Monarch Wrestling Set To Compete At Virginia Duals

January 07, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 7, 2010

HAMPTON, Va. - The Old Dominion University wrestling team is set to compete against a highly talented field that includes eight nationally ranked teams at the 30th Annual Virginia duals. The team event will run from Jan. 8-9, 2010 at the Hampton Coliseum.

The Monarchs (3-1), seeded eighth at the duals, will face Clarion in the opening round Friday at 9 a.m. The winner of the match will face the winner between No. 4 Oklahoma State and Liberty at 1 p.m. The Cowboys are the top-seed at the event.

Old Dominion is coming off a three-match sweep of Purdue, Rider and UNC Greensboro at the ODU Quad last Sunday. The Monarchs are ranked No. 25 in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll and No. 22 according to WIN Magazine.

Redshirt Junior James Nicholson, the current Colonial Athletic Association Wrestler of the Month, is ranked No. 3 by WIN, No. 4 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 7 by InterMat at 125-pounds.

Other nationally ranked Monarchs include seniors Chris Brown at 165 and Jesse Strawn at 197. Brown is ranked as high as No. 13 by D1 College Wrestling and Strawn checks in at No. 10 in Amateur Wrestling News rankings.

Clarion is led by fourth-year head coach Teaque Moore. The Golden Eagles dropped their only dual meet of the year to No. 13 Kent State, 24-15, on December 20.

Hadley Harrison is Clarion's lone ranked wrestler, checking in at No. 16 at 157-pounds. He placed seventh at Midlands with a 5-2 record.

Oklahoma State (2-0-1), which moved up to No. 4 in the latest NWCA/USA Today Poll, is under the guidance of legendary head coach John Smith, who is in his 19th season.

The Cowboys have picked up wins over No. 6 Minnesota (21-8) and No. 22 Arizona State (20-9), while tying No. 10 Oklahoma (16-16).

OSU features nine top-20 wrestlers, including No. 2 Jared Rosholt at heavyweight. Also ranked in weight class order are No. 9 Christ Notte at 125, No. 7 Jordan Oliver at 133, No. 4 Jamal Parks at 141, No. 14 Neil Erisman at 157, No. 13 Alex Meade at 165, No. 10 Mike Benefiel at 174, No. 9 Clayton Foster at 184 and No. 8 Alan Gelogaev at 197.

Other 9 a.m. matches including No. 13 Kent State facing Drexel and No. 15 Penn State battling Virginia Tech. At 11 a.m. No. 11 Lehigh matches up with Cal-Davis, No. 16 Edinboro takes on Ohio University, No. 23 Virginia wrestles Michigan and No. 10 Oklahoma faces Bucknell.

The Monarchs claimed fifth at last year's Virginia Duals behind three day-two wins. ODU topped nationally ranked Kent State in the fifth-place match.