Champs! Wrestling wins 2017 Southern Conference Championship

2017 Southern Conference Champions (Todd Drexler Photo)
2017 Southern Conference Champions (Todd Drexler Photo)

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Campbell picked up two key victories in the championship round to secure the 2017 Southern Conference championship Saturday evening inside McAlister Field House.

The Camels finished Saturday's event with an overall team score of 89.5 points to claim their first SoCon Championship in team history. Appalachian State finished second with 86 points and SIUE finished third with 69.5 points.

Campbell's 89.5 points is the highest team score by a champion since 2013 when Chattanooga scored 102.5 points.

Joshua Heil and Quentin Perez collected first place medals at 141 and 165, respectively. Both competitors defeated their Appalachian State counterparts, which proved to be the difference maker in the team score.

The Camels entered the championship round with a 2.5-point lead, 82.5-80, over the Mountaineers. Neither side added to their total through the opening three matches of the championship round until Heil's win at 141.

The Brunswick, Ohio native won by a 10-2 major decision over Irvin Enriquez to extend the Campbell lead to 6.5 points. His match was the first of three Campbell championship round matches against Appalachian State.

Halfway through the final round, App State's second competitor, Matt Zovistoski, picked up three points at the 149-pound final to close the gap to 3.5 points.

With Campbell holding a slim 3.5-point lead, Perez rose to the occasion in his 8-4 victory over App State's Forrest Przybysz. His win increased the Campbell lead to 6.5 points and clinched the team title with four matches remaining.

Six competitors reached the podium for Campbell Saturday evening. Along with the two first place finishers, the Kraisser brothers (Austin and Nathan) and Heino brothers (Jere and Ville)  picked up second place finishes in their four respective weight classes. Benjamin Barton won his third place matchup, 3-1, in sudden victory at 149-pounds.

Five Camels have qualified for the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., March 16-18. Austin Kraisser also has the potential to qualify, but will have to wait until the NCAA Selection Show, March 8th at 6 p.m.

The five NCAA qualifiers are the most in Campbell history. Last season, CU sent two, Nathan Kraisser and Ville Heino, to the 2016 NCAA Championships.

The Camels sprinted out of the gate in Saturday's quarterfinal round as all 10 competitors won their opening match. Seven of the 10 wins were bonus point victories, including four falls. As a team, Campbell totalled 10 bonus point wins on Saturday. 

After the opening two rounds, Campbell had a 16-4 combined record, as six competitors qualified for the championship round.

The NCAA qualifiers will now set their eyes on the NCAA Championships, March 16-18, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

For more up-to-date information,  follow Campbell Wrestling on Twitter @GoCamelsWrestle.

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Team standings

Campbell – 89.5

Appalachian State – 86.0

SIUE – 69.5

Chattanooga – 66.0

Gardner-Webb – 37.5

The Citadel – 33.5

VMI – 9.5

Davidson – 7.0

Individual champions/NCAA qualifiers

125 – Freddie Rodriguez, SIUE

133 – Chris Debien, Chattanooga

141 – Josh Heil, Campbell

149 – Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State

157 – Ryan Mosley, Gardner-Webb

165 – Quentin Perez, Campbell

174 – Jake Residori, SIUE

184 – Bryce Carr, Chattanooga

197 – Jake Tindle, SIUE

HWT – Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State

Additional NCAA allocations

125 – Nathan Kraisser, Campbell; Vito Pasone, Appalachian State

157 – Aaron Walker, The Citadel

184 – Ville Heino, Campbell; Hunter Gamble, Gardner-Webb

HWT – Jere Heino, Campbell ; Jared Johnson, Chattanooga

Southern Conference Coach of the Year

Cary Kolat, Campbell

Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler

Ryan Mosley, Gardner-Webb

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Full results:

125: Nathan Kraisser

(125) W, Tech Fall (16-1), Dalton Henderson (VMI 3/4)

(125) W, Decision (14-10), Vito Pasone (App State 3/4) – Semifinals

(125) L, Decision (12-8), Freddie Rodriguez (SIUE, 3/4) - Finals

133: Jonathan Ryan

(133) W, Fall (5:39), Michael Hulcher (VMI 3/4)

(133) L, Major Decision (12-1), Colby Smith (Appalachian State 3/4) – Semifinals

(133) W, Decision (8-5), Philip Anderson (Gardner-Webb 3/4) – Consol Semis

(133) L, Decision (9-3), John Muldoon (Southern Illinois Edwardsville, 3/4) – Consol Finals

141: Joshua Heil

(141) W, Decision (8-3), Hunter Costa (Davidson 3/4)

(141) W, Decision (9-4), Trevor Feagans (SIUE 3/4) – Semifinals

(141) W, Major Decision (10-2), Irvin Enriquez (Appalachian State 3/4) - Finals

149: Benjamin Barton

(149) W, Major Decision (14-4), Stevan Smith (VMI 3/4)

(149) L, Decision (2-1), Matthew Zovistoski (Appalachian State 3/4) – Semifinals

(149) W, Fall (1:38), Aidan Conroy (Davidson 3/4) – Consol Semis

(149) W, Decision (SV1, 3-1), Tyler Buckiso (The Citadel 3/4)

157: Austin Kraisser

(157) W, Tech Fall (17-0), Tony Palumbo (Davidson (3/4)

(157) W, Decision (7-5, TB-1), Neal Richards (VMI 3/4) – Semifinals

(157) L, Decision (3-2), Ryan Mosley (GWU 3/4) – Finals

 

165: Quentin Perez

(165) W, Fall (1:30), Cade Kiely (VMI 3/4)

(165) W, Decision (10-4), Tyler Marinelli (GWU 3/4) – Semifinals

(165) W, Decision (8-4), Forrest Przybysz (Appalachian State 3/4) - Finals

174: John Weiss

(174) W, Decision (2-1), Shabaka Johns (VMI 3/4)

(174) L, Major Decision (9-1), Jake Residori (SIUE 3/4) – Semifinals

(174) L, Decision (9-8), Conor Fenn (Davidson 3/4) – Consol Semis

184: Ville Heino

(184) W, Fall (3:38), Chandler Sambets (The Citadel 3/4)

(184) W, Decision (6-5), David Peters-Logue (App State 3/4) – Semifinals

(184) L, Decision (4-2) Bryce Carr (Chattanooga, 3/4) - Final

197: Willie Bivens III

(197) W, Decision (6-4), Kyle Ash (Gardner-Webb 3/4)

(197) L, Tech Fall (19-4), Jake Tindle (SIUE 3/4) - Semifinals

(197) W, Decision (6-5), Ira Dent (Chattanooga 3/4) – Consol Semis

(197) L, Medical Forfeit, Randall Diabe (Appalachian State 3/4) - Final

 

285: Jere Heino

(285) W, Fall (0:49), Will Cooley (Davidson 3/4)

(285) W, Major Decision (13-3), Jared Johnson (Chattanooga 3/4) – Semifinals

(285) L, Decision (7-4), Denzel Dejournette (Appalachian State 3/4) - Finals

 

Team

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Campbell picked up two key victories in the championship round to secure the 2017 Southern Conference Championship Saturday evening inside McAlister Field House.

The Camels finished Saturday's event with an overall team score of 89.5 points to claim their first team SoCon Championship in team history. Appalachian State finished second with 86 points and SIUE finished third with 69.5 points.

Campbell's 89.5 points is the highest team score by a champion since 2013 when Chattanooga scored 102.5 points.

Joshua Heil and Quentin Perez collected first place medals at 141 and 165, respectively. Both competitors defeated their Appalachian State counterparts, which proved to be the difference maker in the team score.

The Camels entered the championship round with a 2.5-point lead, 82.5-80, over the Mountaineers. Neither side added to their total through the opening three matches of the championship round, until Heil's win in the 141-pound first place match.

The Brunswick, Ohio native won by a 10-2 major decision over Irvin Enriquez to extend the Campbell lead to 6.5 points. His match was the first of three Campbell championship round matches against Appalachian State.

App State's second competitor in the championship round picked up three points in the 157-pound final to close the gap to three.

With a 3.5-point lead, Perez rose to the occasion as well with his 8-4 victory over App State's Forrest Przybysz. His victory increased the Campbell lead to 6.5 points, which clinched the team title with four matches remaining.

Six competitors reached the podium for Campbell Saturday evening. Along with two first place finishers, the Kraisser brothers and Heino brothers picked up second place finishes in their respective weight classes. Benjamin Barton won his third place matchup, 3-1 in SV-1, at 149-pounds.

The Camels have qualified five for the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. March 16-18. Austin Kraisser also has potential to qualify, but will have to wait until the NCAA Selection Show, March 8th at 6 p.m.

Five NCAA qualifiers are the most in Campbell history. Last season, CU sent Nathan Kraisser and Ville Heino to the 2016 NCAA Championship.

The Camels sprinted out of the gate in Saturday's quarterfinal round as all 10 competitors won their opening match. Seven of the 10 wins were bonus point victories, including four falls.

After the opening two rounds, Campbell had a 16-4 combined record, as six competitors qualified for the championship round.

The NCAA qualifiers will now set their eyes on the NCAA Championships, March 16-18, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

For more up-to-date information, please follow Campbell Wrestling on Twitter, @GoCamelsWrestle.

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Team standings

Campbell – 89.5

Appalachian State – 86.0

SIUE – 69.5

Chattanooga – 66.0

Gardner-Webb – 37.5

The Citadel – 33.5

VMI – 9.5

Davidson – 7.0

Individual champions/NCAA qualifiers

125 – Freddie Rodriguez, SIUE

133 – Chris Debien, Chattanooga

141 – Josh Heil, Campbell

149 – Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State

157 – Ryan Mosley, Gardner-Webb

165 – Quentin Perez, Campbell

174 – Jake Residori, SIUE

184 – Bryce Carr, Chattanooga

197 – Jake Tindle, SIUE

HWT – Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State

Additional NCAA allocations

125 – Nathan Kraisser, Campbell; Vito Pasone, Appalachian State

157 – Aaron Walker, The Citadel

184 – Ville Heino, Campbell; Hunter Gamble, Gardner-Webb

HWT – Jere Heino, Campbell ; Jared Johnson, Chattanooga

Southern Conference Coach of the Year

Cary Kolat, Campbell

Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler

Ryan Mosley, Gardner-Webb

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Full results:

125: Nathan Kraisser

(125) W, Tech Fall (16-1), Dalton Henderson (VMI 3/4)

(125) W, Decision (14-10), Vito Pasone (App State 3/4) – Semifinals

(125) L, Decision (12-8), Freddie Rodriguez (SIUE, 3/4) - Finals

133: Jonathan Ryan

(133) W, Fall (5:39), Michael Hulcher (VMI 3/4)

(133) L, Major Decision (12-1), Colby Smith (Appalachian State 3/4) – Semifinals

(133) W, Decision (8-5), Philip Anderson (Gardner-Webb 3/4) – Consol Semis

(133) L, Decision (9-3), John Muldoon (Southern Illinois Edwardsville, 3/4) – Consol Finals

141: Joshua Heil

(141) W, Decision (8-3), Hunter Costa (Davidson 3/4)

(141) W, Decision (9-4), Trevor Feagans (SIUE 3/4) – Semifinals

(141) W, Major Decision (10-2), Irvin Enriquez (Appalachian State 3/4) - Finals

149: Ben Barton

(149) W, Major Decision (14-4), Stevan Smith (VMI 3/4)

(149) L, Decision (2-1), Matthew Zovistoski (Appalachian State 3/4) – Semifinals

(149) W, Fall (1:38), Aidan Conroy (Davidson 3/4) – Consol Semis

(149) W, Decision (SV1, 3-1), Tyler Buckiso (The Citadel 3/4)

157: Austin Kraisser

(157) W, Tech Fall (17-0), Tony Palumbo (Davidson (3/4)

(157) W, Decision (7-5, TB-1), Neal Richards (VMI 3/4) – Semifinals

(157) L, Decision (3-2), Ryan Mosley (GWU 3/4) – Finals

165: Quentin Perez

(165) W, Fall (1:30), Cade Kiely (VMI 3/4)

(165) W, Decision (10-4), Tyler Marinelli (GWU 3/4) – Semifinals

(165) W, Decision (8-4), Forrest Przybysz (Appalachian State 3/4) - Finals

174: John Weiss

(174) W, Decision (2-1), Shabaka Johns (VMI 3/4)

(174) L, Major Decision (9-1), Jake Residori (SIUE 3/4) – Semifinals

(174) L, Decision (9-8), Conor Fenn (Davidson 3/4) – Consol Semis

184: Ville Heino

(184) W, Fall (3:38), Chandler Sambets (The Citadel 3/4)

(184) W, Decision (6-5), David Peters-Logue (App State 3/4) – Semifinals

(184) L, Decision (4-2) Bryce Carr (Chattanooga, 3/4) - Final

197: Willie Bivens III

(197) W, Decision (6-4), Kyle Ash (Gardner-Webb 3/4)

(197) L, Tech Fall (19-4), Jake Tindle (SIUE 3/4) - Semifinals

(197) W, Decision (6-5), Ira Dent (Chattanooga 3/4) – Consol Semis

(197) L, Medical Forfeit, Randall Diabe (Appalachian State 3/4) - Final

285: Jere Heino

(285) W, Fall (0:49), Will Cooley (Davidson 3/4)

(285) W, Major Decision (13-3), Jared Johnson (Chattanooga 3/4) – Semifinals

(285) L, Decision (7-4), Denzel Dejournette (Appalachian State 3/4) - Finals