PEMBROKE, N.C. — The No. 7 Newberry Wolves opened the season with a strong performance at the UNCP Braves Classic, placing 12 wrestlers in the top six of their weight class, led by a championship performance from Trung Duong.
Duong went 4-0 on the day, picking up major decisions over Coker’s Charlie Huff, Coker’s Mikel Nelson and UNC Pembroke’s Josh Brown. He earned the win in the championship match with a medical forfeit over Belmont Abbey’s Michael Bedard. Duong is ranked fourth in the region and picked up a key win over third-ranked Huff.
Newcomer Austin Solari was the runner-up at 141 lbs, going 3-1 on the day. He picked up decisions over Limestone’s Jonathan Astacio and Jake Smith of UNC Pembroke. Solari shut out UNC Pembroke’s Ryan Blackwell for an 8-0 major decision, but was edged in the finals by George Mason’s Matt Raines, 5-4.
Also picking up runner-up honors was Codi Rothermel at 157 lbs. He won his first match via forfeit, then picked up a 5-1 decision over brother and former teammate Derek Rothermel of Coker. He picked up a 17-2 win by technical fall in the quarterfinals and advanced to the finals with a 5-0 decision over Belmont Abbey’s John Gahagan. He dropped the finals in a 6-3 decision to UNC Pembroke’s Hayden Fry.
Cody Brundage earned runner-up honors at 197 lbs, starting with a first period fall over Allen’s David Pringle. He took a 3-1 sudden victory win over Byron Sigmon and a 5-3 decision over Tyrell Walker to advance to the finals, where he was edged in sudden victory, 3-1, by UNCP’s Brach Walker.
Heavyweight Patton Gossett earned runner-up honors in his varsity debut. He started with a first period fall over UCF’s Jesse Gaudin and an 11-2 major decision over Belmont Abbey’s Dane Mitchell. He upset regionally-ranked Austin Akins of Coker with a 4-2 decision in the semifinals, where he was edged by Duke’s Brendan Walsh, 3-0.
Jacob Hopper went 6-1 on the day to finish sixth at 141 lbs. Of his six victories on the day, five were bonus point wins. He had three pins, including a 2-minute fall over UNC Pembroke’s Jake Smith in the third place match.
Lukas Gilmore finished third at 165 lbs. with a 4-1 mark for the day. He opened with two first period pins before being edged by Jake Glunt of Belmont Abbey, 8-7. Gilmore responded with a technical fall and won a 3-2 decision over UNC Pembroke’s Faris Teia in the third place bout.
Newcomer Sean Kennedy won third place in the 174 lbs. bracket. He took a major decision in his first match before being edged in the first tiebreaker period in the semifinals. After a decision in the consolation semifinals, Kennedy pinned Coker’s Sean Garlow a minute into the third place match.
Josh Epperson was fourth at 125 lbs. with a pair of technical falls on the day. Dyllan Greene had a pin and a tech fall on the way to a fourth place finish at 149 lbs.
Nick Young at 165 lbs. and Daniel Adkins at heavyweight each finished in sixth.
The Wolves return to the mats next Saturday, traveling to St. Louis, Mo., to take on some of Division II’s best at Maryville’s Kaufman-Brand Open.
This release provided by Newberry College.