Wrestling Crowns Four at Pembroke Classic
By Cody Parker, Sports Editor
The UNCP wrestling team had four take the title for their weight class and 18 place in theirs on Nov. 9 at the 34th annual Pembroke Classic.
Daniel Ownbey, Hayden Fry, Juan Stimpson and Terrance Zaleski won the title at their weight classes.
Ownbey won at 141 pounds, Fry won at 149 pounds, Stimpson won at 165 pounds and Zaleski won at 174 pounds. All four didn’t lose at all on the day.
“The guys put themselves in the position to do well. A lot of guys came out there this time around and did what we talked about,” Head Coach Othello Johnson said.
Ownbey reached 100 wins in his career during the Pembroke Classic. He is the 25th person to accomplish this in the program’s history.
On top of the 18 wrestlers who placed, UNCP had 24 wrestlers who won two matches or more. Quan Le and Hayden Smith both won five matches.
Le placed fifth in the 125-pound division and Asher Goodwin placed second in the 133-pound division.
The Braves had two wrestlers place at the 141 pound class. In addition to Ownbey’s win, Jake Smith placed sixth.
Fry and Eric Milks placed in the 149-pound division. Fry won the title and Milks placed third.
UNCP again placed two in the 157 pound class. Reggie Allen took second and Milo Shelton placed fifth.
Smith placed third and Garrett Hlavacek took sixth at the 165-pound division. Their teammate Stimpson won the title.
Two of UNCP’s wrestlers faced each other for the title at 174-pounds. Zaleski squared off against Ridge White, and Zaleski won the match. Their teammate Blaze Shade took home third place.
At 184-pounds, UNCP placed Mikey Thomas at second and Michael Jones at fifth.
Stuart Nadeau placed third in the 197-pound division for the Braves.
The 285 pound class saw the Black and Gold’s Chris Giddens take second place.
Photo by Stefanie Smith. Chris Giddens takes back control over his opponent at the Pembroke Classic.