NEWBERRY — It was a hard night for Newberry and Whitmire as they took losses on Thursday.
In the first match, Swansea defeated Newberry 52–29 and in the second match Newberry defeated Whitmire 42-20. Whitmire also lost to Swansea.
The winning wrestlers for Newberry were Davon Powell, Jacob Hopper, Collin Roton, Ernest James, Eric Gallman, Jaquevis Harmon and Hunter Johnson.
This was a night of forfeits for Whitmire with several wrestlers out of the starting line-up due to injuries, which made for a close head-to-head match with Whitmire and created a very tough situation to get out of against Swansea, said Newberry coach Kyle Cannon.
“The match of the night versus Swansea was Collin Roton who was able to pull out a victory in overtime, scoring a take down to end the match 30 seconds into overtime,” said Cannon. “The match of the night versus Whitmire was again Collin Roton versus Austin Amick (Amick has been a part of the Newberry wrestling team all year; however, due to a recent move he now lives in Whitmire and the two guys who just weeks ago were teammates were pitted against each other) in the end Collin did lose to Amick, but just a very unique situation to deal with for both wrestlers.”
Newberry High also celebrated senior night and honored Hopper and Gallman.
Hopper’s parents are Gene and Amy Hopper. He still holds an undefeated individual record on the season 22-0, he is working hard as we prepare for the 1A/2A Individual Upper State Championships on Feb. 15 and 16, Hopper finished fourth in the state last year and has his goal set on finishing first this year.
Gallman has a season record of 9-1. The only reason he has so few matches is he missed first half year due to participating in the Shrine Bowl; he also is working hard as the team prepares for the 1A/2A Individual Upper State Championship.
“I feel as though he has an excellent chance to qualify for the state championships,” said Cannon.
Newberry has an even 11 -11 dual record for the season.
“We have the 1A/2A Individual Upper State Championships on Feb. 15 and 16 at Liberty High School, whoever finishes in the top four places in their individual weight class will then qualify for the Individual State Championships on Feb. 22 and 23 at the Anderson Civic Center,” said Cannon