RALEIGH, N.C. - The Newberry College wrestling team was surrounded by Division I talent at the Wolfpack Open hosted by North Carolina State in Carmichael Gymnasium on Sunday.
Tyler Wicken led the Wolves with a third-place finish at 141 pounds. Wicken went 3-0 before dropping in the semi-finals to Brock Zacherl of Clarion University by fall 4:17.
Wicken wrestled teammate Isaiah Royal in the consolation championship. Royal would win by major decision in the round of 32, taking down Chattanooga's Franco Valdes 12-2. He would win his next two matches by decision, before dropping in the semi-finals to North Carolina’s Jaime Hernandez 9-3. Wicken's win over Royal gave the Wolves the third- and fourth-place finishers in the 141-pound weight class.
At 197 lbs., Haszell West earned a fifth place honor after advancing to the quarterfinals with a 14-2 major decision win in the round of 32 over Virginia Tech’s Dylan. He followed that performance with a 2-0 decision over Ryan Ashley from Campbell. West dropped his semifinal bout to Utah Valley’s Tanner Orndorff before defeating teammate Nick Weldon in the consolation semifinal to advance to the fifth-place match, where he defeated Virginia Tech's John Borst.
Patton Gossett rounded off the day for the Wolves, earning the fourth place spot in the 285 lbs. class. Gossett opened with a win by fall over Will Hilliard from Old Dominion. He followed that with a 10-5 decision in the quarterfinals to Utah Valley’s Dustin Dennison. He was defeated in the semifinals 6-1 by Michael Boykin of host NCSU. Gossett closed out the day with a 3-1 loss to Andrew Dunning of North Carolina to finish fourth.
Nolan Whitley had a 4-2 record at 133 pounds, while Austin Neal (125 pounds) and Jordan Lacelle (197) compiled a 2-2 records. Timmy Martinez (141), Jody McAlister (149), Alex Aguilar (174), and Dennis Flores (174) all finished their days with 1-2 marks.
The Wolves return to the mat for the Newberry Duals on Dec. 3. Newberry will follow the match and travel to Indianapolis, Ind. to compete in the Midwest Classic on Dec. 16.