EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Facing two of the top schools in the conference underhanded due to several team members battling illness or injury, the VMI wrestling team fell to Campbell, 55-0, and host SIUE, 46-6, Sunday afternoon at the Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, Illinois.
VMI (2-10, 2-5) struggled in its first matchup of the day against preseason league favorite Campbell, which dominated the match with seven pins and two technical falls. Senior Michael Hulcher battled hard in the 141-pound matchup with Campbell’s Jonathan Ryan but ultimately fell in a high-scoring decision, 17-11.
The Keydets fell by a technical fall at 149 pounds and eventually lost the remaining six bouts by fall as VMI struggled to match up with the Camels at every weight class.
Taking on the host Cougars shortly after, the Keydets again struggled to match up with the opponent as SIUE rattled off four pins and three technical falls before forfeiting the 184-pound bout to provide Chris Beck and the Keydets their six points for the day.
At 197 pounds, Max Gallahan put up a fight with SIUE’s Christian Dulaney but fell by a close 7-4 decision. VMI senior Jake Koch then fell by an 8-0 decision to Tommy Helton to finish competition for the weekend.
The Keydets return to action next Sunday with the final dual of the season at George Mason slated for 2 p.m. in Fairfax, Virginia. The SoCon Championship will take place Saturday, March 3 hosted by The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Campbell 55, VMI 0
125 - No. 24 Korbin Meink (Campbell) over James Milstead (Vmi) (TF 15-0 3:11)
133 - Nathan Boston (Campbell) over Jacob Mills (Vmi) (Fall 0:49)
141 - Jonathan Ryan (Campbell) over Michael Hulcher (Vmi) (Dec 17-11)
149 - Zachary Barnes (Campbell) over Dolan Walsh (Vmi) (TF 20-4 2:32)
157 - Austin Kraisser (Campbell) over Steven Midkiff (Vmi) (Fall 2:26)
165 - Quentin Perez (Campbell) over Shamus Bartmess (Vmi) (Fall 3:22)
174 - Andrew Morgan (Campbell) over Jack Scalio (Vmi) (Fall 4:15)
184 - Luke Funck (Campbell) over Christopher Beck (Vmi) (Fall 2:24)
197 - Chris Kober (Campbell) over Max Gallahan (Vmi) (Fall 3:55)
285 - Jere Heino (Campbell) over Jake Koch (Vmi) (Fall 0:44)
SIUE 46, VMI 6
125 - Zac Gentzler (SIUE) over James Milstead (VMI) (TF 18-3 5:49)
133 - John Muldoon (SIUE) over Jacob Mills (VMI) (TF 16-1 4:44)
141 - Dakota Leach (SIUE) over Michael Hulcher (VMI) (Fall 6:37)
149 - Tyshawn Williams (SIUE) over Dolan Walsh (VMI) (Fall 5:00)
157 - Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE) over Steven Midkiff (VMI) (Fall 1:29)
165 - Nate Higgins (SIUE) over Shamus Bartmess (VMI) (TF 16-1 6:48)
174 - Bryce Shewan (SIUE) over Jack Scalio (VMI) (Fall 6:07)
184 - Christopher Beck (VMI) won by forfeit
197 - Christian Dulaney (SIUE) over Max Gallahan (VMI) (Dec 7-4)
285 - Tommy Helton (SIUE) vs. Jake Koch (VMI) (MD 8-0)