Three Monarchs Punch Their Tickets to the NCAA's

March 09, 2013
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 9, 2013

BOSTON, Mass. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team competed in their final CAA Wrestling Championship throughout Saturday, March 9. Although Old Dominion was not eligible for the team title this year, the Monarchs' 10 wrestlers were eligible to compete for the 19 automatic NCAA berths.

Old Dominion sent a whopping nine out of 10 wrestlers to the semifinals in Boston, Mass. on Saturday night. Five Monarch wrestlers advanced to the finals, where Chris Mecate and Chris Mecate had a very tight quarterfinal match against Boston’s No. 28 Tyler Scotton. Mecate would prevail in the first tiebreaker, 2-1 and advance to the semifinals against Rider’s No. 30 Vinny Fava. Fava was not able to get on the board against Mecate, as Mecate cruised to a 6-0 victory.  In the championship match, Mecate had a showdown with Drexel’s No. 17 Frank Cimato. Cimato was just coming off an 11-10 win over Hoftsra’s No. 13 Luke Vaith. Vaith was a NCAA qualifier and the CAA champ at 141 pounds last year. Cimato also had difficulties scoring against Mecate. In the end, Mecate was too much (7-1) for the nationally ranked Cimato. With the win, Mecate scooped-up the first of the three allotted automatic bids to the NCAA’s. Mecate is now on an 11-match winning streak; his last loss came on Jan. 11 at the Virginia Duals.

No. 30 Chris Mecate dec. in TB-1 over Tyler Scotton (Boston) 2-1
Chris Mecate dec. Vinny Fava (Rider) 6-0
Chris Mecate dec. Frank Cimato (Drexel) 7-1 – Mecate Places 1st
Donnie Vinson TF Alexander Richardson 15-0 – Richardson Places 2nd
Ramon Santiago (Rider) dec. Brett Miller 8-2 – Miller Places 2nd
Billy Curling dec. Jermaine John (Hofstra) 6-3 – Curling Places 1st

The 19 automatic berth recipients will compete at the NCAAs on March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa. The remaining 40 NCAA at-large bids from across the country will be announced on March 13.

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