Campbell tops The Citadel for first time since 2002

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Campbell moved to 2-1 in Southern Conference action Wednesday, as it defeated The Citadel 25-13 in Charleston, S.C. The Camels are now 3-6 overall, as they snap a nine-match skid against the Bulldogs dating back to the 2002-03 season.

Wrestling in his first dual meet of the season, redshirt sophomore James Cook recorded Campbell's first win of the night at 184 pounds. He pinned Josh Tuck in 3:31, his second on the season. He moves to 4-6 on the year overall.

At 197 pounds, senior John Merickel notched CU's second-straight win by fall over Marshall Haas in 3:45. The pin was his third of the season as he improved his SoCon record to 2-1 and is 10-14 overall.

The Citadel's first win came at the heavyweight slot, as Andrew Delaney posted an 11-8 decision over Joe Nolan.

Freshman Eric Montoya earned his 26th win of the year, as he defeated Joaquin Marquez 3-0. Ranked No. 27 at 125 pounds by, Montoya remains unbeaten in SoCon action, standing at 3-0.

The Citadel earned two wins in a row at the 133 and 141 spots, bringing the score to 15-9 in favor of CU. Tanner Bidelspach, a redshirt junior, fell in his third-straight match to Aaron Hansen 5-0 before freshman Michael Dahlstrom lost in an 11-6 decision from Undrakhbayar Khishignyam.

CU widened its lead to 18-9 after redshirt junior 149-pounder Brent Jorge extended his SoCon winning record to 3-0. He notched a 4-1 decision over the Bulldogs' Jordan Dix.

The Citadel won its final match of the night at 157 pounds, as Matthew Frisch blanked freshman Grant Blumenthal in a 13-0 major decision.

CU finished the match with two wins in a row. Redshirt junior Nick Rex earned a 4-2 decision over Vincent Bellaran, as he wrestled at 165 for the first time this season. In the final match of the night, sophomore Paul Duggan also moved to a new weight class at 174, tabbing a 19-9 major decision over John Duane.

After being on the road for the past two matches, the Camels return home Mon., Jan. 28. They will take on SoCon foe Gardner-Webb at 7:00 p.m. in Gore Arena.

184: James Cook pin Josh Tuck, 3:31
197: John Merickel pin Marshall Haas, 3:45
285: Andrew Delaney dec. Joe Nolan, 11-8
125: Eric Montoya dec. Joaquin Marquez, 4-0
133: Aaron Hanson dec. Tanner Bidelspach, 5-0
141: Undrakhbayar Khishignyam dec. Michael Dahlstrom, 11-6
149: Brent Jorge dec. Jordan Dix, 4-1
157: Matthew Frisch MD Grant Blumenthal, 13-0
165: Nick Rex dec. Vincent Bellaran, 4-2
174: Paul Duggan MD John Duane, 19-9


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