CU wrestling wins third straight SoCon dual title

From Campbell University Athletics
Posted 2/7/21

Campbell claimed its third straight Southern Conference Dual Championship with wins over Chattanooga and Bellarmine Friday afternoon.

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CU wrestling wins third straight SoCon dual title

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CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE— Campbell claimed its third straight Southern Conference Dual Championship, finishing its second consecutive undefeated conference season with wins over Chattanooga and Bellarmine Friday afternoon.

Extending its SoCon dual win streak to 16, Campbell (8-1, 7-0 SoCon) topped Bellarmine, 47-3 to, open the day then defeated host Chattanooga, 17-15, at McKenzie Arena.

After posting a season-high 47 points against the Knights, the Camels overcame a 15-3 deficit to top Chattanooga, winning the final four individual matchups for the sweep.

Chattanooga led 15-3 after Andrew Nicholson’s 2-1 overtime win at 165 pounds, the Mocs’ second win of the match in extra time. Josh Heil’s 4-0 win at 141 pounds was CU’s only win through the match’s first six bouts.

At 174 pounds, Austin Murphy jumpstarted the Camels with a first period pin (1:22), topping Carial Tarter, and Caleb Hopkins followed with a 5-2 decision for CU.

Chris Kober tied up the team score for Campbell, working a third period takedown to win the 197 bout, 4-3, over Logan Andrew. But CU has assessed a one-point unsportsmanlike penalty, giving Chattanooga a one-point edge heading into the final weight class.

Taye Ghadiali sealed the 17-15 win for CU, topping Grayson Walthall, 4-1, at heavyweight.

All nine of Campbell’s individual wins against Bellarmine came by bonus points, including five tech falls, three pins and a major decision.

CU led 26-0 midway through the lineup after Benjamin Barton’s 22-6 tech at 157. Zurich Storm at 125 (18-2), Gabriel Hixenbaugh at 133 (19-4), Heil at 149 (16-1) and Kober at 197 (24-7) also picked up tech falls in the win, while Shannon Hanna at 141, Hopkins at 184 and Ghadiali at heavyweight all registered first period pins.

Murphy also notched a major decision at 174. Eric Beck’s decision gave Bellarmine its only win at 165.

Heil (4-0), Hopkins (7-0), Kober (4-0) and Murphy (7-0) all finished their 2021 SoCon slate undefeated, with Murphy (10-0) and Kober (4-0) also going unbeaten through the regular season.

Campbell will be off until the SoCon Championships, set for Feb. 28 in Boone

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