FERRUM COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Wrestling slate includes dual match-up against five-time regional champion

Ferrum College’s men’s wrestling coach Nate Yetzer (left) begins his sixth year at the helm this season. At right is returning Southeast Region champion Andrew Tolbert.

Ferrum College takes on Messiah College in Salem in November.

FERRUM – The highlight of Ferrum College’s 2018-19 men’s wrestling season comes in March when the Panthers host the NCAA Division III National Championships at the Berglund Center in Roanoke.

But the slate includes several other noteworthy events.

Following its season opener against Washington and Lee University on Nov. 3 and competition in the Cougar Open on Nov. 10 in Danville, the Panthers will host the Southeast Duals at the Salem Civic Center on Nov. 17.

Ferrum is matched against five-time regional champion Messiah (Pennsylvania) College, Huntingdon (Alabama) College and Otterbein University.

Messiah and Ferrum became regional rivals last year when the Southeast Region was formed. In 2017, the Panthers captured the East Region championship at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium. The following year, Messiah won the inaugural Southeast Region crown at Franklin County High School.

The day after the Southeast Duals, the U.S. Marine Corps Star City Open is set for the civic center.

Trips to Westminster, Maryland and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for the Citrus Invitational are in December.

January is highlighted by returns to the Virginia Duals in Hampton and the Pete Willson Invitational in Wheaton, Illinois. Dual matches against Greensboro (North Carolina) College (home), Bluefield College (home) and Southern Virginia University (away) are scheduled as are appearances in the Crytzer Invitational in Lexington and the Builder Open at Floyd Kellam High School in Virginia Beach.

In February, Ferrum takes on Averett in a dual match. Then the Panthers will compete in the SWEC tournament in Nashville, Tennessee and the Futures Championship in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The NCAA Division III Southeast Regionals is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at a site to be determined.

The Division III National Championships are March 8 and 9.

Women’s golf gains new ODAC foe

Ferrum’s women’s golf team, which makes its intercollegiate debut this season, picks up a new opponent in 2019-2020 when the University of Lynchburg adds the sport to its intercollegiate athletic roster.

Lynchburg first sponsored the sport in 1967 and 1968, but the program has been dormant since then.

With its addition, 11 schools in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) will field women’s golf teams: Ferrum, Lynchburg, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, Emory & Henry College, Hollins University, Randolph-Macon College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, Washington and Lee University and Virginia Wesleyan University.

Swimming teams gain new ODAC foe

The University of Lynchburg becomes a new opponent for Ferrum’s men’s and women’s swimming teams when it adds the two sports in 2019-2020.

Lynchburg last competed in men’s swimming from 1950-1971 and women’s swimming from 1964-1971.

Lynchburg becomes the 11th ODAC school to sponsor both men’s and women’s swimming. The others are Ferrum, Bridgewater, Emory & Henry, Guilford (North Carolina) College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Virginia Wesleyan University, Washington and Lee University and associate conference member Greensboro (North Carolina) College.

Hollins and Sweet Briar sponsor women’s swimming and Hampden-Sydney sponsors men’s swimming.

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