Brandon Kelly defeated both of his opponents in his first action of the season.
Newberry opens its season with two tough losses
A few solid performances were not enough to fend off the Wolfpack of NC State and the Bulldogs of The Citadel
November 12, 2005
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Indians faced tough competition for the opening of their dual meet season. Injuries forced a change in line up for the Indians in the lower weights, which required others to step up in their place. "This was a great experience for our team. They wrestled well against tough opponents, and stepped up when they were asked," said head coach Jason Valek. Newberry lost the first dual against Division I N.C. State, 6-35, and their second versus The Citadel, 9-29.
After getting off to a rocky start, the first individual win for Newberry College as a Division II wrestling program came from freshman captain Brandon Kelly (157lbs). Kelly was the lone Indian wrestler to beat both of his opponents at their tri-meet vs. NC State and The Citadel. Beating Bryant Reams from NC State 2-1 put the Indians on the board in their first dual of the day. Alonso Azumendi (165lbs) followed up Kelly’s performance with a solid one of his own, defeating Mike Waite of NC State 7-6.
Quinn Tolbert (174lbs) and Kelly Anundson (HWT) wrestled two very close matches against NC State. After dominating the first two periods, Tolbert fell short to Rich Brownlee 2-3 in a close match-up. This was also the case with Anundson, where a last minute takedown by Jainor Palma won the heavyweight bout, 1-3.
The Indians did not let the first loss get to them as they came back and wrestled hard against The Citadel. Brandon Kelly was again the first to put points on the board for the Indians defeating Christopher Humphries 10-3.
Azumendi wrestled a tough match against Derik Neitz of The Citadel. Scorless in the first period, Azumendi made an escape in the second, to start the third period off with a 1-0 lead. With an escape, takedown, and riding time Neitz won the 165lb bout with a score of 4-1.
Tolbert dominated another match with the outcome of this one coming in his favor. He defeated Daniel Thompson 5-2.
The heavyweight match-up brought another tough opponent for Anundson. John Buck of The Citadel started out the match with an early lead which Anundson took away by the begining of the second period. Anundson finished the match strong, obtaining two second period takedowns, winning with a 7-4 final score.
The Indians next action will be against Limestone College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, in Eleazer Arena.