Saturday, February 09, 2013
The Lions and their wrestling program are heading down the final stretches of their 2012-13 season schedule and two Mount wrestlers are currently receiving attention from d3wrestle.com. Junior 141-pounder Wayne Black (Indianapolis, IN/Pike) is ranked sixth in his weight class while senior 165-pound teammate Cory Disbennett (Bethel, OH/Bethel-Tate) received mention in the “contender” category of his weight division.
Black leads the Mount with a 28-9 record this season, and has a team-high 85 takedowns, claiming five victories by a major decision. Disbennett has a 19-11 mark, with a team-high 35 escapes.
Mount head coach Casey Brewster is pleased with the way his two wrestlers have helped pace the team this season.
“Having these two wrestlers ranked in the top-20 is a great achievement,’’ Brewster said. “We have had guys in each of the rankings that have come out this year. It shows how much hard work and dedication these two have put in. As a coach it makes me feel like I am doing the right things to prepare them to get to the next level.”
Brewster said the hard work both have put in has shown all season and that it is a benefit in the long term to the wrestling program.
“I have to keep pushing all of them so they are not content with where they are, but this shows that we are getting the wrestlers that can compete nationally and helps show recruits that the Mount is a top choice if they want to excel,’’ Brewster adds.
Brewster says that Black has proven he is someone that can make a mark at the national level this season, and that Disbennett has shown improvement as well.
“Having Wayne in the top-10 is huge for the program and recruiting,’’ Brewster states. “I have always told Wayne that he has the tools to be a National Champion. He has to keep doing what he has done and more now that people will not overlook him. He has a bull’s eye on his back and people will be gunning for him.
“I have been working with them both (Black and Disbennett) for two years now and each of them have made great strides and improved drastically. They always want to learn and better themselves and that is what I am looking for as a coach. They believe in their training and know that they can beat anyone in the country. I try to instill that in all my wrestlers. As a team, we want to be in the top 20 in the nation and having both of them helps to achieve our team goal.”
The Lions are back in action on Feb. 16 when they travel to Alma College for the Mid-States Championship. Following that, they will compete on Feb. 21 at
Manchester University, taking on the Spartans in the HCAC Championship dual. The NCAA Division III Mideast Regional is on Mar. 2.
For complete weight class rankings, and other Division III wrestling news, click here.