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Old Dominion Holds Off Arizona State, Routes No. 18 Rutgers to Advance in Virginia Duals

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Release: January 13, 2012
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Jan. 13, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. - The Old Dominion University wrestling team held off a late charge from Arizona State in the opening round and then cruised past No. 18 Rutgers in the quarterfinals on Friday to advance to the semifinal round of the 32nd annual Virginia Duals.

Down 12-4 early in the opening round, ODU rattled off four victories in a row and held off Arizona State late for a thrilling 20-19 victory to advance. After splitting the first round matches in the quarterfinal against No. 18 Rutgers, ODU won five of the final six matches to pull away from the Scarlet Knights, 29-9.

Redshirt freshman Jerome Robinson (125), redshirt sophomore No. 30 John Nicholson (157), sophomore Tristan Warner (165) and senior No. 17 Te Edwards (174) each won both of their matches on the afternoon. The Monarchs advance to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. where they will face No. 22 Kent State.

ODU 20, Arizona State 19
In the opening match, Robinson won his second consecutive dual with a dominating 13-2 win over ASU's David Prado. The Sun Devils (5-6) then reeled off three consecutive victories beginning at 133 pounds when Shane McGough pinned Scott Festejo at the 2:36 mark. Nathan Hoffer then pulled of the upset when he upended No. 25 Justin LaValle at 141, 12-8.

In a back-and-forth affair at 149 pounds, Joel Smith eventually came out on top over Brennan Brumley, 6-5 and put Arizona State ahead, 12-4. The Monarchs (6-4) then won four straight beginning with Nicholson's dominant 19-5 win over Victor DeJesus at 157 pounds. Warner continued the momentum for ODU when he pinned Hans Rasmusson and put ODU back in front, 14-12.

Facing his former teammates for the first, Edwards was able to come out on top with a late takedown of Eric Starks at 174 pounds to win, 4-1. Curling would hold off ASU's Kevin Radford at 184 pounds to bump up the lead to 20-12 f or Old Dominion.

At 197 pounds, Tommy Burriel jumped all over Joe Budi in a 14-4 major decision to close the Sun Devils within four points with All-American No. 10 Levi Cooper to go at heavyweight. Matt Tourdot would lose the match, 6-0, but held off Cooper from reaching a major decision to preserve the team victory for ODU, 20-19.

Old Dominion 20, Arizona State 19
125: Jerome Robinson (ODU) major dec. David Prado (ASU), 13-2
133: Shane McGough (ASU) fall Scott Festejo (ODU), 2:36
141: Nathan Hoffer (ASU) dec. No. 25 Justin LaValle (ODU), 12-8
149: Joel Smith (ASU) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU), 6-5
157: No. 30 John Nicholson (ODU) major dec. Victor DeJesus (ASU), 19-5
165: Tristan Warner (ODU) fall Hans Rasmusson (ASU), 1:54
174: No. 17 Te Edwards (ODU) dec. Eric Starks (ASU), 4-1
184: Billy Curling (ODU) dec. Kevin Radford (ASU), 10-7
197: Tommy Burriel (ASU) major dec. Joe Budi (ODU), 14-4
285: #10 Levi Cooper (ASU) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU), 6-0

ODU 29, No. 18 Rutgers 9
At 125, Robinson won for the third time this week in a thrilling bout with Rutgers' Vincent Dellefave as the Monarch swiped a takedown with just seconds left in overtime to capture the 3-1 sudden victory. Looking for redemption after falling in sudden victory overtime to Michael DeMarco in December at Rutgers, Festejo, the New Jersey native, blitzed DeMarco at the end of the second period and eventually pulled away for a 13-3 major decision win.

LaValle would be unable to get on track at 141 pounds, as he was shutout by Billy Shanault, 3-0. At 149 pounds, Brumley lost to No. 3 Mario Mason at Rutgers in December by just one point and again came up just short as the Scarlet Knight's takedown in sudden victory overtime proved to be the winner, 3-1.

Nicholson earned his second major decision win of the day when he jumped all over RU's Anthony Volpe at 157 pounds. Earning his second pin of the day, Warner wasted little time in taking down Doug Hamann at 165 pounds. Edwards then continued the ODU momentum with a revenge win over No. 14 Greg Zannetti at 174 pounds, 9-4.

Daniel Seidenberg was able to get past Curlingat 184 pounds, 5-1. Meanwhile at 197 pounds, Rutgers forfeited the match, giving Budi the victory and heavyweight Tourdot capped of the Monarch victory with a slim 1-0 lead over Daniel Hopkins.

Old Dominion 29, Rutgers 9
125: Jerome Robinson (ODU) dec. Vincent Dellefave (RU), 3-1 SV
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) major dec. Michael DeMarco (RU), 13-3
141: Billy Ashnault (RU) dec. No. 25 Justin LaValle (ODU), 3-0
149: No. 3 Mario Mason (RU) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU), 3-1 SV
157: No. 30 John Nicholson (ODU) major dec. Anthony Volpe (RU), 17-5
165: Tristan Warner (ODU) fall Doug Hamann (RU), 1:33
174: No. 17 Te Edwards (ODU) dec. No. 14 Greg Zannetti (RU), 9-4
184: Daniel Seidenberg (RU) dec. Billy Curling (ODU), 5-1
197: Joe Budi (ODU) forfeit win over Unknown (RU)
285: Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec. Daniel Hopkins (RU), 1-0

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