SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Newberry Wolves earned three All-American honors and sit in 12th place after the first day at the 2016 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships at the Denny Sanford Premier Center on Friday.
Huston Evans (184 lbs.) earned his second career All-American honor, while Trung Duong (125 lbs.) and Jordan Simpson (133 lbs.) earned their first career All-American honors. The Wolves collected 15.0 team points in the first day of competition.
HUSTON EVANS - 184 lbs.
Evans - a defending national finalist at 197 lbs. - was tripped up in the first match of the day in a rematch with Maryville's Nick Burghardt. Tied 2-2 in the third period, Evans was caught in an attempted escape and pinned by Burghardt.
In the first consolation round, Evans needed little time after the first period to end the match. He pinned Western State Colorado's Brandon Supernaw at the 3:26 mark to advance to the round of 12.
Evans then went up against hometown favorite Aero Amo of Augustana. In the tight battle of two grapplers who had been ranked in the top eight all season, Evans won by a 9-4 decision to lock up his All-American status.
In the first round Saturday, he will rematch against Wisconsin-Parkside's Montrail Johnson. Johnson was a 5-1 winner by decision in the finals of the Super Region II Tournament.
TRUNG DUONG - 125 lbs.
Duong was also tripped up in the opening round in his first trip to the national tournament, losing a 7-3 decision to Ronald Wardleigh of Western State Colorado.
He then took an 11-5 win by decision over Maryville's Jaret Singh to advance for his chance for All-American status. He took the tempo to his opponent - Fort Hays State's Lawson Ludwin - and took an 11-5 decision to make it to the tournament's second day.
Duong takes on Newman's Dustin Reed in the first round of the day tomorrow.
JORDAN SIMPSON - 133 lbs.
Simpson was caught in a move late in the first period of his opening match against McKendree's Naquan Hardy and was pinned to fall into the wrestlebacks.
In the first consolation round, Simpson used a first period takedown and four-point nearfall to work his way to a 7-2 decision over San Francisco State's Fern Giron. A similar move in the second period of his blood round led Simpson to a win by a 9-5 decision over Taylor Summers of Chadron State and advance to the All-American status.
He wrestles Maryville's Dakota Bauer in the first round of tomorrow's session.
Mike Kennedy went 1-2 on the day at 285 lbs., falling one win short of All-American status. He won a 3-2 decision over San Francisco State's Sam Alnassiri and was the only Newberry wrestler to advance to the quarterfinals. He was tripped up in that round by defending national finalist Austin Goergen of St. Cloud State.
He wrestled Coker's Austin Akins in the blood round and lost a 4-3 decision after Akins earned two points on stall calls on the edge. Kennedy finishes his redshirt freshman season with an 18-14 record.
Nick Lankford went 0-2 at 141 lbs. after losing a tight 9-5 decision to Cobey Fehr of Notre Dame in the first round and getting pinned by Central Oklahoma's Joshua Ailey in the first consolation round. He finishes his senior season with a 20-15 record.
Zack Dobbins went 0-2 at 149 lbs. after dropping a 14-1 major decision to Nebraska-Kearney's Destin McCauley in the first round. He took a tight match into the third period in the first consolation round, but lost a 4-1 decision to Mercyhurst's Jeremy Landowski. He finishes his first varsity season at Newberry with an 18-12 record.
Cody Brundage was 0-2 in the 197 lbs. weight class with two tough losses, the first an 8-5 decision to Shippensburg's Evan Ramos. A nearfall against him in the first consolation round was a deciding factor in a 10-5 loss to Colorado Mesa's Marcus Haughian. Brundage finishes his season at 31-13.
The third session of the championships starts at 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. local) on Saturday.