Three falls boost Campbell in 42-0 victory

Willie Bivens III (
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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Powered by six bonus point victories, Campbell capped off the 2016-17 regular season with a 42-0 victory against VMI.

The Camels won three matches by fall and three by major decision en route to the first shutout win since Nov. 18, 2012 (44-0 vs. Wagner) and first shutout of a Division I opponent since the 1994-95 season when CU blanked Liberty 60-0.

Joshua Heil, Ville Heino, and Jere Heino picked up the three falls for Campbell Saturday evening. Nathan Kraisser, Benjamin Barton, and Quentin Perez recorded the major decision wins.

Kraisser opened the match at 125 with his 12-2 major decision over Dalton Henderson. He opened the match with a takedown and four-point near fall to take a 6-0 lead. With a 7-2 lead after two periods, Kraisser recorded another four-point near fall, and along with riding time he claimed the victory, 12-2.

CU's lead stretched to 7-0 after Jonathan Ryan's 13-6 decision at 133. Ryan scored 10 of his 13 points by way of five takedowns, four of which came in the opening two periods. 

Heil scored the first fall of the evening at the 6:00 mark of the 141-pound match. Entering the third period, Heil held a three-point lead, 5-2. After a four-point near fall, Heil was able to pin John Reed midway through to push the Campbell lead to 13-0.

At the 149-pound contest, Barton recorded the lone points of a quick first period with his two-point takedown. He continued into the second with two more takedowns to increase his advantage to 6-1. A reversal and fourth takedown pushed the lead to nine for the major decision win.

Austin Kraisser won a hard-fought battle at 157-pounds against Neal Richards by a 2-0 score. A. Kraisser recorded the first points of the match after a second stall warning was called against Richards. After he started in the third in the down position, Kraisser garnered an escape and held on for the 2-0 win.

The third major decision victory of the night occurred at 165 with Perez's 8-0 shutout of Cade Kiely. Perez opened with a 4-0 lead after the first period. After an escape in the second, he took a 5-0 lead to the third. With another takedown plus riding time, Perez increased Campbell's lead to 24-0.

With a 1-1 score late in the third period at 174-pounds, John Weiss recorded a last second takedown to claim the 3-1 decision victory and keep the shutout intact for CU at 27-0.

V. Heino closed out his Campbell career in quick fashion Saturday evening. After an early takedown of Ben Wagner, the senior overpowered Wagner to record the fall at 45 seconds of the opening period.

At 197-pounds, Willie Bivens III scored an 11-8 victory over Taylor Thomas. With a 2-2 tie after the first, Bivens scored seven points in the second period to take a 9-2 advantage into the third, where he held on for the three-point win.

J. Heino sent the crowd home happy as he closed the dual with a fall at the 52 second mark of the 285-pound match. After an early takedown, J. Heino was able to land the early first period fall to complete the shutout.

Seniors N. Kraisser and V. Heino were honored pre-match in their final dual of their Campbell career.

Campbell will prepare for the 2017 Southern Conference Championships, March 4 in Charleston, S.C. hosted by The Citadel.


Weight  Summary CAMP VMI
125   Nathan Kraisser (Campbell) over Dalton Henderson (Vmi) (MD 12-2) 4 0
133   Jonathan Ryan (Campbell) over Michael Hulcher (Vmi) (Dec 13-6) 3 0
141   Joshua Heil (Campbell) over John Reed (Vmi) (Fall 6:00) 6 0
149   Benjamin Barton (Campbell) over Stevan Smith (Vmi) (MD 11-2) 4 0
157   Austin Kraisser (Campbell) over Neal Richards (Vmi) (Dec 2-0) 3 0
165   Quentin Perez (Campbell) over Cade Kiely (Vmi) (MD 8-0) 4 0
174   John Weiss (Campbell) over Shabaka Johns (Vmi) (Dec 3-1) 3 0
184   Ville Heino (Campbell) over Ben Wagner (Vmi) (Fall 0:45) 6 0
197   Willie Bivens (Campbell) over Taylor Thomas (Vmi) (Dec 11-8) 3 0
285   Jere Heino (Campbell) over Thomas Shea-Roop (Vmi) (Fall 0:52) 6 0
Team Score: 42 0