No. 23 ODU Thrashes North Carolina State on Senior Night, 34-3
Feb. 9, 2012
Post-Match Press Conference:
ODU All-Decade Team Highlights:
NORFOLK, Va. - The No. 23 Old Dominion University Wrestling team had no trouble on Senior Night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center as nine Monarchs tallied victories over North Carolina State in a 34-3 win Thursday evening.
The Monarchs (13-8) finished the season a perfect 4-0 at home, having defeated two ranked opponents in the process and outscoring their opposition by a total of 106-39 in the four duals.
Redshirt freshman No. 32 Jerome Robinson started the evening off with an upset at 125 pounds over 23rd-ranked Colin Fought, 10-3. At 133, sophomore Scott Festejo pinned NC State's Ben Elliott in the third period at the 5:08 mark for his team-leading sixth fall of the season.
The Wolfpack (4-8) got their lone victory of the night at 141 pounds as 11th ranked and redshirt senior Darrius Little used a furious rally late to squander the upset bid of true freshman Taylor Moeder in a narrow 3-2 decision. Redshirt junior Brennan Brumley got ODU back on track at 149 pounds when he downed Matt Nereim, 6-2.
Before breaking for intermission and honoring Old Dominion's All-Decade Team, No. 24 John Nicholson won his 13th straight decision and recorded his 12th major decision of the year in a 14-4 win over Thomas Gantt at 157 pounds.
Resuming at 165 pounds, sophomore No. 24 Tristan Warner continues to shine as he earned a 13-2 major decision and his team-leading 25th win of the year over Nijel Jones. In another battle of ranked opponents, senior No. 13 Te Edwards held off a late charge by No. 32 Quinton Godley at 174 pounds with a 5-3 decision.
Earning a major decision with a final takedown as time expired, redshirt sophomore Billy Curling defeated Robert O'Neill, 12-4, at 184 pounds. Following the suit of his fellow senior, Joe Budi went out at his final home dual of his career with a hard earned 2-0 win at 197 when he defeated KaRonne Jones. Redshirt freshman Matt Tourdot continued the momentum for ODU at heavyweight when he earned a 13-3 major decision over Josh Davis to cap off the evening.
Old Dominion will now break until Feb. 17 when they travel to face No. 19 Binghamton in their final CAA dual of the season. The Monarchs conclude the regular season with a match at No. 20 Virginia on Feb. 19.
#23 Old Dominion 34, North Carolina State 3
125: #32 Jerome Robinson (ODU) dec. #23 Coltin Fought (NCST), 10-3
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) pinned Ben Elliott (NCST), 5:08
141: #11 Darrius Little (NCST) dec. Taylor Moeder (ODU), 3-2
149: Brennan Brumley (ODU) vs. Matt Nereim (NCST), 6-2
157: #24 John Nicholson (ODU) major dec. Thomas Gantt (NCST), 14-4
165: #24 Tristan Warner (ODU) major dec. Nijel Jones (NCST), 13-2
174: #13 Te Edwards (ODU) dec. #32 Quinton Godley (NCST), 5-3
184: Billy Curling (ODU) major dec. Robert O'Neill (NCST), 12-4
197: Joe Budi (ODU) dec. KaRonne Jones (NCST), 2-0
285: Matt Tourdot (ODU) major dec. Josh Davis (NCST), 13-3