Newberry clinches ECAC championship with 28-11 win

Newberry clinches ECAC championship with 28-11 win
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – Nick Young didn’t clinch Newberry’s win over Emmanuel with his 4-2 decision at 165 pounds.

But his takedown in Sudden Victory 1 effectively rendered the remainder of the dual a formality, while Huston Evans’ fall moments later all but sealed the win as Newberry defeated Emmanuel 28-11 to win a share of the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship.

The Wolves (13-9, 5-1 ECAC) finished tied atop the standings with Limestone, a team that Newberry defeated 21-18 in Gaffney in January, to share the league crown. The win marks Newberry’s second ECAC title in as many seasons in the conference.

Young and his 165-pound counterpart, J.A. Jones of Emmanuel (6-2, 4-2 ECAC), battled to a 2-2 tie in regulation. Jones earned a takedown late in the first period, while Young’s escape in the final seconds of the second made the score 2-1. Young pulled even with a second stalling call against Jones, who was unable to escape for the entire period, sending the match into sudden victory.

Young wasted no time in earning the critical victory. He needed just 12 seconds to ignite the large Eleazer Arena crowd with a takedown and earn the decision, stretching Newberry’s lead to 16-8 and quashing the Emmanuel momentum gained after consecutive major decisions at 149 and 157 pounds.

Evans earned a fall in just 1:10 in the next bout, stretching Newberry’s lead to 22-8. Cody Brundage’s 3-2 decision at 197 pounds clinched the dual and the Newberry championship, with Patton Gossett’s 2-1 decision in Tiebreaker 1 giving the Wolves their final margin.

Clutch performances early in the dual helped Newberry to build its sizable advantage. Trung Duong built up a 14-5 lead over Alberto Perez in the first bout of the day, earning six takedowns before ending the match just six seconds before the buzzer with a fall to put the Wolves ahead 6-0.

Jordan Simpson followed with a 10-0 major decision, a match that included a four-point nearfall in the third period, while Tyler Wicken stretched the Wolves’ lead to 13 points with a 9-5 decision in the 141-pound match. In all, seven of the 10 Wolves to take the mat came away with victories.

The Wolves have now won at least a share of the ECAC championship in both of their seasons in the league. Newberry is 11-1 all-time in ECAC duals.

Newberry concludes its duals schedule with a 13-9 overall record. The Wolves next compete at the Super Region 2 Tournament in Indianapolis Feb. 24 and 25. The Division II National Tournament will take place in Birmingham March 10 and 11.


No. 16 Newberry 28, Emmanuel 11
Newberry, S.C. – Eleazer Arena
February 16, 2017


 Trung Duong (Nby) FALL Alberto Perez


 Nby 6-0


 Jordan Simpson (Nby) MAJ DEC Darius Bunch


 Nby 10-0


 Tyler Wicken (Nby) DEC Will Hale


 Nby 13-0


 Jeremiah Lutz (EC) MAJ DEC Timmy Martinez


 Nby 13-4


 Jay Sheppard (EC) MAJ DEC Austin Palmer


 Nby 13-8


 Nick Young (Nby) DEC J.A. Jones

 4-2 (SV-1)

 Nby 16-8


 Huston Evans (Nby) FALL Dylan Gouine


 Nby 22-8


 Cody Chaney (EC) DEC Dennis Flores


 Nby 22-11


 Cody Brundage (Nby) DEC Maveric Reichsteiner


 Nby 25-11


 Patton Gossett (Nby) DEC Kenny Mason

 2-1 (TB-1) 

 Nby 28-11