NORFOLK, Va. – Ali Wahab earned a 9-0 major decision at heavyweight to secure the team win for ODU (7-5, 4-2 MAC) as they defeated Duke (2-4, 0-1 ACC) by a 24-17 score on Alumni Day. The Monarchs notched their second-straight team victory on Sunday.
To open the dual, Duke forfeited back-to-back weights at 125 and 133 pounds, which made the score 12-0 in favor of ODU. No. 10 Sa'Derian Perry took the mat first for ODU, where he downed Josh Finesilver by an 8-3 decision. After the 141-pound bout, ODU led 15-0.
At 149, Kevin Budock dropped an 8-2 decision to two-time NCAA Qualifier and No. 6 ranked Mitch Finesilver.
No. 6 Larry Early collected five team points for ODU with his 21-5 technical fall over Ben Anderson. This was Early's sixth tech. fall of the season.
The Blue Devils collected four-straight wins at 165, 174, 184 and 197 to edge within three team points of ODU. At 165 pounds, Shane Jones fell to two-time NCAA Qualifier Zach Finesilver.
Highlighting the afternoon was the 285-pound matchup, where Wahab earned four takedowns and an escape to win individually and propel ODU to the team victory over ACC foe, Duke.
Box Score ODU 24 Duke 17 Attendance 488 125: Michael McGee (ODU) win by forfeit 133: Trevon Majette (ODU) win by forfeit 141: No. 10 Sa’Derian Perry (ODU) dec. over Josh Finesilver (Duke), 8-3 149: No. 6 Mitch Finesilver (Duke) dec. over Kevin Budock (ODU), 8-2 157: No. 6 Larry Early (ODU) tech. fall over Ben Anderson (Duke), 21-5 (6:15) 165: Zach Finesilver (Duke) MD over Shane Jones (ODU), 11-3 174: No. 17 Matt Finesilver (Duke) MD over Luke Drugac (ODU), 9-0 184: Kaden Russell (Duke) dec. over Dean Drugac (ODU), 11-4 197: Alec Schenk (Duke) dec. over Tim Young (ODU), 6-4 285: Ali Wahab (ODU) MD over Aarod Fisher (Duke), 9-0
Up Next ODU hits the road to face Ohio on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in a MAC dual.