NEWBERRY — The No. 3 Newberry Wolves survived a scare from a future regional opponent before earning a 22-21 win over the Shorter Hawks in Eleazer Arena on Thursday night.
Newberry moves to 17-1 on the year and has won 13 home matches this season. The Wolves wrestle at UNC Pembroke next Tuesday.
The Hawks started the dual with an upset victory at 125 lbs., as Ben Smith eked out a 4-2 decision over No. 6-ranked Jeff Vesta.
The Wolves rebounded at 133 lbs. when freshman Trung Duong tied up the dual with a 9-5 decision over Clint Jones.
No. 3-ranked B.J. Young pushed Newberry’s lead out with a dominant but short-lived match at 141 lbs., needing just 55 seconds to pin Demarcus Thomas and put the Wolves up 9-3.
Seiji Borja powered to a 15-4 major decision at 149 lbs., pushing the Wolves’ advantage to 13-3, with his four team points proving to be crucial in the result.
Shorter responded with pins at 157 and 165 lbs. and decisions at 174 and 184 lbs., flipping the momentum into a 21-13 lead for the guests in blue.
Needing bonus point wins to win the dual in the last two bouts, Joey Grisko gave the Wolves the momentum they needed. He was dominating the 197 lbs. bout with a huge riding time advantage. His opponent was disqualified after getting five stalling warnings.
No. 2 Matt Wade earned the Wolves’ victory at heavyweight with a takedown in the second period to push him to a 3-1 decision, giving the Wolves the one-point victory.
The Newberry College wrestling program hosted the annual Newberry Open in Eleazer Arena on Saturday, with six Wolves placing in the top four of their weight class.
Brandon Thompson entered as an unattached wrestler and cruised to the championship of the 133 lbs. bracket with two pins and a major decision. In the finals, he pinned teammate Nick Lankford in 3:45. Unattached Newberrian Jordan Simpson finished fourth in that classification.
Travis Laxton was the runner-up at 125 lbs. with a pin, technical fall and major decision in the opening rounds before losing via a 10-3 decision to N.C. State’s Joe DeAngelo in the finals.
Dyllan Greene finished fourth at 141 lbs. after losing to the eventual champion in the opening round. Dennis Flores made it to the semifinals at 165 lbs. before finishing in fourth place in that class.
Wrestlers from Anderson, Appalachian State, Belmont Abbey, Coker, Cumberland (Tenn.), Duke, Ferrum, Florida Gulf Coast (club), Gardner-Webb, King, Limestone, North Carolina, North Carolina State, UNC Pembroke, Shorter, The Citadel, Truett-McConnell and club teams from UCF and Florida participated in the event.