Senior Wrestler Leads Way at Annual Blue/Silver Intersquad
Oct. 26, 2008
NORFOLK, Va. -- Senior NCAA Qualifier Ryan Williams led the way with two wins at the annual Blue/Silver Intersquad to kick off the 2008-09 wrestling season. Williams grabbed a technical fall and a decision, piling up 25 match points on the day. Returning NCAA Qualifiers Kyle Hutter and Chris Brown also notched technical falls to open the year.
Williams tallied his 17-1 technical fall in just under five minutes over freshman Colin Zoski and he also put away freshman Craig Wilson with an 8-2 decision. Hutter disposed of his teammate, Brennan Brumley, with an 18-1 technical fall in the first period and Brown put up a team-high 22 points with a 22-6 technical fall over Derek Gallagher.
"I saw some good competition on the mat today," said head coach Steve Martin. "Especially with our mid-weight guys: Joey Metzler, Kaylen Baxter and Dan Rivera. I thought they wrestled really well today."
Metzler won the first match with Rivera in sudden victory with the first takedown of the bout. The two guys battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation and Metzler finally cashed in with a takedown near the edge for the win.
Returning starter Kaylen Baxter won a 3-2 decision over Rivera earlier and posted a win in the final match of the day against Metzler, 5-4.
Earlier, Brumley and Wilson wrestled in a tight match, with Wilson coming out on top 10-8. Both wrestlers had a solid match, tied in the third period, but Wilson worked hard for the final takedown.
In the upper weights, Derek Coffey bested Eric Decker with a 5-2 decision, Jacob Kahnke beat Michael Chapman 5-2, and returning starter Jesse Strawn won a 9-1 major decision over Kahnke. Joe Budi, named to the CAA Preseason All-Freshman team a week ago, won a 14-1 major decision over Chase Ennis in the 184 matchup.
ODU will now prepare to start the regular season as a ranked team for the first time in school history. The 19th ranked Monarchs will kick off the season with a pair of tournaments, the first of which is the Michigan State Open in two weeks. ODU's first home event of the season will be against #24 Northern Iowa at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on December 20. The scheduled start time is 2:00 pm.
Match 1 (141):
Williams tech fall Zoski, 17-1 (4:55)
Match 2 (141):
Wilson, C. dec Brumley, 10-8
Match 3 (157):
Baxter dec Rivera, 3-2
Match 4 (197):
Kahnke dec Chapman, 5-2
Match 5 (184):
Budi maj dec Ennis, 14-1
Match 6 (174):
Coffey dec Decker, 5-2
Match 7 (125):
Nicholson maj dec Gillis, 18-7
Match 8 (157):
Metzler dec Rivera, 3-1 (SV)
Match 9 (165):
Brown tech fall Gallagher, 22-6 (6:29)
Match 10 (133):
Hutter tech fall Brumley, 18-1 (2:35)
Match 11 (197):
Strawn maj dec Kahnke, 9-1
Match 12 (141):
Williams dec Wilson, C., 8-2
Match 13 (157):
Baxter dec Metzler, 5-4