Here’s a roundup of Wednesday night’s wrestling action:
Belmont Abbey 20, Newberry 16: At Newberry SC, the visiting Crusaders (1-1 in duals) took six weight-class wins, with four simple decisions to the hosts’ two.
Starting for the Wolves (0-1), which kicked off their season Wednesday night, was sophomore Armando Acosta (Buchholz ’20). Starting at 184, Acosta fell to BAC’s Connor Billingsley by an 8-2 count.
Former Florida High assistant coach Mathew Daner (Tampa Jesuit ’17) competed in an extra match Wednesday, with a tech fall secured five seconds into the third period (16-1) over the Wolves’ Ernest Allen.
Belmont Abbey hosts Seton Hill on Saturday, while Newberry will next travel to Raleigh NC for the Wolfpack Open, hosted by North Carolina State.
King 25, Emmanuel 15: At Franklin Springs GA, in the season-opener for both teams, the visiting Tornado won four straight weights from 157 through 184 to seize control of the dual.
One of those King wrestlers to take a win was Bo Perkins (Hagerty ’19). Perkins teched Emmanuel’s Tyler Snowden by an 18-1 count to give the Tornado a double-digit lead it would not relinquish.
King’s next event will be at the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh on Sunday.
Saturday note: At the East Coast Duals NCWA tournament, hosted by Harvard Ellis Tech last Saturday, Apprentice School’s Kristopher Smith (St Augustine ’16) made two starts for the Builders’ B team in wins over New Hampshire (30-15) and Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute (33-28). Competing at 125, Smith won by forfeit against UNH and pinned Michael Slass of RPI in 35 seconds. Next up for the Builders is a tri-meet at McDaniel (MD) College, along with James Madison.