Boiling Springs, N.C. – Campbell took a thrilling 17-16 Southern Conference road victory at Gardner-Webb, earning the tiebreaking point after finishing with a 70-67 advantage in total points. The Fighting Camels move to 3-2 in SoCon competition with one conference match remaining against The Citadel.
CU took five of the first seven matches to jump out to a 16-7 lead over the Runnin' Bulldogs. GWU then took the last three bouts to force the match to the tiebreaker. Joey Rizzolino earned a 15-4 major decision win over Robert Golde to put the Camels ahead after the match's second bout. Decision wins from Jordan Tolbert and Mark Hartenstine pushed the Camel advantage to 10-3 after the 149-pound bout.
Ryan Krecker took a 12-8 decision in the 165-pound bout and James Cook captured his 18th individual win with a 6-0 decision at 174 pounds to round out the Camel scoring. GWU used come-from-behind wins in the match's final two bouts to tie the team score at 16-16.
With each team having the same number of wins and falls, the tiebreaker came down to total points, where Campbell held the three-point advantage.
Campbell 17, Gardner-Webb 16 (1-point tiebreaker for total points) 125: Michael Slaughter (GWU) dec. Tanner Bidelspach (CU) 5-1; GWU 3, CU 0 133: Joey Rizzolino (CU) major dec. Robert Golde (GWU) 15-4; CU 4, GWU 3 141: Jordan Tolbert (CU) dec. Alex Hamm (GWU) 10-4; CU 7, GWU 3 149: Mark Hartenstine (CU) dec. Devonte Andujar (GWU) 5-3; CU 10, GWU 3 157: Alex Medbed (GWU) dec. Daniel Luty (CU) 13-2; CU 10, GWU 7 165: Ryan Krecker (CU) dec. Justin Guthrie (GWU) 12-8; CU 13, GWU 7 174: James Cook (CU) dec. Erin O'Dell (GWU) 6-0; CU 16, GWU 7 184: Jason Porter (GWU) dec. John Merickel (CU) 10-6; CU 16, GWU 10 197: Travis Porter (GWU) dec. John Weakley (CU) 11-9; CU 16, GWU 13 285: Justin Kozera (GWU) dec. 8-5 Joe Nolan (CU); CU 16, GWU 16 Total Points: Campbell 70, Gardner-Webb 67
Campbell freshman Daniel Luty picked up his first collegiate victory and Campbell earned four pins as the Camels prevailed 39-9 over Millersville. CU improves to 11-14 overall and has the most dual match wins since the 1997-98 squad finished with 12 victories.
The match began with Tanner Bidelspach earning a forfeit win to give the Camels an early 6-0 lead. Tolbert earned a 4-2 decision win at 141 pounds before Hartenstine pinned Steve Hess in 2:38. Luty then picked up his first win in a 3-2 decision over Zac Wawryzyniak-Bush at 157 pounds.
After Paul Duggan's 6-0 decision win at 165 pounds, Campbell took three consecutive pins (Cook at 174 pounds, Matt Cox at 184 pounds and Weakley at 197 pounds). Weakley earned his seventh pin of the season to move to 23-8 individually. Cox took his first victory of the season with his 44-second pin.
Campbell will return to action Saturday night as the Camels welcome Big 10 power Northwestern and ACC foe North Carolina to Gilbert Craig Gore Arena in Buies Creek. CU is scheduled to wrestle Northwestern at 6:15 p.m., followed by a matchup with the Tar Heels.
Campbell 39, Millersville 9125: Tanner Bidelspach (CU) wins by forfeit; CU 6, MU 0 133: Joshua Ruppert (MU) dec. Joey Rizzolino (CU) 7-2; CU 6, MU 3 141: Jordan Tolbert (CU) dec. Aaron Trimpey (MU) 4-2; CU 9, MU 3 149: Mark Hartenstine (CU) pinned Steve Hess (MU) 2:38; CU 15, MU 3 157: Daniel Luty (CU) dec. Zac Wawrzyniak-Bush (MU) 3-2; CU 18, MU 3 165: Paul Duggan (CU) dec. Kyle Toth (MU) 6-0; CU 21, MU 3 174: James Cook (CU) pinned Zack Pincus (MU) 3:42; CU 27, MU 3 184: Matt Cox (CU) pinned Shane Smith (MU) 0:44; CU 33, MU 3 197: John Weakley (CU) pinned Miles Fischer (MU) 3:44; CU 39, MU 3 285: Bradley Ladd (MU) pinned Joe Nolan (CU) 1:00; CU 39, MU 9