Thursday, November 18, 2021

Highlight Matches to look Forward to in Campbell Vs Virginia (11-20-21)


This is going to be a great dual between two of the best southern teams in NCAA Division I wrestling.  Six matches on the evening of wrestling stick out in particularly as the Camels take on the Cavaliers. 

125 - Anthony Molton Vs Patrick McCormick

The last Molton and McCormick met McCormick won a convincing 8-2 decision. However since that time Molton has made vast improvements in his wrestling and McCormick with a recent loss to American's Andrew Fallon shows his vulnerability to being upset.  Both of these guys have a lot to prove in this match. Molton to illustrate his progress and McCormick to show that despite having a bad day, he's still got it. A win is big either way. 

141 - Shannon Hanna Vs Dylan Cedeno

Both Hanna and Cedeno have looked solid, as neither have yet to hit the rankings.  Hanna scored a 12-5 victory over Hunter Lewis of North Carolina Stae and Cedeno owns a 5-4 victory over Kai Orrine of North Carolina State.  This should prove to be a very good match, one important to both teams in this dual. 

149 - Josh Heil Vs Jared Verkleeren 

Thus far this season Heil has looked solid in victories over Oregon State's Corey Crooks and Lehigh's Jimmy Hoffman.  A win over Verkleeren would add to his list of notable victories.  Verkleeren on the other hand is looking for that first big W while competing for his new home, and if he can upset Heil he'll have it.   

165 - Troy Nation Vs Justin McCoy 

On paper  McCoy is highly favored in this match, and favored to win by a respectable margin.  However, I think Nation will show that he's a better match on the mat than he is on paper.  Still would go with McCoy if you're placing any bets, but I think Nation will be a tougher opponent than what most will give him credit for. 

184 - Caleb Hopkins Vs Michael Battista 

While 125 lbs presents an opportunity for the Camels to have an upset over the Cavaliers, 184 lbs presents an opportunity for the Cavaliers to have an upset over the Camels.  At the present him Hopkins is ranked as a top twenty wrestler to Battista's currently being unranked.  A win for Battista would thus be an upset, even though the last the two met Battista won an 11-4 decision. 

HWT -Taye Ghadiali Vs Quinn Miller

Looking very forward to this match. Another that will be absolutely crucial for both teams in this dual.  Predict whoever wins this one, to win by a margin no larger than 2 points.  Ghadiali wrestled very smart and calculated in route to a Wolfpack Open title this past weekend that included close victories over North Carolina State's Deonte Wilson and Virginia Tech's Hunter Catka.   It was the second time this season he defeated Catka in a close match.  Miller on the other hand is 1-1 with Catka, both matches having ended by close scores. 

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