Six Wrestlers Place at Nittany Lion Open
Dec. 2, 2012
Norfolk, Va. –Six wrestlers for Old Dominion University placed at the Nittany Lion Open today. Two of these six wrestlers wrestled unattached for the Monarchs.
“We had a good overall performance at the Penn State Open with 6 placers,” head coach Steve Martin said. “We faced tough competition against some of the toughest teams on the east coast. Billy Curling continues to improve as he took the number 11 wrestler down to the wire. We had to rest some of our team due to the grind of our schedule. We are very young, so each competition allows us to evaluate our wrestlers. It also showed us who can handle the intensity of high level competition. We look forward to competing in the Cleveland State Open in two weeks!”
Redshirt junior Billy Curling took fourth in the 174 pound tournament after going 3-2 (one major decision) on the weekend. Curling lost to No. 11 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) 4-2 for a chance to go to the championship match. In the third place match, Curling lost to Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (The Citadel) 6-0. Luvsandorj was the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year in 2011 as well as a NCAA qualifier.
Rob Deutsch placed fifth in the 125 pound tournament after going 5-1 (one major decision) on the weekend. In Deutsch’s second match, he defeated No. 29 Joe Langel (Rutgers) 7-5. Langel is a two-time NCAA qualifier (2011-12). In Deutsch's first wrestle-back match, he pinned Max Soria (Buffalo) at the 1:18 mark. Last year, Soria was was national qualifier. Deutsch defeated Langel again in the fifth place match 7-2.
Redshirt freshman Chris Mecate also took fifth place in the 141 pound tournament as he 6-1 on the weekend. In the fifth place match, Mecate cruised to an 11-6 victory over Tyler Hunt (NC State). Mecate pinned two opponents and won another match by a major decision. This fifth place finish in the loaded 141 bracket means that Mecate finished ahead of No. 30 Andrew Schutt (Buffalo), No. 20 Daniel Neff (Lock Haven) and No. 19 Bryan Pearsall (Penn State).
Matt Tourdot placed sixth in the heavyweight tournament after going 4-2 this weekend. Tourdot won his first two matches before losing to eventual champion Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) 9-4. Last year, Gwiazdowski placed 7th at the NCAA's and was an All-American as a freshman. In Tourdot’s second wrestle-back match, he defeated No. 33 Billy Smith (Rutgers) 5-2. In the fifth place match, Tourdot lost a tough match to Douglas Vollaro (Lehigh) 5-4.
Kevin Beazley (unattached) ended up going 4-2 today and placing sixth in the 197 pound tournament. After winnning his first two matches, Beazley ran into Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) and lost a tough match 5-1. McIntosh placed fifth in the Big 10 Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championship last year. In the fifth place match, Beazley lost to Maximilian Wessell of Lehigh.
Jack Dechow (unattached) placed seventh in the 184 pound tournament after dropping his first match to No. 22 Alex Utley (UNC) 9-0. Dechow then reeled off four straight victories (one being a pin) before losing 9-6 to Utley for a chance to wrestle for fifth place. In the seventh place match, Dechow beat Brandon Griffin (Lehigh) 10-3.
Alexander Richardson went 3-1 before removing himself (medical) from the 149 pound tournament. In Richardson’s first match, he beat Blake Roulo (Buffalo) 5-4.
How other Monarch wrestlers fared at the Nittany Lion Open:
Buddy Scarborough (125): 1-2 (1 MD)
Michael Hayes (133-unattached): 2-2 (1 pin & 1 MD)
Brennan Brumley (149): 3-2 (3 pins)
Pete Baldwin (149): 2-2 (2 pins)
Josh Clark (149): 0-1
Jacob Kingett (149-unattached): 0-1
Adrin Taylor (165): 0-1
Rodin Ndandula (165): 0-1
Marcus Johnson (165): 0-1
Austin Coburn (184): 1-2
Jacob Henderson (197): 2-2
Danny Davis (HWT): 1-2 (1 pin)
Lucas Ryan (HWT): 1-2
(Jerome Robinson, Scott Festejo, Justin LaValle and John Nicholson did not compete in today's action)
Old Dominion will return to action on Dec. 15 when they will be competing in the Cleveland State Open in Cleveland, Ohio. Open in Cleveland, Ohio. ODU’s next dual meet will be at home against American on Dec. 21 at 5 pm.