ODU Wrestling Unveils 2009-10 Schedule
By ODU Athletics
Oct. 21, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion wrestling program released its 2009-10 schedule, head coach Steve Martin announced Wednesday. Each year ODU boasts one of the toughest slates in wrestling and the upcoming season will be no different.
"Our schedule this year is extremely challenging," said Martin. "We want to really test ourselves this season as we continue to build towards this years goal of being a Top-10 program and our ultimate goal of winning a NCAA title."
Of the top 25 teams ranked in the Division I Wrestling Report, No. 19 Old Dominion will compete against 22 in either head-to-head matchups or in multiple-team meets. The Monarchs will once again compete against many of the top teams in the best wrestling conferences in the nation.
"We're especially looking forward to wrestling the Big 10 and Big 12 teams because we use them as a measuring stick for our program," said Martin. "These matchups will season our squad for the NCAA Tournament at the Qwest Center in Omaha at the end of March."
Old Dominion will begin its season with an intersquad meet on Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Athletic Admin. Building. Preceding the Blue-Silver meet is a clinic, ran by Monarch assistant coach and Junior World Team Member Luke Smith.
ODU's regular season kicks off Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Hokie Open in Salem, Va. The Monarchs fared well last season at the Hokie Open with five placewinners and two weight-class champions.
The Monarchs first dual meet will come against preseason No. 13 Wisconsin in Madison. The matchup with the Badgers will get underway at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13.
Old Dominion will then compete in five consecutive meets outside of Virginia. The Monarchs will look to make a splash at the Kaufman/Brand Open (Nov. 21), NC State Open (Nov. 21), Las Vegas Invite (Dec. 4-5), Nittany Lion Open (Dec. 6) and Southern Scuffle (Dec. 29-30). Numerous Top-25 teams will be represented at each event.
Old Dominion's home-opener will come on January 3 at the ODU Quad. The Monarchs will welcome UNC Greensboro, Big 10 foe Purdue and CAA rival Rider.
The Virginia Duals are next on the slate, taking place in Hampton January 8-9. ODU placed fifth in an extremely competitive field last season.
On January 16th, the Monarchs will travel to Fairfax to compete in the CAA Duals before returning home for back-to-back battles with Bucknell (Jan. 24) and Central Michigan (Jan. 31.) Central Michigan is ranked No. 12 in the preseason polls.
A pair of huge in-state rivalries will follow in two of ODU's next three matches. The Monarchs will travel to nationally ranked Virginia (Feb. 6) and Virginia Tech (Feb. 18) with a matchup against NC State at home (Feb. 7) sandwiched in-between.
Old Dominion will close out the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 21, hosting American at 7 p.m.
The CAA Tournament will be held at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. this year. Teams will compete March 5-6.
The NCAA Tournament runs March 18-20 in Omaha, Neb. Last season, ODU qualified a school-record tying six wrestlers for NCAA's.
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY 2009-10 WRESTLING SCHEDULE
Nov. 1 Blue-Silver Intersquad Norfolk, Va. 5 p.m.
Nov. 8 Hokie Open Salem, Va. All Day
Nov. 13 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis. 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 Kaufman/Brand Open Omaha, Neb. All Day
Nov. 21 NC State Open Raleigh, N.C. All Day
Dec. 4-5 Las Vegas Invite Primm, Nev. All Day
Dec. 6 Nittany Lion Open State College, Pa. All Day
Dec. 29-30 Southern Scuffle Greensboro, N.C. All Day
Jan. 3 ODU Quad Norfolk, Va. 11, 1, 3
Jan. 8-9 Virginia Duals Hampton, Va. All Day
Jan. 16 CAA Duals Fairfax, Va. All Day
Jan. 24 Bucknell TBD TBD
Jan. 31 Central Michigan Norfolk, Va. 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 1 p.m.
Feb. 7 N.C. State Norfolk, Va. 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 at Virginia Tech Salem, Va. 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 21 American Norfolk, Va. 7:00 p.m.
March 5-6 CAA Tournament Lawrenceville, N.J. All Day
March 18-20 NCAA Tournament Omaha, Neb. All Day