Five Wrestlers Compete at Nittany Lion Open

December 05, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 5, 2005

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - This weekend ODU wrestling sent five wrestlers to compete in the Penn State Nittany Lion Open. Over 500 wrestlers packed into Penn State's Rec Hall Sunday for a shot at being named Nittany Lion Open Champion. Unfortunately no Monarch wrestler was able to place in the event.

Freshman Ryan Williams won his first two matches by sudden victory 2-0 over Eric Amstutz of Columbia, then 4-2 over Lou Ruggirello, before dropping his next match to Josh Keefe of Tennessee 5-4. Williams went on to be eliminated in the first round of consolation by VMI's Brandon Stillo in a 7-3 decision. Braxdon Scaletta went 1-2 wrestling unattached at 133 beating Brandon Clemmer 5-2, before dropping his next two matches Steven Bell of Maryland (7-2), and Tyler Howard (6-4).

Sophomore Josh Tyler was eliminated from the 149 bracket after falling to Michigan's Eddie Skowneski 4-2.

Bryan Koz and Ben Fiacco both wrestled unattached at 165. Koz was eliminated after losing to Michgan State's Bryan Harney 15-9. Fiacco had a good run going 3-2 on the day beating Rick Mascino of Shippensburg 9-6, and Lock Haven's James Varner 5-2 before falling to Trebor Clavette 8-4. In consolation, Fiacco took a win over Ben Pero of the U.S. Naval Academy due to his medical forfeit before losing to Cornell's Joey Hooker 12-4.

At 174, Old Dominion's Bryan Lenhardt ended the day 3-2. Lenhardt started the day off by beating fellow CAA contender Matt Jabaut of Sacred Heart 5-4, then scoring a major decision over Dash Dudley of Michigan State (18-4). Lenhardt entered the consolation round after losing to Mike Ragusa 9-3. He then beat Duquesne's Jared Ricotta 7-5 before falling to Keith Gavin by major decision (13-2) in his final match of the game.

Kevin Harrington had a disappointing day going 0-2 at 184 for the Monarchs. Harrington was eliminated by Shippensburg's Peter Grodziak after losing his first round match to Kyle Elgret (7-2) of VMI. Wrestling unattached was David Mendoza who ended the day 1-2. After a first round bye, Mendoza beat Donnie Reinhart of Lock Haven by a 10-5 decision, before falling to Lehigh's Brian Lamay 5-1. In his final match, Mendoza dropped a 5-3 decision to Matt Parsons of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Despite not placing, senior John Doilda went a respectable 4-2 on the day at 285. Dolida won his opening round match against Lock Haven's Damian Carbone by fall at 5:19. He then was pinned by Joe Farina at the 2:18 mark. Doilida went on to win his next three consolation matches over Boston's Orey Hall (4-1), Slippery Rock's Joe Attieh (med), and Eddie Bordas of North Alabama (4-1). Dolida lost the next match after Payam Zarrinpour of Sacred Heart pinned him 38 second into the match. Zarrinpour went on to take 6th place at 285.

Weekend Vacation for the Monarchs

Old Dominion takes next weekend off to prepare for the December 17th dual against the University of Northern Iowa and the Citadel. UNI is ranked no. 20 in the recent USAToday/NWCA/ Intermat rankings as of November 28th. This marks the first time ODU and UNI have dualed in the history of the two programs. The Citadel took 23rd place with 35.5 points this weekend in Las Vegas. Old Dominion is 3-2 all-time against the Bulldogs.

"We are looking forward to wrestling at home in two weeks against Northern Iowa and the Citadel after being on the road for four weeks," coach Martin says.