No. 4 Newberry closes Super Region I Duals with record-setting 54-0 victory
NEWBERRY, S.C. -- The No. 4 Newberry Wolves dominated from start to finish, setting a school record for dual points and tying the school record for margin of victory with a 54-0 win over the Ohio Valley Fighting Scots in the final session of the 2013 Super Region I Duals on Saturday in Eleazer Arena on Saturday.
Newberry completed the event with a 14-2 dual record.
No. 4 Jeff Vesta (125 pounds) won by forfeit and Nick Lankford (133) recovered from an early deficit to record a pin of Josue Rodriquez at the 5:28 mark and push the lead to 12-0.
No. 5 B.J. Young (141) cruised to a 16-1 technical fall against Nick Varazashvili and eighth-ranked Deral Brown (149) notched a 19-6 major decision against Tyler Green to make it a 21-0 Wolves lead.
No. 4 Taylor Knapp (157) needed only 54 seconds to pin Eli Stewart and No. 5 Blake Ridenour (165) won by forfeit to push the Newberry lead to 33-0.
Travis Sheehy (174) pinned Kobina Henriques 2:36 into their match and Joe Pittman (184) pinned Nicco Niday 3:48 into their bout to make it a 45-0 lead. Braden Carter (197) eked out a 1-0 decision against Chase Long and heavyweight Matt Wade won the heavyweight decision via forfeit to clinch the record-breaking victory.
Newberry bounced back from its upset loss to Pitt-Johnstown on Friday with impressive duals victories Saturday, winning eight of 10 bouts against East Stroudsburg and claiming bonus points in seven bouts in beating No. 9 West Liberty before the record-setter against Ohio Valley.
The Wolves opened the match against East Stroudsburg with four consecutive bonus point wins, started by Vesta pinning Nick Kaiser at the 1:17 mark. Travis Laxton (133 pounds) earned an 11-1 major decision against Devin Holmes at to make it a 10-0 Newberry advantage.
The lead was extended with Young pinning Joseph Hoy and Brown cruising to a 15-6 major decision against Joe Welk to make it 20-0.
The Warriors earned their first points with No. 6 Braden Turner's 4-0 decision against Knapp, but the Wolves responded with a quick pin from Ridenour versus Nate Silverthorn to make it 26-3.
ESU's Brendan McKeown eked out a 9-5 win by decision against Sheehy before Newberry closed with three consecutive victories for the 39-6 win. Jared Holliday (184) took a 13-2 major decision versus Luke DeLuise, Joey Grisko (197) earned an 8-3 decision against Frank Marrinucci and heavyweight Wade needed only 44 seconds to pin Joe Blaes and put his stamp on an emphatic Newberry win.
Against West Liberty, the first three bouts never left the first period as Vesta pinned Joe Wagstaff at the 1:10 mark, Nick Lankford pinned Cole Nace at the 2:45 mark and Young (Jackson, N.J.) won by forfeit.
Brown had his way with Dan Carpenter, easing his way to a 25-9 technical fall. The first regular decision of the match came at 157 pounds when Seiji Borja won against Art Hobley 8-1 to give the Wolves a 26-0 advantage.
Davis Bagwell (165) pinned Dave Schlieper at the 2:56 mark and Sheehy won by forfeit to move the lead to 38-0.
Joe Pittman, a mid-year transfer from Nebraska, made his varsity debut in a Newberry singlet at 184 pounds, and pinned Scott Kaiser at the 2:15 mark, and Carter defeated Danny Doyle by decision, 8-1. Newberry's only loss of the dual came at heavyweight, where Wade was on the wrong end of a major decision to Mike Carpenter, 13-4.
Newberry ended the first day of the two-day duals on the wrong end, having its 42-match home winning streak snapped with a 21-14 loss to No. 11 Pitt-Johnstown. Newberry's last loss at home came on December 15, 2007, to Ashland in that year's Newberry Duals.
The Wolves used a trio of pins by Vesta, Knapp and Girsko to roll to a 42-3 win against Seton Hill in the opening dual.