PEMBROKE, N.C. - Wolves’ wrestlers earned four wins, including a pair of major decisions, in Friday night’s Eastern College Athletic Conference dual against UNC Pembroke, but the Braves took three decisions and two major decisions to eke out a 23-14 win and give Newberry its first conference duals loss of the season.
Returning back to the mat after a bye week at the Newberry Open, Isaiah Royal put the Wolves (10-6, 3-1 ECAC) on the board. Royal looked to be in a tight race with his opponent Luke McDonough, but raced out to secure a 14-3 major decision win.
Fifth-ranked Austin Palmer went to the brink with his opponent in a tiebreaker sudden victory match. With the help of riding time, the junior from West Columbia, S.C. was awarded the win against the Braves’ Eric Milks.
Nick Weldon picked himself up a 10-1 major decision win against Joey DiMartino. He led 4-1 at the end of the second period, and picked neutral to extend his lead. Weldon captured two takedowns in the win and accumulated 1:49 minutes of riding time.
Patton Gossett rounded the win’s for the Wolves with a 4-1 decision over Andrew Colborn. He recorded an escape and received a penalty point via a second stalling warning. Gossett sealed the deal with a takedown in the last three seconds of the match.
Newberry returns to Eleazer Arena as they round out ECAC action against the Cobras of Coker. The match is set to start at 7 p.m.