NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion (7-5, 3-1 MAC) wrestling team won its third straight match after defeating American University (4-5, 1-2 EIWA) by a score of 27-10 at the Ted Constant Center on Sunday afternoon.
ODU won seven out of 10 matches and acquired bonus points in four of those seven matches.
“I thought we wrestled well in all of our matches, even the ones we didn’t come out on the right side of the score on. We really started to hit our groove the other night when we wrestled against Buffalo, where we had all 10-weight classes competing. Today, we went out there and tried to have some fun with all 10-weight classes. This could have been a very close match or blew them out of the water. I think we’re starting to hit our strides and win all those close matches,” said head coach Steve Martin.
Starting the match off at 165, Luke Drugac earned a win by decision over Anthony Wokasch.
Earning bonus points for the Monarchs, Seldon Wright won by major decision over Michael Eckhart.
At 184, Antonio Agee won his bout by major decision over Connor Allshouse to extend the Monarch lead to 11-0.
American University won the 197-pound bout over John D’Agostino and trailed 11-4.
At heavyweight, Ali Wahab dropped his match by decision.
In a match that came down to riding time, Michael McGee earned a 2-1 win over Gage Curry to tally three more points for the Monarchs.
“McGee wrestles like a veteran in close matches so he won it the old school way. A minute of riding time and an escape, those are the hard ones to win.”
At 133, Caleb Richardson wrestled #7 Josh Terao to overtime. Terao ultimately won the bout with a takedown in sudden victory.
“Richardson wrestled a top-10 kid and took it into overtime. Even though he lost to him, I thought he wrestled to their ability level, so that’s what it’s all about."
In another close bout, Madrigal added an escape and a takedown in the final period to give him the win by decision over Jack Mutchnik.
Highlighting the dual, Kenan Carter pinned his opponent in the second period to clinch the match for the Monarchs.
In the final bout of the afternoon, Larry Early won his bout by major decision.
Final Box ODU 27 | American 10 165: Luke Drugac (ODU) dec. over Anthony Wokasch (AU), 5-1 174: Seldon Wright (ODU) md. over Michael Eckhart (AU), 13-4 184: Antonio Agee (ODU) md. over Connor Allshouse (AU), 12-2 197: #12 Jeric Kasunic (AU) md. over John D’Agostino (ODU), 12-2 285: Brett Dempsey (AU) dec. over Ali Wahab (ODU), 6-1 125: Michael McGee (ODU) dec. over Gage Curry (AU), 2-1 133: #7 Josh Terao (AU) dec. over Caleb Richardson (ODU), SV-1 3-1 141: #17 Alex Madrigal (ODU) dec. over Jack Mutchnik (AU), 6-3 149: Kenan Carter (ODU) pin Elijah Murphy (AU), (4:38) 157: Larry Early (ODU) md. over Eric Hong (AU), 12-3
Up Next The Monarchs wrestle Virginia on Sunday, Jan 28 at the Ted Constant Center at 1 p.m.