COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Salem's Yates shines in college wrestling

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Pete Yates keeps thriving on the wrestling mats at the collegiate level. The former Salem star at Virginia Tech finished third at 165 pounds, helping the Hokies finish second at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill.

The senior and No. 2 seed at his weight class won his first two matches with ease, with a 14-3 major decision over Nebraska's Austin Wilson in the second round and a 15-0 technical fall over Alex Elder of Oregon State in the third round. Yates slipped by Illinois wrestler Jackson Morse 7-6 in the quarterfinals.

Though Yates, who is trying to repeat as an NCAA All-American after a standout 2011-12, lost a 7-2 decision to eventual 165-pound champion Bubby Graham of Oklahoma in the semifinals, the Conyers native bounced back to win a pair of minor decisions in the wrestle backs 8-6 over fifth-seed Conrad Polz of Illinois and 4-0 over North Dakota state's Steven Monk, the No. 4 seed, in the third-place match.

Yates' loss to Graham was his first of the season, but he's 15-1 heading into the Hokies' home dual against ACC foe Duke, Jan. 6.Roddenberry keeps rolling for BisonSEARCY, Ark. -- Another Salem graduate, Zach Roddenberry, continues to lead Harding University on the basketball court. Roddenberry, a senior, had team highs in points (21) and rebounds (9) in Harding's 66-48 win over Christian Brothers on Dec. 30. The 6-8 forward, who last season led the nation in field goal percentage, was in the top 10 nationally in shooting coming into the game and only helped his numbers, hitting 8 of 10 shots from the field against Christian Brothers.

Harding (8-3 and 1-2 in Great American Conference) returns to the court tonight when it hosts league foe Southwestern Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m.