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Senior Wrestler Leads Way at Annual Blue/Silver Intersquad

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 26, 2008
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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.

The other bouts were all very competitive, including an overtime match between Dan Rivera and Joey Metzler.

"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.

Finally, in the only 125 lb matchup, NCAA All-American James Nicholson dispatched Joshua Gillis with ease, posting an 18-7 major decision including the riding time advantage point.

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.

Final Results:
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

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