INDIANAPOLIS — It was not a banner day for Newberry. However, great teams find a way to win when they don’t have their best. No. 1 Newberry held on to its day one lead edging No. 2 Upper Iowa 117-115.5 while dominating the rest of the field. Newberry defeated 24 other teams to take home its second consecutive Midwest Classic.
“Anytime you win its a great thing,” head coach Jason Valek said. “How our kids perservered through the adversity this weekend will serve us well in the competitions to come.”
Senior Jake Elkins and Travis Sheehy were Newberry’s top finishers. Both Wolves finished second and lost to defending national champions. Sheehy is developing quite a rivalry with Findlay’s Michael Lybarger, who has defeated him in overtime in each of the last two weeks.
Elkins wrestled a solid tournament taking decisions in all of his matches yesterday before taking a 1-0 decision against Zach Rosol in the heavyweight semifinal. Elkins fell to Matt Meuleners 5-2 in the championship match.
Zach Anderson was Newberry’s only third place finisher defeating Lincoln’s Matt Dwyer 3-1 in overtime to secure the finish.
Mitchell Brown finished fourth at 184 taking two decisions before falling to Findlay’s Adam Walters in the third-place match.
BJ Young made the semifinals before dropping a 7-6 match to Nick Wykoff. He bounced back to finish fifth with a 10-3 win against Dustin Dooley at 141.
Sean Byrnes started the day in the semifinal before an injury forced him in to a sixth-place finish at 165.
Matt Oliver and Taylor Knapp each finished sixth at 133 and 157, respectively.
Deral Brown finished seventh at 149 to round out the Newberry placers.