BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell jumped out to an early lead in the lower weights and captured a pair of individual upsets in the final three bouts to take a 24-12 win over Gardner-Webb Friday night.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (4-3, 1-1 SoCon) saw their five-match win streak in league dual action snapped in the process.
Nationally-ranked Nathan Kraisser quickly pinned freshman Artur Hofer in the opening match of the night, doing so in 1:15 to stake the Camels (5-6, 1-1 SoCon) to an early 6-0 lead. Jonathan Ryan outlasted Garrett Hancock, 4-3, at 133 pounds to push the lead to 9-0 and Joshua Heil captured an 11-6 decision over Ryan Hull at 141 pounds for a commanding 12-0 margin.
Chris Vassar stopped the run with a 10-4 decision at 149 pounds, taking an 8-1 lead after the first period on the strength of two takedowns and a four-point near fall.
The Camels took momentum back at 157 pounds, as Austin Kraisser nipped veteran Ryan Mosley by a 5-4 score to give Campbell a 15-3 lead with only five matches remaining to be wrestled.
Redshirt sophomore Tyler Marinelli won, 8-2, over John Weiss at 165 pounds, rallying with a four-point near fall and a takedown in the third period to pull away.
Austin Trott improved to 13-1 on the season – and 7-0 in duals – with a quick pin of Alex Herringshaw at 174 pounds. The Kingsland, Ga., senior put Herringshaw away in 2:28 after taking an early lead on a takedown and stall warning.
Hunter Gamble, ranked 18th nationally entering Friday's action, was topped by Ville Heino at 184 pounds – with Heino scoring on a reversal and then a takedown to pull out a low-scoring, 4-2, decision. That decision put Gardner-Webb in an 18-12 hole and the Camels clinched the match when Willie Bivens held off Payton Mills for a 7-5 win at 197 pounds.
Jere Heino took a 7-2 decision over Boyce Cornwell in the final match of the night to provide the final team margin.
Gardner-Webb will continue a busy weekend on Saturday, traveling south to face The Citadel at 4:00 pm in Charleston, S.C.
Campbell 24, Gardner-Webb 12
125: Nathan Kraisser (CAM) pinned Artur Hofer (GWU); (1:15) – 0-6
133: Jonathan Ryan (CAM) dec. Garrett Hancock (GWU); 4-3 ¬– 0-9
141: Joshua Heil (CAM) dec. Ryan Hull (GWU); 11-6 – 0-12
149: Chris Vassar (GWU) dec. Benjamin Barton (CAM); 10-4 – 3-12
157: Austin Kraisser (CAM) dec. Ryan Mosley (GWU); 5-4 – 3-15
165: Tyler Marinelli (GWU) dec. John Weiss (CAM); 8-2 – 6-15
174: Austin Trott (GWU) pinned Alex Herringshaw (CAM); (2:28) – 12-15
184: Ville Heino (CAM) dec. Hunter Gamble (GWU); 4-2 – 12-18
197: Willie Bivens (CAM) dec. Payton Mills (GWU); 7-5 – 12-21
285: Jere Heino (CAM) dec. Boyce Cornwell (GWU); 7-2 – 12-24
TEAM DUAL RECORDS: Campbell (5-6, 1-1 SoCon); Gardner-Webb (4-3; 1-1 SoCon)