BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Following a 2016-17 Southern Conference title, five wrestlers will represent Campbell at the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo., March 16-18, inside the Scottrade Center.
The Camels took home individual conference championships at 141-pounds and 165-pounds. CU also had three finish in NCAA allocation slots.
Joshua Heil (141 pounds) and Quentin Perez (165 pounds) represent Campbell as Southern Conference individual champions. Nathan Kraisser (125 pounds) is the lone seeded competitor for the Camels, sitting at No. 16 in the 125 bracket. Ville Heino (184 pounds) and Jere Heino (285 pounds) also qualified with their runner-up finishes at the SoCon Championships.
Campbell took home the 2016-17 SoCon team championship with an overall score of 89.5 points. Appalachian State finished second with 86 points and SIUE took home third at 69.5 points. Head coach Cary Kolat was named the 2016-17 SoCon Coach of the Year.
As a team, Campbell finished the regular season with a 10-6 dual mark, including a 6-1 record in conference competition.
The event is slated for six sessions over a three-day span. The first session during each day will air on ESPNU and the evening session will air on ESPN. ESPN3 will have full coverage of each mat during the three days. The full schedule is listed below with dates, times, and tv listings.
For full coverage of the Camels at the NCAA Championships, follow @GoCamelsWrestle throughout the weekend.
|March 16||12:00 PM||First Round||ESPNU|
|8:00 PM||Second Round||ESPN|
|March 17||11:00 AM||Quarterfinals||ESPNU|
|March 18||11:00 AM||Medal Round||ESPNU|
Nathan Kraisser (125 pounds)
R-Sr, Ellicott City, Md.
Kraisser began his 2016-17 campaign with a 3-2 victory over Missouri's Barlow McGhee at the NWCA All-Star Classic. He continued his strong season with wins in 12 of his next 13 contests through the Journeymen Tussle.
He finished his conference slate with a 3-3 mark, taking wins over GWU's Artur Hofer (Fall, 1:15). He picked up a tech fall (16-0) over Charles Kearney of The Citadel, and a major decision (12-2) against Dalton Henderson of VMI.
Kraisser is set to take on Jake Gromacki of Clarion in his opening contest of his second consecutive NCAA Championships.
Joshua Heil (141 pounds)
Fr, Brunswick, Ohio.
Heil started the 2016-17 season with a slow start, earning his first win seven matches into the year. He then went a perfect 4-0 at the Journeymen Tussle and continued into conference action.
Heil earned all-freshmen team honors with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference matches. He picked up a fall victory (6:00) over VMI's John Reed in the season finale, 1-of-3 bonus point wins in his seven SoCon matches.
Heil capped off the SoCon Championships with a 10-2 major decision win over Irvin Enriquez of Appalachian State in the 141-pound final. He is slated to take on Christopher Carton of Iowa, with the winner taking on the No. 6 seed George DiCamillo of UVA.
Quentin Perez (165 pounds)
So, Arlington, Texas.
After an 0-3 start, Perez picked up a pair of wins against Clarion and American during the second weekend of the season and continued with a four-win weekend at the Navy Classic, which included three bonus point victories.
He went a perfect 5-0 in Southern Conference action, picking up four bonus point victories during that span. He tallied two tech falls against The Citadel's Ruston Hill and SIUE's Clayton Bass. He also tallied a fall 42 seconds in against Davidson's Noah Satterfield.
Perez picked up the title at 165 pounds with an 8-4 win over Forrest Przybysz of Appalachian State. He is set to take on No. 16 seed Nicholas Wanzek of Minnesota in the opening round.
Ville Heino (184 pounds)
R-Sr, Helsinki, Finland.
V. Heino finished the regular season on a six-match winning streak, picking up two fall victories in his final three matches. He closed out his home career with a 45-second fall against VMI's Ben Wagner.
He went a perfect 7-0 in conference action with four bonus-point wins to close out his SoCon slate. Heino fell in the 184 final to Chattanooga's Bryce Carr by a 4-2 decision, an opponent he defeated in sudden victory during the regular season.
V. Heino is set to take on No. 10 seed Michael Macchiavello from North Carolina State to open his second consecutive NCAA appearance.
Jere Heino (285 pounds)
So, Helsinki, Finland.
Heino tallied nine consecutive wins to finish the regular season, including a 52-second fall over Thomas Sheap-Roop of VMI in the season finale.
He had a strong showing at the SoCon Championships, opening with a 49-second fall over Davidson's Will Cooley. He advanced to the final with a 13-3 major decision over Jared Johnson of Chattanooga. Heino fell short in the final, 7-4, against the 2017 SoCon Wrestler of the Year, App State's Denzel Dejournette.
In his first appearance at the NCAA Championships, he will take on the No. 6 seed competitor, Austin Schafer from Oklahoma State.