An upset win over No. 11 Iowa State highlighted Campbell’s day at Duals on the Diamond, hosted by Arizona State at Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The event marked the first ever collegiate wrestling matches at a Major League Baseball park.
Campbell (3-2) topped the Cyclones 22-14 and Harvard 27-9, while pushing No. 7 Arizona State in a narrow 21-18 defeat.
Campbell claimed the final three matches to take a 22-14 win over No. 11 Iowa State to start the day.
The Cyclones led 14-13 after No. 8 Samuel Colbray’s major decision at 174, but decisions from No. 10 Andrew Morgan, Chris Kober and No. 16 Jere Heino to close the match pushed the Camels to the upset win.
In a tilt that featured four matchups between ranked wrestlers, Campbell won three of those battles, starting with No. 9 Noah Gonser over No. 21 Todd Small, 6-4 in extra time. Morgan also notched an overtime win, defeating No. 15 Marcus Coleman 8-6 at 184 pounds, and Heino closed out the victory with a 5-2 decision over No. 10 Gannon Gremmel.
Against the seventh-ranked Sun Devils, the Camels built a 15-3 lead by way of Gonser and Jason Kraisser pins. Kraisser, making his debut in the Campbell dual lineup, earned his second pin of the day, downing Joshua Maruca (3:41). Gonser also knocked off his second ranked foe of the afternoon, pinning No. 14 Joshua Krammer (5:48).
ASU responded with five straight match wins, including major decisions from No. 8 Anthony Valencia (174), No. 1 Zahid Valencia (184) and No. 15 Kordell Norfleet (197), putting the host Sun Devils on top 21-15. Despite No. 16 Jere Heino’s 7-1 decision at heavyweight, Arizona State held on, 21-18.
Campbell closed the day with a 27-9 win over Harvard, winning its first four matches and going ahead 14-0 on the strength of Gonser’s 17-2 tech fall. Perez, ranked No. 21 at 165 heading into the weekend, added a 4-2 decision over No. 15 Philip Conigliaro, and Morgan tacked on an 11-0 major decision over Michael Doggett down the stretch for the Camels.
Both Gonser and Kraisser went 3-0 on the day, with the 133-pound Gonser knocking off two ranked opponents. In all, Campbell took down five ranked individuals across its three duals, including three in its upset win over Iowa State.
The Camels will make their home debut on Saturday, Jan. 18, beginning their SoCon schedule by hosting The Citadel.