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Croley, Williams, Delaune lead CU at Newberry

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:56 PM

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’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 North Carolina-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’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’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’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’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.

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