Campbell stays perfect, tops The Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Campbell stayed unbeaten in dual competition with a 38-6 Southern Conference win at The Citadel Sunday at McAlister Field House.

Campbell, one of just five NCAA Division I squads without a dual loss this season (Penn State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Missouri) moved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in SoCon action, while The Citadel dropped to 1-7 on the year and 1-1 with its first conference loss.

The Camels picked up bonus points in seven matches, including the day's first four bouts. No. 14 Noah Gonser posted back points in the second and third periods to lead off the match with a 22-4 tech fall (6:35) at 133 pounds, and Nathan Boston (141 pounds) picked up his second consecutive first round pin (1:32), one of three falls on the day for the Camels.

No. 8 Josh Heil (149) and Benjamin Barton (157) followed with major decisions, giving Campbell a 19-0 advantage through four matches.

After Dazjon Casto put The Citadel on the board with a takedown in the final seconds to defeat Cameron Pine 6-4, Charlie Andrews answered for Campbell with an 8-0 major decision over Cooper Youngblood. At 184 pounds, Chris Kober collected Campbell's second fall of the day, pinning Martin Duane in the second period (4:17).

Sawyer Root, the 2018 SoCon runner-up at 197, picked up the only other points of the day for The Citadel, edging Austin McNeill 3-1 before a 7-3 decision at heavyweight from Odgerel Batkhishig, and pin (4:53) from Korbin Meink at 125 pounds, his first of the season.

Next up, the Camels return to Buies Creek, hosting Gardner-Webb inside Carter Gym on Tuesday, February 5.

133: No. 14 Noah Gonser (Campbell) def. Charles Kearney (The Citadel) Tech Fall 22-4 (6:35) (5-0)
141: Nathan Boston (Campbell) def. Keegan Connolly (The Citadel) Fall (1:32) (11-0)
149: No. 8 Josh Heil (Campbell) def. Selwyn Porter (The Citadel) Major Dec. 13-3 (15-0)
157: Benjamin Barton (Campbell) def. Rian Burris (The Citadel) Major Dec. 21-7 (19-0)
165: Dazjon Casto (The Citadel) def. Cameron Pine (Campbell) Dec. 6-4 (19-3)
174: Charlie Andrews (Campbell) def. Cooper Youngblood (The Citadel) Major Dec. 8-0 (23-3)
184: Chris Kober (Campbell) def. Martin Duane (The Citadel) Fall (4:17) (29-3)
197: Sawyer Root (The Citadel) def. Austin McNeill (Campbell) Dec. 3-1 (29-6)
285: Odgerel Batkhishig (Campbell) def. Michael McAleavey (The Citadel) Dec. 7-3 (32-6)
125: Korbin Meink (Campbell) def. Anthony New (The Citadel) Fall (4:53) (38-6)
Records: Campbell (4-0, 2-0 SoCon), The Citadel (1-7, 1-1 SoCon)


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