Campbell set for SoCon Championship March 4 at The Citadel

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – With a 6-1 conference record and the first 10-win season since 2011-12, Campbell wrestling is primed for the 2017 Southern Conference Championships, March 4, in Charleston, S.C.

The Citadel hosts Saturday's Southern Conference event, which begins at 10 a.m. inside McAllister Field House.

The Southern Conference has received 18 allocation spots from the NCAA. Three spots are on the line in the 125, 184, and 285 classes. Two are up for grabs at 149 and 157. The other five weight classes have one allocation spot each.

The SoCon Freshman of the Year, Austin Kraisser, enters the tournament with a 6-0 record and is on a five-match winning streak. He is the No. 2 seed in the 157-weight class behind two-time champion Aaron Walker. The freshman is ranked No. 33 in the most recent NCAA Coaches Poll.

Joshua Heil and Ville Heino, both on the 2017 SoCon All-Conference team, also earned the top seed in their respective weight classes.

Heil, a freshman at 141, enters the conference tournament with a perfect 7-0 mark in league action. He picked up two, one-point decision victories against the second and fourth ranked wrestlers in his weight class. Heil joined A. Kraisser and Benjamin Barton on the SoCon All-Freshman team.

V. Heino also capped off perfect SoCon campaign in 2016-17. Two of his last three wins came by first period fall, including a 45-second victory during his final match inside Carter Gym. Heino will seek to win the 184-pound weight class in back-to-back seasons, after claiming the title in 2016. He sits at No. 19 and No. 25 in the Coaches Poll and RPI, respectively.

Along with Kraisser, Jere Heino is a No. 2 seed in his respective weight class. At 285, J. Heino posted a 6-1 record and currently has a six-match conference winning streak. His lone loss came against the 2017 SoCon Wrestler of the Year, Appalachian State's Denzel Dejournette, a 5-2 decision on Dec. 14, 2016. J. Heino enters the tournament ranked No. 24 and No. 20 in the Coaches Poll and RPI respectively.

Willie Bivens III (197), Quentin Perez (165), and Jonathan Ryan (133) have earned a three seed in their respective weight classes.

Bivens closed the season having won five of his last six and holds a 5-2 conference mark. Perez capped off his sophomore season on a four-match winning streak and an undefeated slate in SoCon action. Ryan has won 5-of-6, including three straight, as he finished with a 4-2 conference record.

Last season's 133-pound champion, Nathan Kraisser, is seeded fourth in the 125-pound bracket. N. Kraisser finished the 2016-17 SoCon slate with a 3-3 mark. John Weiss also sits fourth in the 174-pound group. After back-to-back losses at 165, Weiss won 3-of-4 at 174 to close out the season.

Barton is tabbed fifth at the 149-pound bracket following his 3-3 performance in conference matches. He has won three out of his last four matches, all of which were major decision wins. He was one of a league-high three Camels to make the SoCon All-Freshman team.

Campbell will look to improve on its fifth-place finish from a year ago that saw two first place finishers, one third and one fourth. 

Complete event information, including Saturday's schedule, ticketing information and seeding breakdown are below.

For complete and live coverage, follow @GoCamelsWrestle on Twitter throughout Saturday's action from McAlister Field House.

Event Schedule:

9 a.m. – Doors open

10 a.m. – First-round matches

12 p.m. – Semifinals

2 p.m. – Consolation quarterfinals (consolation semifinals immediately after)

5:30 p.m. – Consolation finals

7 p.m. – Finals, true-place matches and award presentation


All rounds of the championship will be streamed live for free on the SoCon Digital Network. Live results updates can be found at

Ticketing Information:

Tickets for Saturday's action, which begins at 10 a.m., will be single-session. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Prices are $15 for adults, $10 for youth (6-12) and $8 each for groups of 10 or more. Students from Southern Conference schools, including wrestling associate member schools, can pick up a ticket free of charge simply by showing their school IDs.

As part of its partnership with Headlock on Hunger, the SoCon will offer $3 off the ticket price with the donation of a food item at the door.


Complete seeds:


125 (3 NCAA allocations)  

1. Vito Pasone, Appalachian State

2. Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga

3. Freddie Rodriguez, SIUE

4. Nathan Kraisser, Campbell

5. Dalton Henderson, VMI

6. Landon LoAlbo, Gardner-Webb

7. Patrick Kearney, The Citadel

8. No entry, Davidson

133 (1 NCAA allocation)  

1. Chris Debien, Chattanooga

2. Colby Smith, Appalachian State

3. Jonathan Ryan, Campbell

4. John Muldoon, SIUE

5. Philip Anderson, Gardner-Webb

6. Michael Hulcher, VMI

7. Andrew Szalwinski, The Citadel

8. Dustin Runzo, Davidson

141 (1 NCAA allocation)  

1. Joshua Heil, Campbell

2. Chase Zemenak, Chattanooga

3. Irvin Enriquez, Appalachian State

4. Douglas Gudenburr, The Citadel

5. Trevor Feagans, SIUE

6. Ryan Hull, Gardner-Webb

7. John Reed, VMI

8. Hunter Costa, Davidson

149 (2 NCAA allocations)  

1. Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State

2. Ty Buckiso, The Citadel

3. John Fahy, SIUE

4. Chris Vassar, Gardner-Webb

5. Benjamin Barton, Campbell

6. Stevan Smith, VMI

7. Roman Boylen, Chattanooga

8. Aiden Conroy, Davidson

157 (2 NCAA allocations)  

1. Aaron Walker, The Citadel

2. Austin Kraisser, Campbell

3. Neal Richards, VMI

4. Ryan Mosely, Gardner-Webb

5. Gavin Londoff, Appalachian State

6. Karsten Van Velsor, SIUE

7. Tony Palumbo, Davidson

8. Dylanger Potter, Chattanooga

165 (1 NCAA allocation)  

1. Justin Lampe, Chattanooga

2. Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb

3. Quentin Perez, Campbell

4. Forrest Prybysz, Appalachian State

5. Clayton Bass, SIUE

6. Cade Kiely, VMI

7. Ruston Hill II, The Citadel

8. Noah Satterfield, Davidson

174 (1 NCAA allocation)  

1. Jake Residori, SIUE

2. Austin Trott, Gardner-Webb

3. Sean Mappes, Chattanooga

4. John Weiss, Campbell

5. Shabaka Johns, VMI

6. Conor Fenn, Davidson

7. Martin Duane, The Citadel

8. Angel Najar, Appalachian State

184 (3 NCAA allocations)  

1. Ville Heino, Campbell

2. Bryce Carr, Chattanooga

3. Hunter Gamble, Gardner-Webb

4. David Peters-Logue, Appalachian State

5. Konner Pritchard, Davidson

6. Chris Beck, VMI

7. Jake Godinez, SIUE

8. Chandler Sambets, The Citadel

197 (1 NCAA allocation)  

1. Sawyer Root, The Citadel

2. Jake Tindle, SIUE

3. Willie Bivens III, Campbell

4. Clay Dent, Chattanooga

5. Randall Diabe, Appalachian State

6. Kyle Ash, Gardner-Webb

7. Taylor Thomas, VMI

8. Ryan Devlin, Davidson

285 (3 NCAA allocations)  

1. Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State

2. Jere Heino, Campbell

3. Jared Johnson, Chattanooga

4. Jake McKiernan, SIUE

5. Boyce Cornwell, Gardner-Webb

6. Joe Bexley, The Citadel

7. Will Cooley, Davidson

8. Thomas Shea-Roop, VMI