BELMONT, N.C. - The Newberry men's wrestling team were able to capture two wins in day one of the Midwest Regional Duals, but were unable to snuff out a victory in the matchup against Tiffin.
Despite going winless on the day, nationally-ranked Austin Palmer (157 pounds) looked impressive in the head-to-head battle. The junior would fall behind in the first period after a Tiffin takedown, but he would redeem himself with two consecutive escapes. It would not be enough as Tiffin’s Beau Minnick slipped by to take the 3-2 win.
Nolan Whitely would put the Wolves on the board in a 18-2 tech fall win over Richetshaye Puente. He had a strong showing in the first, including three takedowns and consecutive four-nearfalls. With the win, Whitely is on six match winning streak.
Patton Gossett would round out the wins for the Wolves today, with a 10-5 decision victory over Caleb Fry. He would outscore his opponent in the second period 4-0, and iced the match with a takedown in the dwindling seconds.
Newberry will return to the mat tomorrow to face off against No. 23 Lake Erie, No. 4 Ashland, and No. 18 Findlay.
LOOKING AT NEWBERRY'S OPPONENTS
Lake Erie: The Storm took a 23-16 win over No. 22 King. Lake Erie returns seventh-ranked Nick Vandermeer (165 lbs.), who is the NCAA Division II leader for technical falls. Vandermeer gave the Storm the lead after a 16-0 win over his opponent. Ninth-ranked Tyler Hughee (184 lbs.) also picked up a 9-3 decision win.
Ashland: The team picked up two wins against Coker and Belmont Abbey. The Eagles had key wins’ by nationally ranked Lawrence Dudgeon (133 lbs.), Robert Mason (141 lbs.), Bret Romanzak (165 lbs.) and Christian Price (174 lbs.). Top-ranked Luke Cramer at 197 lbs. shutout his opponent in a 4-0 decision.
Findlay: The Oilers secured two big wins against Queens’ and Coker. Fifth-ranked Brad Metz at 184 lbs. picked up two wins by fall over his Queens’ and Coker opponent. The Oilers’ had three ranked wrestler bypass day one’s round of competition.