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Wrestling Recruits Shine in Nation's Top Tourneys

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 18, 2007
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Dec. 18, 2007

NORFOLK, Va. -- Two of head coach Steve Martin's wrestling recruits had impressive performances at the nation's top high school tournaments last weekend. Joe Budi (Kuakuana, Wis.) won his weight class at the Walsh Ironman Tournament, including a win over the top ranked grappler in the country. Jared King (Chesapeake, Va.) was a finalist at the Beast of the East Tournament and toppled two nationally ranked opponents.

Budi, wrestling in the 189 lb. weight class and ranked #9 in the country by W.I.N. Magazine, earned pins in each of his first three bouts. He pinned #10 seed Nathen Jones in the first period and then earned a 14-1 major decision over #3 seed Max Huntley to earn a bid into the title match against #1 seed Cody Mangrum.

Budi upended Mangrum, ranked number two in the country by W.I.N. Magazine, by major decision, 12-4. Mangrum is a two-time Ohio state champion and only lost four times as a junior. Budi took home the title, helping boost his high school to a tie for 12th at one of the most respected high school tournaments in the country.

In another nationally respected tournament, the Beast of the East, a second Monarch recruit had a stellar performance. Jared King of Great Bridge High School had two pins during his 5-1 performance at the tourney and also earned a 13-11 overtime win over the #2 seed, Tony Dallago, to earn a bid into the championship bout.

He was then across the mat from the second-ranked grappler in the nation, according to both W.I.N. Magazine and Amateur Wrestling News, Scott Winston. Winston committed to wrestle at Rutgers under former high school coach Scott Goodale. King kept the bout close, but fell to Winston 3-5 in the championship. The second place effort helped Great Bridge finish 9th at the Beast.

Both Budi and King signed national letters of intent to wrestle for Old Dominion during the early signing period in November.

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