Camels move to 2-0 in Southern Conference with 27-15 road victory over Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Va. – Campbell received back-to-back 4-3 decision wins by Nick Rex at 165 pounds and James Cook at 174 pounds to propel the Camels from a 9-5 deficit to an 11-9 advantage as CU rallied for a 27-15 road victory over Southern Conference foe VMI on Friday night. The dual match victory moves Campbell to 5-4 overall, 2-0 in the SoCon as CU matches its best dual match win total since 2005-06.

The match began with the 141 pound bout that set the scene for the back-and-forth conference showdown. VMI's Zeb Stewart outlasted CU's Jordan Tolbert (Olney, Md.) in a 9-7 overtime decision. After the Keydets took the early lead, Campbell responded when Mark Hartenstine's (Easton, Penn.) tech fall win over David Yost gave the Camels' its first lead of the night at 5-3.

A Campbell forfeit at 157 pounds saw the team scoring lead change hands again. With VMI holding the 9-5 advantage, Nick Rex (Lakeland, Fla.) and James Cook (Madera, Calif.) would turn in crucial 4-3 decision wins at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively to propel CU into an 11-9 lead. Rex moves to 7-2 in dual matches this season while Cook holds a team-best 8-1 individual mark.

After the Keydets retook the lead at 15-11, John Weakley (Cleveland, Ohio) drew the Camels even with a 15-6 major decision victory at 197 pounds. With Joe Nolan's (Jackson, N.J.) 6-3 decision win over Andrew Embree in the 285-pound bout, Campbell clinched the dual match victory with a forfeit win at 125 pounds. Joey Rizzolino (Easton, Penn.) helped CU move to 3-0 on the evening in matches decided by 4-3 decisions when he defeated Ryan Goodsell by the tightly-contested score.

Campbell returns home on Dec. 14 as the team entertains Drexel and Northern Coloardo while hosting the Fighting Camel Duals. The Camels' first match of the evening will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. inside the Pope Convocation Center.

Campbell 27, VMI 15

Attendance: 524
Match Started at 141 Pounds

Bout-by-Bout Winner def. Loser Type Score  – Running Score: (VMI-CU)
141 Pounds: Zeb Stewart (VMI) def. Jordan Tolbert (CU) 9-7 (OT) (3-0)
149 Pounds: Mark Hartenstine (CU) def. David Yost (VMI) Tech. Fall 15-0 (3:32) (3-5)
157 Pounds: Michael Burnett (VMI) wins by forfeit (9-5)
165 Pounds: Nick Rex (CU) def. Carry Joseph (VMI) dec. 4-3 (9-8)
174 Pounds: James Cook (CU) def. Matthew Brock (VMI) dec. 4-3 (9-11)
184 Pounds: Conor Black (VMI) def. TeShaun Johnson (CU) Pin 5:53 (15-11)
197 Pounds: John Weakley (CU) def. John Dommert (VMI) Major Dec. 15-6 (15-15)
285 Pounds: Joe Nolan (CU) def. Andrew Embree (VMI) 6-3 (15-18)
125 Pounds: Josh Fisher (CU) wins by Forfeit  (15-24)
133 Pounds: Joey Rizzolino (CU) def. Ryan Goodsell (VMI) Dec. 4-3 (15-27)