Wrestling Monarchs Upended At No. 14 Virginia Tech

February 18, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 18, 2010

SALEM, Va. - In a battle of Top 25 opponents No. 14 Virginia Tech was able to get the best of No. 24 Old Dominion, 29-12, Thursday evening at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem, Va.

The loss drops ODU to 10-5-1 on the year, while the Hokies improve to 17-5. The match was the regular season finale for both squads.

The dual started at 141-pounds and Virginia Tech was able to race out to a 14-0 lead after winning the first three bouts. No. 13 Chris Brown and senior Eric Decker got the Monarchs on the board after each picking up decisions at 165 and 174-pounds.

After ODU's Joe Budi dropped a 4-2 decision to Tech's No. 18 Tommy Spellman, the Hokies would then forfeit at 197-pounds which brought the Monarchs to within just five team points (17-12).

In the most pivotal bout of the match, Tech's Chris Penny narrowly edged ODU freshman Grant Chapman, 4-3.

Trialing 20-12, ODU took a forfeit at 125-pounds and Tech's Brock LiVorio topped Justin LaValle to wrap up the competition.

ODU next competes at the CAA Championships on March 5 in Lawrenceville, N.J.

#14 Virginia Tech 29 vs. #24 Old Dominion 12

125 lbs.: #14 Jarrod Garnett (VT) wins by forfeit 133 lbs.: Brock LiVorio (VT) dec. Justin LaValle, 5-3 141 lbs.: #10 Chris Diaz (VT) maj. dec. Craig Wilson, 17-5 149 lbs.: Brian Stephens (VT) fall Brennan Brumley, 3:35 157 lbs.: #5 Jesse Dong (VT) maj. dec. Cam Watkins, 15-4 165 lbs.: #13 Chris Brown (ODU) dec. Matt Epperly, 7-6 174 lbs.: Eric Decker (ODU) dec. Taylor Knapp, 5-0 184 lbs.: #18 Tommy Spellman (VT) dec. Joe Budi, 4-2 197 lbs.: #19 Jesse Strawn (ODU) wins by forfeit 285 lbs.: Chris Penny (VT) dec. Grant Chapman, 4-3