No. 20 Campbell downs Appalachian State 20-13 in battle of teams unbeaten in SoCon

By Campbell Athletics and Appalachian State Athletics | Feb. 13, 2020, 9:04 p.m. (ET)
Photo of Noah Gonser of Campbell after clinching win at 133. Photo by Bennett Scarborough.

No. 20 Camels down App State 20-13
by Jason M. Williams, Campbell

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Noah Gonser’s major decision clinched No. 20 Campbell’s 20-13 win over Appalachian State Thursday night inside Carter Gym.

In a matchup of the only two unbeaten teams in SoCon action, the Camels (9-2, 5-0 SoCon) claimed four of the final five bouts to top the visiting Mountaineers (8-3, 5-1 SoCon). The win marked Campbell’s seventh-straight, including five SoCon matches.

CU trailed 10-6 at the midway point after App. State’s Thomas Flitz notched a 6-3 decision at 174 pounds. From there, No. 6 Andrew Morgan sparked the charge with a 12-3 major decision to knot the team score at 10-all.

At 197, Chris Kober extended the Campbell lead in dramatic fashion, working a decisive takedown with under 10 seconds on the clock to edge Demazio Samuel 4-3. No. 14 Jere Heino then outlasted No. 24 Cary Miller 3-2 in the night’s only top-25 matchup, making it 16-10 Campbell heading into the final two weight classes.

After Sean Carter brought App. State back within three at 16-13 with a 6-4 decision at 125 pounds, Gonser, ranked No. 8 nationally at 133 pounds, clinched the Campbell win with an 11-2 major decision, lifting the Camels to a 20-13 victory, their second straight over the Mountaineers.

Five Camels remain at least 4-0 in SoCon action, including Gonser (5-0), Heil (4-0), Perez (5-0), Morgan (4-0) and Heino (5-0).

Next up, Campbell will head to VMI on February 15, wrapping up the regular season on the road at Davidson on February 22. The 2020 SoCon Championships are set for March 8 in Boone, N.C.

No. 20 Campbell 20, Appalachian State 13
141: No. 10 Josh Heil (Campbell) over Bradley Irwin (App State) Dec 8-5 (3-0)
149: No. 22 Jonathan Millner (App State) over Jason Kraisser (Campbell) Dec 9-2 (3-3)
157: No. 20 Matt Zovistoski (App State) over Matthew Dallara (Campbell) MD 16-6 (3-7)
165: No. 18 Quentin Perez (Campbell) over Will Formato (App State) Dec 4-1 (6-7)
174: Thomas Flitz (App State) over Austin Kraisser (Campbell) Dec 6-3 (6-10)
184: No. 6 Andrew Morgan (Campbell) over Julian Gorring (App State) MD 12-3 (10-10)
197: Chris Kober (Campbell) over Demazio Samuel (App State) Dec 4-3 (13-10)
285: No. 14 Jere Heino (Campbell) over No. 24 Cary Miller (App State) Dec 3-2 (16-10)
125: Sean Carter (App State) over Korbin Meink (Campbell) Dec 6-4 (16-13)
133: No. 8 Noah Gonser (Campbell) over Codi Russell (App State) MD 11-2 (20-13)

Campbell Edges App State in Top-30 Showdown
by Bret Stelow, App State

BUIES CREEK, N.C. — The Southern Conference’s top two wrestling teams delivered plenty of drama in a highly anticipated dual Thursday night, and App State came up a little short in a 20-13 loss to 20th-ranked Campbell in Carter Gym.

Unofficially 27th in the latest NWCA Coaches Poll, the Mountaineers (8-3, 5-1) built a 10-6 lead and benefited from wins by Jonathan Millner (149 pounds), Matt Zovistoski (157), Thomas Flitz (174) and Sean Carter (125).

Zovistoski earned a key bonus point with an early major decision, and Carter’s tiebreaking takedown with less than 30 seconds remaining in a 6-4 win against Korbin Meink cut the Mountaineers’ deficit to 16-13 with one match remaining. Campbell (9-2, 5-0) clinched the first-place showdown with a major decision at 133 pounds.

The Camels have SoCon duals remaining against Davidson and VMI, which visits Boone on Feb. 23 for App State’s Senior Day in Varsity Gym.

The dual began at 141 pounds with 10th-ranked Josh Heil claiming a 7-5 decision against App State’s Bradley Irwin, and the 22nd-ranked Millner responded with a 9-2 decision against Campbell’s Jason Kraisser. Millner took a 5-0 lead into the third period of his 27th win this season.

The Mountaineers made it two straight victories as the 20th-ranked Zovistoski used two takedowns and one near fall in the second period to open up an 11-2 lead in his 17-6 major decision against Matthew Dallara. Zovistoski picked up his 97th career win in the process.

Campbell responded with a 4-1 decision from 18th-ranked Quentin Perez in his match at 165 against Will Formato, and the Mountaineers were ahead 10-6 following Flitz’s 6-3 decision against Austin Kraisser. They entered the third period tied at 3-all, with Flitz starting on bottom and possessing more than a minute in riding time. He seized control with an escape and takedown in the third.

Campbell’s comeback began with a win at 184 pounds from sixth-ranked Andrew Morgan, who executed a late takedown to earn a bonus point and claim a victory by major decision against freshman Julian Gorring. In the next match, App State’s Demazio Samuel rode out the second period, got a third-period escape and, with a riding time point awaiting, put himself in position to possibly claim a 3-2 victory. Chris Kober’s late takedown gave him a 4-3 decision.

In a battle of top-25 heavyweights, 14th-ranked Jere Heino had a first-period takedown and overcame a third-period stalling penalty to win a 3-2 decision against 24th-ranked Cary Miller.

With App State trailing 16-10 and needing a win from Carter, the true freshman came through. He trailed 3-1 entering the third period and produced an escape with 1:28 left, after Meink had increased his riding time over a minute.

Carter’s takedown with just under a minute to go and his ability to get Meink’s riding time back under a minute gave the App State wrestler a 4-3 lead. The crowd cheered as Meink made a match-tying escape with 30 seconds left, but Carter answered back immediately with another takedown.

That set up a finale with App State needing a win by decision to even the scoreboard or a win with bonus points to clinch the team victory. Campbell’s Noah Gonser, ranked No. 8 in his weight class, jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in an 11-2 major decision against Codi Russell.