Thursday, March 4, 2004
Contact: Chris Kilcoyne
BUIES CREEK, N.C..-- After winning three
dual meet matches in a row, the Campbell University wrestling team
will enter this weekend's Colonial Athletic Association
Championships with the hope of sending multiple grapplers to the
NCAA National Tournament.
The league championship will be Friday and Saturday and will take place at Rider University in New Jersey.
Twenty-seven competitors will earn a spot in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships that will be held Mar. 18-20 at Kansas City, Mo. The first and second place finishers in each of the 10 weight classes will automatically qualify for the NCAAs. In addition, Colonial coaches will select 10 wild card participants following the conclusion of the CAA Championships. The eighth, ninth and 10th wild cards will be listed in rank order as alternates.
CU ranks ninth in the league as a team and have two wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes. Andy Bricker is ranked sixth at 125-pounds with an overall record of 24-12. Bricker has amassed 84 wins over his four seasons on the mat. He currently ranks eighth all-time on the CU career.
Lantz Nixon is ranked fourth in the 184-pound class with a record of 16-9. Nixon earned a berth to the NCAA Championships back in the 2002 season.
Five individuals have represented Campbell on six occasions at the NCAA Championships since the Fighting Camels joined the Division I wrestling ranks in 1986-87. John Christian and current assistant coach Billy Greene advanced in 2000, while Nixon earned a CAA wildcard in 2002.
The Fighting Camels finished the regular season with a 5-13 overall record and 3-6 in the CAA.