Beck, Kiely Lead Team at SoCon Championship

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Sophomores Chris Beck and Cade Kiely led the way for the Keydets at the 2018 Southern Conference Wrestling Championship contested Saturday as the duo placed fourth in their respective weight classes.

At 174 pounds, Kiely opened the tournament with a loss to Campbell’s Andrew Morgan but rebounded with a nice pin over Davidson’s Noah Satterfield. In the second round of wrestlebacks he topped Gardner-Webb’s Christian Maroni by an 11-7 decision before falling in the third-fourth place match by a 10-2 major decision to Chattanooga’s Justin Lampe.

Competing at 184 pounds, Beck redeemed a prior loss in the season to Davidson’s Conor Fenn by defeating Fenn by a 4-2 decision. In the championship round semifinals, Beck fell to No. 1 seed Bryce Carr of Chattanooga by a close 4-1 decision. Not done, Beck then topped Charlie Andrews of Campbell by a fall just before the final buzzer went off at 6:59. He was defeated as Fenn reversed his first round loss by defeating Beck by an 8-2 decision in the third-fourth place match.

At 165 pounds, junior Blake Hohman opened the tourney with an 11-5 decision loss to Brett Stein of Gardner-Webb but rebounded in wrestlebacks by pinning The Citadel’s Houston Curtis in 2:40. He was eliminated by Campbell’s Quentin Perez by fall in 4:13.

Redshirt junior Hunter Starner earned a pin in his second bout of the day as he topped The Citadel’s Nicholas Long by fall in 2:20.

Team Scores

App State – 110

Chattanooga – 88

Campbell – 63

SIUE – 62

The Citadel – 30.5

Gardner-Webb – 21

VMI – 15.5

Davidson – 13


125 – Clifton Conway

Lost to De’Andre Swinson (App State), fall 6:05

Lost to Zac Gentzler (SIUE), maj. dec. 16-6


133 – Hunter Starner

Lost to Chris Debien (Chattanooga), dec. 3-1

Pinned Nicholas Long (Citadel), 2:20

Lost to Nathan Boston (Campbell), dec. 4-2


141 – Michael Hulcher

Lost to Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga), fall 4:46

Lost to Dakota Leach (SIUE), dec. 16-13


149 – Kevin Keaveney

Lost to Gavin Londoff (App State), fall 2:59

Lost to Roman Boylen (Chattanooga), fall 2:28


157 – Steven Midkiff

Lost to Tyler Marinelli (Gardner-Webb), fall 3:36

Lost to Tony Palumbo (Davidson), maj. dec. 10-2


165 – Blake Hohman

Lost to Brett Stein (Gardner-Webb), dec. 11-5

Pinned Houston Curtis (Citadel), fall 2:40

Lost to Quentin Perez (Campbell), fall 4:13


174 – Cade Kiely

Lost to Andrew Morgan (Campbell), fall 3:30

Pinned Noah Satterfield (Davidson), fall 3:56

Dec. Christian Maroni (Gardner-Webb), 11-7

Lost to Justin Lampe (Chattanooga), maj. dec. 10-2


184 – Chris Beck

Dec. Conor Fenn (Davidson), 4-2

Lost to Bryce Carr (Chattanooga), dec. 4-1

Pinned Charlie Andrews (Campbell), fall 6:59

Lost to Conor Fenn (Davidson), dec. 8-2


197 – Jake Koch

Lost to Randall Diabe (App State), fall 2:01

Lost to Anthony Perrine (Gardner-Webb), tech fall 18-0 (6:35)


285 – Jake Tomlinson

Lost to Cary Miller (App State), fall 1:48

Lost to Tommy Helton (SIUE), fall 1:13