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ODU Wrestling Slams Bucknell, 33-3

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 11, 2012
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NORFOLK, Va. - Nine Old Dominion University wrestlers came out victorious on Wednesday evening at the Ted Constant Convocation Center as the Monarchs smothered Bucknell, 33-3.

Wrestling at home for the first time in 2012, ODU (5-4) wasted little time jumping on Bucknell (2-7) early and often, as the first eight wrestlers of the evening were all winners for the Monarchs.

In a dual meet for the first time this season, redshirt freshman Jerome Robinson used a late surge and held on with a riding time point to defeat Bucknell's Austin Miller, 10-9 to start things off at 125 pounds. Then at 133 pounds, sophomore Scott Festejo pinned his second opponent in as many home duals this season when he took down Shawn Armato at the 2:11 mark to give the Monarchs an early 9-0 team lead.

Moving to 141 pounds, redshirt sophomore No. 25 Justin LaValle was in control of his match against Derrik Russell as he earned a 6-2 victory for his team-leading 21st victory of the season. Redshirt junior Brennan Brumley then put on the most exciting win of the night for ODU at 149 pounds as he was deadlocked with Bucknell's John Regan for most of their match. He rode out Regan in the first part of overtime before escaping while down in the second overtime and fending off the Bucknell grappler to earn a 2-1 win.

Redshirt sophomore No. 30 John Nicholson blistered Ray Schlitt at 157 pounds in the final match before intermission with a 17-6 major decision victory as the Monarchs led 19-0 at the half way point. Out of the break, sophomore Tristan Warner kept the momentum going for ODU as he earned a thrilling late takedown in the third period of Corey Lear to earn a 4-2 win at 165 pounds.

After a slow start for No. 17 Te Edwards at 174 pounds, the senior cruised late to overpower Stephen McPeek with a 17-6 major decision. Redshirt sophomore Billy Curling also had to work for his win at 184 pounds put eventually cruised to a 10-2 major decision win over Jamie Westwood.

Bucknell got on the board at 197 pounds in a tight affair as Joe McMullan's late takedown of senior Joe Budi doomed the Monarch as he narrowly fell, 6-5. Redshirt freshman Matt Tourdot has no problems closing things out at heavyweight for ODU as he blanked Tyler Lyster, 7-0.

The Monarchs return to action on Friday as they open the annual Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum at 11 a.m. against Arizona State.

Old Dominion 33, Bucknell 3
125: Jerome Robinson (ODU) dec. Austin Miller (Bucknell), 10-9
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) fall Shawn Armato (Bucknell), 2:11
141: No. 25 Justin LaValle (ODU) dec. Derrik Russell (Bucknell), 6-2
149: Brennan Brumley (ODU) dec. John Regan (Bucknell), 2-1 SV1
157: No. 30 John Nicholson (ODU) major dec. Ray Schlitt (Bucknell), 17-6
165: Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Corey Lear (Bucknell), 4-2
174: No. 17 Te Edwards (ODU) major dec. Stephen McPeek (Bucknell), 17-6
184: Billy Curling (ODU) major dec. Jamie Westwood (Bucknell), 10-2
197: Joe McMullan (Bucknell) dec. Joe Budi (ODU), 6-5
285: Matt Tourdot (ODU) vs. Tyler Lyster (Bucknell), 7-0

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