March 20, 2013
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 20, 2013

(A live blog will be provided for all matches that Monarch wrestlers compete in)

2013 NCAA Championship Info | ESPN 3


Championship Schedule (all times Eastern)
Session I
 - Thursday, Noon (ESPN3)
Session II - Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Session III - Friday, 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Session IV - Friday, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Session V - Saturday, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Session VI - Saturday, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Old Dominion University wrestling team will have four wrestlers competing in the 2013 NCAA Division I Championships beginning tomorrow morning at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Rob Deutsch (125), Chris Mecate (141), Alexander Richardson (149) and Billy Curling (174) will all be making their first NCAA tournament appearance. Deutsch, Mecate and Richardson are all freshmen for Steve Martin’s Monarchs.

Bracket/Wrestler Breakdown
• Three of ODU’s wrestlers will wrestle a foe they faced during the regular season.
• 125: Rob Deutsch (26-9) takes on eighth-seeded Matt Snyder (20-7) of Virginia. Deutsch and Sny­der wrestled on Feb. 10, 2013, with Snyder winning 1-0. Snyder’s sole point came on riding time. 
• 141: 12th-seeded Chris Mecate (34-7) meets Brandon Nelsen (25-12) of Purdue. Mecate and Nelsen wrestled on Nov. 10, 2012 with Nelsen picking up the win via fall at the 6:10 mark in the match. Mecate currently ranks 13th all-time for most wins by an ODU wrestler in a single season with 34 thus far.
• 149: Alexander Richardson (27-12) will wrestle the fourth-seeded Cole Von Ohlen (25-2) from Air Force.
• 174: Billy Curling (20-10) and will face Pittsburgh’s Nick Bonaccorsi (17-17). Curling and Bonaccorsi wrestled on Nov. 4, 2012, with Bonaccorsi winning via major decision (14-5)

Wins over NCAA Qualifiers in 2012-13
Rob Deutsch
12/21/2012 125 David Terao (American) W, 4-2 dec.
01/02/2013 125 Nick Soto (Chattanooga) W, 3-1 dec.
01/02/2013 125 Ben Willeford (Cleveland State) W, 3-2 dec.

Chris Mecate
11/24/2012 141 Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall) W, 4-1 dec.
01/02/2013 141 Julian Feikert (Oklahoma State) W, 3-1 dec.
01/02/2013 141 Connor Hannafee (Army) W, 2-0 dec.
01/19/2013 141 Luke Vaith (Hofstra) W, 2-0 dec.
02/10/2013 141 Joe Spisak (Virginia) W, 6-2 dec.

Alexander Richardson
11/04/2012 149 Tyler Bedelyon (Clarion) W, 5-3 dec.
11/04/2012 149 Raymond Borja (Navy) W, 6-4 dec.
12/02/2012 149 Blake Roulo (Buffalo) W, 5-4 dec.

A Young Bunch of Monarch Grapplers
• With just two seniors on their roster, ODU has one of the youngest teams in the NCAA this season.
• ODU’s NCAA qualifiers include three freshmen and one junior.
•FRESHMEN: Deutsch, Mecate and Richardson combined for 11 wins over national quali­fiers this season. These three Monarchs also placed in four open tournaments each throughout this season.
•Alexander Richardson is the only one of ODU’s three freshmen that is a true freshman.
•Chris Mecate is the only one of the four ODU national qualifiers that earned himself a seed. Mecate was given a 12 seed.

Monarch Bites:
• Old Dominion University qualified four wrestlers for the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa at the Wells Fargo Arena.
• ODU went undefeated in their final season in the Colonial Athletic Conference. The Monarchs ended up a perfect 6-0 in CAA dual matches this season.
• This will be the first NCAA Championship experience for all four of ODU’s qualifiers: Rob Deutsch, Chris Mecate, Alexander Richardson and Billy Curling.
• At the CAA Championships on March 9 at Boston University, ODU picked up a pair of champions as Chris Mecate (141) and Billy Curl­ing (174) claimed crowns. Finishing second for the Monarchs was Rob Deutsch (125), Alexander Richardson (149) and Brett Miller (165).
• Old Dominion picked up a 19-12 win against No. 25 Wisconsin on Nov. 16, 2012 in Norfolk, Va.
•The Monarchs defeated the eight-time team national champions in Iowa State in Ames, Iowa on Nov. 25, 22-13.
• The Monarchs had 18 duals this season, going 11-7 in them.
• The Monarchs look to crown an All-American: Beginning in 2008, James Nicholson (8th at 125) was followed by Ryan Williams’ runner-up finish in 2009 at 141 pounds. Chris Brown took 8th at 165 pounds in 2010 and Nicholson again earned eighth at 125 in 2011. ODU has not had multiple All-Americans in the same season since 1991 when Peter Horst (134) and Nick Garone (150) each took sixth for the Monarchs.
•Old Dominion’s wrestling program will join the MAC starting next season as an affiliate member.
Head coach Steve Martin exclaimed, "We are very proud of all four of our guys for qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Three out of our four qualifiers are freshman, so we know that the future is very bright here at Old Dominion. As a program, we have now qualified 11 student-athletes for the national tournament over the last 2 years. Our guys are really looking forward to the opportunity to stand on the podium and compete in (what will be) a sold-out and extremely hostile Wells Fargo Arena next week."

No. 17 Rob Deutsch (26-9) earned one of just four at-large bids to the NCAA Championships within the 125 pound weight class. Deutsch will first wrestle eighth-seeded Matt Snyder from the University of Virginia. Snyder, a redshirt senior, is now a three-time NCAA qualifier and 20-7 on the season. Deutsch and Snyder had a great match on Feb. 10, won 1-0 by Snyder based on a riding time point. 

Deutsch, a redshirt freshman from Cherry Hill, N.J., just missed out on the CAA’s sole automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA’s. Deutsch won via major decision and tech fall in his quarterfinal and semifinal matches, respectively. In the championship match, Deutsch faced Hofstra’s All-American and three-time NCAA qualifier, No. 16 Steve Bonnano. In a highly competitive match, Deutsch came up a mere one point shy (3-2 decision).

Head coach Steve Martin said, "Rob has had a tremendous freshman year. He grinds hard everyday in practice and has wrestled a lot of matches for us this season. He has competed against the best kids in the country this year. Rob is ready to turn some heads next week. At this point, we feel like Rob can beat anyone in the country".

No. 12 Chris Mecate (34-7) earned the twelve-seed for this year’s NCAA tournament and will take on Purdue’s Brandon Nelsen. Nelsen is a redshirt sophomore who went 25-12 this season.

Mecate, a redshirt freshman from Highland, Calif., punched his ticket to Des Moines, Iowa, after winning the CAA Championships last Saturday. In Mecate’s championship match, he defeated Drexel’s No. 17 Frank Cimato, 7-1. Mecate is now on an 11-match win streak; his last lass (7-3 decision) came on Jan. 11 against the No. 5 ranked wrestler in the nation, Mitchell Port (Edinboro).

Coach Martin exclaimed, "A large part of why Chris has already beaten six national qualifiers this season is because he has one of the best work ethics on the team. Chris has won 11 matches in a row since Jan 11 and is on a mission. He is going to make a statement next week in Des Moines".

No. 31 Alexander Richardson (27-12) drew the four-seed, Cole VonOhlen (25-2) from Air Force. VonOhlen is a senior and has now qualified for the NCAA Championships all four years of his college career.

Richardson, a true freshman from Jersey City, N.J., qualified for his first NCAA tournament after earning one of the two CAA automatic qualifying bids within the 149 pound weight class. Richardson made it all the way to the conference’s championship match, before being defeated by All-American (placed third) and three-time NCAA qualifier from Binghamton, No. 3 Donnie Vinson.

Coach Martin expressed, "Alexander has really turned it on towards the end of the season. Not many guys qualify for nationals as a true freshman. All wrestlers go through their ups and downs throughout a season; especially freshmen. But, Alexander's toughness and athleticism has allowed him to control his own destiny now".

No. 30 Billy Curling (20-10) will have a showdown with Pittsburgh’s Nick Bonaccorsi. Bonaccorsi is a redshirt-freshman, who went 17-7 this season.

Curling, a redshirt junior and native of nearby Chesapeake, Va., automatically qualified for the NCAA tournament after becoming the CAA champion at 174 pounds. In the conference final, Curling defeated Hofstra’s Jermaine John, 6-3.

A proud Coach Martin said, "Billy is a great hometown story. His blue-collar work ethic makes him a special story. Let's not forget that he suffered an injury in the middle of this season. Billy not only didn't allow the injury to end his season, but he also won the CAA championship and qualified for the national tournament after returning to the mat. He has made the South Hampton Roads area very proud".

ESPN will provide full coverage of the First Rounds, Second Rounds, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Medal Rounds and Final matches. The 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will begin with ESPN3’s exclusive live coverage of the First and Second Rounds on Thursday, March 21 at noon and 7:30 p.m. ET. Two of the four Quarterfinals, as well as the Semifinals, will be televised on ESPNU in a side-by-side format. The Finals will air on ESPN on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m.

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