BUIES CREEK - Campbell dropped two dual matches on Wednesday evening in the Fighting Camel Duals inside Pope Convocation Center. The Camels fall to 5-6 overall in dual matches on the season heading into the Christmas break. Drexel improved to 3-1, while Northern Colorado moves to 1-1 on the season.
Mark Hartenstine (Easton, Penn.) and James Cook (Madera, Calif.) were the top performers of the evening for the Fighting Camels. Hartenstine finished with a pin against Drexel's Shane Fenningham and a 2-0 decision victory over UNC's Justin Gonzalez. Cook had a decision win over Alex Rinaldi of Drexel and a major decision win over Patrick Gomez of UNC.
Campbell fell behind the Dragons of Drexel 20-0 before winning three of the final four individual matches. Sparked by Hartenstine's pin at 149 pounds, Nick Rex (Lakeland, Fla.) finished with a 13-4 major decision at 165 pounds before Cook concluded the scoring with his decision win at 174 to make the final margin 23-13.
Against the Bears of UNC, Campbell took a 6-4 lead after John Weakley's 0:29 pin over Mark Morrill at 197 pounds. Joe Nolan's 4-1 decision win at 285 pounds made it 9-4 in favor of CU. Northern Colorado took the next three matches, including a pin at 133 pounds to take a lead at 16-9 that the Bears would not relinquish.
Hartenstine and Ryan Krecker (Nazareth, Penn.) took back-to-back decision wins to cut the UNC lead to one at 16-15. Gabriel Burak, ranked 12th in his weight class nationally, took a major decision win at 165 pounds to give the Bears a 20-15 lead into into the final bout of the evening. Cook put forth a valiant effort, needing a tech fall or pin to give the Camels a chance at victory, but finished with a 19-10 major decision win to bring the team score final to 20-19.
Campbell will return to the mat Jan. 1-2 at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Camels return to Buies Creek on Jan. 9 to face Southern Conference foe Appalachian State and Cleveland State.
Drexel 23, Campbell 13
197: Brandon Palik (DU) dec. John Weakley (CU) 10-6 (6-0)
285: Kyle Frey (DU) dec. Joe Nolan (CU) 3-1 (9-0)
125: Michael Gomez (DU) dec. Grabiel Soto (CU) 6-3 (12-0)
141: Frank Cimato (DU) tech fall Tanner Bidelspach (CU) 6:31 (20-0)
149: Mark Hartenstine pinned (CU) Shane Fenningham (DU) 2:56 (20-6)
157: Austin Sommer (DU) dec. (OT1) Ryan Krecker (CU) 6-4 (23-6)
165: Nick Rex (CU) major dec. Anson Worrell (DU) 13-4 (23-10)
174: James Cook (CU) dec. Alex Rinaldi (DU) 8-1 (23-13)
Northern Colorado 20, Campbell 19
184: Cody McAninch (UNC) major dec. TeShaun Johnson (CU) dec. 8-0 (4-0)
197: John Weakley (CU) pinned Mark Morrill (UNC) 0:29 (4-6)
285: Joe Nolan (CU) dec. Henry Chirino (UNC) 4-1 (4-9)
125: Jesse Meis (UNC) pinned Grabiel Soto (CU) 1:23 (10-9)
133: Sam Bauer (UNC) dec. Tanner Bidelspach (CU) 6-0 (13-6)
141: Casey Cruz (UNC) dec. Jordan Tolbert (CU) 6-5 (16-9)
149: Mark Hartenstine (CU) dec. Justin Gonzalez (UNC) 2-0 (16-12)
157: Ryan Krecker (CU) dec. Charlie McMartin (UNC) 14-9 (16-15)
165: Gabriel Burak (UNC) major dec. Nick Rex (CU) 11-0 (20-15)
174: James Cook (CU) major dec. Josh Vantine (UNC) 19-10 (20-19)