Eighth Annual CAA Wrestling Duals Begin Saturday

January 15, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 15, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va. - Old Dominion is set to compete in the Eighth Annual Colonial Athletic Association Wrestling Duals at the George Mason Field House on Saturday, Jan. 16. The dual action, featuring all eight CAA wrestling programs, will begin at 10 a.m.

Each of the conference's wrestling teams, including Binghamton, Boston University, Drexel, George Mason, Hofstra, Old Dominion, Rider and Sacred Heart, will compete at the meet. The teams will wrestle each other on four mats, with the first round beginning at 10 a.m. and the last scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Each round of dual meets will begin roughly two hours after the last.

Old Dominion (4-3), which is ranked No. 22 according to WIN, is 1-0 in the CAA this year. The Monarchs bested Rider 19-15 on January 3 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

ODU has four nationally ranked wrestlers, including redshirt junior James Nicholson who is ranked No. 3 at 125-pounds. Nicholson is 19-1 this season and leads the team with five major decision and three technical falls.

At 197-pounds, Jesse Strawn is ranked No. 10 by Amateur Wrestling News. The senior leads the squad with nine pins and is tied for the team lead with 20 wins.

Classmate Chris Brown is ranked No. 14 at 165-pounds by both Intermat and Amateur Wrestling News. Brown has also posted 20 wins this season with only three losses.

Freshman John Nicholson made his first appearance in this year's rankings, placing No. 19 at 149-pounds according to WIN. Nicholson is also tied for the team lead with 20 wins on the year.

Admission to the event is $8 for adults and $4 for youth and senior citizens. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets to the event at a cost of $4 per ticket. Ticket sales will begin inside the Field House at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

At the 2009 CAA Duals, the Monarchs toppled three CAA opponents, including handing Hofstra its first ever CAA loss. It was the first time since the ECWA merged with the CAA in 2002 that the Pride suffered a conference dual loss. ODU halted Hofstra's overall undefeated streak at 63 straight conference wins.

The Monarchs posted a perfect 10-0 match against Binghamton, winning 46 to -1, and then bested Drexel with a 9-1 bout record, winning by a commanding 34-3 score. Then ODU faced Hofstra, edging the Pride 6-4 for a final score of 17-15.