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BOONE, N.C. — App State wrestlers Matt Zovistoski and Codi Russell were named to the Southern Conference’s preseason all-conference team Tuesday, with the Mountaineers being picked to finish second in the league during the 2019-20 season.

After being part of a three-way tie for first place last season and winning a fourth straight SoCon title, App State totaled 41 voting points. Campbell led the way with 49 voting points and received seven of eight first-place votes.

Chattanooga is third in the preseason poll with 39 points and one first-place vote, followed by The Citadel in fourth, Gardner-Webb, VMI, Davidson and league newcomer Presbyterian.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams or student-athletes.

Russell is the reigning conference champion at 133 pounds, and Zovistoski is a two-time NCAA qualifier. He is scheduled to wrestle at 157 pounds this season after spending most of his career at 149 pounds.

Head coach JohnMark Bentley’s program has another reigning SoCon champion in heavyweight Cary Miller as the Mountaineers return five wrestlers who started in multiple dual meets last season. App State went 9-7 overall and 5-1 in the league during the 2018-19 season.

Campbell has five preseason all-conference selections, including heavyweight Jere Heino, who redshirted last season after winning a SoCon title in 2017-18.

Season tickets for App State Wrestling are available for $35 (adults) and $15 (youth) by clicking HERE for an online purchase, contacting the ticket office at 828-262-2079 or going to the App State athletics ticket office located at the Holmes Center. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

The 2019-20 wrestling season is presented by Hungry Howies.

Single-match tickets are $7 (adult) and $3 (youth), with the visit from NC State on Dec. 13 set as a premium match with a price of $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

In addition to hosting the 2020 Southern Conference Championships at the Holmes Center on March 8, App State’s home events at Varsity Gym include the season-opening Mountaineer Invitational on Nov. 9 and the Appalachian Open on Jan. 25.

2019-20 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll
School (First-place votes) Points
1. Campbell (7) 49
2. Appalachian State 41
3. Chattanooga (1) 39
4. The Citadel 28
5. Gardner-Webb 26
6. VMI 20
7. Davidson 14
8. Presbyterian 7

2019-20 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team
125: Korbin Meink, Campbell
133: Codi Russell, Appalachian State
141: Josh Heil, Campbell
149: Tanner Smith, Chattanooga
157: Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State
165: Quentin Perez, Campbell
174: Neal Richards, VMI
184: Andrew Morgan, Campbell
197: Rodney Jones, Chattanooga
HWT: Jere Heino, Campbell