NEWBERRY, S.C. - Top-ranked Newberry started its dual meet schedule on the right foot, winning all three duals at the fifth annual Newberry Duals on Saturday. Lake Erie was the first victim as Newberry blanked the Storm 47-0. The Wolves went on to defeat No. 17 Findlay 31-9 and finished the day crushing Chadron State 34-9.
“Overall, it was an outstanding day for our team and the college community as a whole,” head coach Jason Valek said. “We are really excited about the progress we are making overall.”
|Newberry Duals Results|
|No. 1 Newberry 47, Lake Erie 0|
|No. 1 Newberry 31, No. 17 Findlay 9|
|No. 1 Newberry 34, Chadron State 9|
|No. 17 Findlay 26, UNC Pembroke 13|
|No. 17 Findlay 34, Anderson 12|
|Limestone 25, No. 17 Findlay 18|
|Chadron State 30, Limestone 13|
|Chadron State 36, Anderson 6|
|Chadron State 23, UNC Pembroke 18|
|UNC Pembroke 25, Lake Erie 15|
|Lake Erie 29, Limestone 12|
|Lake Erie 35, Anderson 9|
No. 1 Newberry lost just four matches on the day, posting a 26-4 record. Matt Oliver, BJ Young, Deral Brown, Taylor Knapp, Sean Byrnes and Jake Elkins each finished the day 3-0.
No. 6 Oliver (133 pounds) wrestled two close matches and took two decisions, one from Findlay’s Nickholaas Weisjahn 4-0 and the other against Chadron State’s Dustin Stodola 3-1. The senior had an easier time with Lake Erie’s Ian Ross, taking a 16-3 major decision.
No. 2 Young (141) was not tested all day, pinning Lake Erie’s Thomas McKicker at the 1 minute, 31 second-mark. He followed with two major decision wins against Findlay’s Chad Channel and Chadron State’s Leandro Arias. No. 5 Brown took decisions against Lake Erie’s Dylan Zivcic, Findlay’s Jeremy Espinoza and Chadron State’s C.J. Clark.
Knapp (157) and Byrnes (165) were the only Newberry wrestlers to record more than one pin on the day. Knapp pinned the storm’s Tyler Tesney at the 2:33 mark and pinned Bruce Zurek at 1:40. He had a win by forfeit sandwiched between the two pins.
Early in the second period, No. 5 Byrnes pinned Lake Erie’s Matt Vandermeer and 52 seconds in to the third period he pinned Mikah Kadera of Chadron State. Findlay’s Mason True gave Byrnes his toughest match of the day, but the senior took down True early in the first period and made the 2-0 lead last.
No. 4 Elkins made his 2011-12 debut with a fall against the Storm’s Robert Zappitelli II just before the 5:00 mark. After winning his second match by injury default, the senior defeated the Eagles’ RJ Boylan 8-1.
No. 6 Travis Sheehy went 2-1 on the day. After a win by major decision in his first match, Sheehy (174) took on No. 1 Michael Lybarger of Findlay. The Georgia native had a 5-4 lead late in the match but Lybarger took Sheehy down and scored a pin with just 12 seconds remaining. The 174-pounder made quick work of Chadron State’s Dylan Fors pinning him at the 1:15 mark.
No. 6 Mitchell Brown slammed the Storm’s Jon Schaefer early in the match and dominated the rest of the way defeating him by fall at 1:52. Adam Walters of Findlay wrestled him close, but Brown fought hard and took a 4-2 decision. He did not wrestle against Chadron State.
No. 1 Connor McDonald finished the day 2-1. The 125-pounder took a 2-0 decision from Austin Gilihan of Lake Erie and a 3-1 decision from Connor Larson of Chadron State.