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North Carolina State’s Camacho wins title at Hokie Open; Burchell takes third

North Carolina State freshman Jakob Camacho

NORFOLK, Va., November 4 — Danbury freshman Jakob Camacho (125) had a stellar collegiate debut Sunday by winning the 125 pound title in the Freshman/Sophomore Division at the Hokie Open in Norfolk, Virginia.

Camacho went 5-0 on the day with four bonus point victories, outscoring his five opponents by a margin of 81-15.

“A lot of our young guys came up here and made a statement,” said North Carolina State coach Pat Popolizio. “A lot of these freshmen will probably redshirt this season, but they all had some big wins against future conference opponents. I was very pleased with how they performed in their first college tournament.”

Camacho faces tough competition at 125.

Senior Sean Fausz is the defending ACC champion at 125. He enters his final season as a three-time NCAA qualifier and a three-time All-ACC selection. This offseason, Fausz earned All-American honors at the U23 World Team Trials with a fourth place finish at 61 kg and will represent the United States at the U23 world championships in November in Romania.

The Wolfpack are ranked No. 8 in the latest NWCA Division I coaches poll.

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Madison’s Michael Burchell, a freshman at Appalachian State, went 3-1 at the Hokie Open at 285 pounds in the Freshman/Sophomore Division. He had two pins and dropped his only match to the starting heavyweight wrestler from Indiana, 8-6.

Connecticut Wrestling Online has been covering the sport of wrestling in Connecticut and New England since 2001.

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