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Brewton-Parker Barons Wrestling Competes

Brewton-Parker College's women’s wrestling team closed out completion at the Patriot Duals on Saturday with a thirdplace finish in the championship bracket.


The Lady Barons split the day with a 1-1 record for the third-place finish, closing out the duals with a 5-2 overall record.

Brewton-Parker opened the day with a 45-5 loss to Campbellsville Black (Ky.), forcing the Lady Barons to the third-place match. In the opening match, BPC began with a forfeit at the 101 class to Gabrielle Medeiros to go down 5-0. Alyssa Valdivia earned Brewton-Parker’s only five points via a forfeit to even the match at 5-5 after the 109 division.

During the 116 bout, Hayden Varner fell to Kelsey Bilz by fall (1:01) to go down 10-5 in the match. Geneva Winston followed in the 123-lb bout with a loss via fall (2:26) to Anna Rusth, moving the score to 15-5 in favor of Campbellsville. Leilah Castro took down Katlynn Neal in the 130-lb class with a pin (1:55) to give the Tigers another five points in the match. At 136, Sydney Allman fell to Julian Baugher via fall (0:20), dropping five match points.

Emma Walker defeated Kamryn Ellis with a pin (0:16) in the 143-lb bout to advance to a 30-5 lead. At 155, Alivia Myers lost to Kendra Thompson via fall (1:34), dropping another five points in the match. Sierra Hartfelder was defeated by Cassandra Smith in the 170-lb bout with a fall (0:51) to go down 40-5 in the match. The Tigers earned a final five points in the 191 bout via a forfeit to Liliana Vergara to win 45-5, knocking the Lady Barons to the thirdplace dual.

After falling to Campbellsville, Brewton-Parker took on Eastern Oregon in the third-place match to cap off day two. The Lady Barons defeated the Mountaineers 28-13 to secure the victory. The dual opened with a double forfeit from both sides followed by a pin (0:30) from Valdivia (109) over Nayeli Flores Roque to give BPC a 5-0 lead.

At 116, Stephanie Blankenship downed Varder with an 8-0 decision to earn three points for the Mountaineers. Burgos picked up a win by forfeit in the 123 slot, giving BPC a 10-3 lead. Leidaly Rivera gathered a 10-0 tech fall win over Morgan Shines to earn four points for the Lady Barons in the 130-lb division.

Jorie Richardson followed at 136 with a fall (3:32) over Krystal Fabricante, picking up five more points. In the 143 bout, Mel Mercado picked up an 11-0 tech fall victory over Nayeli Maston, earning another four points for BPC. India Page closed out the scoring for Brewton-Parker in the 155 bout winning via fall (0:21) to earn the final five points to lead 28-3 in the match. Eastern Oregon finished the dual with falls in the 170 and 191 bouts. Alivia Myers was dropped with a fall (0:53) at 170 with Sierra Harfelder losing via fall (0:18) at 191 to make the final dual score 28-13 in favor of the Lady Barons.

Brewton-Parker moves to 6-2 on the season in dual action and are set to return to competition at the Warrior Open/ Duals hosted by Indiana Tech on Dec. 10-11.


The Brewton-Parker men’s wrestling program appeared in the receiving votes section in the latest NAIA Men’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced on Friday. The Barons were mentioned in the receiving votes section with 15 votes in the poll, adding a few votes from the preseason poll earlier in October.

Brewton-Parker continued with a lone grappler listed in the individual rankings. In this poll, Lucas DeSilva earned a top-10 ranking. DeSilva gathered 95 points for sixth place in the 184-lb weight class. DeSilva breaks into the top-20 for the first time this season with Joel Faglier unfortunately dropping outside of the top-20 of the 285lb class, Faglier opened the season ranked ninth in his division. The Barons have competed at two events so far this season and were set to compete on Friday night at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). Unfortunately, Lindsey Wilson was forced to postpone the dual due to COVID protocols within the wrestling program. Grand View (Iowa) continues to hold the top spot in the poll with 209 voting points. The national poll is voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the eight conferences. Prior to the poll, each qualifying group rater submits the top six individuals from each weight class in the conference. Only wrestlers listed on a conference ballot are considered for the national ballot.

The top 20 individuals in each weight class are based on how each voter ranks the best individuals. An individual receives 20 points for each first-place vote, 19 for second place and so on through the list. This same point system is used to determine the team ranking.

The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot.

The Barons return to action as they take on Life (Ga.) on Dec. 8 to open Mid-South Conference competition on the road in Marietta.

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