Campbell finishes fourth in SoCon team results after four second place finishes and one third place result, Weakley advances to NCAA Championships

John Weakley (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
John Weakley (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

Final Brackets

Final Team Scores

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Campbell finished fourth in the team results with 65 points after narrowly dropping four championship matches. James Cook, Nick Rex and John Weakley each dropped one-point decisions in the championship bout of their respective weight classes, while Joey Rizzolino lost a hard-fought 9-5 decision to the SoCon freshman of the year, Nick Soto. A complete recap of Campbell's results in each weight class is below.

All but one weight class offered one automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, while the 197-pound weight class offered two automatic bids. Weakley earned the second bid to St. Louis for the NCAA finals by defeating Travis Porter (Gardner-Webb) by fall in 1:20 in a 2nd place match to decide who earned the automatic qualifier.

125 pounds: Tanner Bidelspach (Hanover, Pa.) finished fourth at 125 pounds. After losing by fall to Richard Alarcon in the first round, Bidelspach earned a pin in the consolation semifinal over Gardner-Webb's Michael Slaughter. The consolation championship featured a rematch with Alarcon, and Bidelspach lost a tight 6-2 decision to finish fourth.

133 pounds: Joey Rizzolino (Easton, Pa.) recorded two pins to advance to the championship round. Rizzolino pinned Joe Jarrells of VMI in 0:07 during the first round, and later collected his third pin of the season with a 0:19 fall of The Citadel's Kyle Casaletto. In the championship match Rizzolino faced SoCon freshman of the year, Nick Soto, having lost to the Chattanooga wrestler by an 18-5 major decision in the first matchup of the season in January. Rizzolino lost a respectable 9-5 decision to Soto, finishing second in his freshman campaign.

141 pounds: Jordan Tolbert (Olney, Md.) lost two matches at 141 pounds, dropping a 6-0 first round decision to VMI's Zeb Stewart. The freshman then fell to Jordan Dix of The Citadel by a 12-4 major decision in the consolation semifinals.

149 pounds: Mark Hartenstine (Easton, Pa.) took home the third place medal in his weight class, defeating #1 seed Savva Kostis of Appalachian State by an 8-2 decision in the third place match. Hartenstine won his opening round match in the morning over David Yost of VMI with a 6-3 decision win. The redshirt freshman then lost a 9-1 major decision to eventual champion Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga), placing him in the third place match.

157 pounds: Nick Rex (Lakeland, Fla.) dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 decision in the championship bout against Daniel Waddell, with Waddell awarded the match-winning two point takedown as time expired after Rex had maintained a one point lead for the majority of the third period. Rex advanced through the bracket with a 16-0 tech fall win in 4:36 over Davidson's Christopher Talevi before prevailing in a thrilling 2-1 semifinal decision win over William Powell. Waddell had won the regular season matchup with Rex 10-3 on Jan. 20, giving Rex his only SoCon defeat during the regular season.

165 pounds: #3 seed Ryan Krecker (Nazareth, Pa.) was upset by #6 seed Tyler Mullen of Davidson in the opening round by a 7-3 decision. Krecker then took an 8-6 decision win over The Citadel's Michael Harper in the consolation quarterfinals before falling in a tight 8-6 decision to Gardner-Webb's Justin Guthrie.

174 pounds: James Cook (Madera, Calif.) dropped a close match to The Citadel's Turtogtokh Luvsandorj for the second time in two weeks during the championship bout of 174 pounds. Cook fell 2-1 in Saturday's championships after dropping a 4-2 overtime decision in the regular season matchup. Cook advanced to the semifinal after an 11-4 decision win over Erin O'Dell of Gardner-Webb in the first round. He then exacted some revenge on Chattanooga's Levi Clemmons with a 3:22 pin in the semi-final round. Clemmons had taken an 8-2 decision when the two met in the regular season.

184 pounds: John Merickel (Moscow, Idaho) finished fourth at 184 pounds for Campbell, advancing to the third place match after a 5-4 decision win over John Dommert of VMI in the consolation semifinals. Merickel had dropped his opening round match by a 12-4 major decision against Josh Tuck of The Citadel.

197 pounds: John Weakley (Cleveland, Ohio) earned one of two automatic bids from the SoCon's 197-pound weight class to the NCAA Championships later this month with his second place finish. Weakley dropped the championship match in a narrow 3-2 decision to Kelby Smith of The Citadel before taking the automatic bid with a pin of Gardner-Webb's Travis Porter in 1:40 in the second place match. After pinning VMI's Urayoan Garcia in 2:56 during the opening round, Weakley avenged an earlier loss to Paul Weiss of Appalachian State with an 11-10 win in the semifinals to advance to the championship bout.

285 pounds: Joe Nolan (Jackson, N.J.) finished fourth at 285 pounds, falling by 7-2 decision in the third place match against Andrew Embree of VMI. Nolan had defeated Embree in a 7-4 decision to begin Saturday's competition before losing by fall to #1 seed and eventual champion Odie Delaney in the championship semifinals. Nolan then won a 10-5 decision over Justin Kozera of Gardner-Webb in the consolation semifinals before falling in the third place match.