INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Freshman grappler Eric Montoya has become the first true freshman in Campbell history to be ranked in the top 33 in the nation by the NCAA. Montoya, from Albuquerque, N.M., was chosen No. 28 at 125 pounds in the first Division I coaches' standings of the season Wednesday.
To be eligible, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents and have wrestled in the past 30 days. Coaches vote on designated starters at each weight class to determine the ranking.
Montoya currently holds a season record of 26-10, owning the most wins of any Campbell wrestler. His six pins, six major decisions, and four technical falls also lead the squad.
Perfect in the Southern Conference at 3-0, he posted a win over No. 29 Dominic Parisi of Appalachian State this month. He will also face the SoCon's other ranked wrestler at 125, No. 16 Nick Soto of Chattanooga, later in the season. These three ranked wrestlers make the 125-pound slot the deepest of the SoCon.
The Camels return to action Mon., Jan. 28 to take on the Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb in a 7:00 p.m. tilt in Gore Arena.