Old Dominion Earns Highest Ranking Ever in Preseason Poll
By ODU Athletics
Sept. 17, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University wrestling team achieved its highest ever preseason ranking as the Monarchs enter the 2009 Division I polls No. 19. The poll, released by D1Wrestling.net, also ranks five Monarchs in their individual weight classes.
"Our coaching staff is very excited to start the upcoming season as we have a talented group of veterans coming back, including an all-american and five national qualifiers," said head coach Steve Martin. "We reached another milestone last year with Ryan Williams becoming the first national finalist under the current coaching staff. Our goal this year is to crack into the Top 10 at the national tournament."
Five ODU wrestlers are listed in the individual rankings, highlighted by James Nicholson, who is ranked No. 7 in the 125-pound weight class. Nicholson went a remarkable 36-4 last season and captured the CAA Tournament title in his class.
Jesse Strawn and Chris Brown were both ranked in the Top 15. Strawn is 11th in the 197-pound weight class after going 36-13 last season and Brown placed 12th after winning the CAA Tournament at 165-pounds in 2009.
D1CollegeWrestling.net Preseason Rankings
1. Iowa 2. Iowa State 3. Ohio State 4. Cornell 5. Boise State 6. Maryland 7. Oklahoma State 8. Minnesota 9. Nebraska 10. Edinboro 11. Missouri 12. Central Michigan 13. Wisconsin 14. Oklahoma 15. Indiana 16. Illinois 17. Lehigh 18. Penn State 19. Old Dominion 20. Virginia 21. Virginia Tech 22. Kent State 23. Hofstra 24. Michigan 25. Penn