Campbell blanks Davidson, clinches first SoCon dual title

BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Campbell closed out the regular season with a 42- -1 SoCon victory over Davidson, securing a share of its first ever conference dual championship Sunday at Gore Arena.

Campbell finishes the regular season with an all-time program best 7-1 overall dual record and a 5-1 SoCon mark, while Davidson drops to 2-13 on the year and 0-6 in conference action.

The Camels finished their SoCon slate at 5-1, ending in a three-way tie for the conference's regular season championship with Appalachian State and Chattanooga.

Prior to the match, Campbell also recognized its three graduating seniors, Nathan Boston, Aaron Burton and John Weiss.

Pins from 157 pounder Benjamin Barton (2:46), his second consecutive win by fall, and Austin McNeill (2:04) at 197, plus a forfeit for Korbin Meink (125 pounds) to lead off the day powered the Camels to their largest margin of victory of the season.

Campbell also picked up major decisions from Boston (15-5) at 141, No. 9 Josh Heil (13-4) at 149 and Odgerel Batkhishig (12-2) to close out the win at heavyweight.

No. 15 Noah Gonser (133), Cameron Pine (165), Weiss (174) and Chris Kober (184) added decisions for the Camels on the day for CU.

Davidson was also accessed an unsportsmanlike penalty following the 165 pound match, docking the Wildcats one team point.

Next up, the Camels will head to the 2019 SoCon Championships on March 10 in Boone, N.C., hosted by Appalachian State.

125: Korbin Meink (Campbell) Forfeit (6-0)
133: #15 Noah Gonser (Campbell) def. Kyle Gorant (Davidson) Dec. 8-1 (9-0)
141: Nathan Boston (Campbell) def. Caleb Ziebell (Davidson) Major Dec. 15-5 (13-0)
149: #9 Josh Heil (Campbell) def. Will Baldwin (Davidson) Major Dec. 13-4 (17-0)
157: Benjamin Barton (Campbell) def. Tony Palumbo (Davidson) Fall (2:46) (23-0)
165: Cameron Pine (Campbell) def. Hunter Costa (Davidson) Dec. 5-0 (26- -1)
174: John Weiss (Campbell) def. Noah Satterfield (Davidson) Dec. 4-3 (29- -1)
184: Chris Kober (Campbell) def. Conor Fenn (Davidson) Dec. 7-2 (32- -1)
197: Austin McNeill (Campbell) def. Finlay Holston (Davidson) Fall (2:04) (38- -1)
285: Odgerel Batkhishig (Campbell) def. Mitchell Trigg (Davidson) Major Dec. 12-2 (42- -1)
Records: Campbell (7-1, 5-1 SoCon), Davidson (2-13, 0-6 SoCon)

*Davidson penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following 165 pound match.


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