South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Men's Wrestling All-Conference and Major Awards Announced

HIGH POINT, N.C. – South Atlantic Conference Carolinas announced its inaugural men's wrestling annual awards on Wednesday (Mar. 13) night. Newberry College swept all of the major awards with Isiah Royal being named Wrestler of the Year, ZeBrandon Gant earning Freshman of the Year, while Cy Wainwright collected Coach of the Year. Winning the inaugural Academic Excellence Award is Dalton Flint of Emmanuel College.

Royal, a sophomore from Guyton, Ga., went 29-7 on the season with seven pins and remained ranked in the top-10 nationally all season in the 141 weight class. Royal went undefeated in league matches and notched first-place at the Super Region 2 tournament in the 141 weight class. Royal closed out the season as the runner-up in the 141 weight class at the NCAA Division Wrestling Championships.

Gant, a freshman from Springfield, Ga., went 23-10 on the season with five pins in the 184 weight class. Gant went undefeated in league matches and notched first-place at the Super Region 2 tournament in the 184 weight class.

Wainwright led Newberry to a 12-3 overall duel record, while going 6-0 in conference duals to win the inaugural South Atlantic Conference Carolinas title. Under Wainwright's tutelage, Newberry had seven wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship, with Royal finishing runner-up and two others earning All-America honors. Wainwright would have two wrestlers in Gant and Royal capture Super Region 2 titles.

Flint, a sophomore history education major from Commerce, Ga., sports a 3.824 GPA.

 

2019 South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Men's Wrestling All-Conference

First Team

Melvin Rubio, Queens (NC) - 125

Timmy Martinez, Newberry - 133

Isiah Royal, Newberry - 141

Matt Rose, Limestone - 149

Austin Palmer, Newberry - 157

Matthew Rodriguez-Kirkland, Limestone - 165 

Kody Eichlin, King - 174

Anthony Collins, Limestone - 184

Elijah Seay, King - 197

Patton Gossett, Newberry - 285

 

Second Team

Austin Neal, Newberry - 125

Sha'mun Smith, Limestone - 133

Troy Gregor, Belmont Abbey - 141

Dalton Flint, Emmanuel - 149

Kevin Almond, Emmanuel - 157

Nick Giantono, Newberry - 165 

Garrett Beam, Limestone - 174

Noah Curreri, Queens (NC) - 184

Steve Decius, Limestone - 197

Daniel Bland, Limestone - 285

 

Wrestler of the Year

Isiah Royal, Newberry

Freshman of the Year

ZeBrandon Gant, Newberry

Coach of the Year

Cy Wainwright, Newberry

Academic Excellence Award

Dalton Flint, Emmanuel