BOONE — Campbell held off a late Appalachian State surge to claim its third consecutive Southern Conference wrestling championship on Sunday at the Holmes Convocation Center.
With eight Camels making finals appearances, Campbell held an 83-70 advantage heading into the consolation finals before the Mountaineers took an 87-86 lead, winning five individual titles at 125, 133, 141, 149 and 157.
Four of those included head-to-head matchups between the Camels and Mountaineers (125, 141, 149 and 157).
Austin Murphy gave Campbell the title-clinching points at 174 pounds, earning first period back points and hanging on for a 9-3 decision over App State’s Thomas Flitz.
Chris Kober added to CU’s lead at 197 pounds, defeating Chattanooga’s Logan Andrew 3-1, securing a third individual Campbell champion.
Campbell finished with 92 team points, staving off Appalachian State’s 87. Chattanooga took third with 64 points.
Five Camels secured NCAA berths on the day, with three tournament champions, including Murphy, Kober and Caleb Hopkins at 184 pounds. Two Camels also took true place wins, with Josh Heil at 149 pounds and Taye Ghadiali at heavyweight earning NCAA berths.
Heil becomes Campbell’s first four-time NCAA qualifier, while Kober picked up his second NCAA appearance, joined by first-time qualifiers Murphy, Hopkins and Ghadiali.
Campbell’s head coach Scotti Sentes was named the SoCon Coach of the Year, sweeping the league’s regular season and tournament championships in his first season at the helm.
Hopkins also earned the 2021 SoCon Pinnacle Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average on the championship-winning team.
The Camels, also winners of three-straight SoCon regular season championships, has now claimed four of the last five SoCon tournament titles.
The NCAA Championships are set for March 18-20 in St. Louis, Missouri.