BELMONT, N.C. — The No. 4 Newberry Wolves claimed bonus points in nine of the 10 matches to cruise to a dominant 53-0 victory over the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in the Wheeler Center on Monday night.
With the win, Newberry moves to 17-2 on the year in duals action. The Wolves host UNC Pembroke on Thursday at 7 p.m. before closing the regular season against Anderson at home on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. The Super Region I NCAA qualification tournament takes place in Kutztown, Pa., on Feb. 22-23.
No. 8 Jeff Vesta had the toughest battle of the night at 125-pounds, fighting through four overtime periods to pin Patrick Mestrez after 9:36 of action to give Newberry a 6-0 lead. Vesta now leads Division II with 13 pins this season, including seven in his last nine matches.
Travis Laxton earned a 20-4 technical fall over Jacob Tutterow at 133-pounds and No. 8 B.J. Young cruised to an 18-2 technical fall over Clemente Narviaz at 141-pounds After No. 7 Deral Brown won the 149-pounds bout via forfeit, Newberry already had a 22-0 lead after just four bouts.
Seiji Borja needed just 2:45 of the 157-pound bout to pin Brandon Wilkins and Davis Bagwell pinned Markus Cromwell at the 4:35 mark of the 165-pound bout to push the lead to 34-0. Joe Pittman battled to an 8-7 win by decision over Joseph Maumoynier at 174-pounds and Mitch Brown won by forfeit at 184-pounds to put the Scarlet and Gray up by a 43-0 count.
Braden Carter pinned Jeff Lamer at the 5:18 mark of the 197-pounds bout and Matt Wade closed out the shutout with a 14-4 major decision over Kelly Baker at heavyweight.
With the domination of the Abbey, the Wolves have won four duals this season by more than 50 team points, six matches by more than 40 team points and nine matches by more than 30 team points.