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Jon Jon Millner
Jon Jon Millner titles at the Mountaineer Invitational and Keystone Classic.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Wrestling Picked to Finish Second in SoCon, Three Named All-Conference

Reigning league champion App State has three members on the 2022-23 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference team in Jon Jon Millner (149 pounds), Cody Bond (157 pounds) and Caleb Smith (125 pounds).

After going 7-0 in SoCon duals last season with dramatic wins against Campbell and Chattanooga, the Mountaineers are No. 2 in the preseason coaches poll with 57 voting points, just behind the Camels (59 points) and ahead of the Mocs (55 points).

Of the nine first-place votes, Campbell led the way with four, followed by Chattanooga with three and App State with two.

Millner, a two-time All-American and the reigning SoCon Wrestler of the Year, has a 92-21 career record with a 71-9 mark in his first three years as a starter (six of those losses occurred during NCAA Championships competition).

Bond, another sixth-year redshirt senior, went 7-0 in SoCon duals last season with six bonus point wins and was an NCAA Championships alternate at 157 pounds. He went 32-14 overall and 14-1 in SoCon duals during his first two years as a starter.

Smith was 24-8 overall, including 6-1 in SoCon duals, last year during his first season as a starter at 125 pounds. He opened his first appearance at the NCAA Championships with a win against Minnesota’s Patrick McKee, who became an All-American by surging back to a fifth-place finish.

The Mountaineers open the 2022-23 season with a dual at NC State on Friday, Nov. 4. They make their first appearance in Varsity Gym at the Mountaineer Invitational on Nov. 12 and host their first home dual on Dec. 20, when they face both Bellarmine in a SoCon opener and Queens.

2022-23 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team

125: Caleb Smith, App State
133: Brayden Palmer, Chattanooga
141: Shannon Hanna, Campbell
149: Jon Jon Millner, App State
157: Cody Bond, App State
165: RJ Mosley, Gardner-Webb
174: Rocky Jordan, Chattanooga
184: Caleb Hopkins, Campbell
197: Levi Hopkins, Campbell
HWT: Taye Ghadiali, Campbell


2022-23 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches’ Poll
School (First-place votes and points)

1. Campbell (4)


2. App State (2)


3. Chattanooga (3)


4. Gardner-Webb


5. The Citadel


6. Davidson


7. VMI


T8. Bellarmine


T8. Presbyterian