BRISTOL, TENN. — The Newberry College wrestling team had another excellent showing Sunday, with five champions, eight finalists and 13 top six placers at the King College Open.
The Wolves were led by dominating the 184-pound bracket, with Jared Holliday (Burlington, N.J.) beating out teammate Mitch Brown (Omaha, Neb.) for the championship.
Holliday made it to the finals with a major decision over Brewton-Parker’s Brandon Barger, a pin of Cumberland (Tenn.)’s Aric Fernandez, a decision over King’s Brandon Tressler and a decision over Appalachian State’s Aaron Smith. Brown went to the finals with pins of Chattanooga’s Ira Dent and King’s Blake Biggs and decisions over Limestone’s Blake Stelert and Life’s Trey Hicks.
In the championship match, it was Holliday who emerged victorious with a 6-2 decision over Brown, who was last year’s national qualifier from Newberry at this class.
Transfer Jeff Vesta (Manhattan, Kan.) earned his second straight open championship at 125-pounds, as did Deral Brown (Elgin) at 149-pounds, Travis Sheehy (Suwanee, Ga.) at 174 pounds and Joey Grisko (Gloucester Township, N.J.) at 197-pounds.
Vesta pinned Limestone’s Kyle Lowe and Chattanooga’s Zach Bridson before earning a sudden victory over Sammy Rosario of Brewton-Parker to advance to the finals, where he won the championship with a 10-3 decision over Appalachian State’s Vito Pasone.
Deral Brown took decisions from Chattanooga’s Jared Presley and Brewton-Parker’s Derek Hovermale before advancing to the finals with a major decision over Limestone’s Theran Goodale. In the finals, he took a 6-1 decision from King’s Nic Stella to win the title.
At 174-pounds, Sheehy advanced via technical fall over King’s Jesse Masters and medical forfeit over Ridge White from UNC Pembroke before winning the championship with an 11-2 major decision over unattached Joe Pittman.
In the 197—pounds. bracket, Grisko advanced to the finals with decisions over Matt Mannino of Life and Samuel Johnson (Cumberlands, Ky.). In the championship bout, he won the title with an 8-6 sudden victory over Gardner-Webb’s Boyce Cornwell.
Other top placers included runner-up finishes from Bazell Partridge Jr. (Lawrenceville, Ga.) at 133 pounds, Seiji Borja (Charleston) at 157-pounds and Davis Bagwell (Birmingham, Ala.) at 165-pounds.
Partridge had major decisions over Limestone’s Corey Parker and Ross Benzel before being pinned in the finals by Appalachian State’s Jake Smith.
Borja dominated in the early rounds, with 15-0 technical falls over Cumberland (Tenn.)’s Kevin Boston and Limestone’s Dustin Martin before advancing to the finals with a 6-1 decision over King’s John Austin Jones. In the championship bout, he lost by decision to Appalachian State’s Dylan Cottrell.
Bagwell pinned Limestone’s Matthew Farmer and won via major decision over Gardner-Webb’s Josh Burns before advancing to the finals with a decision over Limestone’s Max Redfoot. He lost by decision in the finals to Gardner-Webb’s Kyle Ash.
At 141-pounds, B.J. Young (Jackson, N.J.) pinned Limestone’s Joseph Parker and took a decision from Gardner-Webb’s Ryan Mosley before being pinned 10 seconds before the end of the match by Life’s Dillan Schouw. In the consolation semifinals, he pinned Limestone’s Taylor Wickett and won the third place bout with an 8-6 decision over Mosley once again.
T.J. Cayruth (Irmo) finished in fourth at 174 pounds and his three wins were all by bonus points with a 1:13 pin of Cumberlands Ky.’s Steven Traylor, an 18-3 technical fall over Brewton-Parker’s Chuck Straughter and a 10-1 major decision over Cumberlands (Ky.)’s Sean Bateman.
At 149-pounds, Shawn Landgraff (Weekie Wachie, Fla.) finished fifth after pinning Appalachian State’s Jacob Smith at the 0:31 mark and taking a 15-12 decision from Chattanooga’s Parker Smith. After a loss in the quarterfinals, Landgraff took would see Parker Smith again in the fifth place match, where he would pin him in 2:33.
Nick Lankford (Braselton, Ga.) finished sixth at 133 pounds, with his day highlighted by a pin of Life’s Chad Maldonado at the 47-second mark and a pin of Devin Needs of Limestone at the 2:21 mark.
The Wolves will now take Thanksgiving week off before traveling to Columbia, Ky., on Wednesday for a pair of dual matches against the University of Indianapolis and Lindsey Wilson College.
Newberry’s first home event will come on Dec. 8, with the Sixth Annual Newberry Duals, when the Scarlet and Gray will wrestle Cumberland (Tenn.), Findlay, Darton and Lake Erie.