Camel grapplers defeat Duke 19-17

Nick Rex
Nick Rex

BUIES CREEK – Campbell jumped out to a 16-3 lead after a forfeit win at 125 pounds and the Camels held on for a 19-17 win to defeat the Blue Devils. CU improves to 9-12 overall with the team victory, while Duke falls to 0-5 on the season.

The win marks the first for the Fighting Camel program over an ACC opponent since a 19-18 triumph over Duke on Feb. 13, 2002. It is also the fourth win in the Duke series for Campbell, as the Camels also defeated the Blue Devils on Feb. 9, 1988 (27-15) and during the 1974-75 season (19-18).

James Cook opened the match with a 6-2 decision victory at 174 pounds. The Madera, Calif. native won his 16th individual match on the season. Duke then drew the match even at 3-3 when Diego Bencomo took an 11-6 win over John Merickel.

John Weakley took a 13-4 major decision win in the 197-pound bout and Joe Nolan outlasted Robert Mello in a 5-1 decision at heavyweight. After Chance Credeur took the forfeit win at 125 pounds, CU had gained a 16-3 advantage.

Duke took four of the final five matches, but Nick Rex's 3-2 decision win at 157 pounds in the next to last bout of the evening was enough to give Campbell the team victory.

The Camels return to action on Saturday as Campbell hosts Old Dominion and Navy. The match against ODU will begin at 1 p.m., while the nightcap against Navy will get underway at 7 p.m.

Campbell 19, Duke 17
174: James Cook (CU) dec. Randy Roden (Duke) 6-2
184: Diego Bencomo (Duke) dec. John Merickel (CU) 11-6
197: John Weakley (CU) major dec. Brian Self (Duke) 13-4
285: Joe Nolan (CU) dec. Robert Mello (Duke) 5-1
125: Chance Credeur (CU) wins by forfeit
133: Brandon Gambucci (Duke) major dec. Joey Rizzolino (CU) 8-0
141: Tanner Hough (Duke) major dec. Jordan Tolbert (CU) 14-5
149: Andrew Guardado (Duke) dec. Mark Hartenstine (CU) 3-2
157: Nick Rex (CU) dec. Immanuel Kerr-Brown 3-2
165: Ryan Harding (Duke) dec. Ryan Krecker (CU) 4-3