BUIES CREEK – Campbell defeated Cleveland State 30-10 on Monday evening to win its eighth dual match of the season (the program's highest mark since the 1997-98 season) before falling to SoCon foe Appalachian State. CU moves to 8-9 overall and 2-1 in the Southern Conference.
Nick Rex and Joe Nolan both went 2-0 on the evening. Rex took a major decision over Brandon Sommers of Cleveland State at 157 pounds to help the Camels climb out of a 10-0 team score deficit and rally for the win. He then got the team on the scoreboard against the Mountaineers, taking a 2-0 overtime thriller over ASU's William Powell.
Nolan pinned Cleveland State's Garry Yarborogh in 1:16 to put the finishing touches on Campbell's 30-10 victory over the Vikings. The freshman then earned a hard-fought 3-2 decision over Joe Cummings of ASU to move to 8-7 individually during the rookie campaign.
The Fighting Camels will be back in action on Jan. 13-14, taking part in the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va. Campbell returns to dual action on Jan. 20 as the team hosts Chattanooga in a Southern Conference matchup at 7 p.m.
Campbell 30, Cleveland State 10125: Ben Willeford (CSU) major dec. Grabiel Soto (CU) 9-0 133: Nick Flannery (CSU) dec. Tanner Bidelspach (CU) 7-1 141 Josh Palivoda (CSU) dec. Jordan Tolbert (CU) 4-3 149: Mark Hartenstine (CU) major dec. Lawrence Cavello (CSU) 10-0 157: Nick Rex (CU) major dec. Brandon Sommers (CSU) 15-1 165: Paul Duggan (CU) dec. Corey Carlo (CSU) 4-2 174: Ryan Krecker (CU) tech fall Koort Leyrer (CSU) 6:39 184: James Cook (CU) dec. Aric Thurn (CSU) 12-9 197: John Weakley (CU) tech fall Nick Anthony (CSU) 5:06 285: Joe Nolan (CU) pinned Garry Yarborogh (CSU) 1:16 Appalachian State 37, Campbell 6 125: Antonio Gravely (ASU) pinned Grabiel Soto (CU) 1:51 133: Brett Boston (ASU) dec. Tanner Bidelspach (CU) 11-8 141: Mike Kessler (ASU) major dec. Jorge Gavillan (CU) 12-0 149: Savya Kostis (ASU) dec. Mark Hartenstine (CU) 12-9 157: Nick Rex (CU) dec. William Powell (ASU) 2-0 (OT) 165: Kyle Blevins (ASU) pinned Daniel Luty (CU) 3:23 174: Andrew Downs (ASU) major dec. Paul Duggan (CU) 13-5 184: Austin Trotman (ASU) tech fall TeShuan Johnson (CU) 7:00 197: Paul Weiss (ASU) pinned John Weakley (CU) 1:27 285: Joe Nolan (CU) dec. Joe Cummings (ASU) 3-2