Camels fall to #22 Northwestern and UNC on Saturday evening

Mark Hartenstine (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Mark Hartenstine (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK – Campbell dropped two matches on Saturday night to #22 Northwestern and North Carolina, falling to 11-16 overall in dual match competition this season. Northwestern improved to 10-4 with wins over Campbell and North Carolina, while UNC moves to 4-14 with a split of dual matches.

CU fell to Northwestern 32-5 in the Camels' opener. After the Wildcats took pins in each of the first two bouts, Camel freshman Jordan Tolbert (Olney, Md.) dropped a narrow 5-3 overtime decision.

Mark Hartenstine (Easton, Pa.) put Campbell on the scoreboard with his 4-2 decision win at 149 pounds. Northwestern took the next four matches before John Weakley (Cleveland, Ohio) squared off against NU's John Schoen in the 197-pound bout. Schoen sent the match to overtime after securing a takedown as time expired in the third period. Weakley responded with the match-securing takedown twenty seconds into the extra period.

Mike McMullan, ranked 12th-nationally for the Wildcats, secured a 6-2 decision over Joe Nolan (Jackson, N.J.) to give Northwestern the 32-5 dual match victory. 

#22 Northwestern 32, Campbell 5
125: #10 Levi Mele (NU) pinned Grabiel Soto (CU) 3:53; NU 6-0
133: Jameson Oster (NU) pinned Joey Rizzolino (CU) 1:12; NU 12-(-1)
141: Colin Shober (NU) dec. Jordan Tolbert (CU) 5-3 (OT); NU 15-(-1)
149: Mark Hartenstine (CU) dec. Pat Greco (NU) 4-2; NU 15-2
157: #2 Jason Welch (NU) tech fall Daniel Luty (CU) 6:32; NU 20-2
165: Pierce Harger (NU) dec. Paul Duggan (CU) 8-2; NU 23-2
174: #13 Lee Munster (NU) dec. James Cook (CU) 5-2; NU 26-2
184: Marcus Shrewsbury (NU) dec. John Merickel (CU) 5-3; NU 29-2
197: John Weakley (CU) dec. John Schoen (NU) 9-7 (OT1); NU 29-5
285: #12 Mike McMullan (NU) dec. Joe Nolan (CU) 6-2; NU 32-5
*Campbell received a one-point unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the 133-pound bout.

North Carolina took a 31-10 team victory in the Camels second match of the evening. UNC won the first four bouts of the nightcap before Nick Rex took a thrilling 6-5 decision at 157 pounds. Rex moves to 17-11 individually this season with the win.

James Cook took an 8-6 decision at 174 pounds to draw the Camels within 19-6. Cook now carries a 19-7 individual record in his redshirt freshman campaign. Joe Nolan ended the match on a high point, earning an 8-0 major decision victory over Frank Abbondanza to give the match its final margin.

North Carolina 31, Campbell 10
125: Brian Bokoski (UNC) pinned Grabiel Soto (CU) 1:20; UNC 6, CU 0
133: Brock LiVorio (UNC) major dec. Joey Rizzolino (CU) 14-6; UNC 10, CU 0
141: Evan Henderson (UNC) dec. Jordan Tolbert (CU) 8-1; UNC 13, CU 0
149: Nick Heilmann (UNC) dec. Mark Hartenstine (CU) 5-1; UNC 16, CU 0
157: Nick Rex (CU) dec. Jon Burns (UNC) 6-5; UNC 16, CU 3
165: Kyle Kiss (UNC) dec. Ryan Krecker (CU) 3-0; UNC 19, CU 3  
174: James Cook (CU) dec. Alex Utley (UNC) 8-6; UNC 19, CU 6
184: Thomas Ferguson (UNC) pinned Matt Cox (CU) 4:59; UNC 25, CU 6
197: Zac Bennett (UNC) pinned John Merickel (CU) 1:08; UNC 31, CU 6
285: Joe Nolan (CU) major dec. Frank Abbondanza (UNC) 8-0; UNC 31, CU 10