NEWBERRY, S.C. — In a hotly contested battle between two Palmetto State rivals, it was No. 2 Newberry who came out on top, defeating the No. 10 Limestone 23-15 in dual action in Eleazer Arena on Tuesday night.
Newberry moves to 10-1 in duals on the season, while Limestone drops to 6-7.
The dual started at 141 pounds, and the visiting Saints immediately pulled an upset, with Kenneth Kampnich pinning BJ Young just 1:30 into the bout to give Limestone a 6-0 lead.
At 149 pounds, Deral Brown pulled the home team level with a pinfall victory against Shawn Landgraff at the 4:46 mark. Brown is ranked eighth nationally in his weight class and has a perfect 11-0 record in dual matches this season. It also marked Brown’s third pin of a Limestone wrestler this season.
Taylor Knapp gave Newberry the lead at 157 pounds, earning a 5-2 decision againstNo. 8 Jeremy Bommaritto, and No. 6 Sean Byrnesstaked the Wolves out to a 12-6 dual lead with a 6-0 shutout decision against Daniel McGillivray.
At 174 pounds, Limestone’s Bryce Sopko pulled the guests closer with an 8-4 decision against No. 7 Travis Sheehy, but No. 7 Mitch Brown put the Wolves lead back at six points with an 8-3 decision against Landon Hall making it 15-9 in the Wolves’ favor.
A turning point in the match could have come at 197 pounds, when Limestone’s No. 1 and undefeated Dan Scanlan took a 6-1 decision against Zach Anderson and the Wolves were deducted a team point, making it only a 14-12 Newberry lead.
But at heavyweight, No. 4 Jake Elkins got the crowd on its feet with a pin of Charles Weber at the 2:19 mark to make a 20-12 Wolves lead.
Connor McDonald clinched the match for the Wolves when his 10-9 decision against Eric Rholetter gave Newberry a 23-12 lead. Matt Oliver lost a 9-2 decision to Mike Magaha in the final bout to mark the final 23-15 margin.
Newberry is now 7-0 all-time against Limestone in dual competition, as the Wolves claimed their 119th all-time dual win in just their seventh season of competition.
|141||Kenneth Kampnich (Limestone) pins No. 6 BJ Young, 1:30||Limestone, 6-0|
|149||No. 8 Deral Brown (Newberry) pins Shawn Landgraff, 4:46||Tied, 6-6|
|157||Taylor Knapp (Newberry) dec. No. 8 Jeremy Bommaritto, 5-2||Newberry, 9-6|
|165||No. 6 Sean Byrnes (Newberry) dec. Dan McGillivray, 6-0||Newberry, 12-6|
|174||Bryce Sopko (Limestone) dec. No. 7 Travis Sheehy, 8-4||Newberry, 12-9|
|184||No. 7 Mitch Brown (Newberry) dec. Landon Hall, 8-3||Newberry, 15-9|
|197||No. 1 Dan Scanlan (Limestone) dec. Zach Anderson, 6-1||Newberry, 14-12|
|Heavyweight||No. 4 Jake Elkins (Newberry) pins Charles Weber, 2:19||Newberry, 20-12|
|125||Connor McDonald (Newberry) dec. Eric Rholetter, 10-9||Newberry, 23-12|
|133||Mike Magaha (Limestone) dec. Matt Oliver, 9-2||Newberry, 23-15|