No. 2 Newberry tames Mountain Cats of No. 3 Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 18-16
January 22, 2010
Curtis Chenoweth keys scarlet and gray victory with a win by fall
NEWBERRY, S.C. ? The No. 2 Newberry College wrestling team kept up its winning ways in the squad?s second dual at the Super Region I Duals, rallying from behind with a key fall to knock off the No. 3 University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 18-16.
Newberry (10-4) benefitted from a Curtis Chenoweth (Clearwater, Kan.) win by fall to give the scarlet and gray the lead it would need to hand Pittsburgh-Johnstown (7-1) its first loss of the season.
?I?m proud of our performance today, especially with an abbreviated lineup,? said head coach Jason Valek. ?It shows how hard we?ve worked, but we?ll continue to work hard as we set our sights on a Super Region championship and winning this weekend.?
Trailing 10-9 going into the match at 174 lbs., Curtis Chenoweth matched up against Steve Makin. After a scoreless first period, Chenoweth found the scoreboard first with an escape in the second frame for a 1-0 lead. Chenoweth?s luck appeared to turn sour in the third period, however, as Makin came back with an escape of his own. Makin then took down Chenoweth and put the junior on his back for two more points to take the lead, but in a flash Chenoweth scored on a reversal and got the fall at 6:04 into the match to give Newberry six points and the team edge, 15-10. The scarlet and gray would hold on after to eventually get the win.
Newberry began with a solid start, as Matt Oliver (Toms River, N.J.) faced off against Ryan Link at 1125 lbs. Oliver trailed 3-2 after the first period but battled back to keep Link off of the scoreboard, adding six points of his own to give Newberry an early 3-0 lead with a 8-1 decision victory.
Sheridan Moran (Lafayette, La.) followed for Newberry at 133 lbs. against Shane Valko, who entered the match ranked No. 1 in the nation. Moran led after the first period after a takedown and near fall, but Valko would limit Moran to just those four points in the match. Valko took the lead with a six-point second period before riding Moran out to win, 10-4. The UPJ win pulled the teams even, 3-3.
At 141 lbs., Deral Brown (Elgin, S.C.) would find himself in a memorable match against Adam Whetstone. Neither wrestler scored in the first frame before each swapped escapes from bottom position in the second and third periods to head into overtime with a 1-1 deadlock. A scoreless sudden victory period sent Brown and Whetstone to a tiebreaker, where Whetstone jumped ahead 2-1 with an escape. Brown then matched Whetstone with an escape in the second half of the first tiebreaker to force another sudden victory, where neither grappler scored. Brown struck first in the second tiebreaker with escape, giving him the lead going into the second half of the tiebreaker. Whetstone managed an escape, but Brown?s 14 seconds of riding time gave him the tension-filled win, handing Newberry a 6-3 lead.
Dale DeBacco Jr. (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) then squared off against Ryan McIntyre at 149 lbs. McIntyre scored first on a takedown, only to have DeBacco counter with a reversal. McIntyre escaped to lead, 3-2, after the first frame, but DeBacco evened the match with an escape in the second. Unfortunately for DeBacco, the third period would not go his way as he fell behind and dropped the decision, 7-4. The loss brought the teams back to even, 6-6.
At 157 lbs., Latra Collick (Berlin, Md.) faced Zach Lundgren with a chance to put the scarlet and gray in the lead. Collick jumped ahead of the Mountain Cat with a takedown and built his edge in the second period with an escape and another takedown to head into the final frame with a 5-1 advantage. Lundgren escaped in the third but Collick would not let him score again, winning the match, 5-2, and swinging the score back in Newberry?s favor, 9-6.
Josh Whitelock (Rhodesdale, Md.) started for Newberry at 165 lbs. against third-ranked Kyle Keane. Whitelock excited fans with a three-point near fall after a takedown early, but Keane answered with a near fall of his own to lead 6-5 after the first period. Keane then kept Whitelock off of the scoreboard, building on his lead and coming away with a major decision, 13-5. The win gave UPJ the lead, 10-9.
After Chenoweth?s win put Newberry up 15-10, Bryant Blanton (Summerville, S.C.) took the mat against eighth-ranked Patrick Walsh at 184 lbs. Blanton scored first with a takedown, but Walsh pulled even with a reversal. Blanton earned the edge with an escape in the second, but a late Walsh takedown after several Blanton points tied the match after three periods, 5-5. Blanton almost had a takedown in the sudden victory period, but Walsh emerged victorious with a takedown to win, 7-5. UPJ then drew closer, 15-13.
Keeno Griffin (Jacksonville, Fla.) then faced A.J. Brentzel at 197 lbs. Griffin escaped in the second period for the match?s first point, then adding a takedown to lead 3-1 after the second. Griffin then went on the offensive in the final stanza, scoring on two takedowns and adding a riding time point to win, 8-4, giving Newberry three crucial points, 18-13.
In the heavyweight match, Karl Reed (Mount Laurel, N.J.) squared off against Chris Dempsey. Reed fell behind early after two technical violations, giving the Mountain Cat a 2-0 lead after the first period. Reed managed two escapes for the rest of the match and lost, 7-2, but kept Dempsey from a fall or technical fall victory and thus ensured a Newberry win, 18-16.
Newberry will face three opponents in its Super Region I Duals contests on Saturday, January 23. The scarlet and gray take on No. 15 Kutztown at 9 a.m., followed by No. 12 West Liberty at 11 a.m., with a final dual against Seton Hill at 3:30 p.m.
No. 2 Newberry 18, No. 3 Pittsburgh-Johnstown 16
125 Matt Oliver (NC) dec. Ryan Link (UPJ), 8-1
133 Shane Valko (UPJ) dec. Sheridan Moran (NC), 10-4
141 Deral Brown (NC) RT TB-3 Adam Whetstone, 3-3 (:14 RT)
149 Ryan McIntyre (UPJ) dec. Dale DeBacco Jr. (NC), 7-4
157 Latra Collick (NC) dec. Zachary Lundgren (UPJ), 5-2
165 Kyle Keane (UPJ) MD Josh Whitelock (NC), 13-5
174 Curtis Chenoweth (NC) FALL Steve Makin (UPJ), 6:08
184 Patrick Walsh (UPJ) SV Bryant Blanton (NC), 7-5
197 Keeno Griffin (NC) dec. Andrew Brentzel (UPJ), 8-4
285 Christopher Dempsey (UPJ) dec. Karl Reed (NC), 7-2