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Kelly Anundson went 3-0 on the day at the East Coast Duals
Kelly Anundson went 3-0 on the day at the East Coast Duals

Late surge not enough as Indians drop three on day two at the East Coast Duals

Newberry finished their action today in Shippensburg, Pa. with three tough losses against solid competition

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Challenging match-ups provided valuable experience for the Indians as they competed against fellow East Region opponents. Rounding out the East Coast Duals, Newberry faced three nationally ranked teams, #14 Mercyhurst, #3 University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown, and #28 Delaware Valley.

“This was a good experience for our guys as we begin to prepare for the post season", stated head coach Jason Valek. "Match-ups were key for us this weekend. As the team had solid performances they were also wrestling highly touted opponents. The guys wrestled hard through the third period and initiated much of the action."

The Indians began the day against #14 Mercyhurst where the dual began at the 149-pound weight class. The Lakers were able to get off to an early 9-0 lead coming into the 165-pound match-up. Alonso Azumendi then took on #1 Zack Schafer in an intense match. Azumendi pushed the action until the end where his late surge was not enough to overcome Schafer, ending with a 10-8 score.

Following Azumendi’s solid match was Quinn Tolbert at 174 pounds. As most wrestling matches go for seven minutes, Tolbert’s match against Hudson Harrison last an exhausting 11 minutes. Harrison was able to come away with the win by having two seconds in advantage time over Tolbert after the second set of tie-breaker periods.

Down 23-0 going into the heavyweight match, Kelly Anundson was able to put the Indians on the board. Anundson defeated Mercyhurst’s Nick Marcellino in a dominating fashion, initiating the action through the third period, winning 8-1.

Next for the Indians was #3 University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown, the highest nationally ranked team at the duals’. Along with their national ranking as a team, they also have six individually ranked wrestlers.

Starting the dual off with a solid match was Matt Black at 149 pounds. Black faced the Mountain Cat's Eric Svec in a back and forth match that ended in Svec's favor with a 13-9 final score.

Putting their first points of the dual on the board for Newberry was Brandon Kelly (157). Taking on Joe Strittmatter of Pitt - Johnstowns brought on some great scambles to add excitement to the match. Kelly dominated the action in his 7-4 win over Strittmatter.

The Indians split a pair of sudden victory overtime matches with the Aggies at 165 and 174 pounds. Azumendi was able to come out the victor in his match against Rob Sakmar with 4-2 decision. Tolbert was not a fortunate as he was taken down in the last couple seconds of the first sudden victory period to make the final score 4-2 in favor of the Mountain Cats' Adam Musisko.

At 197 pounds Dave Bush endoured a tough tournament all-around with no exception to his watch with Pitt - Johnstown's #8 Mike Fowler. After two difficult periods Bush was able to turn it on at the end to take the major decision away from Fowler in the Mountain Cats' 13-7 win over the Indian grappler.

In a close match at heavyweight Anundson defeated Jon Neese 4-2. The challenging win put three more team points on the board for the Indians.

In their last dual of the weekend the Indians faced-off against the lone Division III team at the tournament. Delaware Valley is the #28 ranked team in Division III, but provided the biggest challenge for Newberry.

With slow fist and second periods, Kelly and Azumendi both were able to pick up the pace in the third. A couple late takedowns were not enough though as the Delaware Valley’s Ryan Herwig defeated Kelly 7-4 and John Powell inched out a 12-11 win over Azumendi.

Tolbert also wrestled a close match against Delaware Valley as he took on the Aggies Ryan Pope. Pope scored an early takedown in the first, and then one late in the third to overtake Tolbert 5-2. Tolbert initiated most of the action throughout the entire match but was unable to secure a takedown to defeat Pope.

Another great match-up came at the 184-pound weight class where Leighton Ellis took on Delaware Valley’s Mike Berlanda. Although pushing through the match, Ellis was unable to finish on his takedowns which lead to a 2-5 loss for the true freshman.

Once again Anundson was able to add team points to the board for Newberry as he defeated the Aggie's Kevin Orr. It was a heated match between the two heavyweights as Anundson received a point for unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of Orr. Finishing strong, Anundson came away with the 12-8 win.

Newberry will return home for a set of matches on Tuesday, January 24, at 7:00 PM in Eleazer Arena. The Indians will take on NAIA powers, King College and Cumberland College.


Newberry 3, #14 Mercyhurst 36
Payne Lint (MH) def. Willie Jarman (NC); T.fall 16-1 (2:43)
133 Lenny Calhoun (MH) def. Chauncey McElheney (NC); T.fall 17-0 (4:40)
141 J.J. Zanetta (MH) def. Taylor Gilstrap (NC); 9-2
149 #8 Don Cummings (MH) pin. Matt Black (NC); fall (1:22)
157 Will Tedder (MH) def. Brandon Kelly (NC); 9-4
165 #1 Zack Schafer (MH) def. Alonso Azumendi (NC); 10-8
174 Hudson Harrison (MH) def. Quinn Tolbert (NC): 2-2 tb2
184 Frank Zatta (MH) def. Leighton Ellis (NC); T.fall 17-0 (7:00)
197 Paul Bergman (MH) def. Dave Bush (NC); 9-2
HWT Kelly Anundson (NC) def. Nick Marcellino (MH); 8-1

Newberry9, #3 Pitt-Johnstown 32
125 #3 Ryon Mazzocco (PJ) pin. Willie Jarman (NC); fall 2:30
133 Brandon Reasy (PJ) pin. Chauncey McElheney (NC); fall 2:24
141 #1 Thad Benton (PJ) pin. Taylor Gilstrap (NC); fall 2:35
149 Eric Svec (PJ) def. Matt Black (NC); 13-9
157 Brandon Kelly (NC) def. Joe Strittmatter (PJ); 7-4
165 Alonso Azumendi (NC) def. Rob Sakmar (PJ); 4-2 sv
174 Adam Musisko (PJ) def. Quinn Tolbert (NC);4-2 sv
184 #1 Mike Corcetti (PJ) def. Leighton Ellis (NC); T.fall 17-2 (5:34)
197 #8 Mike Fowler (PJ) def. Dave Bush (NC); 13-7
HWT Kelly Anundson (NC) def. Jon Neese (PJ); 4-2

Newberry 3, #28 Delaware Valley 39
125 Josh Proctor (DV); win by forfeit
133 Justin Shorts (DV); win by forfeit
141 Dan Hall (DV) def. Taylor Gilstrap (NC); 9-4
149 Jaryd Steinbacher (DV) pin. Matt Black (NC); fall 3:33
157 Ryan Herwig (DV) def. Brandon Kelly (NC); 7-4
165 John Powell (DV) def. Alonso Azumendi (NC); 12-11
174 Ryan Pope (DV) def. Quinn Tolbert (NC); 5-2
184 Mike Berlanda (DV) def. Leighton Ellis (NC); 5-2
197 #2 Jamall Johnson (DV) pin. Dave Bush (NC); fall 0:17
HWT Kelly Anundson (NC) def. Kevin Orr (DV); 12-8

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