Charleston, S.C. - The Citadel wrestling team dropped its first Southern Conference match of the season to Campbell, 25-13, on Wednesday in McAlister Field House. The loss drops the Bulldogs' record to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Two falls in the 184- and 197-pound bouts by Campbell to open the contest lifted the Fighting Camels to an early 12-0 lead.
Odie Delaney stepped in and earned an 11-8 victory in the heavyweight bout over Joe Nolan to bring the Bulldogs within nine, 12-3. The win was Delaney's 108th of his career and moves the redshirt senior within three of tying Ryan McClester for third most in Citadel history.
After 27th-ranked Eric Montoya topped Joaquin Marquez by a 4-0 deficit in the 125, Aaron Hansen and Ugi Khishignyam earned solid 5-0 and 11-6 decisions, respectively, to close the gap to 15-9.
Hansen, a Summerville native, collected his 14th win of the season, while eighth-ranked Ugi earned his 27th. Both wrestlers remain undefeated in SoCon action.
A 4-1 loss by Jordan Dix at 149, followed by a dominant 13-0 major decision victory by Matt Frisch left the score at 18-13 heading into a must-win 165-pound bout.
After two periods, two takedowns and two escapes, Campbell's Nick Rex entered the third with a 4-2 advantage. Bellaran needed a takedown in the final two minutes to even the score but was unable to do so and Rex came out on top, 4-2, to seal Campbell's first victory over The Citadel in 11 years.
The Citadel will head to Chattanooga to take on the defending Southern Conference champion Mocs on Sunday.
Campbell (3-6, 2-1 SoCon) 25, The Citadel (3-4, 2-1 SoCon) 13
184 James Cook (Campbell) won by pin over Josh Tuck (The Citadel) at 3:31. (CAMP, 6-0)
197 John Merickel (Campbell) won by pin over Marshall Haas (The Citadel) at 3:45. (CAMP, 12-0)
285 #14 Odie Delaney (The Citadel) won by decision over Joe Nolan (Campbell) 11-8. (CAMP, 12-3)
125 Eric Montoya (Campbell) won by decision over Joaquin Marquez (The Citadel) 4-0. (CAMP, 15-3)
133 Aaron Hansen (The Citadel) won by decision over Tanner Bidelspach (Campbell) 5-0. (CAMP, 15-6)
141 Ugi Khishignyam (The Citadel) won by decision over Michael Dahlstrom (Campbell) 11-6. (CAMP, 15-9)
149 Brent Jorge (Campbell) won by decision over Jordan Dix (The Citadel) 4-1. (CAMP, 18-9)
157 Matthew Frisch (The Citadel) won by major decision over Grant Blumenthal (Campbell) 13-0. (CAMP, 18-13)
165 Nick Rex (Campbell) won by decision over Vincent Bellaran (The Citadel) 4-2. (CAMP, 21-13)
174 Paul Duggan (Campbell) won by major decision over John Duane (The Citadel) 19-9. (CAMP, 25-13)