The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Wrestling team was back in action this weekend as they traveled to Pembroke, NC to compete in the 33rd annual University of North Carolina-Pembroke Classic. The Patriots performed very well at their home tournament last weekend and were looking to continue that success here. There were 15 teams that competed this weekend, so the Patriots had their work cut out for them.
Three Patriots competed in the 125 weight class this weekend. James Nolan (Olympia, WA) went 0-2 on the day. Grant Burkhalter (Citrus Heights, CA) was very successful in his first tournament of the season as he wrestled a 3-2 record for a 4th place finish. Javier Carbajal (Homestead, FL) also went 3-2 on the day and finished in 5th place. At 133, Cameron Nolan (Olympia, WA) went 1-2, and Andrew Tillman (Abbeville, SC) wrestled for a 1-2 record.
In the 141 class, Landon Burkhalter (Citrus Heights, CA) went 1-2 and Calob Perkins (Miamisburg, OH) went 0-2. There were three Patriots who competed in the 149 class as Terry Stockton (Lawrenceburg, KY), Gabe Dunham (Avon, IN), and Devon Goings (Rockmart, GA) all wrestled 0-2 on the day. Steven Traylor (Killeen, TX) and Isaac King (Waycross, GA) wrestled at 165 lbs. and both also went 2-2 on the weekend.
Brocky Leidecker (Orient, OH) was successful on the day as he went 2-2 against his opponents. Sam Johnson (River Falls, WI) also wrestled for a 3-1 record and a runner-up finish in his weight class. Heavyweight Courtney Freeman (Riverdale, GA) wrestled for a 5-1 record at 285 and finished in 3rd place.
"Overall, I think we wrestled really well at some weights," commented Head Coach Matt Lowers. "Unfortunately, we need some of our other weight classes to step up and compete at a higher level both in the room and in competition. Being a starter on this team is not the standard we are looking to set. We want national champions and scholar athletes, and this will continue to be our driving force."
The Patriots will be back in action on November 23rd as they travel to Rome, GA to compete in the Shorter College Open. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
For more information on the Men's Wrestling program as well as all other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.-