michael Siwiec, Jr., Toms River, N.J. 

Coker
285 - Ramon Correa, R-Jr., West Olive, Mich. (NCAA National Championships qualifier)
125 – John Watts, So., Willacoochee, Ga.
133 – Chris Poland, Sr., Hastings, Mich. 

Emmanuel
157 - Kevin almond, Jr., Elberton, Ga. (second team South Atlantic Conference Carolinas All-Conference in 2018-19, NCAA National Championships qualifier)
149 - Matt Schmall, Jr., Slatington, Pa.
184 - Seth Bell, Jr. Weatherford, Texas

King
285 - Cade Ridley, So., Lula, Ga.
197 - Elijah Seay, Sr., Goodview, Ga. (first team All-South Atlantic Conference Carolinas All-Conference in 2018-19, NCAA Regional champion and NCAA National Championships qualifier)
125 - Rylee Billings, So., Millers Creek, N.C.

Limestone
197 - Matt Rudy, Sr., Summerville, S.C. (first team South Atlantic Conference Carolinas All-Conference in 2018-19, two-time All-American)
141 - Matt Rose, Sr., Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. (2018-19 Super Region II Champion 149 lbs, first team All-South Atlantic Conference Carolinas All-Conference in 2018-19)
133 - John Burger, R-So., New Milford, N.J.

Mount Olive
141 - Jeff Thomas, Fr., Saint Paris, Ohio
285 - Ross Sealby, Gr., Byron, Ill.
197/285 - Ogden Atwood, Fr., Kittanning, Penn. 

Newberry
141 - Isiah Royal, Jr., Guyton, Ga. (2018-19 South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Wrestler of the Year, first team South Atlantic Conference Carolinas All-Conference in 2018-19, National Finalist, 2018-19 All-America selection)
157 - Austin Palmer, Sr., West Columbia, S.C. (first team South Atlantic Conference Carolinas All-Conference in 2018-19, two-time NCAA National Championships qualifier, 2018-19 All-America selection)
184 - Zebrandon Gant, So., Springfield, Ga. (2018-19 South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, NCAA National Championships qualifier) 

Queens
125 - Melvin Rubio, Jr., Candler, N.C. (first team South Atlantic Conference Carolinas All-Conference in 2018-19, NCAA National Championships qualifier)
184 - Noah Curreri, Jr., Glen Spey, N.Y. (second team South Atlantic Conference Carolinas All-Conference in 2018-19)