NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team (3-8, 0-2) lost 20-12 to No. 12-ranked Virginia on Sunday afternoon at the Ted Constant Center.
ODU’s Jack Dechow (184) picked up a 3-1 decision victory over nationally ranked No. 19 Jonathan Fausey. Dechow improved to 8-3 this season. No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate (141) defeated a two-time NCAA qualifier in No. 14-ranked Joseph Spisak. Mecate improved to 19-5 this year and has won 11 of his last 13 matches.
At 133 pounds, Scott Festejo was one of two probables (Michael Hayes the other) that the ODU coaches thought could start before the match. Festejo delivered with an 11-6 decision win against UVA’s Joe Martinez. Festejo was the only Monarch that recorded more than three points in today’s dual meet.
Monarchs 149-pounder Alexander Richardson picked up a 3-0 decision win against Chris Yankowich, who was one of two Cavaliers that were coming off a loss to Duke last Friday.
Virginia led by as much as 17-3 as a team before ODU pulled off three straight wins to cut the UVA team lead to 17-12. ODU’s Tristan Warner (157) gave nationally ranked Blaise Butler all he could handle, but came up on the short end of a 5-2 decision loss.
Virginia 20, Old Dominion 12.
165- No. 2 Nicholas Sulzer (UVA) TF Devin Geoghegan (ODU) 18-3 UVA led 5-0. 174- No. 14 Stephen Doty (UVA) dec. Billy Curling (ODU) 4-1 UVA led 8-0. 184- Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. No. 19 Jonathan Fausey (UVA) 3-1. UVA led 8-3. 197- Zach Nye (UVA) dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU) 3-2. UVA led 11-3. 285- Ethan Hayes (UVA) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) 4-2. UVA leads 14-3. 125- Nick Herrmann (UVA) dec. Brandon Jeske (ODU) 5-2. UVA leads 17-3 133- Scott Festejo (ODU) dec. Joe Martinez (UVA) 11-6. UVA leads 17-6. 141- No. 4 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. No. 14 Joseph Spisak (UVA) 3-1. UVA leads 17-9. 149- Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Chris Yankowich (UVA) 3-0. UVA leads 17-12. 157- No. 13 Blaise Butler (UVA) dec. Tristan Warner (ODU) 5-2. UVA wins 20-12.
*Old Dominion competed in the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Tournament earlier today.
Shorty Hitchcock Open Results
141- Jake Velarde*
Griffin Higgenbotham (FLWC) dec. Velarde 5-0 Velarde won over Dison Myers (Shippensburg) Fall 6:01 Velarde dec. Michael Waters (Penn State) 6-2 Joseph Rendina (Cornell) dec. Velarde 6-4
149- Kevin Johnson*
Steven Gallardo (Brown) dec. Johnson 3-2 Connor Sutton (Columbia) dec. Johnson 5-0
157- Austin Eads*
Eads won over Brian Ohl (Alderson-Broaddus Co.) Fall :29 Eads dec. Vic Del Monico (Stevens Institute of Tech.) 9-8 Louis Mascola (Maryland) dec. Eads 8-4 Eads won over Brennan McAllister (Bucknell) MD 12-0 Craemer Hedash (Army) dec. Eads 8-4
Marshall won over Mason Mele (VT) MD 12-2 Ronnie Garbinsky (Pittsburgh) dec. Marshall 2-0 Taylor Simaz (Cornell) dec. Marshall 6-2
184- Austin Coburn
William George (Cornell) won over Coburn SV-1 7-5 Mike Woulfe (Navy) dec. Coburn 4-2