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No. 2 Newberry goes undefeated at regional dual

NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Newberry finished off a dominant day at the Super Region Duals with a 46-6 win against the Shippensburg Raiders in the fifth session in Eleazer Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Newberry wraps up the day with a 15-1 duals record and went 4-0 on the day and won 33 of 40 individual bouts.

The Wolves won nine of the 10 bouts and picked up bonus points in seven of those. Shippensburg forfeited matches at 125, 149 and 174 lbs.

Trung Duong was very active and it paid off with an 11-9 decision at 133 lbs.

B.J. Young followed that up with his third technical fall of the day, which gives him six tech falls in Division II action, tied for the national lead.

Taylor Knapp earned a first-period pin at 157 lbs. and Kayne Melko cruised to a 17-2 technical fall victory at 165 lbs.

The heavies closed out the match well for Newberry with a Braden Carter decision at 197 lbs. and a third-period pin by Matt Wade at heavyweight.

Earlier in the day, the Wolves picked up wins against Tiffin (38-10), No. 10 Indianapolis (46-3) Findlay(36-6).

Tenth-ranked Indianapolis, outside of its second-round loss to Newberry, finished 4-1 on the day. The Greyhounds defeated Belmont Abbey (40-15), Coker (32-12), Limestone (25-20) and Anderson (37-15).

On the day, UIndy posted 11 total pins, including three by Shelby Mappes and two by Evan Wooding and Justin Kieffer. Weston Davis went 3-1 total, scoring 49 points all together in his three wins, which came at three different weight classes.

No. 3 St. Cloud State 32, Minnesota State-Moorhead 7

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- St. Cloud State improved to 2-0 in the NSIC thanks to a 32-7 victory at Minnesota State-Moorhead on Saturday. The win moves SCSU's overall record to 13-1 on the season.

St. Cloud State trailed 7-4 after the first three bouts but the Huskies then charted seven consecutive match wins to complete the weekend sweep on the road. At 149 lbs., Josh Howk started the streak with a pin at 4:28.

At 157 lbs., No. 4 Clint Poster scored a 4-0 win and No. 2 Gabe Fogarty posted a 14-0 major win at 165 lbs..  At 174 lbs., Clayton Jennissen gained a decision win followed by a decision win at 184 lbs. by Dylon Braun. 

Chris Brassell turned in a 4-1 victory at 197 lbs. before No. 4 Austin Goergen capped the match with a pin at 285 lbs.

No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney 21, No. 11 Adams State 15

ALAMOSA, Colo. -- Nebraska-Kearney won the final four matches to rally past Adams State 21-15 Saturday night. The Lopers are now 11-3 on the season while the Grizzlies fall to 4-4.

This matchup of former RMAC rivals featured five bouts decided by two points or less. Adams won three of them but the Lopers also recorded a fall and won three other classes by more than three points.

At 174 lbs., fourth-ranked senior Patrick Martinez started the comeback by scoring five points in the third period to best Mario Garcia 7-2.

Next, Seward senior Mark Fiala had two takedowns and three near fall points in the first period to roll past Nevada Bencomo 11-4, with top-ranked sophomore Romero Cotton pinning Dakota Bencomo late in the first period at 197 lbs.

To close out the night, senior heavyweight Kelsey Empting dominated the third period post a 4-1 win against Tuli Laulu.

No. 5 Central Oklahoma 19, Lindenwood 18

EDMOND, Okla. -- Zach Aylor's clutch victory at 174 lbs. capped a four-match winning streak that put Central Oklahoma on top and the Bronchos held on to trim Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Lindenwood 19-18 on Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House.

Aylor edged defending NWCA national champion Luke Roth 5-3 to give UCO a 19-6 lead with three weights remaining and the Bronchos needed that cushion when the Lions picked up two wins and a fall down to stretch to make it close.

It was the 19th consecutive home win for UCO, which improved to 8-4 on the season and 3-1 in the league. LU dropped to 3-1 and 2-1.

The Bronchos got huge bonus-point wins from Casy Rowell and defending national champion Cory Dauphin as Rowell earned a major decision at 133 and Dauphin a third-period fall at 157 to continue a lengthy winning streak.

Jordan Basks (149) and Chris Watson (165) had the other two wins for the Bronchos, with the top-ranked duo both earning hard-fought two-point victories.

No. 8 Upper Iowa 47, Northern State 0

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The Peacocks shutout the Wolves of Northern State on Saturday afternoon. Upper Iowa used three falls, two major decisions, two forfeits and three decisions to earn the 47-0 victory. The win pushes UIU's record to 10-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC.

Under head coach Heath Grimm, now in his 14th season at the helm of the UIU program, the Peacocks have now posted 10 shutouts in seven different seasons.

The Peacocks took a quick 12-0 lead as Mitch Funk picked a win by forfeit at 125, Matt Paulus won an 8-6 decision at 133 and Duane Richardson earned the 3-2 decision at 141.

At 149, Edwin Cooper (No. 5 NWCA) won by fall (1:07) posting his 18th pin of the season and fifth win in a row by fall. The victory marked his 30th of the year.

Zak Benitz followed with a win by fall (2:52) at 157. He scored his pin with eight seconds remaining in the opening period to push the lead to 24-0.

Redshirt freshmen Dalton Westerlund and Colbey Vance kept the momentum on Upper Iowa's side. Westerlund scored a 5-2 decision at 165 and Vance got the win by fall (2:48) at 174.

After a forfeit at 184 gave Brock Gobin a win, Redshirt senior Carl Broghammer (No. 2 NWCA) toed the line at 197. He moved within eight wins of the all-time record for wins in a career at Upper Iowa with a 10-2 major decision. The victory was his 11th consecutive, 29th of the year and 129th of his career.

Logan Hopp (No. 7 NWCA) wrapped up the dual with a 20-9 major decision to set the final score. The major was Hopp's fourth and the he has now won 10 of his past 11 matches.

No. 9 Western State 31, Colorado Mines 5

GOLDEN, Colo. -- Wrestling in their second dual in two nights, Western State defeated Colorado Mines 31-5 on Saturday night. 

The Mountaineers were nearly flawless against the Orediggers. Western (6-2, 3-1 RMAC) won eight of the 10 matches against Mines (0-3, 0-3 RMAC).

At 133 lbs., Zach Shank earned the dual's only pin.  Shank pinned CSM's Joshua Redman at the 2:29 mark, giving the Mountaineers six dual points.

Wrestling in the his second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual this season, No. 3 Elliot Copeland won by major decision at 174 lbs. Copeland defeated Joshua Brown 12-2.

Garrett Adams at 157 lbs., Austin Harris at 165 lbs., Lane Stuht at 285 lbs., Corbin Bennetts at 141 lbs. and CJ York at 149 lbs. all earned decisions for Western.