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Top Active Coaches in Wins – Division III

Active – Top 35 (at least 77 wins)  D-III

  1. Bill Racich (Ursinus College)                   488
  2. Ned McGinley (King’s College-PA)        436
  3. Roger Crebs (Lycoming College)             335
  4. Steve Eldridge (U.S. Coast Guard Acad.)           317 (incomplete) ** = just retired
  5. Don Murray (SUNY-Brockport)              318
  6. Kerry Volkmann (John Carroll)                298
  7. Ron Beaschler (Ohio Northern)                272
  8. Lenny Morris (Johnson & Wales)             243
  9. Tim Fadar (Wisc.-Whitewater & LaCrosse)  230
  10. Randy Stewart (Loras College)                224
  11. Dave Mitchell (Luther College)                223
  12. Martin Nichols (Ithaca College)               198
  13. Jay Jones (Rhode Island College)             199
  14. Jon Laudenslager (Wilkes Univ.)               172
  15. John Oostendorp (Coe College)                 169
  16. Brad Bruhn (SUNY-Cortland)                   169
  17. Drew Black (Wesleyan / Phoenix Coll.)     162
  18. Johnny Johnson (Wisc.-Stevens Point)      162
  19. Mike Howard  (SUNY Oswego)                147
  20. Bryan Brunk  (Messiah Coll.)                    128
  21. Dave Malecek (Wisc.-La Crosse St.)                      123
  22. Chris Walter  (Wisc.-Platteville)                 116
  23. Duane Ritter (SUNY-Oneota St.)                        116
  24. Mike Duroe  (Cornell College)                 107
  25. Steve Marianetti (Elmhurst College)        105
  26. Leo Kocher (Univ. of Chicago)                101 (incomplete)
  27. Kevin Morin (Milwaukee Sch. Of Eng.)  101 ** = just retired
  28. Jon McGovern (DubuqueUniv.)                99
  29. Craig Thurber (Thiel College)                     99
  30. Mike Clayton  ( Stevens/Apprentice)         98
  31. Joe Pistone (Southern Maine)                     98
  32. Brian Anderson (Wabash College)             94
  33. Bruce Shumaker (Apprentice School)        92
  34. Brandon Novak (St. John’s, Mn.)              83
  35. Todd Hibbs (Alma College/Olivet)            77

April 20, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Top Active Coaches in Division II wins

Top 16 Division II Coaches with 100 or more wins

  1. Pat Pecora (Pitt-Johnstown)                           528
  2. David James  (Central Oklahoma)                  377
  3. Mike Denney (U.N.O.-Maryville Un.)           322
  4. Jim Makovsky (Minn. St.-Mankato)               261
  5. Robin Ersland (Central Missouri)                   220
  6. Marc Bauer (Nebraska-Kearney)                    192
  7. Don Henry Gannon Univ.)                             172
  8. Jason Valek (Newberry)                                 163
  9. Robert Fisher (Kutztown Univ.)                     151
  10. Lars Jensen (San Francisco St.)                      150
  11. Miles Van Hee (Western St. Coll.)                 142
  12. Heath Grimm (Upper Iowa Univ.)                 135
  13. Steve Costanzo  (St. Cloud State)                     119
  14. Mike Wehler (Mercyhurst/West Liberty St.)     118
  15. Jason Reitmeier (Augustana College, SD)      117
  16. Dave Schutter (Truman State)                        100

April 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Top Active Coaches by wins in Division I

Active – Top 35 (at least 100 wins)  D-I

  1. J Robinson (Minnesota)                 418
  2. Gary Taylor (Rider)                                   404
  3. John Smith (Oklahoma State)        357
  4. CarlAdams (Boston Univ.)                        321
  5. Tom Borelli (Central Mich.)           287
  6. Craig Turnbull (West Virginia)       287
  7. Duane Goldman (Indiana)             271
  8. Rob Koll (Cornell)                         243
  9. Jim Zalesky  (Oregon St./Iowa)      227
  10. Bruce Haberli (New York University) 215
  11. Tom Ryan (Ohio St./Hofstra)         209
  12. Mark Manning (Nebraska/Nor.Iowa) 208
  13. Barry Davis (Wisconsin)                207
  14. Brian Smith (Missouri)                   201
  15. Joe McFarland (Michigan/Indiana)            198     
  16. Tim Flynn (Edinboro)                    184
  17. Tom Minkel (Mich. St./Cent. Mich)  180
  18. Joel Greenlee (Ohio U.)                 180
  19. Tom Brands (Iowa/Va.Tech)         163
  20. Jim Beichner (SUNY-Buffalo)      152 ** retired in 2013
  21. Jim Andrassy (Kent State)             135
  22. Pat Santoro (Lehigh/ Maryland)     134
  23. Rob Hjerling (Citadel)                    122
  24. Steve Martin (Old Dominion)        118
  25. Steve Garland (Virginia Univ.)      116
  26. Cael Sanderson (Penn St./Iowa St.)            115
  27. Greg Randall (Boise State)                         114
  28. Jay Weiss (Harvard)                      114
  29. Bruce Burnett (U.S. Naval Acad.)  113 ** retired in 2013
  30. Kerry McCoy (Maryland/Stanford)  112
  31. Kevin Dresser (Virginia Tech)        112
  32. Scott Goodale (Rutgers Univ.)       111
  33. Derek DelPorto (East. Mic./Slip. Rock)  105
  34. John Stutzman (Bloomsburg/Buffalo)   100
  35. Pat Poplizio (N.C. State/SUNY  Bing.)  100
  36. C.D. Mock (Univ. North Carolina)              97
  37. Dan Wirnsberger (Bucknell/Bloomsburg)   96

April 15, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

All-Time Coaches Records – Active Coaches

All-Time Coaches RecordsActive Coaches in wins at that level as of 04/01/14

Before ’14-’15            Active – Top 57 (at least 150 wins)    Overall-All-Levels

  1. Pat Pecora (Pitt-Johnstown)                 528 – II
  2. Bill Racich (Ursinus College)               488 – III
  3. Ned McGinley (King’s College)                       436 – III
  4. J Robinson (Minnesota)                                  418 – I
  5. Gary Taylor (Rider)                             404 – I
  6. David James (Cent. Okla.)                   377 – II
  7. John Smith (Oklahoma State)                          357 – I
  8. Roger Crebs (Lycoming College)         335 – III
  9. Tom Borelli (Central Michigan)           333 – I
  10. Mike Denney (UNO-Maryville)                       322 – II
  11. Tom Kessler (York College)                321 – III ** just retired
  12. Carl Adams (Boston Univ.)                 321 – I
  13. Don Murray (SUNY-Brockport)          318 – III
  14. Steve Eldridge (U.S. Coast Guard Ac.)   317 – III  (incomplete)
  15. Kerry Volkmann (John Carroll)                       298 – III
  16. Craig Turnbull (West Virginia)             287 – I
  17. Ron Beaschler (Ohio Northern)                       272 – III
  18. Duane Goldman (Indiana Univ.)                     271 – I
  19. Jim Makovsky (Minn. St.-Mankato/Valley City St.)     261 – II
  20. Bruce Haberli (New York Univ./Manhattan)  257 – I/III
  21. Rob Koll (Cornell)                               243 – I
  22. Lonnie Morris (Johnson & Wales)       243 – III
  23. Dave Pacheo (Sacramento City College)  239 – CaCC
  24. Pat Whitcomb  (North Idaho Jr. Coll.)231 – Juco
  25. Tim Fader (Wisc. Whitewater & LaCrosse)  230 – III
  26. Jim Zalesky  (Oregon St./Iowa)                        227 – I
  27. Randy Stewart (Loras College)                        224 – III
  28. Dave Mitchell (Luther College)                        223 – III
  29. Robin Ersland (Minot St./Cent. Miss. Etc.)    220 – II
  30. Tom Ryan (Ohio St./Hofstra)               209 – I
  31. Mark Manning (Nebraska/Nor.Iowa)   208 -  I
  32. Barry Davis (Wisconsin)                      207 – I
  33. Brian Smith (Missouri)                         201 – I
  34. Jay Jones (Rhode Island College)       199 – III
  35. Joe McFarland (Michigan/Indiana)      198– I
  36. Martin Nichols (Ithaca College)         198 – III
  37. Marc Bauer (Nebraska-Kearney)        192 – II
  38. Mike Duroe  (Cornell Coll./Nor. Mich.)  184 – III/I
  39. Tim Flynn (Edinboro St.)                    184 – I
  40. Tom Minkel (Mich. St./Cent. Mich.) 180– I
  41. Joel Greenlee (Ohio Univ.)                  180 – I
  42. Steve Costanzo  (St. Cloud St./Dana Coll.)   180 – II/NAIA
  43. Mike Ritchey (Southern Oregon State)  179 — NAIA
  44. Drew Black (Wesleyan / Phoenix Coll.)           173 – III/Juco  (incomplete)
  45. Don Henry (Gannon Univ.)                 172 – II
  46. Jon Laudenslager (Wilkes Univ.)         172 — III
  47. John Oostendorp (Coe College)                       169 – III
  48. Brad Bruhn (SUNY-Cortland)             169
  49. Tom Brands (Iowa, Va. Tech)                         163 — I
  50. Jason Valek  (Newberry)                    163 — II
  51. Johnny Johnson (Wisc.-Stevens Point)   162 — III
  52. Mike Machholz (Missouri Valley)       161 — NAIA
  53. Frank Romano  (Notre Dame College/Kent St.) 158 – NAIA/I
  54. Mike Jones (Simon Fraser)                  158 – NAIA (incomplete)
  55. Jim Beichner (SUNY Buffalo)                         152 – I ** retired in 2013
  56. Robert Fisher (Kutztown Univ.)         151 — II
  57. Lars Jensen (San Francisco St.)          150 — II

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Bern All-Sun Journal Wrestling Team

By New Bern Sun Journal Staff  - April 5th

http://www.newbernsj.com/sports/local/wrestling-all-sun-journal-wrestling-team-1.301122

Jonah Andrews, Pamlico County – The freshman qualified for the 1A state tournament in his first season of high school wrestling. He competed at 120 pounds and posted a 23-12 record.

Marlon MacIntyre, Pamlico County – As a sophomore, McIntyre qualified for the 1A state tournament at 126 pounds and put up a record of 25-8.
Jorge Valadez, Pamlico County – Valadez, a sophomore, qualified for the 1A state tournament at 145 pounds and posted a record of 32-12.
Connor Hough, Pamlico County – A junior, Hough qualified for the 1A state tournament at 170 pounds and posted a record of 28-10.
Clay Conley, Pamlico County – The sophomore Conley reached the 1A state tournament at 182 pounds and posted a record of 24-15.
Daniel Adams, West Craven – Adams qualified for the 3A state tournament as a freshman. The 126 pounder flurried late in the season and put up a 15-9 record for the year.
Dalton Hill, West Craven – The sophomore Hill reached the 3A state tournament at 170 pounds and posted a record of 25-8.
Cody Cooke, West Craven – A junior, Cooke reached the 3A state tournament at 138 pounds and posted a record of 24-11.
Robert Baker, West Craven – In his senior season, Baker returned to the 3A state tournament for the second-straight year. He wrestled at 145 pounds and posted a record of 25-8.
Ramone Lawson, Havelock – The senior Lawson reached the 3A state tournament at 145 pounds and posted a record of 37-12.
Javar Godette, Havelock – As a senior, Godette reached the 3A state tournament at 152 pounds and posted a record of 33-10.
Ryan Davis, Havelock – One of the winningest wrestlers in Havelock history. As a senior, Davis placed third in the state in 3A in the 138-pound weight class. He was 40-7 for the year.
John Ellis, Havelock – Ellis is in the top 10 all-time in wins at Havelock. In his senior season, he placed fourth in the 3A state tournament at 160 pounds. He compiled a 46-9 record.
Drew Thome, New Bern – Thome, a senior, reached the 4A state tournament and posted a 14-11 record.
DeAndre Jones, New Bern – After finishing second in the state as a junior, Jones was motivated for his senior season. He moved to the 195-pound weight class and dominated his competition on the way to an unblemished 32-0 record and 4A state championship. Jones is the 2013-14 Sun Journal Wrestler of the Year.

April 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sculthorpe awarded the Roy Heverly Award.

The best underclassman wrestler in eastern North Carolina in 2014 was the Topsail Pirates’ own State Champion, Joseph Sculthorpe.   After taking 2nd place last season as a freshman at 220 lbs., Joe defeated two former state champions to take the 285 Lbs. title as a sophomore.  He finished his state championship season with a 47-2 record along with the Mid-Eastern Conference and East Regional titles.  He was also named the Mid-eastern conference wrestler of the year and the Wilmington Star News wrestler of the year.  Joe now holds 96 career victories.

The TakeDown Report sponsors the Roy Heverly Award, named in honor of the former 4 time state medallist, state champion and college All-American at UNC-Pembroke.  TakeDown Report editor Martin Fleming presented Joseph the Roy Heverly Award trophy before the Laney – Topsail baseball game and pirate wrestler Joseph Sculthorpe threw out the first pitch.

April 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wilmington All-Area Wrestling Team

From the Wilmington Star News Varsity by Alex Riley Alex.Riley@StarNewsOnline.com
http://www.starnewsvarsity.com/news/article/53720/all-area-wrestling/?tc=ar

HAMPSTEAD | It took Joseph Sculthorpe a long time to sort out the end of the 2013 high school wrestling season.  On one hand, he was upset. As a freshman at Topsail, he’d gone from unknown to competing in the 220-pound Class 2A state championship match, losing in overtime.  The sting of defeat was potent and sharp. So, when opposing coaches came up to talk with him after the match, their words were hard to reconcile with what he was feeling.  “They were coming up to me at the podium like, ‘How old are you?’ And at the time I was 14. They’re like, ‘You’re 14 and you’re wrestling 220 and you’re in the finals. And you’re crying right now? Are you kidding me? There are people that would kill to be in your position right now.’ I was like, well I guess it is a pretty cool accomplishment,” Sculthorpe said.  But Sculthorpe isn’t a wrestler looking for accomplishments. He’s in it to win.  “I didn’t want to feel like that again. Finishing second, I was so close to the best, to the top and just couldn’t reach it. I guess that was kind of my motivation to get me to the top,” he added.  On Feb. 22, 2014, Sculthorpe had a new feeling to deal with – confusion.

The sophomore capped his season by winning the 3A heavyweight state title. He finished 47-2 overall, capped by a 5-2 win against Carson-Jesse’s Alex Lyles in the final. It was a title he couldn’t believe he won.  “I was a little dumbfounded. I was in the car, just sitting there staring out the window like, ‘This is crazy,’” Sculthorpe joked.  His performance this season earned Sculthorpe StarNews All-Area wrestler of the year.  The last two years have been similar. As a freshman, he came in as an unknown in the 220-pound division. He didn’t get seeded until around regionals.  Despite his success, the process started all over again this winter with Sculthorpe moving up to the heavyweight division. Since he competed in a lower class last season, he had to win his way back into the rankings.  “Now the target’s on my back I guess,” Sculthorpe said.  Topsail coach Justin Armstrong knows what lies ahead. Sculthorpe has two more years left, meaning he’s got a chance to be a three-time state champion. That won’t come easy.  While Sculthorpe might have snuck up on opponents in the past, those days are long gone. Even this year, Armstrong would get coaches coming up and asking about him.  “Everybody and their brother was shooting for him,” Armstrong said.  “(The next step is) to be perfect, to go out there and completely dominate. To get to the point where nobody is getting near him in a match in regards to points. Just complete domination. It’s what I’m going to be trying to motivate him towards.” In order to be perfect, Armstrong hopes to see Sculthorpe add another 10-15 pounds of muscle. He also wants to see more aggression when he’s standing. Few people can match Sculthorpe on the ground, but on his feet he can be tentative.  After winning his championship, Sculthorpe took “a little break” to recover. The downtime didn’t last long.  Between wrestling and football seasons, he’d had no time off, but after sitting idle for a week he needed to get back to training. Right now, he’s lifting weights with the football team three days a week and taking part in private wrestling workouts.  The sting of losing helped Sculthorpe claim a state title as a sophomore. It’s a feeling he’d love to encounter again and again.  “Being the best at 3A heavyweight is pretty nice knowing you finished the season out the best way you could finish the season out,” Sculthorpe said. “And, that’s the way I wanted to finish the season.”

All-area wrestling   First Team
Wrestler of the Year: Joseph Sculthorpe, sophomore, Topsail (47-2). Class 3A state champion at heavyweight and two-time state placer. Was second in 2A last season.
106: David Bostian, sophomore, Laney (37-9): Mideastern Conference champ and second-place finisher at 4A East regional.
113: Adan Hardy, senior, Laney (41-11): Mideastern Conference champion and third-place finisher at 4A East Regional.
120: Porfirio Bautista, freshman, West Brunswick (32-9): Mideastern Conference champion
126: Austin Gabriele, junior, Ashley (28-6): Mideastern Conference champ.
132: Joe Mondragon, junior, Ashley (24-4): Finished second at regionals and fifth at Class 4A state meet.
138: Jonathan Miller, junior, Laney (26-13): Mideastern Conference champion finished third at the 4A East regional.
145: Cole Plott, senior, Laney (45-5): Mideastern Conference and regional champion. Finished second in 4A state meet.
152: Russell Harrison Jr., senior, Laney (42-10): Mideastern Conference champion.
160: Robert Sculthorpe, senior, Topsail (35-11): Mideastern Conference champ.
170: Tyrone Watson, freshman, North Brunswick (32-11): Finished second at 2A East regional.
182: Matt Schaefer, senior, Topsail (33-8): Mideastern Conference champion.
195: Brian Capps, senior, Laney (45-3): Mideastern Conference champ and second-place finisher at regional. Third at states for the second consecutive year.
220: Trent Allen, senior, South Brunswick (42-2): Mideastern Conference and 3A East regional champ. Lost by one point in the state semifinals to the eventual champion.
HWT: Jervon Faison, senior, Trask (18-3). Won 1A state title by fall. Had a major decision and two pins in the state tournament.

HONORABLE MENTION
106: Alec Russell, Topsail (23-11). 113: Terrell Mondragon, Ashley; C.J. Jasper, West Brunswick; Jovani Garcia Trask. 120: Sergio Guzman, East Duplin; Kevin Scravin, Laney. 126: Jyquan Green, West Brunswick; Jarrett Walls, South Brunswick. 132: Campbell Alspaugh, West Brunswick; Austin Harrison, Laney; Patrick Burton, North Brunswick. 138: Daniel Wilson, Hoggard; David Frazier, West Brunswick. 145: Michael Wilson, Ashley; Patrick Channell, Topsail. 152: Ethan Tello, Ashley; Anthony Walker, North Brunswick; Trey Borsuk, South Brunswick. 160: Bruce Kopka, Ashley; Kyle Menke, Laney; Christian Stiller, South Brunswick; Sterling Fullerton, West Brunswick. 170: Marcus King, Laney; Austin Sasser, South Brunswick. 182: Joey Weible, Laney; Evin Bellamy, North Brunswick. 195: Henry Vernon, Topsail; Dakota Smith, West Brunswick. 220: Grant Bowman, Laney; Josh Butrim, Trask; Nathan Gilbert, West Brunswick. HWT: Joe Gore, West Brunswick; Colby Hill, South Brunswick.
All-Conference - Mideastern Conference
Honors: Wrestler of the Year–Joseph Sculthorpe, Topsail. Coach of the Year–Jon Mauney, Laney. Sportmanship–South Brunswick
First Team: 106–David Bostan, Laney. 113–Adan Hardy, Laney. 120–Porfirio Bautista, West Brunswick. 126–Austin Gabriele, Ashley. 132–Campbell Alspaugh, West Brunswick. 138–Johnthan Miller, Laney. 145–Cole Plott, Laney. 152–Russell Harrison, Jr., Laney. 160–Robert Sculthorpe, Topsail. 170–Marcus King, Laney. 182–Matt Schaefer, Topsail. 195–Brian Capps, Laney. 220–Trent Allen, South Brunswick. 285–Joseph Sculthorpe, Topsail.
Second Team: 106–Alec Russell, Topsail. 113–Terrell Mondragon, Ashley. 120–Kevin Seravin, Laney. 126–Jarrett Wells, South Brunswick. 132–Joe Mondragon, Ashley. 138–Daniel Wilson, Hoggard. 145–Patrick Channell, Topsail. 152–Trey Borsuk, South Brunswick. 160–Bruce Kopka, Ashley. 170–Chris Golden, West Brunswick. 182–Nick Clay, Hoggard. 195–Henry Vernon, Topsail. 220–Grant Bowman, Laney. 285–Colby Hill, South Brunswick.

April 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

College Coaching Changes

In looking at changes in head coaches at colleges and Universities.

Joel Sharratt (2006-2014 at USAFA) leaves the Air Force Academy to return to the U.S. Naval Academy.  Brian Antonelli was an interim coach at the U.S.N.A. and will step down after one season.  No new coach has been named at the Air Force Academy yet.  Zeke Jones will suceed Shawn Charles (2009-2014) at Arizona State University.  Scott Hinkel (2007-2014) has stepped down from Purdue University.  No new coach has been named yet.  Also stepping down, with no new coach being named, will be Craig Turnbull at West Virginia University (1978-2014).  Chris Skretkowicz at Virginia MIlitary Institute has had his interim status removed and will continue as the head coach.  These have been the changes in Division I schools so far.  Boston University has announced that they will be discontinuing wrestling which has been under the leadership of Hall of Fame coach Carl Adams (1981-2014).  We hope that this decision will change.
In Division II Long Island University will resume their wrestling program with Joe Patrovich as the new coach.  The school last had a team in 1988.  In Division III Huntington College in Alabama will start a program with Tom Storey as the coach. Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire will add wrestling for the first time but a coach has not been named.
The NAIA continues it’s growth and expansion in wrestling with 5 new programs announced for the 2014-2015 season.  Davenport University in Michigan will start a new team with Jamie Boyd as the coach.  Lyon College in Arkansas with Kevin Carter, Ottawa University of Kansas with Kevin Andres, Warner Pacific in Oregon with Frank Johnson and Williams Baptist College in Arkansas with Kerry Regner will be taking the mats for the first time next season.  Lyon College, Ottawa University and Warner Pacific will also start Women’s wrestling teams with the same coaches.  That should bring the total number of Women’s teams to over 20 in the U.S.A.  Life University in Georgia will also add a Women’s wrestling team next year.

April 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

East Carolina Wrestling hosts last Open Workout

As most of you have read, we had a great clinic on Sunday with 65 kids from as far as Davidson and Cumberland counties getting on the mat for 6 hours with our excellent staff.  Granted we’re old! but you won’t find a clinic staff with more experience working with young people on the mat.  Great day of wrestling and those mats sure make the gym floor look better.  Among the Pitt County crowd we seemed to have had more Farmville Central kids than others.  DHC was key to the event since they brought their mat over.  Our last free Open Workout is coming up Sunday, April 13th from 10:00am-12:00 in the SRC on campus at 8th & Cotanche Streets near downtown.  Randy Bieber and I will be running the workout.  Again, if you’ve got several kids coming and want some input on what’s covered, get in touch.
Benefits of TOM (time on mat):

  • Kids that spend extra time on the mat KNOW they deserve to win, and follow through on that.
  • In clinic situations kids get to see a different point of view and may pick up “that one thing” that can make a difference in winning and losing.
  • Kids coming on campus sometimes have a “light bulb moment” in which they realize they could go on to college and get a degree themselves, or even wrestle at the college level.
  • It is very fulfilling to me that I can look back and realize that I gave hundreds of kids a chance to improve themselves in such ways.
  • As a h.s. coach if you have wrestlers go on to compete at the college level they are a great example to generations of wrestlers yet to come, and they come back and work out with your future teams.

Milt Sherman, ECU Wrestling, 341-8980  shermanm@ecu.edu

April 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

De’Andre Jones awarded James Johnson Trophy as top wrestler in eastern North Carolina

State Champion De’Andre Jones of New Bern High School was presented the 13th Annual James Johnson Award as the best scholastic wrestler in eastern North Carolina in 2014.  The award is named in honor of three time national champion James Johnson.  TakeDown Report Editor, Martin Fleming presented the award to De’Andre at the New Bern wrestling’s ‘Pin The Date!’ event at the Farmer’s Market along the waterfront. The event was a celebration, fund raiser and award banquet for wrestling families with food, music and awards in which the New Bern fans and supporters could join in.
De’Andre was an undefeated state champion at 195 lbs. in his senior year with 32 victories and he did not surrender a single offensive point over the entire season.  This year was his 3rd time as a state qualifier.  He finished second in the region and second in the state in his junior year at 182 lbs. He received the Most Outstanding wrestler and quickest pin awards at the Fall Beach Brawl and the Swiss Bear Tournaments. At the N.H.S.C.A. Senior Nationals last month in Virginia Beach he was one match away from becoming an All-American.  The presentation was immediately after Jones was awarded the team’s most valuable wrestler award which is named in honor of Raymond Jordan.  Jordan was a state champion for New Bern in 2004 when he won the James Johnson Award

Head Coach Jaime Yezarski stated “We are excited to have you here to present De’Andre with this Award.   De’Andre had an incredible season in which he did not give up an offensive point yet he has just scratched his potential.  He is a sound wrestler who makes few mistakes.  This season he opened up, relaxed some and had more fun.”  The coach beamed with pride as he shared “We are proud of De’Andre  as he encourages the younger guys.”

Jones shared, “I appreciate this award and know that there are many tough wrestlers out there.” And added “it came true what coach has preached all season that attitude and effort make a difference.  He kept us going and more.”  Jones’ college plans are undecided yet he is “considering wrestling at a junior college or small four year college in the Midwest in order to improve my academics and then to transfer eventually to a Division I program.”

Previous award winners were Alex Bray (2013) of Croatan, Jon Wiley (2012) of South Brunswick, Marquin Hill (2011) of Washington H.S., Branden Lietz (2010) of J.H. Rose, Mamour Camara (2009) of Louisburg, Anthony Rogers (2008) of Knightdale, Ngu Tran (2007) of C.B. Aycock, Victor Hojillo (2006) of West Carteret, Raymond Jordan (2004) of New Bern, Shaun Sheffield (2003) of Havelock, David Pelsang (2005), and Paris Dottery (2002) of White Oak.
The TakeDown Report, an on-line publication promotes amateur wrestling in eastern North Carolina, sponsors the Award.  “The award is to recognize the most successful wrestler in the area each year.” Fleming noted, “It encourages the young men from the teams in the eastern part of the state with an opportunity to realize the hard work, determination and discipline it takes to be a top notch wrestler,” he added.  The TakeDown Report is in its’ 17th year of publication in North Carolina reporting wrestling results and encouraging media coverage of the sport.  Contact the TDR at martinkfleming@gmail.com or (252) 883-3311 and http://www.takedownreport.com

James Johnson started wrestling in his junior year for D.H. Conley High School in Greenville with Milt Sherman as his coach.  James was Coney’s 1st state champion in any sport in 1976.  He was North Carolina’s 1st Eastern Junior National Champion in 1975 and North Carolina’s 1st Junior Nationals All-American with 3rd in 1976.  He went on to start four years at the University of Kentucky.  He is now a sports consultant and coach for the Phoenix-based Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club. He also specializes in developing unique training for people of all fitness levels with a broad background in public speaking, sports training techniques, and health and fitness.  He was inducted as an “Outstanding American” in the North Carolina State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was a coach for the U.S.A. Olympic Greco-Roman team in London.

Before developing James Johnson, Inc., James served as a Public Relations/ Community Speaker for Sunkist worldwide.  He was on the USA National Wrestling team for 12 years, winning 3 National Championships, USA Athlete of the Year, AIM Christian Athlete of the Year, Olympic Team Alternate, and numerous accolades worldwide. He has been an Ambassador for the United States Olympic Committee, USA wrestling and The Sunkist Kids Wrestling organization for over 16 years.  More information at or http://jjchamp3x.com/ the trophy can be seen at www.pittsburghtrophy.com/guillotine .

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