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ODU Wrestling Cracks Top-25

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Release: January 17, 2012
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Jan. 17, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team earned their first national ranking in nearly two years on Tuesday as they came in at No. 25 in this week’s NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll.

The Monarchs (7-6) were last ranked on Feb. 17, 2010 when they came in at No. 24. Old Dominion is led this year by No. 17 Te Edwards (174), who is 13-3 along with John Nicholson (157), who is 15-5, Tristan Warner (165), who is 19-9 and Justin LaValle (141), who is 21-11.

ODU went 3-2 last week and defeated their second top-20 opponent of the season when they routed then No.18 Rutgers, 29-9, at the 32nd annual Virginia Duals en route to a fourth place finish. Old Dominion also defeated then No.18 Iowa State, 21-16, on Nov. 20 in Norfolk.

The Monarchs have also wrestled four teams this season currently ranked in the top-25 in No. 7 Ohio State, No. 16 Kent State, No. 21 Edinboro and faced No. 24 Rutgers on Dec. 2 in Piscataway, N.J in the two teams’ first meeting.

Still on the slate for this season are duals against five teams currently ranked in No. 19 Central Michigan (Feb. 5), No. 20 Binghamton (Feb, 17), No. 22 Virginia (Feb. 19), No. 23 Virginia Tech (Jan. 29) and will face No. 25 (tie) Hofstra this weekend at the CAA Duals in Fairfax, Va.

Rank

School

Total

Prev. Rank

Record

1

Oklahoma State (10)

250

1

6-0

2

Iowa  

240

2

9-1

3

Penn State

225

3

7-1

4

Minnesota

221

4

7-2

5

Cornell

211

5

3-0

6

Illinois

187

6

10-2

T7

Nebraska

178

7

10-1

T7

Ohio State

178

8

7-2

9

Pittsburgh

157

10

7-0

10

Michigan

152

11

4-2

11

Oklahoma 

151

12

8-2

12

Wyoming

141

13

2-2

13

Maryland

129

14

10-0

14

Missouri

119

9

8-2

15

Lehigh

117

15

6-4

16

Kent State

106

22

8-4

17

Oregon State

86

16

5-2

18

Northwestern

81

T17

5-3

19

Central Michigan

69

19

11-2

20

Binghamton

61

24

8-2

21

Edinboro

55

23

5-2

22

Virginia 

39

21

4-1

23

Virginia Tech

33

T17

4-3

24

Rutgers

19

20

11-2

T25

Hofstra

13

25

4-0

T25

Old Dominion

13

NR

7-6

Others Receiving Votes: American, Chattanooga, Iowa State, North Dakota State, Penn, Purdue, and Stanford.

The Monarchs return to action on Saturday, Jan. 21 in Fairfax, Va., as they take part in the CAA Duals against Boston University, No. 25 Hofstra, Drexel and George Mason.

 

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