Jack Dechow won his third MAC Championship Sunday afternoon.
Jack Dechow won his third MAC Championship Sunday afternoon.
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Dechow Wins 3rd MAC Crown; 4 Monarchs Earn Automatic Bids to NCAAs

March 05, 2017
By ODU Athletics

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jack Dechow scored a takedown in sudden victory to defeat Northern Iowa's top-seeded Drew Foster, 5-3 OT, to claim his third MAC Championship crown Sunday at Northern Iowa's McLeod Center. Kevin Beazley, Alex Madrigal and Michael Hayes also earned automatic bids to the 2017 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships to be held March 16-18 in St. Louis.
 
In the 184 lb. finals, Dechow used a first period takedown an third period escape to jump out to a 3-2 lead, but a controversial stalling point tied the bout in the waning 10 seconds to force overtime. In the sudden victory period, Dechow converted a Foster shot into a takedown of his own, scooting the corner for the match-winning takedown and his third MAC title. 

 

Kevin Beazley finished as the MAC runner-up at 197 lbs., falling to two-time NCAA Champion J'Den Cox from Missouri, 8-2, in the finals. With the top-two finish, Beazley earned his second automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. 

Joining the veteran Monarch upperweights in St. Louis will be redshirt freshman Alex Madrigal and fifth-year senior Michael Hayes

After falling in the consolation semis to Northern Iowa's top-seeded Josh Alber, Madrigal claimed fifth place at 133 with a decisive 7-0 victory over Kent State's Anthony Tutolo. 

Hayes clinched the Monarchs' fourth automatic bid with a controlling 9-5 win over Eastern Michigan's Nick Barber to claim fifth place at 149 lbs. 

Sophomore Seldon Wright fell just one win shy of earning an automatic bid, as the 165-pounder fell in the third place bout to Northern Illinois' Shaun'Qae McMurtry. Wright will await the announcement of the at-large bids from the NCAA later this week.

Placing fifth for Old Dominion were true freshman Kevin Budock at 141 and redshirt freshman Larry Early at 157. 

Freshmen Will Hilliard and Steven Simpson also registered top eight finishes, as Hilliard grabbed sixth at 285 and Simpson took eighth at 125. 

Complete brackets from Trackwrestling are available here

Madrigal, Hayes, Dechow and Beazley will be back in action at the 2017 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships in St. Louis March 16-18. 

Team Scores:
1. Missouri 154.52. Northern Iowa 106.53. Central Michigan 103.54. Old Dominion 94.05. Northern Illinois 92.06. Buffalo 80.57. Eastern Michigan 64.08. Ohio 62.59. Kent State 55.0
2017 Mid American Conference Wrestling Results for Old Dominion
125 - Steven Simpson (6-23) placed 8th and scored 6.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Steven Simpson (Old Dominion) 6-23 won by fall over Cory Simpson (Kent State) 10-22 (Fall 4:06)
    Quarterfinal - Shakur Laney (Ohio) 26-6 won by decision over Steven Simpson (Old Dominion) 6-23 (Dec 11-4)
    Cons. Round 2 - Steven Simpson (Old Dominion) 6-23 received a bye () (Bye)
    Cons. Round 3 - Barlow McGhee (Missouri) 19-11 won by major decision over Steven Simpson (Old Dominion) 6-23 (MD 15-5)
    7th Place Match - Brent Fleetwood (Central Michigan) 23-9 won by decision over Steven Simpson (Old Dominion) 6-23 (Dec 8-2)

133 - Alex Madrigal (12-12) placed 5th and scored 9.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion) 12-12 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - John Erneste (Missouri) 23-6 won by decision over Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion) 12-12 (Dec 1-0)
    Cons. Round 2 - Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion) 12-12 won by decision over Sa`Derian Perry (Eastern Michigan) 10-11 (Dec 6-3)
    Cons. Round 3 - Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion) 12-12 won by major decision over Cameron Kelly (Ohio) 21-10 (MD 16-3)
    Cons. Semi - Josh Alber (Northern Iowa) 23-5 won by fall over Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion) 12-12 (Fall 2:19)
    5th Place Match - Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion) 12-12 won by decision over Anthony Tutolo (Kent State) 19-8 (Dec 7-0)

141 - Kevin Budock (21-15) placed 5th and scored 7.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Kevin Budock (Old Dominion) 21-15 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Kevin Budock (Old Dominion) 21-15 won by decision over Kyle Springer (Eastern Michigan) 15-11 (Dec 6-5)
    Semifinal - Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) 24-5 won by decision over Kevin Budock (Old Dominion) 21-15 (Dec 8-2)
    Cons. Semi - Mason Smith (Central Michigan) 22-12 won by decision over Kevin Budock (Old Dominion) 21-15 (Dec 4-0)
    5th Place Match - Kevin Budock (Old Dominion) 21-15 won in tie breaker - 1 over Angel Velasquez (Northern Illinois) 11-14 (TB-1 2-1)

149 - Michael Hayes (18-13) placed 5th and scored 9.50 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 18-13 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Steve Bleise (Northern Illinois) 26-7 won in tie breaker - 1 over Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 18-13 (TB-1 9-7)
    Cons. Round 2 - Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 18-13 received a bye () (Bye)
    Cons. Round 3 - Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 18-13 won by fall over Tim Rooney (Kent State) 17-25 (Fall 4:41)
    Cons. Semi - Justin Oliver (Central Michigan) 29-7 won by fall over Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 18-13 (Fall 3:43)
    5th Place Match - Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 18-13 won by decision over Nick Barber (Eastern Michigan) 16-12 (Dec 9-5)

157 - Larry Early (11-5) placed 5th and scored 9.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Larry Early (Old Dominion) 11-5 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan) 28-7 won by decision over Larry Early (Old Dominion) 11-5 (Dec 3-1)
    Cons. Round 2 - Larry Early (Old Dominion) 11-5 won by decision over Alex Smythe (Buffalo) 14-10 (Dec 2-1)
    Cons. Round 3 - Larry Early (Old Dominion) 11-5 won by major decision over Caden McWhirter (Northern Illinois) 18-14 (MD 8-0)
    Cons. Semi - Casey Sparkman (Kent State) 25-11 won by fall over Larry Early (Old Dominion) 11-5 (Fall 0:47)
    5th Place Match - Larry Early (Old Dominion) 11-5 won by decision over Cullen Cummings (Ohio) 12-18 (Dec 8-3)

165 - Seldon Wright (20-10) placed 4th and scored 9.50 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) 20-10 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) 20-10 won in sudden victory - 1 over Tyler Rill (Buffalo) 11-10 (SV-1 3-1)
    Semifinal - Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) 19-4 won by decision over Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) 20-10 (Dec 10-4)
    Cons. Semi - Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) 20-10 won by decision over Logan Parks (Central Michigan) 12-21 (Dec 9-4)
    3rd Place Match - Shaun`Qae McMurtry (Northern Illinois) 10-10 won by major decision over Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) 20-10 (MD 14-3)

174 - Antonio Agee (9-15) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Antonio Agee (Old Dominion) 9-15 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Christian Brucki (Central Michigan) 29-8 won by decision over Antonio Agee (Old Dominion) 9-15 (Dec 11-4)
    Cons. Round 2 - Muhamed McBryde (Buffalo) 23-17 won by decision over Antonio Agee (Old Dominion) 9-15 (Dec 6-3)

184 - Jack Dechow (28-3) placed 1st and scored 18.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 28-3 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 28-3 won by major decision over Kayne MacCallum (Eastern Michigan) 7-15 (MD 15-3)
    Semifinal - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 28-3 won by decision over Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan) 27-8 (Dec 3-2)
    1st Place Match - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 28-3 won in sudden victory - 1 over Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) 22-4 (SV-1 5-3)

197 - Kevin Beazley (22-5) placed 2nd and scored 15.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 22-5 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 22-5 won by fall over Nathaniel Rose (Buffalo) 19-8 (Fall 2:50)
    Semifinal - Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 22-5 won by decision over Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois) 24-7 (Dec 4-3)
    1st Place Match - J`den Cox (Missouri) 23-0 won by decision over Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 22-5 (Dec 8-2)

285 - Will Hilliard (8-20) placed 6th and scored 11.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Caleb Gossett (Northern Illinois) 12-19 won by decision over Will Hilliard (Old Dominion) 8-20 (Dec 6-1)
    Cons. Round 1 - Will Hilliard (Old Dominion) 8-20 received a bye () (Bye)
    Cons. Round 2 - Will Hilliard (Old Dominion) 8-20 won by fall over Devin Nye (Kent State) 17-19 (Fall 3:49)
    Cons. Round 3 - Will Hilliard (Old Dominion) 8-20 won by injury default over JJ Everard (Northern Iowa) 9-10 (Inj. 3:15)
    Cons. Semi - Zack Parker (Ohio) 22-12 won by major decision over Will Hilliard (Old Dominion) 8-20 (MD 13-2)
    5th Place Match - Newton Smerchek (Central Michigan) 23-11 won by fall over Will Hilliard (Old Dominion) 8-20 (Fall 1:14)

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