BUIES CREEK, N.C.- Campbell defeated Gardner-Webb 24-12 Friday evening in the 2016-17 home opener inside Carter Gym.
The Camels picked up seven individual victories on the evening, including a pair of wins over NCAA ranked opponents. Nathan Kraisser, Jonathan Ryan, Joshua Heil, Austin Kraisser, Ville Heino, Willie Bivens III, and Jere Heino were victorious for CU.
N.Kraisser, ranked no.11 in the NCAA, picked up the lone bonus points for Campbell with his fall victory in at the 1:15 mark over Artur Hofer. The win gave Campbell an early 6-0 advantage in the dual. N.Kraisser earned the lone points of the dual with an early takedown shortly before he finished Hofer with a fall 75 seconds in.
The Camels added to its lead courtesy of Ryan's 4-3 victory over Garrett Hancock at the 133-pound bout. After a pair of reversals, Hancock used an escape to take the 3-2 edge at the end of the second period. Ryan fought back in the third period with his second reversal of the match, and held on for the 4-3 victory.
At 141-pounds, Heil contributed to the team score with his 11-6 win against Ryan Hull. An energetic opening, included three takedowns from Heil which put him ahead 7-3. Neither wrestler produced as much in the second as Hull garnered an escape and Heil a takedown. With a 9-4 lead in the third period, Heil notched a pair of escapes and earned three-team points for Campbell.
GWU cut into the Campbell lead at the 149-pound matchup, but A.Kraisser defeated Ryan Mosley 5-4 at the 157-pound bout to push the lead back to 12 for CU. After A.Kraisser took a 2-0 lead in the first, Mosley tied up the match with his reversal one period later. The Campbell freshman earned his first of three escapes in the second to hold a 3-2 lead. With the one-point advantage, A.Kraisser notched two more escapes and gained the decision victory.
The visitors closed the gap to three points, 15-12, with victories at the 165-pound and 174-pound bouts. The Camels shut the door on the Runnin' Bulldogs' comeback attempt, as CU claimed the final three matchups of the evening.
At 184-pounds, no.22 V.Heino claimed a 4-2 victory over no.18 Hunter Gamble. The matchup saw one point scored in the opening two frames before action picked up. After he assumed bottom position, V.Heino earned a reversal, to take a 2-1 lead. Gamble knotted the bout at 2-2 with an escape soon thereafter. As the final seconds winded down the senior from Helsinki, Finland nailed a takedown to earn the narrow decision win.
A 7-5 decision at the 197-pound match gave Campbell a nine-point advantage, 21-12, with one match left. Bivens notched a reversal in the first, but trailed 3-2, after Mills gained an escape late in the opening period. The Campbell sophomore used a takedown and escape to gain a 5-3 lead going to the final frame. Combined with his third period takedown of the night and fending off Mills' offensive attempts late in the period, Bivens claimed the victory.
Campbell's night finished on a high note as no.32 J.Heino defeated no.27 Boyce Cornwell in convincing fashion, 7-2. With an electric atmosphere behind him, J.Heino began the bout with a swift takedown of Cornwell. The opposition escaped shortly after in the period to halve the lead for J.Heino at 2-1. While he held Cornwell at bay, the sophomore from Helsinki, Finland added to his advantage with an escape and takedown. He finished the bout with his third takedown of the contest, late in the period, to cap off a successful home-opener for Campbell.
Friday's victory was the first over Gardner-Webb since Jan. 23, 2014, a 29-9 win. It is the second time this season Campbell has had seven individual victories in a dual. The only other time this has occurred was Campbell's 28-12 win over Clarion, Nov. 13, 2016.
Campbell will take the mat again, Jan. 28, at noon as it travels to UT-Chattanooga for its third SoCon dual of the year. The match was originally set for Jan. 8, but inclement weather forced a postponement.
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|125||Nathan Kraisser (Campbell) over Artur Hofer (Gardner-Webb) (Fall 1:15)||6||0|
|133||Jonathan Ryan (Campbell) over Garrett Hancock (Gardner-Webb) (Dec 4-3)||3||0|
|141||Joshua Heil (Campbell) over Ryan Hull (Gardner-Webb) (Dec 11-6)||3||0|
|149||Christopher Vassar (Gardner-Webb) over Benjamin Barton (Campbell) (Dec 10-4)||0||3|
|157||Austin Kraisser (Campbell) over Ryan Mosley (Gardner-Webb) (Dec 5-4)||3||0|
|165||Tyler Marinelli (Gardner-Webb) over John Weiss (Campbell) (Dec 8-2)||0||3|
|174||Austin Trott (Gardner-Webb) over Alex Herringshaw (Campbell) (Fall 2:28)||0||6|
|184||Ville Heino (Campbell) over Hunter Gamble (Gardner-Webb) (Dec 4-2)||3||0|
|197||Willie Bivens (Campbell) over Payton Mills (Gardner-Webb) (Dec 7-5)||3||0|
|285||Jere Heino (Campbell) over Boyce Cornwell (Gardner-Webb) (Dec 7-2)||3||0|