Rusak Claims Title at Mat-Town/ Monarchs Finish Sixth

November 25, 2001
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 25, 2001

Lock Haven, PA-Old Dominion senior Jeff Rusak (Reading, PA) won the 174 lb. weight class in the prestigious Mat Town U.S.A. Invitational on Saturday, pacing the Monarch wrestling team to a sixth-place finish overall.

Rusak took top honors by rolling through the 174 lb. bracket, recording pins over Pittsburgh's Matt Catulio and Ohio's Travis Smith in his first two matches. The senior then finished off the day with a dominating 23-10 victory over Ed Pawlak of Lock Haven and hard-fought 3-2 win in the championship match against Ryan Lange of Purdue.

Rusak, ranked ninth nationally, is currently 7-0 this season with five pins. His career record is currently 107-17.

Also faring well for the Monarchs were newcomers Chris Buckner (Chesapeake, VA) and Ben Summerlin (Lynchburg, VA). Buckner claimed fifth place at 125 with a medical forfeit win over Lock Haven's Trap McCormack, and Summerlin finished fourth at 165 when he was edged in overtime by Penn State's Doc Vecchio in the third place bout.

The Monarchs will be in action next at the Penn State Open, December 2 in State College, PA.

Team Scores

1. Penn State		161.50
2. Purdue 151.50
3. Ohio 130.00
4. Lock Haven 129.50
5. Pittsburgh 121.50
6. ODU 90.50
7. F&M 26.50
8. Slippery Rock 18.00
9. Bucknell 9.50

ODU Top Wrestlers:
Jeff Rusak (174)-1st place
Chris Buckner (125)-5th place
Paul Jimenez (133)-6th place
Jesse Pearce (157)-5th place
Ben Summerlin (165)-4th place
Greg Gill (197)-7th place
Derrell Lorthridge (285)-7th place