Camels fall to Drexel, edged by Northern Colorado

Camels fall to Drexel, edged by Northern Colorado

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

184: Niccolo Becattini (DU) dec. TeShaun Johnson (CU) 2-0               (3-0)

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)

133: Josh Yurasits (DU) dec. Joey Rizzolino (CU)  5-3                        (15-0)

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)