PEMBROKE, N.C. — Deral Brown’s 100th career victory highlighted a spectacular first session for No. 2 Newberry at the NCAA Division II Super Region I tournament on Friday night.
The Wolves are the only team to have all 10 wrestlers in contention for a berth in the Division II National Tournament, with only three wrestlers in the consolation brackets. Newberry wrestlers went 18-3 on the night, with 15 bonus point wins. Newberry notched seven pinfalls, one technical fall and seven major decisions.
Newberry leads the team standings with 65 points, 14 points ahead of Pittsburgh-Johnstown’s 51 points.
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Brown became just the fifth Newberry wrestler to reach the 100-win plateau in the opening round of the 149-pound bracket with a 8-2 decision against East Stroudsburg’s Andrew Ritchie.
The top-seeded wrestler in his class advanced to the championship semifinals with a pin of eighth-seeded Christopher Robbins of Ohio Valley at the 1:45 mark.
Matt Oliver is the top-seeded wrestler in the 133 pounds and cruised to the championship semifinals with a 6-2 decision against Ohio Valley’s Josue Rodriguez in the first round and a 10-0 major decision against Pitt-Johnstown’s Doug Maiorana in the quarterfinals.
BJ Young is the top seed at 141 pounds and notched two bonus point wins on his way to the championship semifinals. Young had pinned his first round opponent — Anderson’s Ian Harper — in last week’s dual and earned a 16-0 technical fall in the first round Friday.
His 9-0 decision victory against eighth-seed Leonard Drummond of Kutztown pushed him into the semis without conceding a point in his first two bouts.
Another one of Newberry’s top seeds — Travis Sheehy at 174 pounds — had an easier path to the semifinals with a first round bye, but had the shortest night of any wrestler in the arena, pinning eighth-seeded Randall Wagner of Seton Hill just one minute into his quarterfinal match.
The last of Newberry’s top seeds was Jake Elkins at heavyweight. Elkins pinned his first round opponent — Joe Blaes of East Stroudsburg — just before the end of the first period. In the quarterfinals, he earned a 4-2 decision against eighth-seeded Chaz Lear to advance to the semifinals.
Second-seeded Taylor Knapp (157 pounds) pinned Jeffery Cole of American International just 2:25 into his first round bout and advanced to the championship semifinals with an 11-0 major decision against seventh-seeded Sam Brehm of Gannon.
Third-seeded Zach Anderson (197 pounds) was Newberry’s final wrestler to advance to the championship semifinals. He earned a 12-3 major decision against Anderson’s Jordan Denmark in the opening round and squeaked through his quarterfinal match with a 1-0 decision against sixth-seeded Chris Boyd of Gannon.
Fourth-seeded Jon Cronin is in the consolation bracket at 125 pounds and is still in the hunt for a berth to the national tournament after a 1-1 night. After a bye into the quarterfinals, he dropped a tight 9-8 decision to fifth-seeded Matt Turek of Gannon to drop into the wrestleback bracket. In an elimination bout, he pounded West Liberty’s Joe Wagstaff with a 17-4 major decision..
Third-seeded Sean Byrnes pinned Ohio Valley’s Kenneth Colbey Richards at the 4:42 mark of his first round bout at 165 pounds, but fell victim to a pin at the hands of sixth-seed Neil Grudi of Shippensburg in the quarters. He responded by eliminating fifth-seeded Jordan Nolan of West Liberty with a 16-2 major decision to stay alive.
Third-seeded Mitch Brown earned an 11-3 major decision against Ohio Valley’s Justin Smith in his 184 pounds first round bout, but lost a 4-1 decision to sixth-seeded Derrick Williams of West Liberty to drop into the wrestlebacks.
He kept his national berth hopes alive with a 14-3 major decision against East Stroudsburg’s Will Esposito.