NEWBERRY -- Newberry began its Eastern College Athletic Conference matchup against Coker in style, then accumulated enough points to make the 29-9 lead unreachable. The Wolves kept its conference championship hopes alive in the Tuesday night dual at Eleazer.
The Wolves applied relentless pressure early on to build a large lead. Newberry (11-6, 4-1 ECAC) opened with an 14-2 major decision win by Austin Neal to secure an early 4-0 lead over Coker (5-11. 1-5 ECAC).
But Newberry was far from done. Nolan Whitely secured his third tech fall of the season with a 21-3 demolition of Drew Crabtree. Moments later, Isaiah Royal powered through his competition to earn an 8-3 decision win over his opponent. Tyler Wicken followed suit, with a 5-3 edge over Matthew Kieta to help Newberry jump out to a 15-0 lead against the Cobras'.
Senior Alex Rice, who competed in his last home match in Eleazer Arena, made a mockery out of his opponent. He would pick up the 19-2 tech win over Hunter Corwin in a little under three minutes. Joey Rocca, the junior from Elmwood Park, N.J., picked up the team's only win by fall on the night.
The finisher himself, Patton Gossett, ended the dual with a 10-3 decision win over Robert Parland. He found himself down early in the match, but rebounded successfully to take full control. Gossett has flew by conference opponents, tallying a 4-0 record in ECAC competition.
Coker was was headed by Bret Shurina, as he downed Jody McAlister, 7-2. Jordon Garlow picked up a decision win over Austin Crocker. Luis Peguero rounded out the night for the Cobras', taking down Nick Weldon, 5-1.
With the win, Newberry moves to 4-1 in ECAC action. A win over Emmanuel Friday night would clinch a share of the ECAC title with UNC Pembroke, which concluded its league slate on Monday night at 5-1, its lone loss coming to Belmont Abbey. The matchup against the Lions is slated to start at 7 p.m.