Newberry handles Belmont Abbey in conference opener

Newberry handles Belmont Abbey in conference opener
Thursday, January 18, 2018 | by Janay Boone, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – Newberry opened up a 24-0 advantage after the first six weight classes in the conference opener against Belmont Abbey Thursday evening, coasting to a 36-11 victory.

The 13th-ranked Wolves (7-2, 1-0 ECAC) saw Austin Palmer, Nick Weldon, and Patton Gossett capture victories by fall.

At 157 lbs., Palmer revisited the mat after dominating the competition at the Tracy Borah Duals in Gunnison, Colo. Facing off against Jonathan Charpenter, it would take just 45 seconds to earn his fourth fall of the season.

Following suit in the 285 lb. weight class, Weldon would take down his opponent in just two minutes, after recording a takedown and a two point nearfall. Gossett finished off with a win by fall in 24 seconds over Chass Delgado, making him 6-0 in falls this season.

Austin Neal, a sophomore from Rutherfordton, N.C. may have had the best performance of the night. Just one minute into the match, he went down 6-0 with a takedown and a four-point nearfall. With time in the second period winding down, Neal fell behind 10-4, but he rebounded in the third period where he turned up the heat and was able to make a comeback to seize the 13-12 win with the benefit of the advantage time point.

Jake Glunt provided Belmont Abbey with their first win of the night at 174 pounds, winning by fall in a little over four minutes. His younger brother Luke gave the Crusaders their only other win by tech fall moments later.

The Wolves checked into the No. 13 spot in the national rankings this week, after going 2-2 against steep competition at the Tracy Borah Duals. Jordan Simpson remains the nation's top-ranked wrestler at 125 lbs., while Palmer sits at fifth at 157 lbs.

Newberry returns to Eleazer Arena on January 23 as the Wolves welcome Limestone for an Eastern College Athletic Conference dual. The contest is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.