College Sports

Six NC State wrestlers ranked in first poll

Six N.C. State wrestlers were ranked in the first Division I Wrestling Coaches’ Panel Rankings that were released Thursday. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Junior Nick Gwiazdowski is ranked No. 2 in the 285-pound weight class, while sophomores Pete Renda and Max Rohskopf are ranked No. 17 at 174 and 165 pounds, respectively. Junior Sam Spano is No. 23 in the 141-pound weight class, while freshman Bryce Meredith is No. 32 at 133 pounds. Senior Joe DeAngelo is No. 28 in the 125-pound weight class.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament.

Duke:

Five Duke wrestlers are ranked among the nation’s best after the first half of the season according to the first of four coaches’ panel rankings released by the NCAA. Redshirt junior Conner Hartmann leads the program-best pack of five with a No. 7 ranking at 197 pounds.

Joining Hartmann among the top 32 in their respective weight classes are Immanuel Kerr-Brown (157) at No. 24, Jacob Kasper (184) 26th, Marcus Cain (149) 30th and Brian Dorsey (165) 32nd. Both Hartmann and Kerr-Brown are tops among ACC wrestlers at their respective weights.

Softball

East Carolina: Keli Harrell, East Carolina’s all-time saves leader, returns to her alma mater as an interim assistant coach. Harrell will assist interim head coach Steve Jaecks and graduate assistant coach Alex Fieldhouse in the absence of head coach Beth Keylon-Randolph, who was granted a leave from her position on Jan. 15.

The hiring of Harrell marks her second stint on the Pirates’ coaching staff as she previously served as a graduate assistant from 2007-10. Harrell played an integral role guiding ECU to lead the league in several pitching categories, including earned run average (1.45), strikeouts (467) and wins (44).

Bowling

Saint Augustine’s: The women’s bowling team will compete in the CIAA Northern-Southern Divisional Event II, which will be held Friday through Sunday at Bowl America Midlothian. The event will start each day at 10 a.m.

The Falcons enter the event second in the CIAA Southern Division with a 6-3 record and 11,693 total pins. They are 12-10 overall. Earlier this month, the Lady Falcons received votes in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) D2/D3 Poll for college women's bowling teams.

The Lady Falcons are led by Nicole Sciortino, Imani Robinson and Hunter Cannon. All three Falcons are ranked among the top 25 CIAA bowlers. Sciortino is second in the CIAA with a 191.90 average and Robinson is 12th with a 164.80 average. Cannon ranks 24th in the conference with a 150.40 average.

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