Five Monarchs Voted in January MAC Rankings; Team Tied for Third
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Old Dominion (3-3, 2-1 MAC) wrestling team was selected third in the January MAC rankings as announced by the league Thursday morning. Michael McGee (125), Alex Madrigal (141), Larry Early (157), Luke Drugac (165), and Seldon Wright (174) were selected in the top four of their respective weight class.
Ranked at No. 2 this month, Michael McGee is 15-6 so far this season. McGee has two dual losses coming from ranked opponents, including MAC’s No. 1 ranked wrestler in Brock Hudkins of Northern Illinois. Most recently, McGee secured a technical fall en route to the Monarchs 19-18 win over Eastern Michigan.
At 141, Madrigal checks in at No. 3 after five weeks off due to an injury. Madrigal returned to the mat with a 9-6 victory over Sa’Derian Perry of Eastern Michigan on Jan. 7. The redshirt sophomore continues to be nationally ranked throughout the season.
Larry Early moved up from No. 4 ranking to No. 3 this month at 157. Early finished in eighth place at the Midlands Championships and was the only Monarch to advance to the podium.
Making his debut on the MAC rankings, Luke Drugac takes a No. 4 ranking at 165. Drugac enters January with 10-6 record. The sophomore is 3-2 in dual action.
Junior Seldon Wright remains ranked at No. 3 for January. Wright has just four losses this season and two wins over ranked opponents. Most recently, Wright notched a major decision win over Jared Leidich of Eastern Michigan to secure bonus points in the Monarch’s dual win on Jan. 7. Wright’s 5-1 dual record marks the best on the team.
As a team, the Monarchs sit in a tie for third with Eastern Michigan and Buffalo. Throughout December, the Monarchs notched a win to Northern Illinois and a loss to No. 4 Missouri. Most recently, ODU defeated Eastern Michigan 19-18 at the Ted Constant Center. The Monarchs travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to compete against the Bulls on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
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2017-18 MAC Weight Class January (1st of two) Rankings:
125 – 1. Brock Hudkins (Northern Illinois, Sophomore); 2. Michael McGee (Old Dominion, Freshman); 3. Barlow McGhee (Missouri, Senior); 4. Kyle Akins (Buffalo, Junior).
133 – 1. John Erneste (Missouri, Junior); 2. Cameron Kelly (Ohio, Junior); 3. Bryan Lantry (Buffalo, Junior); 4. Anthony Tutolo (Kent State, Junior).
141 – 1. Jaydin Eierman (Missouri, Sophomore); 2. Mason Smith (Central Michigan, Sophomore); 3. Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion, Sophomore); 4. Alec Hagan (Ohio, Freshman).
149 – 1. Justin Oliver (Central Michigan, Junior); 2. Grant Leeth (Missouri, Junior); 3. Kyle Springer (Eastern Michigan, Senior); 4. Nick Monico (Kent State, Redshirt Freshman).
157 – 1. Joey Lavallee (Missouri, Senior); 2. Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan, Senior); 3. Larry Early (Old Dominion, Sophomore); 4. Casey Sparkman (Kent State, Junior).
165 – 1. Connor Flynn (Missouri, Sophomore); 2. Zac Carson (Eastern Michigan, Sophomore); 3. Logan Parks (Central Michigan, Sophomore); 4. Luke Drugac (Old Dominion, Sophomore).
174 – 1. Daniel Lewis (Missouri, Junior); 2. CJ Brucki (Central Michigan, Senior); 3. Seldon Wright (Old Dominion, Junior); 4. Austin Reese (Ohio, Junior).
184 – 1. Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan, Senior); 2. Canten Marriott (Missouri, Redshirt Freshman); 3. Kayne MacCallum (Eastern Michigan, Junior); 4. Brett Perry (Buffalo, Junior).
197 – 1. Willie Miklus (Missouri, Senior); 2. Stephen Suglio (Kent State, Senior); 3. Joe Ariola (Buffalo, Senior); 4. Jordan Atienza (Central Michigan, Junior).
HWT – 1. Jake Gunning (Buffalo, Junior); 2. Gage Hutchison (Eastern Michigan, Senior); 3. Zack Parker (Ohio, Junior); 4. Matt Stencel (Central Michigan, Redshirt Freshman).
2017-18 MAC January (1st of two) Rankings
1. Missouri (32.0)
2. Central Michigan (21.0)
t3. Buffalo (10.0)
t3. Eastern Michgan (10.0)
t3. Old Dominion (10.0)
6. Ohio (7.0)
7. Kent State (6.0)
8. Northern Illinois (4.0)