Monarchs Knock Off Nationally Ranked Individuals and Upend Patriots 38-12

December 08, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 8, 2006

NORFOLK, VA -- The Monarchs made a statement to the rest of the CAA tonight by upending George Mason University. ODU tallied four pins and a technical fall in the dual against the Patriots and won 38-12. David Mendoza pinned the 15th ranked grappler in the nation at 197 lbs with one second remaining in the second period and Nick Pullano battled with 17th ranked Tyler Tisdell (165) for the full seven minutes before winning 7-3.

Mendoza looked as if he was going to struggle against Harry Zander, the ranked Patriot, as he went down 0-2 early. However, those two would be the only points he'd relinquish to Zander as he battled to what would have been a major decision had he not succeeded in pinning the 197 pounder.

"Zander was the 15th ranked kid in the country coming off a 4th place finish at the Vegas tournament. Vegas is a super tough tournament," said assistant coach Lee Pritts. "But [Mendoza] didn't just beat him. He had what, a 10-2, maybe even a 12-2 point lead at one point; he dominated him."

Mendoza's fleet footed skills against one of the Patriot's top wrestlers included a significant lead in riding time. With the bout in hand, Mendoza did not expect to get a chance at the pin when Zander gave him his opportunity. The referee pounded the mat at the 4:59 mark.

"As soon as I saw that opportunity, I knew I had him. I didn't even know how much time I had left, but I knew I had him," said Mendoza. "Ranks are just numbers. You still have to go out and get it done. It doesn't matter who's across the mat."

In the 165-pound class Nick Pullano also pulled another upset for the Monarchs. Winning 7-3 over the 17th ranked wrestler Tyler Tisdell, Pullano's decision sealed the team victory for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs tallied four pins: Adam Koballa over Will Powars (133) in 1:10, Ryan Williams over David Emison (141) in 1:56, Kaylen Baxter over Chris Cartella (149) in 1:59, and Mendoza's last second victory.

The Monarchs nationally ranked grapplers continued to dominate this season as Chris Brown grabbed a technical fall, 18-2, in 5:30 over Dan Cook. Brown is ranked 17th by Amateur Wrestling News and was named the CAA's Co-Rookie of the Week for performance up to December 4th. Williams is ranked 24th by and added another pin to his season total now at three. Mendoza earned his first national ranking of the year on Tuesday when listed him as the 27th best 197 pounder.

"It's a stepping stone. We're not where we want to be yet, but it's a stepping stone," said Pritts. The Monarchs came into the dual with a pre-season CAA ranking of 5th with Mason slotted at 4th. Pritts decided that was motivation enough for his guys:

"I told the team before the match, 'look, we took second in the conference last year and we get no respect.' We wanted to make a statement," said Pritts. "I told the guys, 'let's go make a statement.'

The lopsided victory brings ODU's season record to 1-1 with a 1-0 record in the conference and Mason falls to 2-2 with an 0-1 record in conference. The Monarchs head back on the road and return to action next Saturday, December 16th, as they face off against The Citadel and N.C. State. ODU returns home January 6th as they host the Virginia States at Granby High School.

Final Match Results
125 Kyle Hutter def. Joe Coughlin 11-4
133 Adam Koballa def. Will Powars fall, 1:10
141 Ryan Williams def. David Emison fall, 1:56
149 Kaylen Baxter def. Chris Cartella fall, 1:59
157 Chris Brown def. Dan Cook tech. fall, 28-2 (5:30)
165 Nick Pullano def. Tyler Tisdell 7-3
174 Randy Oates def. Derek Coffey fall, 2:52
184 Jesse Strawn def. Matt Moyer 6-4
197 David Mendoza def. Harry Zander fall, 4:59
Hwt. Ryan Kittrick def. -- forfeit