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Release: February 29, 2012
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Feb. 29, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University Wrestling team came in at No. 24 in this week's final regular season NCWA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll as the Monarchs remained ranked for the seventh consecutive week. In addition, seven Monarchs were ranked nationally this week and ODU finishes ranked 11th in the NWMA Mid-Major Poll.

The Monarchs (13-10) were tied for the second most duals in Division I this season with 23 and faced 11 ranked teams during the 2011-12 season. ODU defeated three ranked foes this season (No. 18 Iowa State, No. 18 Rutgers and No. 22 Central Michigan) and also has a win over a team just outside the Top-25 in Chattanooga. The CAA currently boasts three ranked teams in ODU, Hofstra and Binghamton.

Led by Te Edwards (174) who has been ranked in the top-20 all season, ODU now boasts a season-high seven ranked wrestlers nationally to conclude the regular season. Jerome Robinson (125), Scott Festejo (133), Justin LaValle (141), John Nicholson (157), Tristan Warner (165) and Joe Budi (197) are also ranked for the Monarchs.

ODU returns to action on Saturday when they head to Binghamton, N.Y. for the CAA Championships.

Joe Budi \ 197 \ Senior \ Appleton, Wis.
NCAA Coaches' Panel Ranking:         #33

Te Edwards \ 174 \ Senior \ Virginia Beach, Va.

Amateur Wrestling News:                  #17

D1CollegeWrestling.net:                    #12

Intermat:                                               #12

NCAA Coaches' Panel Ranking:         #12

TheOpenMat:                                       #11

WrestlingReport.com:                        #13



Scott Festejo \ 133 \ Sophomore \ Long Branch, N.J.
NCAA Coaches' Panel Ranking:         #31


Justin LaValle \ 141 \ Sophomore \ Apple Valley, Minn.

NCAA Coaches' Panel Ranking:          #28

WrestlingReport.com:                         #27
 

John Nicholson \ 157 \ Redshirt Sophomore \ Des Moines, Iowa

D1CollegeWrestling.net:                     #24
NCAA Coaches' Panel Ranking:          #22

WrestlingReport.com:                        #25



Jerome Robinson \ 125 \ Redshirt Freshman \ Cleveland, Ohio

NCAA Coaches' Panel Ranking:         #30

WrestlingReport.com:                        #29



Tristan Warner \ 165 \ Sophomore \ Mechanicsburg, Pa.

NCAA Coaches' Panel Ranking:          #23

WrestlingReport.com:                         #27


NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll (Feb. 28)

Rank

School

Total

Prev. Rank

Record

1

Minnesota (9)

249

1

14-3

2

Penn State (1)

236

2

13-1

3

Oklahoma State

232

3

17-1

4

Iowa  

221

4

14-4

5

Illinois

208

5

16-4

6

Cornell

198

6

11-1

7

Ohio State

194

7

13-4

8

Nebraska

176

8

15-4

9

Pittsburgh

160

9

14-2

10

Missouri

157

10

13-4

11

Wyoming

149

11

10-3

12

Oklahoma 

143

12

13-5

13

Kent State

129

13

14-5

14

Michigan

126

14

6-6

15

Lehigh

112

15

12-5

16

Oregon State

97

16

10-3

17

Maryland

87

17

15-1

18

Northwestern

77

18

11-4

19

Binghamton

71

19

15-4

20

Virginia 

70

20

11-1

21

Edinboro

41

T21

9-4

T22

Virginia Tech

35

T21

8-6

T22

Hofstra

35

23

12-3

24

Old Dominion

14

24

13-10

25

Purdue

12

25

10-10

 Others Receiving Votes: American, Central Michigan, Chattanooga and West Virginia

NWMA Mid-Major Poll (Feb. 26 - FINAL)
1. Cornell (4)
2. Wyoming (1)
3. Kent State
4. Lehigh
5. Edinboro
6. Binghamton
T7. Hofstra
T7. American
9. Penn
10. Central Michigan
11. Old Dominion
12. Bloomsburg
13. Cal Poly
14. Northern Iowa
15. Navy
16. Clarion
T17. Appalachian State
T17. Eastern Michigan
19. Boise State
20. Harvard
21. North Dakota State
22. Ohio
23. Chattanooga
24. Air Force
25. Buffalo

Others Receiving Votes: Boston, Rider, Utah Valley, Columbia, Northern Colorado, Drexel, Army and Princeton

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