OMAHA, Neb. — A current six-match winning streak that included a pair of comeback victories continued to pay dividends on the national stage for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke wrestling team on Thursday as the Braves stayed put at No. 25 in the latest Basford Division II National Rankings, the organization announced.
In addition to the team recognition, two wrestlers are among the top 12 individuals in their respective weight classes. Two-time all-American Daniel Ownbey held steady at No. 4 in the latest listing at 141 pounds, while Chris Giddens is among a dozen wrestlers included in the 285-pound division.
On the regional level, the Braves is ranked sixth among NCAA Super Region 2’s 17 teams — up one spot from the last ranking on January 9. Six Braves are included among the region’s individual listings, including the debut of Stuart Nadeau (7th) in the 197-pound poll. Ownbey (141 pounds) stayed put at No. 2, as did Justin Pencook (5th, 157 pounds), Brach Walker, 5th, 184) and Giddens (4th, 285). Blaze Shade inched up a spot to No. 3 in the latest listing at 174 pounds.
Football trio named to All-American squad
The UNCP football team continued to gain recognition after one of the top seasons in its history as Wes Carter, Luke Charles and Marquell Rozier were all named honorable mention All-Americans by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette.
Charles had been previously selected to the 2011 Beyond Sports Network all-America squad but it is the first-such honor for Carter and Rozier.
Ten different players have now been decorated with all-America laurels since football made its return to the UNCP campus in 2007.
UNCP basketball hosting faith and family day
Returning to Pembroke for another three-game home stand, the UNCP mens and womens basketball teams will host GRU Augusta today at the English E. Jones Center. The women’s game is set for 1:30 p.m. with the men to follow at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The promotion for the event is faith and family day with church and tribal organizations receiving a $2 ticket for entry into the games. Admission prices are $5 for adults and $2 for children 18 years of age and younger. UNCP students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a valid Braves Card.
Edgerton named preseason All-PBC baseball
Jordan Edgerton was among 11 players named to the Preseason All-Peach Belt Conference baseball team, the league office announced.
Ten current or former UNC Pembroke baseball players have now been decorated with preseason all-conference recognition since the inception of the award in 2008. It is the first-such honor for Edgerton.
Edgerton earned all-American recognition from Daktronics, the American Baseball Coaches Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after hitting a team-best .392 batting average in 2013 and hitting 29 extra-base hits with 56 RBI and 52 runs scored. The junior led the nation in base hits.
The Braves as a team were picked to finish fifth in a preseason poll of the Peach Belt Conference’s 12 head coaches. USC Aiken grabbed nine of the 11 available first place votes and Lander took the other two first place nods before settling into the runner-up spot. Montevallo is third and Georgia College was slated to finish fourth.
UNCP softball nets 2 All-PBC preseason picks
Following a 2013 season that logged award after award for Brea Hartley and Taylor Cloninger, the two UNC Pembroke softball players will begin their 2014 campaign by being named to the Peach Belt Conference Softball Preseason All-Conference Team.
Last season, Hartley, garnered Daktronics All-American status after finishing the season with a .407 batting average and 40 RBI, both second in the PBC. The Lexington native played in all 55 games and notched 31 runs, 12 doubles and 10 homers.
Cloninger played in 52 games in 2013 with a total 61 hits which ranked her second in the conference and fifth in the league in runs with 40, doubles with 12 and home runs with 10.