Monarchs Take Fourth at Virginia Duals After Falling to No. 22 Kent State and No. 23 Edinboro

January 14, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 14, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. - Despite rallying after early deficits in both of their duals on Saturday at the 32nd annual Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum, the Old Dominion University wrestling team was unable to pull out a victory as they fell to No. 22 Kent State in the semifinals, 21-16, and then to No. 23 Edinboro, 23-16, to place fourth.

Redshirt sophomore No. 30 John Nicholson (157), sophomore Tristan Warner (165) and senior No. 17 Te Edwards (174) all went a perfect 4-0 in the tournament as the Monarchs dominated the middleweight classes over the two-day event.

#22 Kent State 21, Old Dominion 16
Things do not start off well for ODU (7-5) as Jerome Robinson lost his first dual of the week, falling to No. 4 Nic Bedelyon, 4-0. Kent State (7-4) then pulled off an 8-5 win at 133 pounds when Stevie Mitcheff downed Scott Festejo, 8-5.

Unable to get on the winning side of things this weekend, No. 25 Justin LaValle was unable to get past a top-10 opponent in No. 9 Tyler Small at 141 pounds, 8-3. No. 14 Ian Miller then blistered Brennan Brumley at 149 pounds, 14-4, to put the Golden Flashes in a commanding 13-0 team lead.

The Monarchs would rally back beginning at 157pounds when Nicholson pulled off a hard fought upset of No. 16 Mallie Shuster, 3-1 to get ODU on the board. At 165, Warner continued his strong weekend with an 11-1 major decision over Ross Tice. Edwards scored the big win for the Monarchs when he pinned Brandonn Johnson at 174 pounds at the 1:17 mark to tie up the match.

Kent State would respond at 184 pounds when No. 23 Casey Newburg scored a late takedown in the third period to get the major decision win over Billy Curling, 11-3. Joe Budi kept the Monarchs in the dual with a slim 1-0 win over KSU's Ryan Buckner. Coming down to the heavyweight bout, No. 11 Brendan Barlow proved too much for Matt Tourdot in a 9-1 major decision victory and a team win for the Golden Flashes.

#22 Kent State 21, Old Dominion 16
125: No. 4 Nic Bedelyon (KSU) dec. Jerome Robinson (ODU), 4-0
133: Stevie Mitcheff (KSU) dec. Scott Festejo (ODU), 8-5
141: No. 9 Tyler Small (KSU) vs. No. 25 Justin LaValle (ODU), 8-3
149: No. 14 Ian Miller (KSU) major dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU), 14-4
157: No. 30 John Nicholson (ODU) dec. No. 16 Mallie Shuster (KSU), 3-1
165: Tristan Warner (ODU) major dec. Ross Tice (KSU), 11-1
174: No. 17 Te Edwards (ODU) fall Brandonn Johnson (KSU), 1:17
184: No. 23 Casey Newburg (KSU) major dec. Billy Curling (ODU), 11-3
197: Joe Budi (ODU) dec. Ryan Buckner (KSU), 1-0
285: No. 11 Brendan Barlow (KSU) major dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU), 9-1

#23 Edinboro 23, Old Dominion 16
In the nightcap, Robinson started the Monarchs (7-6) off on the right foot as he won at 125 over Kory Mines, 4-3, in a thriller as the redshirt freshman went 3-1 in the tournament. Bumping up a weight class and seeing his first action of the tournament, redshirt sophomore Eric Dunnet was no match for the Most Outstanding Wreslter of the Virginia Duals in A.J. Schopp, who lost via tech fall, 16-0.

A 7-4 win by Mitchell Port at 141 pounds over LaValle continued the momentum for the Scots (5-2) while Brumley challenged No. 8 Dave Habat at 149 pounds but eventually fell, 4-2. Once again, the tide would turn at 157 pounds as Nicholson earned an 11-2 major decision over Casey Fuller.

At 165 pounds, Warner then pinned his third opponent of the weekend when he took down Jesse Swink at the 3:26 mark to put ODU out in front. Edwards then added to the team lead when he downed Chris Hrunka, 11-5, at 174 pounds to make it 16-11 for the Monarchs.

Edinboro responded after that to win the remaining three matches beginning at 184 pounds when Vic Avery squeaked out a 4-2 win over Curling. Attempting to hold his own against second ranked and undefeated Chris Honeycutt at 197, Budi eventually fell, 12-8, as the Scots recaptured the team lead. Edinboro would put it away at heavyweight when Ernest James pinned Matt Tourdot at the 1:04 mark.

#23 Edinboro 23, Old Dominion 16
125: Jerome Robinson (ODU) dec. Kory Mines (EDIN), 4-3
133: No. 6 A.J. Schopp (EDIN) tech fall Eric Dunnet (ODU), 16-0
141: Mitchell Port (EDIN) dec. No. 25 Justin LaValle (ODU), 7-4
149: No. 8 Dave Habat (EDIN) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU), 4-2
157: No. 30 John Nicholson (ODU) major dec. Casey Fuller (EDIN), 11-2
165: Tristan Warner (ODU) fall Jesse Swink (EDIN), 3:26
174: No. 17 Te Edwards (ODU) dec. Chris Hrunka (EDIN), 11-5
184: Vic Avery (EDIN) dec. Billy Curling (ODU), 4-2
197: No. 2 Chris Honeycutt (EDIN) dec. Joe Budi (ODU), 12-8
285: Ernest James (EDIN) fall Matt Tourdot (ODU), 1:04