Wrestling Monarchs Takedown No. 11 Northwestern on the Road, 30-10
EVANSTON, Ill. – Earning bonus points in five matches, the Old Dominion (1-2) wrestling team downed No. 11 Northwestern (1-2) on the road by a 30-10 score. The Wildcats entered the rankings with a 20-17 win over No. 10 Virginia Tech on Nov. 18.
"I thought our team wrestled extremely well against No. 11 Northwestern," said head coach Steve Martin. "We have had a rough dual meet schedule to start off the year having top ranked teams in Missouri, NC State. Each week we have seen substantial improvements since not being as competitive against Missouri, to almost beating NC State and today scoring bonus in five matches. I was extremely happy to see four techs and one major decision."
In the opening bout of the match, Michael McGee earned a technical fall over Matthew Vinci to earn bonus points and get on the board first as a team. At 133, Killian Cardinale dropped a 4-2 decision to NCAA Qualifier Colin Valdivez. Adding bonus points for the squad at 141, No. 13 Sa'Derian Perry defeated Yahya Thomas by major decision.
At 149, Kenan Carter defeated Shayne Oster in overtime to extend the ODU lead. In a match that featured two highly touted wrestlers, No. 3 Larry Early dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 2 Ryan Deakin. This was Early's first loss of the season.
Earning the first of three straight technical falls, Shane Jones scored 20 points over Anthony Petrone to put the Monarchs up 17-6 with four bouts left. At 174 pounds, Seldon Wright added another five team points to the board with a 20-6 victory over Braxton Cody. Logging the last bonus-point win for ODU was Antonio Agee, who earned a 26-11 win over Brendan Devine at 184 pounds.
At 197 pounds, Tim Young earned his first dual win of the season with a 8-6 decision over Zack Chakonis. Closing out the dual at 285 pounds, Will Hilliard battled two-time All-American No. 18 Conan Jennings, but ultimately fell by a 12-2 major decision.
"Hats off to McGee he looked good on his feet, on top and wrestled hard coming off a one hour weigh-in. He was looking forward to wrestling No. 2 Sebastian Rivera but unfortunately he was injured. Hopefully we will get that opportunity at the Midlands in a couple of weeks. Perry did a great job having lost to the same wrestler last year at Midlands. Carter avenged an earlier loss last season and switched it around. It was good to see him pull off the win in overtime. Jones looked very good with a lot of takedowns and back points. Wright was very good also earning a lot of back points. Agee got the technical fall at the buzzer, which was the last technical fall for us. Tim Young had a great one making the adjustment from JUCO with this big win over Chakonis, a big guy for Northwestern. The main thing to take away from this match was that we beat the No. 11 team in the country and all this will do is prepare us more for the end of the year."
The last time ODU defeated a nationally ranked program was a 25-9 win over Ohio during the 2014-15 season.
ODU 30 #11 Northwestern 10
125: #16 Michael McGee (ODU) TF over Matthew Vinci (NU), 22-6
133: Colin Valdivez (NU) dec. over Killian Cardinale (ODU) 4-2
141: #13 Sa’Derian Perry (ODU) MD over Yahya Thomas (NU), 10-2
149: Kenan Carter (ODU) dec. over Shayne Oster (NU), SV-1 7-5
157: #2 Ryan Deakin (NU) dec. over #3 Larry Early (ODU), 6-1
165: Shane Jones (ODU) TF over Anthony Petrone (NU), 20-4
174: #15 Seldon Wright (ODU) TF over Braxton Cody (NU), 20-6
184: Antonio Agee (ODU) TF over Brendan Devine (NU), 26-11
197: Tim Young (ODU) dec. over Zack Chakonis (NU), 8-6
285: #18 Conan Jennings (NU) MD over Will Hilliard (ODU), 12-2
ODU will travel to Nevada to wrestle in the Reno Tournament of Champions on December 20. The remainder of the Monarch wrestling season will contain more top-25 teams. At the Virginia Duals, held locally in Hampton, No. 15 Arizona State, Oklahoma, No. 20 Lock Haven, No. 14 Virginia Tech, Chattanooga, and Kent State will be in attendance. At the prestigious Midlands Tournament, No. 3 Iowa, No. 11 Northwestern, No. 12 Rutgers, and No. 15 Arizona State will be grappling in Illinois.
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