App State Wrestling Now Ranked No. 21 in National Polls (2016-12-13 19:58:44)

Historic Season Continues for No. 21 App State Wrestling....BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University wrestling continued to make history on Tuesday, ranking a program-best No. 21 in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the InterMat duals rankings.

The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Southern Conference) enter their ninth week in program history ranked in the USA Today/NWCA poll Top 25 – all coming in the last two seasons. Appalachian is the lone member of the Southern Conference in the Top 25 for the second-straight week (Chattanooga is third in the “others receiving votes” category) and is one of five schools in the rankings to have at least five wins and no more than one loss.

With four nationally ranked wrestlers, App State was also ranked a program-best No. 20 in the InterMat duals rankings. Sophomore 149-pounder Matt Zovistoski(Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) and senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) led the way rankings wise, pulling in top rankings at No. 15 (OpenMat) and No. 7 (TrackWrestling), respectively.

Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) also ranked in the top 20 in the 174-pound weight class, coming into this week with 18th in the nation (WIN) after going 2-0 last week while Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) ranks No. 23 (TrackWrestling) at 165 pounds.

Appalachian wrestling’s USA Today/NWCA Top 25 ranking continues to be, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, the only Appalachian sports team to have been ranked in the Top 25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.

The Mountaineers return to action Wednesday night when they host the 3-2 SoCon foe Campbell at Varsity Gym. The Camels are coming off back-to-back tournaments at the Navy Classic and the Journeymen Tussle before their first conference match against App State. The action begins at 7 p.m.

The only way to guarantee a seat to the action of App State wrestling’s historic season is by purchasing season tickets. Prices for adults will be $30/each and for youth fans (ages 3-12) $15/each. Individual match prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for youth except for the Feb. 5 match against Chattanooga, which will be $10 for adults and $3 for youth.

To purchase tickets, visit, (828) 262-2079, or visit the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located inside the Holmes Center. Tickets are also available at the door on matchday.



The Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute men's basketball team was defeated by Walters State 71-68.

Walters State is currently ranked 10th in the nation in the latest NJCAA Division I poll. The Cobras were led by Jahi Hughes who had 12 points.

Caldwell will travel to Brunswick Community College for a three game tournament on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The first game will be on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Delaware Tech .


NBA Blue Devils

DURHAM, N.C. -- With the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season now in full swing, the Duke Blue Devils have 20 former players on league rosters, from elder statesman Mike Dunleavy in his 15th pro season to rookies Brandon Ingram and Marshall Plumlee from last year’s Duke team.

Player Team Last Year at Duke Drafted NBA Games*

Mike Dunleavy Cleveland Cavaliers 2002 #3 933

Luol Deng Los Angeles Lakers 2004 #7 823

J.J. Redick Los Angeles Clippers 2006 #11 612

Josh McRoberts Miami Heat 2007 #37 409

Gerald Henderson Philadelphia 76eers 2009 #12 463

Lance Thomas New York Knicks 2010 FA 227

Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers 2011 #1 309

Kyle Singler Oklahoma City Thunder 2011 #33 312

Austin Rivers Los Angeles Clippers 2012 #10 273

Miles Plumlee Milwaukee Bucks 2012 #26 228

Mason Plumlee Portland Trail Blazers 2013 #22 234

Ryan Kelly Atlanta Hawks 2013 #48 147

Seth Curry Dallas Mavericks 2013 FA 48

Jabari Parker Milwaukee Bucks 2014 #2 101

Rodney Hood Utah Jazz 2014 #23 129

Jahlil Okafor Philadelphia 76ers 2015 #3 53

Justise Winslow Miami Heat 2015 #10 78

Tyus Jones Minnesota Timberwolves 2015 #24 37

Brandon Ingram Los Angeles Lakers 2016 #2 —

Marshall Plumlee New York Knicks 2016 FA —

* NBA regular season games played entering 2016-17 season

FA = Undrafted free agent signee

NBA Blue Devils Did You Know?

• Five former Blue Devils are at new addresses this season: Dunleavy in Cleveland (from Chicago), Deng in Los Angeles (from Miami), Henderson at home in Philadelphia (from Portland), Curry in Dallas (from Sacramento) and Kelly in Atlanta (from Los Angeles)

• Coach K’s players all-time have earned over $1.2 billion collectively from NBA contracts

• Former Blue Devil Elton Brand, the No. 1 pick in the 1999 draft, announced his retirement prior to the start of the 2016-17 campaign

• Duke’s all-time leading NBA scorer remains Grant Hill with 17,137 career points, followed closely by Brand at 16,827

• J.J. Redick led the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage last year at 47.5 percent, a few points higher than the runnerup, Seth Curry’s brother Stephen, at 45.4 percent

• The list of former Blue Devils on NBA coaching staffs is highlighted by Quin Snyder (Duke ’89) in his third year as head coach of the Utah Jazz. Assistant coaches include: Bob Bender (Memphis), Chip Engelland (San Antonio), Tony Lang (Utah) and Dave McClure (Indiana)

• Former Duke sharpshooter and three-time All-ACC player Trajan Langdon is in his first season as assistant general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, after previous front office positions with San Antonio and Cleveland. When Langdon was an international pro, he played for CSKA Moscow when that franchise was owned by current Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.


Lindley Named On NSCAA All-America Team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – North Carolina freshman Cam Lindley earned second team All-America honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Lindley, from Carmel, Indiana, started all 21 matches and recorded seven assists for North Carolina in his 2016 rookie campaign. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and was a first team All-ACC selection.

Lindley is the only freshman to be named to any of the three NSCAA All-America teams.

The 36 players on the All-America teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on January 14, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention.


Photo Courtesy: Forrest Przybysz, App State Athletics