ALL-AMERICAN: Nicholson Defeats Bedelyon to Earn All-American Honors

March 18, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 18, 2011

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - James Nicholson became Old Dominion's first two-time All-American in 29 years with a 5-3 decision over Kent State's Nicholas Bedelyon. Buddy Lee was an All-American for ODU in 1980 and 1982 at 134 pounds. Nicholson lost to Stanford's Ryan Mango in the late match and will wrestle Oklahoma's Jarrod Patterson tomorrow morning for seventh place.

Nicholson was able to takedown Bedelyon with a two leg side takedown in the first period, Bedelyon escaped to cut the lead to 2-1. Bedelyon escaped to open the second but Nicholson locked onto both legs again for the takedown, Bedelyon escaped as Nicholson took a 4-3 lead into the third. Nicholson escaped to open the period and staved off a takedown for the 5-3 decision.

Nicholson secured All-American honors with the win over Bedelyon and faced Mango next. The Stanford sophomore got a takedown with 15 seconds left in the first, but Nicholson escaped to make it 2-1. Nicholson escaped to start the second but Mango got a takedown and two-point nearfall to take a 6-2 lead. Nicholson escaped that and got a takedown with eight seconds left in the third, allowed Mango to escape but it was to late as he fell 7-5.

Nicholson started the day strong against No. 10 Alan Waters of Missouri, getting two first period takedowns. Waters was able to secure a takedown in the second period, but Nicholson escaped and opened the third period with a takedown and scored the riding time point for the 8-3 win.

Nicholson wrestled Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech for the third time this year, and for the third time beat the Hokie. The two were scoreless after the first period and Nicholson held down Garnett the entire second period. Nicholson started the third on the bottom and scored a quick reversal and two-point nearfall. Garnett was able to grab a reversal but Nicholson got a quick escape. Garnett fought back with a takedown but Nicholson escaped, hit another takedown followed by a nearfall for the 10-4 victory.

With three wins on the day, Nicholson is now tied with Chris Brown as ODU's all-time career wins leader with 138.

Hutter also started strong in his 8-4 triumph over Missouri's Nathan McCormick. Hutter got a quick takedown and turned McCormick for a three-point nearfall to take a 5-0 lead. McCormick escaped, but Hutter started the second period with an escape to take a 6-1 lead. McCormick was able to get a takedown in the third but Hutter escaped and secured the riding time point for the 8-4 victory.

Hutter and Peterkin went scoreless in the first and Peterkin held down Hutter the whole second period. With just five seconds left in the period Hutter shot in and grabbed a takedown to send the match into overtime. In the extra session, Hutter missed a takedown and Peterkin soon followed with a takedown to take the 4-2 win.

Hutter finishes his ODU career with a 113-53 record which ranks him ninth on the school's all-time win's list.

March 18, 2011
Wrestleback Second Round
125 - No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU) dec. No. 10 Alan Waters (Mizz) 8-3
133 - No. 12 Kyle Hutter (ODU) dec. Nathan McCormick (Mizz) 8-4

Wrestleback Third Round
125 - No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU) dec. No. 14 Jarrod Garnett (VT) 10-4
133 - No. 10 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) SV No. 12 Kyle Hutter (ODU) 4-2

Wrestleback Fourth Round
125 - No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU) dec. Nicholas Bedelyon (Kent State) 5-3

Wrestleback Fifth Round
125 - No. 7 Ryan Mango (Stan) dec. No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU) 7-5

March 17, 2011
First Round
125 - No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU) Fall Tyler Iwamura (CSUB) 3:49
133 - No. 12 Kyle Hutter (ODU) SV No. 19 Zac Stevens (Michigan) 3-1
149 - No. 3 Kevin LeValley (BUCK) MD Joey Metzler (ODU) 10-2

Second Round
125 - No. 13 Ben Kjar (UVSU) dec. No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU) 2-1
133 - No. 5 Lou Rugirello (HU) dec. No. 12 Kyle Hutter (ODU) 5-1

Wrestleback First Round
149 - No. 19 Cole Dallaserra (Wyoming) Fall Joey Metzler (ODU) 1:55