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Steve Martin Talks at the VA Duals Press Conference; Brackets are Released

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 08, 2013
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Jan. 8, 2013

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HAMPTON, Va. -
The No. 25 Old Dominion University wrestling team will be competing in the 33rd Annual Virginia Duals Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 11-12 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va.

The `dual team advancement' concept started in Hampton, Va. in 1981; and has since spread throughout the wrestling community. The Virginia Duals started with eight colleges and four high schools, but over the years it has grown to 24 colleges, 48 high schools and four middle school all-star teams.

The 2013 Virginia Duals consists of 6 tournaments and by the end of Saturday night, 122 dual meets consisting of 1660 bouts will have been completed in order to determine six championship teams and six Outstanding Wrestler Awards.

ODU has competed in the Virginia Duals 26 times; the most appearances out of any college. Last year, Old Dominion finished fourth which was the best finish is school history. Since 2007, ODU has four `top-5' finishes at the Virginia Duals.

The Monarchs will be competing in a 16-team tournament throughout Friday and Saturday. Besides Old Dominion, four other participating schools are currently nationally ranked. Central Michigan leads the way as the Chippewas come into the Virginia Duals ranked No. 9. Other nationally ranked teams include: No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Edinboro and No. 20 Virginia. Boise State will also be competing in the 2013 Virginia Duals, and they just received 33 votes in the latest USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.

The Virginia Duals committee ranks eight out of the 16 teams for the college tournament. This year, ODU received the sixth seed and will face The Citadel in their first match at 11 a.m. on Friday. Depending how that match turns out, the Monarchs will then face either No. 16 Edinboro OR Army at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

2013 Virginia Duals Seeded Teams:
#1 - Central Michigan
#2 - Virginia Tech
#3 - Edinboro
#4 - Virginia
#5 - Boise State
#6 - Old Dominion
#7 - Kent State
#8 - Arizona State

Other 2013 Virginia Dual Teams:
Rider
North Dakota State
Buffalo
Bucknell
Army
The Citadel
VMI
Binghamton

Most `Virginia Duals' Appearances by a college:
1. Old Dominion (26)
2. Apprentice School (22)
3. UNC (21)
4. UVA (19)
5. Edinboro (17)
5. Rider (17)

Tickets for the 2013 Virginia Duals can be purchased at the Hampton Coliseum:
-ALL-SESSION PASS: Adults: $36, Military: $30, Students: $24
-TWO-SESSION PASS: Adults: $25, Military: $21, Students: $18

Be sure to follow Old Dominion Wrestling on Twitter at twitter.com/ODUWrestling and find them on Facebook at facebook.com/OldDominionWrestling.

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