Wrestling Monarchs Go 3-0-1 At Eighth Annual CAA Duals
By ODU Athletics
Jan. 16, 2010
FAIRFAX, Va. - The Old Dominion wrestling team didn't lose a match at the CAA Duals for the second consecutive year, posting a 3-0-1 record at the George Mason Field House Saturday.
A year after breaking Hofstra's 63-match CAA winning streak, Old Dominion (7-3-1, 4-0-1) dominated the Pride this year, winning the dual 29-10. The Monarchs also topped Boston U. (35-7) and Drexel (32-10), while tying Binghamton (17-17).
Four Monarchs posted 4-0 records on the day including junior James Nicholson. The No. 3 ranked wrestler at 125-pounds breezed through his four matches, picking up a pair of falls and a technical fall.
Senior's Chris Brown, Eric Decker and Jesse Strawn were also perfect on the day. No. 14 Brown registered three major decision wins, No. 10 Strawn picked up a fall and a major decision and Decker had a fall and two major decisions.
After No. 19 Jonny Bonilla-Bowman gave Hofstra its first win at 157-pounds, the Monarchs quickly built an insurmountable lead with a Brown decision over P.J. Gillespie and a Decker fall over Jonathan Rothman.
After splitting the first two matches against Boston University, ODU rattled off six consecutive wins to cruise to the victory. The Monarchs also never trailed against Drexel, winning seven of the 10 bouts. Sophomore Joe Budi picked up wins against both the Terriers and the Dragons.
In the most dramatic matchup of the day, Old Dominion and Binghamton each won five bouts. Both squads were also docked team points for misconduct warnings, however ODU lost two points compared to BU's one.
James Nicholson and LaValle got ODU off to a hot start as Nicholson scored a technical fall over Dan Riggi and LaValle won a decision over Tyler Malmberg to put the Monarchs up 8-0.
Binghamton won the next three matches over a trio of ODU freshmen to take their first lead of the match (9-8). After a pair of major decisions from Brown at 165-pounds (14-3) and Decker at 174-pounds (11-3), the Monarchs looked to have a safe lead.
That quickly changed though as No. 16 Josh Patterson registered a pin over Budi just nine seconds into the first round. A Strawn decision (12-5) over Nate Schiedel would give ODU the lead going into the final bout, but freshman Grant Chapman fell to BU's Corey Waite, 7-3, to end the team scoring in a tie.
Old Dominion returns to the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Sunday, Jan. 24 to take on Bucknell. The match gets underway at 2 p.m.