NEWBERRY — After conceding a forfeit in the opening bout of the night, the fifth-ranked Newberry Wolves took the next nine bouts in a row to cruise to a 45-6 win over the Anderson Trojans in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday evening.
With the victory, Newberry finishes the regular season with a 19-2 dual record. The Super Region I tournament takes place on Feb. 22-Feb. 23 in Kutztown, Pa., with the top four placers in each weight class advancing to the national tournament in Birmingham on March 8-March 9.
The Wolves conceded the points in the 125 lbs. bout to fall behind 6-0 before Travis Laxton cruised to a dominant 21-5 win by technical fall over Keenan Simmons at 133-pounds to cut the gap to 6-5.
At 141-pounds, No. 8 B.J. Young pinned Eric DeAngelis at the 1:30 mark to give Newberry the lead and pick up his 100th career victory in the Scarlet and Gray.
No. 7 Deral Brown earned his 135th career win with a 3:33 pin of Ian Harper at 149-pounds, pushing the lead to 17-6. Seiji Borja worked his way to a 4-3 decision over Kevin Johnson at 157-pounds.
At the halfway point of the dual, the program recognized the Wolves’ four seniors after presenting 125-pounder Jeff Vesta with a plaque for achieving his 100th collegiate win in the dual over King on Jan. 30.
Deral Brown, Mitch Brown, Chase Gamble and Travis Sheehy were presented with posters commemorating their many contributions to the program’s success.
The dual resumed at 165-pounds, with Davis Bagwell earning a 7-2 decision over Jamal Lackey to make it a 23-6 dual lead.
The Wolves claimed bonus points in the final four bouts, starting with a pin by Joe Pittman over Jake Allen at the 1:58 mark of the 174-pound match. Mitch Brown needed just seven seconds of action in the second period to pin Zack Farmer at 184-pounds Braden Carter won the 197-pound bout by forfeit.
Matt Wade cruised to a 22-9 major decision over Bryan Glace at heavyweight to close out a dominant dual and a dominant season for the Wolves.