BOONE, N.C. — With its five returning league champions all being named to the preseason all-conference team, App State has been voted the favorite in the 2021-22 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches' Poll.

Coached by JohnMark Bentley, the Mountaineers received six of nine first-place votes and totaled 62 points, three more than Campbell, which will visit Boone for the first time since the 2018-19 season.
 
App State's preseason all-league selections are from the first five of 10 weight classes: Codi Russell (125 pounds), Sean Carter (133), Anthony Brito (141), Jonathan Millner (149) and Cody Bond (157). With the extra year of eligibility granted based on COVID-19 allowances, all 10 of the league's conference champions from 2020-21 are preseason All-SoCon in 2021-22.
 
Millner is an All-American and two-time Southern Conference champion, while Russell won his second conference title last season. Carter won a title in his first season at 133 pounds, and the Mountaineers had a pair of first-year starters win championships last year in Brito and Bond. They are among a group of returning NCAA qualifiers that also includes Will Formato, the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year in 2020-21 based on an unblemished regular season against league foes, and Thomas Flitz, a two-time SoCon finalist and NCAA qualifier.
 
App State's season officially begins at the Southeast Open on Nov. 7, followed by the Mountaineer Invitational in Boone on Nov. 14.
 
Season tickets for the nine competitions on App State's home schedule are available for $45 (adults) and $22 (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.
 
Single-match tickets are $8 (adult) and $4 (youth), with the visits from NC State, North Carolina and Campbell set as premium matches with a price of $12 for adults and $7 for youth.
 
2021-22 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches' Poll 
 
School (Voting points, first-place votes)
1. App State (62 pts, 6 first-place votes)
2. Campbell (59 pts, 3 first-place votes)
3. Chattanooga (50 pts)
4. Gardner-Webb (39 pts)
5. The Citadel (38 pts)
6. VMI (27 pts)
7. Davidson (24 pts)   
8. Bellarmine (13 pts)
9. Presbyterian (12 pts)
 
2021-22 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team  
125: Codi Russell, App State 
133: Sean Carter, App State  
141: Anthony Brito, App State  
149: Jonathan Millner, App State  
157: Cody Bond, App State 
165: Drew Nicholson, Chattanooga 
174: Austin Murphy, Campbell 
184: Caleb Hopkins, Campbell  
197: Chris Kober, Campbell 
HWT: Michael McAleavey, The Citadel