HIGH POINT, N.C. – Newberry College's Isiah Royal has been named the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Men's Wrestler of the Week for meets held during the week of Dec. 10-16, the league announced today. This marks the first POTW for Royal and the third overall for Newberry.
A sophomore from Guyton, Ga., Royal placed runner-up in the 141-pound class and led Newberry to a 23rd-place team finish at the Midwest Classic. Royal started his run with a fall in 3:23 against Ryan Schmalen of No. 5 Upper Iowa. He would then defeat Mason Schultz of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a 4-2 decision, which he followed up with an 8-0 major decision over Aiden Burke of No. 21 Mercyhurst. Royal would earn a spot in the championship match by defeating Jebben Keyes of Augustana by a score of 8-3. Royal would narrowly lose by a score of 3-2 to No. 7 nationally ranked Chandler Minnard of No. 14 Ashland to finish second in the 141 weight class.
Also nominated for Men's Wrestler of the Week:
Elijah Seay (King) - 4-2 record for the week
2018-19 Men's Wrestler of the Week
Week One (Nov. 7) – Zebrandon Gant (Newberry)
Week Two (Nov. 14) – Hayden Prince (Limestone)
Week Three (Nov. 21) – Emery Cline (Emmanuel)
Week Four (Nov. 28) – N/A
Week Five (Dec. 5) – Austin Palmer (Newberry)
Week Six (Dec. 12) – Mike Siwiec (Belmont Abbey)
Week Seven (Dec. 19) – Isiah Royal (Newberry)