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Wrestling Monarchs Capture First Intercollegiate Championship Since 1994

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 07, 2006
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Jan. 7, 2006

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Jan. 7, 2006 - Old Dominion captured its first Virginia Intercollegiate State Wrestling Championship since 1994, winning the five-team tournament Saturday at James Madison University's Sinclair Gym in Godwin Hall.

ODU tallied 115.5 points and Virginia finished second with 101.5. Virginia Military Institute came in third with 55.0 points followed by George Mason's 42.0 and JMU's 40.5.

The Monarchs saw five grapplers claim individual titles, highlighted by senior Adam Wright's third consecutive title at 184 pounds. Wright, who also posted 101st career victory on his way to the championship bout, became the 17th grappler in the tournament's 36-year history and the first since Virginia's Craig Fenstermaker accomplished the feat in 1999. Wright, who wrestled scholastically at Turner Ashby High School, just seven miles from the JMU campus, defeated Virginia freshman Brent Jones in the title bout and was voted the Oustanding Wrestler for the tournament.

ODU senior Robby Gosnell successfully defended his 2005 crown in the 165-pound bout. He defeated Tyler Tisdall, a freshman from George Mason, 7-3 in the championship.

The Monarchs' other individual winners were senior Shannon Slack at 141, sophomore Nick Pullano at 157 and senior TJ Hansen at 174.

The defending champion Virginia placed second on the strength of championships won by sophomore Anthony Burke at 125, freshman Eric Albright at 133, sophomore Drew DiPasquale at 149 and sophomore Kyle Narkiewicz at 184.

Host James Madison took the only other individual crown as senior Chris Cvitan trimmed teammate and junior Brandon Scott 5-4 in the finals.

ODU's Steve Martin was voted Coach of the Year.

"The coaching staff was very pleased with the performance of our team this weekend as ODU won it's first collegiate wrestling tournament in twelve years." Head coach Steve Martin comments. "We were also pleased with Adam Wright as he collected his 101st win in the finals, and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler."

Championship Bouts: 
125 Anthony Burke (UVa.) wbf. Bryan LaShomb (ODU), 3:57
133 Eric Albright (Uva.) dec. Ryan Williams (ODU), 3-2
141 Shannon Slack (ODU) dec. Nick Alparone (UVa.), 11-5
149 Drew DiPasquale (UVa.) dec. Sam Alvarenga (VMI), 10-8
157 Nick Pullano (ODU) dec. Tommy Cunningham (VMI), 4-2
165 Nelson Gosnell (ODU) dec. Tyler Tisdell (GMU), 7-3
174 Tristan Hansen (ODU) dec. Mike Grogan (UVa.), 3-2
184 Kyle Narkiewicz (UVa.) dec. Brian Lambert (JMU), 8-2
197 Adam Wright (ODU) maj. dec. Brent Jones (UVa.), 15-4
HWT Chris Cvitan (JMU) dec. Brandon Scott (JMU), 5-4

Round of Sixteen

Weight: 149 Drew DiPasquale (So), University Of Virginia Dec Greg Soufleris (Jr), James Madison University, 4-3 Weight: 165 Brian McReynolds (Jr), University Of Virginia Dec Mike Meagher (Fr), James Madison University, 5-3

Quarterfinals

Weight: 125 Anthony Burke (So), University Of Virginia Fall Thang Ho (So), James Madison University, 5:16 Louis Sweet (So), James Madison University Dec Lam Ly (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 6-4 Joe Coughlin (So), George Mason University M-Dec Zach Anderson (Fr), University Of Virginia, 11-1 Weight: 133 Eric Albright (Fr), University Of Virginia Fall Stewart Gonzalez (Fr), George Mason University, 0:59 Brandon Stillo (Fr), Virginia Military Institute Dec Rich Gebauer (Sr), James Madison University, 6-2 Ryan Williams (Jr), Old Dominion Universty Fall Ben Johnson (So), University Of Virginia, 1:58 Will Powars (Fr), George Mason University Fall Stephen Biggin (So), James Madison University, 2:52 Weight: 141 Shannon Slack (Sr), Old Dominion Universty T-Fall Jacob Williams (Fr), James Madison University, 6:50 Nick Alparone (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Jochen Granja (Sr), Virginia Military Institute, 8-2 Brian Kibler (Sr), James Madison University Dec Chris Carella (Fr), George Mason University, 9-6 Weight: 149 Sam Alvarenga (Jr), Virginia Military Institute M-Dec Danny Artusio (Fr), University Of Virginia, 18-4 Jeff Jacobs (Jr), James Madison University M-Dec Matt Federici (So), University Of Virginia, 18-5 Jeff Becker (Fr), Old Dominion Universty Fall Trevor Bowers (Fr), University Of Virginia, 1:47 Drew DiPasquale (So), University Of Virginia Dec Jay Chichester (So), George Mason University, 6-1 Weight: 157 Mike Sewell (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Mitch Davey (Fr), James Madison University, 12-5 Kyle Artusio (Fr), University Of Virginia M-Dec Mitch Webster (Jr), George Mason University, 14-5 Nick Pullano (So), Old Dominion Universty M-Dec Scott Yorko (Fr), James Madison University, 16-6 Weight: 165 Nelson Gosnell (Sr), Old Dominion Universty Fall Brian McReynolds (Jr), University Of Virginia, 0:45 Ken Jackson (Sr), George Mason University Dec Adam Underwood (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 3-1 Chris Hardy (Sr), Virginia Military Institute M-Dec Brendan Whitaker (Jr), James Madison University, 18-10 Tyler Tisdell (Fr), George Mason University M-Dec John Divello (So), James Madison University, 13-0 Weight: 174 Randy Oates (So), George Mason University Dec Dustin McCabe (So), Virginia Military Institute, 2-0,SV Bryan Lenhardt (Fr), Old Dominion Universty M-Dec Bucky Anderson (So), James Madison University, 9-1 Mike Grogan (So), University Of Virginia Fall Zack Winfrey (Jr), James Madison University, 4:43 Weight: 184 Corry Murray (Jr), Virginia Military Institute Fall Matt Moyer (So), George Mason University, 3:30 David Mendoza (Fr), Old Dominion Universty M-Dec Jason Chalfant (Jr), James Madison University, 11-2 Brian Lambert (Sr), James Madison University M-Dec Kyle Elgert (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 15-4 Weight: 197 Adam Wright (Sr), Old Dominion Universty T-Fall Niels Madsen (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 19-4 Mike Eastman (So), George Mason University M-Dec Marcus Bartley (So), James Madison University, 8-0 Weight: 285 Nick Smith (So), University Of Virginia Dec John Dolida (Sr), Old Dominion Universty, 4-0 Brandon Scott (Jr), James Madison University Fall Jerry Connolly (So), George Mason University, 3:24 Scott Buhman (Jr), Virginia Military Institute Dec Matt Coffey (Jr), James Madison University, 6-5 Chris Cvitan (Sr), James Madison University Dec Ryan Kittrick (Jr), George Mason University, 4-2

Semifinals

Weight: 125 Anthony Burke (So), University Of Virginia M-Dec Louis Sweet (So), James Madison University, 17-3 Bryan LaShomb (Fr), Old Dominion Universty Dec Joe Coughlin (So), George Mason University, 9-7 Weight: 133 Eric Albright (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Brandon Stillo (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 5-2 Ryan Williams (Jr), Old Dominion Universty Dec Will Powars (Fr), George Mason University, 6-4 Weight: 141 Shannon Slack (Sr), Old Dominion Universty M-Dec Peter Ferrara (Fr), University Of Virginia, 16-3 Nick Alparone (Fr), University Of Virginia M-Dec Brian Kibler (Sr), James Madison University, 11-3 Weight: 149 Sam Alvarenga (Jr), Virginia Military Institute Dec Jeff Jacobs (Jr), James Madison University, 11-5 Drew DiPasquale (So), University Of Virginia Dec Jeff Becker (Fr), Old Dominion Universty, 7-1 Weight: 157 Tommy Cunningham (So), Virginia Military Institute Dec Mike Sewell (Fr), University Of Virginia, 8-1 Nick Pullano (So), Old Dominion Universty Dec Kyle Artusio (Fr), University Of Virginia, 10-3 Weight: 165 Nelson Gosnell (Sr), Old Dominion Universty Fall Ken Jackson (Sr), George Mason University, 4:33 Tyler Tisdell (Fr), George Mason University Dec Chris Hardy (Sr), Virginia Military Institute, 7-0 Weight: 174 Tristan Hansen, Old Dominion Universty M-Dec Randy Oates (So), George Mason University, 12-1 Mike Grogan (So), University Of Virginia Fall Bryan Lenhardt (Fr), Old Dominion Universty, 4:27 Weight: 184 Kyle Narkiewicz (So), University Of Virginia Dec Corry Murray (Jr), Virginia Military Institute, 8-2 Brian Lambert (Sr), James Madison University Dec David Mendoza (Fr), Old Dominion Universty, 7-4 Weight: 197 Adam Wright (Sr), Old Dominion Universty Fall John Bauman (Fr), James Madison University, 5:46 Brent Jones (Fr), University Of Virginia Fall Mike Eastman (So), George Mason University, 0:44 Weight: 285 Brandon Scott (Jr), James Madison University Def Nick Smith (So), University Of Virginia, MED Chris Cvitan (Sr), James Madison University Dec Scott Buhman (Jr), Virginia Military Institute, 3-1

Consolation - 2nd round

Weight: 149 Danny Artusio (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Greg Soufleris (Jr), James Madison University, 10-4 Weight: 165 John Divello (So), James Madison University Dec Mike Meagher (Fr), James Madison University, 5-2 Weight: 285 John Dolida (Sr), Old Dominion Universty T-Fall Erik Olson (So), Virginia Military Institute, 19-2

Consolation - 3rd round

Weight: 125 Lam Ly (Fr), Virginia Military Institute Dec Thang Ho (So), James Madison University, 3-2 Weight: 133 Ben Johnson (So), University Of Virginia Dec Stephen Biggin (So), James Madison University, 8-6 Rich Gebauer (Sr), James Madison University M-Dec Stewart Gonzalez (Fr), George Mason University, 14-4 Weight: 141 Jochen Granja (Sr), Virginia Military Institute Dec Chris Carella (Fr), George Mason University, 6-1 Weight: 149 Trevor Bowers (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Jay Chichester (So), George Mason University, 9-6 Danny Artusio (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Matt Federici (So), University Of Virginia, 7-0 Weight: 157 Mitch Webster (Jr), George Mason University M-Dec Scott Yorko (Fr), James Madison University, 10-2 Weight: 165 Brendan Whitaker (Jr), James Madison University Dec John Divello (So), James Madison University, 10-3 Adam Underwood (Fr), Virginia Military Institute Dec Brian McReynolds (Jr), University Of Virginia, 3-2 Weight: 174 Bucky Anderson (So), James Madison University Dec Zack Winfrey (Jr), James Madison University, 5-3 Weight: 184 Jason Chalfant (Jr), James Madison University Dec Kyle Elgert (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 5-3

Consolation - Semifinals

Weight: 125 Zach Anderson (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Louis Sweet (So), James Madison University, 8-2 Joe Coughlin (So), George Mason University Dec Lam Ly (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 7-1 Weight: 133 Brandon Stillo (Fr), Virginia Military Institute M-Dec Ben Johnson (So), University Of Virginia, 10-0 Will Powars (Fr), George Mason University Def Rich Gebauer (Sr), James Madison University, MEDICAL Weight: 141 Peter Ferrara (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Jochen Granja (Sr), Virginia Military Institute, 7-4 Brian Kibler (Sr), James Madison University Dec Jacob Williams (Fr), James Madison University, 4-2 Weight: 149 Trevor Bowers (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Jeff Jacobs (Jr), James Madison University, 9-2 Jeff Becker (Fr), Old Dominion University Fall Danny Artusio (Fr), University Of Virginia, 0:50 Weight: 157 Mitch Webster (Jr), George Mason University Dec Mike Sewell (Fr), University Of Virginia, 4-2 Kyle Artusio (Fr), University Of Virginia Fall Mitch Davey (Fr), James Madison University, 4:52 Weight: 165 Brendan Whitaker (Jr), James Madison University Dec Ken Jackson (Sr), George Mason University, 8-6 Chris Hardy (Sr), Virginia Military Institute Dec Adam Underwood (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 11-5 Weight: 174 Randy Oates (So), George Mason University M-Dec Bucky Anderson (So), James Madison University, 11-3 Dustin McCabe (So), Virginia Military Institute Def Bryan Lenhardt (Fr), Old Dominion University, MEDICAL Weight: 184 Corry Murray (Jr), Virginia Military Institute Def Jason Chalfant (Jr), James Madison University, MEDICAL David Mendoza (Fr), Old Dominion University Dec Matt Moyer (So), George Mason University, 11-10 Weight: 197 John Bauman (Fr), James Madison University Dec Marcus Bartley (So), James Madison University, 7-2 Mike Eastman (So), George Mason University Dec Niels Madsen (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 1:14 Weight: 285 Matt Coffey (Jr), James Madison University Def Nick Smith (So), University Of Virginia, MEDICAL Scott Buhman (Jr), Virginia Military Institute M-Dec John Dolida (Sr), Old Dominion University, 11-2

Finals

First listed per weight class is consolation finals, second is championship finals.

Weight: 125 Joe Coughlin (So), George Mason University Dec Zach Anderson (Fr), University Of Virginia, 13-8 Anthony Burke (So), University Of Virginia Fall Bryan LaShomb (Fr), Old Dominion University, 3:57 Weight: 133 Will Powars (Fr), George Mason University Dec Brandon Stillo (Fr), Virginia Military Institute, 7-6 Eric Albright (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Ryan Williams (Jr), Old Dominion University, 3-2 Weight: 141 Peter Ferrara (Fr), University Of Virginia Fall Brian Kibler (Sr), James Madison University, 0:39 Shannon Slack (Sr), Old Dominion University Dec Nick Alparone (Fr), University Of Virginia, 11-5 Weight: 149 Jeff Becker (Fr), Old Dominion University Fall Trevor Bowers (Fr), University Of Virginia, 0:52 Drew DiPasquale (So), University Of Virginia Dec Sam Alvarenga (Jr), Virginia Military Institute, 10-8 Weight: 157 Kyle Artusio (Fr), University Of Virginia Dec Mitch Webster (Jr), George Mason University, 3-2 Nick Pullano (So), Old Dominion University Dec Tommy Cunningham (So), Virginia Military Institute, 4-2 Weight: 165 Chris Hardy (Sr), Virginia Military Institute Dec Brendan Whitaker (Jr), James Madison University, 7-3 Nelson Gosnell (Sr), Old Dominion University Dec Tyler Tisdell (Fr), George Mason University, 7-3 Weight: 174 Dustin McCabe (So), Virginia Military Institute Dec Randy Oates (So), George Mason University, 5-3 Tristan Hansen, Old Dominion University Dec Mike Grogan (So), University Of Virginia, 3-2 Weight: 184 Corry Murray (Jr), Virginia Military Institute Dec David Mendoza (Fr), Old Dominion University, 7-3 Kyle Narkiewicz (So), University Of Virginia Dec Brian Lambert (Sr), James Madison University, 8-2 Weight: 197 Mike Eastman (So), George Mason University Dec John Bauman (Fr), James Madison University, 12-5 Adam Wright (Sr), Old Dominion University M-Dec Brent Jones (Fr), University Of Virginia, 15-4 Weight: 285 Matt Coffey (Jr), James Madison University Dec Scott Buhman (Jr), Virginia Military Institute, 3-2 Chris Cvitan (Sr), James Madison University Dec Brandon Scott (Jr), James Madison University, 5-4


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