GUNNISON, Colo. - The 14th-ranked Newberry College wrestling team faced stiff competition at the Tracy Borah Duals, but finished 2-2 on the day.
Nolan Whitely proved relentless, recording a 3-0 finish on the afternoon. His day included two major decision wins over opponents from Colorado Mesa and 17th-ranked Western State Colorado. Whitely showed up Dylan Keeney of Colorado Mesa in a 14-4 annihilation before shutting out Colby Duncan of WSCU with an 8-0 victory. He notched a crucial 3-2 decision over Patrick Vega of New Mexico Highlands to even the team points.
At the 157 lbs. class, Austin Palmer demonstrated why he is the ECAC Wrestler of the Month, finishing the day with a 3-1. The junior took his first match by a 5-1 decision against Cody Osborne from 11th-ranked Simon Fraser. With a win by forfeit against Colorado Mesa, he dropped his next match to WSCU’s Shawn Beiriger in a 10-1 major decision loss. Palmer ended his day of competition with a victory by a 2:53 fall over New Mexico Highlands Adrian George.
Junior Nick Weldon had a grand showing at the duals, also finishing with a 3-1 record. He started the day off with tough competition, taking on second-ranked Morgan Smith from Simon Fraser. After a strong third period performance, Smith ran away with the win in a 5-1 decision. Bouncing back from the loss, Weldon dominated his competition the remainder of the day. He took down Colorado Mesa’s Aaron Dick in a 7-3 decision and followed with a 5-2 win over his Western State Colorado opponent. Weldon concluded his day with a win over Christopher Collins of New Mexico Highlands.
Patton Gossett and Austin Neal both went 2-2 on the afternoon. Gossett lost first match of the day against Ciran Ball of Simon Fraser before redeeming himself and capturing a 4-3 win over his Colorado Mesa opponent. He would drop his next bout to Samuel DeSeriere of Western State Colorado, before recording his fastest win by fall against New Mexico Highlands Gabriel Escobedo.
Neal won his first two matches with one being a 20-2 tech fall win against Channing Lewis of Colorado Mesa. He would drop his next bout to Western State Colorados Trent Piatt, who is ranked 11th nationally. Neal ended the day with a 6-4 loss to Jack Gaylor of New Mexico Highlands.
Newberry went 2-2, with a 24-22 win against Colorado Mesa and a 21-17 victory over New Mexico Highland. Newberry’s two losses came to nationally-ranked Simon Fraser, 25-13 and Western State Colorado,38-7. Timmy Martinez (141 & 149), Jody McAlister (149) and Isiah Royal (141) all finished their days with at least one win.
The Wolves return Eleazer Arena for their first conference matchup against the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey on Jan. 18.