DURHAM, N.C. – The Old Dominion (9-9, 5-2 MAC) wrestling team dropped their final dual of the season to No. 20 Duke (7-7, 1-4 ACC) at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 19-16. The dual came down to the final bout, where Duke’s No. 3 Jacob Kasper ultimately won the dual for the Blue Devils.
“We lost a battle to a tough Duke team today,” said Head Coach Steve Martin. “We had several opportunities to defeat a top 20 team but at the end of the day you have to give Duke credit.”
Starting at 125, Michael McGee earned a decision over senior Thayer Atkins to put the Monarchs on the board first.
Notching the only fall of the day, Madrigal pinned Josh Copeland in the first period in the 141-pound bout.
Picking up bonus points for the Monarchs, Kenan Carter earned a major decision over Brandon Leynaud to extend the Old Dominion lead to 13-3.
At 157, Larry Early faced No. 10 Mitch Finesilver for the second time this season. Early ultimately dropped a 9-3 decision to Finelsilver.
In the 165-pound bout, Shane Jones dropped an 8-4 decision to Zach Finesilver. ODU still led, 13- 8 heading into the final bout. A team point was deducted from Duke during this bout.
At 174, Seldon Wright dropped a close 4-3 decision to No. 18 Matt Finesilver.
Antonio Agee earned a win by decision over Kaden Russell to keep the Monarchs ahead, 16-11 heading into the final two bouts.
“Michael McGee continues to compete at a high level. Alex Madrigal continues to score bonus points and is on a roll. Kenan Carter looked good and was dominant in all three positions. Antonio Agee wrestled hard and put several attacks together, which was good to see. In our two battles with top 20 opponents we came up short but wrestled hard. I thought Early closed the gap with #10 Mitch Finesilver even in a loss. Seldon Wright had a battle with #18 Matt Finesilver and had two opportunities to win the match, which would have won the dual. But I give all four Finesilvers credit they are all tough and wrestle hard.”
At 197, freshman Noah Bushman dropped a major decision to Alec Schenk. The score after the 197-pound bout was 16-15.
In the final bout, Ali Wahab dropped a major decision to No. 3 Jacob Kasper.
“We now refocus to the NCAA qualifier at Central Michigan. Our goal is to perform at our ability level and wrestle as hard as we can at this qualifier.”