Chris Mecate defeated two all-americans and finished third in the 141-pound bracket
Chris Mecate defeated two all-americans and finished third in the 141-pound bracket
Rick Voight

Chris Mecate Beats Two All-Americans In One Day

January 03, 2014
By ODU Athletics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- Old Dominion wrestler Chris Mecate defeated All-Americans Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) and Evan Henderson (UNC) on his way to a third place finish at the 2014 Southern Scuffle.

The Old Dominion University wrestling team finished in 10th place (58.5 team points) out of 34 teams and ODU had three wrestlers place in the 2014 Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The tournament hosted ten of the current top-25 teams in the country.

ODU's Chris Mecate (141) placed third, Brandon Jeske (125) placed fifth, and Alexander Richardson (149) placed seventh for the Monarchs.

No. 8 Chris Mecate (six seeded in the tournament) finished last season fourth at the 2013 Scuffle when he lost to Nick Dardanes in the third place match. This year he faced Chris Dardanes from Minnesota and pulled off the 4-3 decision victory to earn third place. Mecate's only loss in this tournament came to the eventual champion Zain Retherford in a 2-0 decision.

Brandon Jeske, a true freshman, finished fifth in his first ever Southern Scuffle. Jeske went on to the consolation bracket and won four straight matches, including a 7-3 decision win over No. 20 Eddie Klimara (Oklahoma State). Jeske went on to finish the tournament 7-2.

Alexander Richardson placed seventh in the Southern Scuffle after advancing to the second day for the first time in his career. Richardson battled toe-to-toe with No. 2-ranked and eventual 149-pound champion Drake Houdashelt (Missouri). 

One day removed from defeating No. 5-ranked Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) (finished fourth in last year's NCAA's), ODU's Kevin Beazley was in the winner's bracket and quarterfinals against Nick Bonaccorsi. Beazley lost a close 2-0 decision and would fall in the consolation 7-5 by a decision to Jace Bennett (Cornell). 

Tristan Warner (157) finished the tournament 2-2 after falling to Cody Pack of South Dakota. 133- pounder Michael Hayes put up a fight against No. 12-ranked Shelton Mack but was defeated in the consolation round. 174-pounder Billy Curling took on fifth-ranked Logan Stanley (Minnesota) but fell in the consolation round and finished the tournament 2-2. Monarch wrestler Matt Tourdot (285) picked up a major decision victory over Riley Shaw of Cleveland State before falling to Ethan Hayes (Virginia) in a close 6-5 match.

ODU Southern Scuffle Full Results:

Jerome Robinson 125 pounds: 

Brandon Jeske (ODU) L,  8-4 dec.
Patrick Rollins (Oregon State) L, TF 17-0

Brandon Jeske 125 pounds:

Alex Elsea (Duke) W, TF 15-0
Jerome Robinson (ODU) W, 8-4 dec.
No. 14 Evan Silver (Stanford) L, 8-7 dec.
Tyler Dorrell (Oklahoma State) W, FF
Edilbert Vinas (Kent State) W, 5-0 dec.
No. 20 Eddie Klimara (Oklahoma State) W, 7-3 dec.
Caleb Richardson (Penn) W, 3-1 dec.
No. 6 Martin Martinez (Air Force) L, 6-5 dec.
FIFTH PLACE: Jeske MD Zach Synon (Missouri) W, 9-1

Buddy Scarborough 125 pounds: 

Tyler Dorrell (Oklahoma State) L, FF
Tanner Shoap (Drexel) L, FF

Scott Festejo 133 pounds:

No. 16 Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) L, 9-2 dec.
Nick Zanetta (Pittsburgh) L, SV-1 3-1

Michael Hayes 133 pounds:

Gregory Rinker (Air Force) L, 9-4 dec.
Shayden Terukina (Iowa State) W, 9-4 dec.
No. 12 Shelton Mack (Pittsburgh) L, Fall 4:13

Chris Mecate 141 pounds: 

Noah Forrider (Ohio) W, 9-1 MD
Jake Smith (Appalachian) W, 4-0 dec.
Edgar Bright (Pittsburgh) W, 6-1 dec.
No. 6 Evan Henderson (North Carolina) W, 3-2 dec.
No. 3 Zain Retherford (Penn State) L, 2-0 dec.
No. 19 Tyler Small (Kent State) W, 7-3 dec. 
THIRD PLACE: Mecate dec. No. 2 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) W, 4-3

Alexander Richardson 149 pounds:

Luke Frey (Penn State) W, 6-2 dec.
Walker Fulk (North Carolina) W, 9-1 MD
No. 10 Dyllan Cottrell (Appalachian) W, FF
No. 4 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) L, 3-2 dec.
Mike Racciato (Pittsburgh) W, 8-3 dec.
No. 13 Augustus Sako (Virginia) L, Fall 4:40 
SEVENTH PLACE: Richardson Won vs. Luke Frey (Penn State) Inj. 5:58

Tristan Warner 157 pounds:

Luke Smith (Central Michigan) L, 11-4 dec.
Aaron Scott (Appalachian) W, 4-1 dec.
Michael Hooker (Chattanooga) W, 4-0 dec.
Cody Pack (South Dakota) L, 9-3 dec.

Devin Geoghegan 157 pounds:

Logan Molina (Iowa State) L, 4-2 dec.
Brandon Kingsley (Minnesota) L, Fall :40

Billy Curling 174 pounds:

Trey Adamson (Duke) W, 4-3 dec.
Jesse Shanaman (Cornell) W, 5-1 dec.
No. 5 Logan Storley (Minnesota) L, 11-3 MD
Johnny Watson (Navy) L, 9-6 dec.

Kevin Beazley 197 pounds:

Paul Rands (Navy) W, Fall :29
No. 5 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) W, 3-2 dec.
Nick Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) L, 2-0 dec.
Jace Bennett (Cornell) L, 7-5 dec.

Jake Henderson 197 pounds:

Jace Bennett (Cornell) L, 6-2 dec.
Jackson Lewis (Central Michigan) L, 6-1 dec.

Matt Tourdot 285 pounds:

Adam Robinson (Central Michigan) W, FF
Trevor Smith (Army) W, SV-1 9-4
No. 13 James Lawson (Penn State) L, 4-1 dec.
Riley Shaw (Cleveland State) W, 11-2 MD
Ethan Hayes (Virginia) L, 6-5 dec.

*opponent rankings from Amateur Wrestling News (AWN)

Check out our photo gallery from this year's Southern Scuffle! 

Old Dominion will be at the Franklin and Marshall Open January 4th and then will compete in the Virginia Duals from Jan. 10- Jan. 11 at the Hampton Coliseum!

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