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Monarchs Win Third Straight Virginia Intercollegiate State Tournament

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: January 05, 2008
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The ODU wrestling team earned its third straight win at the Virginia Intercollegiate State Tournament on Saturday as they tallied 107 team points. The Monarchs had 10 placewinners and six champs at the tournament, including the event's Most Outstanding Wrestler, redshirt freshman James Nicholson (Des Moines, Iowa). Nicholson grabbed two technical falls and a 4-3 decision over UVA's Ross Gitomer in the title bout for the win at 125 lbs. Old Dominion returns home to host Delaware State at the Ted Constant Center in dual action on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 pm.

Nicholson (ranked #20 in the nation) won the weight at 125 and backing him up for ODU, Billy Chamberlain (Shippensburg, Pa.), also placed at the weight, taking third place. The Monarchs placed eight more in the tournament including winning five more weights. Kyle Hutter (Mokena, Ill.) won the 133 weight handily, #12 Ryan Williams (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) won the 141 weight and #18 Kaylen Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska) swept through the 149-lb weight class.

The other champs were Jesse Strawn (Holton, Kansas) at 184 and true freshman Andy Totusek (Omaha, Neb.) at the heavyweight slot. Redshirt senior Nick Pullano, junior David Mendoza and true freshman Roy Dragon III also placed for ODU, taking third in their respective weight classes.

Old Dominion scored 107 team points in the tournament, ahead of UVA's 101 for second place, Liberty's 40.5, George Mason's 32.5, VMI's 16 and the Apprentice School's six team points. It is the third win in as many years for Old Dominion at the event.

Old Dominion returns home to host Delaware State at the Ted Constant Center in dual action on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 pm. Next weekend, the Monarchs will take part in the annual Virginia Duals at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va.

Team Points
Old Dominion - 107
Virginia - 101
Liberty - 40.5
George Mason - 32.5
VMI - 16
Apprentice School - 6

Results by weight class:
James Nicholson: 3-0; 2 tech falls, 1 decision; 1st Place; Most Outstanding Wrestler
Billy Chamberlain: 3-1; 1 maj. dec, 2 decisions; 3rd Place

Kyle Hutter: 3-0; 2 maj. dec, 1 fall; 1st Place

Ryan Williams: 3-0; 2 maj. dec, 1 decision; 1st Place
Justin Belanger: 0-2

Kaylen Baxter: 4-0; 2 tech falls, 1 maj. dec, 1 decision; 1st Place

Dan Rivera: 0-2

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Nick Pullano: 2-1; 1 tech fall, 1 decision; 3rd Place

Jesse Strawn: 3-0; 2 falls, 1 decision; 1st Place

David Mendoza: 3-1; 2 falls, 1 tech fall; 3rd Place

Andy Totusek: 2-0; 2 decisions; 1st Place
Roy Dragon III: 1-1; 1 decision; 3rd Place


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