BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King Men's Wrestling team was unable to overcome an early deficit to the Newberry College Wolves in Wednesday night's dual meet. The Tornado lost in a 29-9 decision to fall to 3-2 on the season in dual meets. Three King Tornado exited the meet with wins.
The Wolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead when Jeffrey Vesta pinned sophomore Jerrelle McCabe within two minutes of the first period. At 133, sophomore Colin Crume (Mishawaka, Ind.) helped half the lead and get King on the board with a seven-point, decision win over Nicholas Lankford, 11-4.
Newberry won the next four bouts at 141, 149, 157, and 165 pounds. Three of those wins came by decision in addition to a technical fall (16-0) over Marcelle McCabe.
With a 20-3 lead, KU won its next two bouts to remain alive. Dyvon Passmore (Miami, Fla.) was down one point in the final period when he recorded a two-point takedown just as the clock turned to 1:00 remaining to take a 10-9 lead before increasing the lead by two more points before the final horn sounded. Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) won the 184-pound bout over Jared Holiday in a 5-2 decision to trim Newberry's team lead to 20-9.
The Tornado entered the 197-pound bout with a chance win the dual with a pair of pins, but were turned away when Joe Grisko recorded an 8-1 decision win over Cody Davis to seal their victory. Newberry also took the heavyweight bout by pin, leading to a final 29-9 final score.
King is now 3-2 in dual meets this season. The loss to Newberry snapped a three-meet winning streak. The Tornado will host the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in their final home dual of the season on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. inside the Student Center Complex.
125: Jeffrey Vesta (NC) won by pin over Jerrelle McCabe (KU) 1:45.
133: Colin Crume (KU) won by decision over Nicholas Lankford(NC) 11-4.
141: William Young (NC) won by tech fall over Marcelle McCabe (KU) 5:20 16-0.
149: Deral Brown (NC) won by decision over Nicolas Stella (KU) 5-2.
157: Taylor Knapp (NC) won by decision over Jeremy Miller (KU) 2-1.
165: Blake Ridenour (NC) won by decision over John Austin Jones (KU) 5-0.
174: Dyvon Passmore (KU) won by decision over Joseph Pittman(NC) 12-9.
184: Brandon Tressler (KU) won by decision over Jared Holiday(NC) 5-2.
197: Joe Grisko (NC) won by decision over Cody Davis (KU) 8-1.
285: Robert Wade (NC) won by pin over Garrett Fosdyck (KU) 6:06.