Croley, Williams, Delaune lead CU at Newberry
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Croley, Williams, Delaune lead CU at Newberry
Kyle Delaune finished fourth at 174 on Saturday at the Newberry Open. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Nate Croley and Jake Williams each finished third and Kyle Delaune placed fourth, leading the Cumberland wrestlers on Saturday at the Newberry Open in Newberry, S.C.

Croley won by Tech Fall, 16-0, at 4:18 against The Citadel’s Kenneth Braddock at 141 and posted a 5-2 Decision over Limestone College’s Ross Benzel before dropping a 6-2 Decision to eventual first-place winner Beau Bonahue from North Carolina State. In the wrestleback Croley recorded a 10-4 Decision against Limestone’s Terrence Dugay and received a Medical Forfeit versus UNC-Pembroke’s Javon Johnson before winning a 13-0 Major Decision over teammate Ethyn Holbrook. In the third-place match Croley registered a 9-2 Decision versus Newberry College’s Dyllan Greene.

Williams began the day with a Tech Fall, 24-4, at 6:50 over Coker’s Ed Stokes at 149 and then won a 22-9 Major Decision versus Ferrum College’s Paul Biggs before dropping a 16-7 Major Decision to North Carolina’s Joseph Moon. In the wrestleback Williams pinned N.C. State’s Hunter Hefner at 1:59 and won a 7-5 Decision over Limestone’s Melchisadac LaVergne in the third-place match.

Delaune led a group of five Cumberland grapplers at 174, pinning Matthew Ostermiller at 2:20 before dropping a 5-2 Decision to Appalachian State’s Nick Kee. In the backdraw he pinned Limestone’s Max Redfoot at 2:15 as well as Belmont-Abbey’s Patrick Argast at 1:03, but Delaune lost an 8-5 Decision to UNC-Pembroke’s Juan Stimpson in the third-place match.

Robbie Resendiz lost a 5-2 Decision to Newberry’s Nicholas Lankford in his first match at 133 but posted three straight wins in the backdraw, starting with a Medical Forfeit versus Truett-McConnell’s Josh Shelton. Resendiz pinned teammate Dakota Bromley at 3:36 and posted a 3-2 Decision over Newberry’s Johnathan Johnson before losing by Fall at 2:15 to Newberry’s Jordan Simpson in the backdraw semifinals.

Holbrook posted three straight victories at 141, beginning with a 4-2 Decision over Coker College’s RaSean McArthur and the same score against The Citadel’s John Ivashchenko before a 9-0 Major Decision versus Limestone’s Kendrich Portorreal. He was pinned by N.C. State’s Jake Donahue before losing to Croley in the backdraw.

Zeke Hunt recorded an 11-2 Major Decision over Duke’s Randy Roden at 174 before losing a 7-5 Decision to Stimpson. In the wrestleback he won a 7-5 Decision versus Florida Gulf Coast’s Giovanni Jiovenetta before Forfeiting to Delaune.

Tyler Smith won his opening match in the heavyweight class, a 4-2 Decision against Shorter University’s Chris Rowland, before dropping a 4-0 Decision to UNC-Pembroke’s Christian McLean. Smith pinned UNC-Pembroke’s Danny Berrier at 3:15 and won a 4-3 double overtime Decision versus Shorter’s Marlen Morgan before losing a 5-2 Decision to Limestone’s Devin Pommerenke in the semfinals.

Cumberland will take next weekend off before participating in the NAIA East Region Qualifier at Life University in Marietta, Ga.