ODU Wrestling Kicks Off 2007-08 Season With Wrestle-Offs Sunday

October 26, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 26, 2007

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion wrestling program will its annual Blue-Silver Intrasquad this Sunday at noon in the Athletic Administration Building gym, to kick off the 2007-08 season. The Monarchs are receiving votes in the USA Today/NWCA/Intermat Top 25 and are picked to finish second in the CAA after coming off a 12-7 season that saw ODU send three grapplers to the NCAA Tournament. The wrestle-offs are free for all and will begin promptly at noon.

Parking for the wrestle-offs is available in the 43rd Street garage and in the new Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center parking lot. For garage parking, take 43rd St. off of Hampton Blvd. and turn right onto Elkhorn. For parking in the tennis center lot, take 43rd St. off of Hampton Boulevard and turn right onto Parker Ave. leading to the lot.

The event is being held in the Athletic Administration Building directly behind the baseball field on the campus of Old Dominion. Prior to the wrestle-offs, ODU will hold a clinic in technique from 9-12. Registration is $30 and begins at 8:00 am.

Schedule of Wrestle-offs:
141 lbs: Ryan Williams vs. Cam Watkins

  • Williams: 2006 NCAA Qualifier; .711 career winning percentage; 53 career wins, 15 career pins
  • Watkins: 15-9 record as redshirt freshman, including win in only dual appearance; two-time Maryland state champion

125 lbs: James Nicholson vs. Billy Chamberlain

  • Nicholson: Alternate on FILA Junior World team; Junior Nationall All-American; Iowa state champion, 42-0 senior season
  • Chamberlain: University National All-American; Pennsylvania state champion; ranked fourth in the nation in high school

157 lbs: Dan Rivera vs. Tel Todd

  • Rivera: 2005 Cadet FILA All-American; recorded one pin in unattached wrestling in his redshirt season
  • Todd: Four-time Academic All-State in h.s.; Montana state champion; ranked as high as 8th in the nation in h.s.

174 lbs: Derek Coffey vs. Nick Pullano

  • Coffey: Started all 19 duals for ODU as a true freshman; 114 career victories in high school
  • Pullano: 2007 NCAA Qualifier; 14-bout winning streak last season; named CAA Wrestler of the Week once last season

184 lbs: Jesse Strawn vs. Scott Cust

  • Strawn: 2007 Junior World All-American; Went 8-3 against CAA opponents as a true freshman
  • Cust: Senior National All-American; ranked as high as 8th in h.s.; two-time Virginia AAA state champion

285 lbs: Roy Dragon III vs. Andy Totusek

  • Dragon: Won 148 bouts in high school with 111 pins; two-time NHSCA All-American
  • Totusek: Three-time state placewinner in Nebraska; state champion his senior year, completed career with a 132-31 record

165 lbs: Chris Brown vs. T.C. Pendleton

  • Brown: Led team in wins (35) and major decisions (13) last season; Placed in five tournaments and was 14-5 in duals; two-time Virginia AAA state champion in high school; Senior National All-American
  • Pendleton: Finished career with 148-12 record; Alabama state champion his senior year; two-time Alabama state finalist

133 lbs: Kyle Hutter vs. Justin Belanger

  • Hutter: Started 18 of 19 duals as a true freshman; went 8-2 in CAA duals; toppled nationally ranked Chad Sportelli (Kent State)
  • Belanger: Three-time Rhode Island state champion; four-time finalist; named Rhode Island Wrestler of the Year; tallied career 118-7 record

149 lbs: Joey Metzler vs. Buffy Okigbo

  • Metzler: Virginia state champion and three-time finalist in high school; wrestled nationally ranked Mike Grimes in only dual appearance as a true freshman
  • Okigbo: 40-2 senior season in high school; placed third at Virginia state championship