James Nicholson Named CAA Wrestler of the Month For Second Consecutive Time

January 05, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 5, 2010

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Old Dominion University standout wrestler James Nicholson was named the Colonial Athletic Association Wrestler of the Month for December 2009, the CAA announced Tuesday.

Nicholson (Des Moines, Iowa), who was also the league's top wrestler in November, shared this month's honor with Drexel's Steve Mytech.

The redshirt junior is currently ranked No. 3 by WIN, No. 4 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 7 by InterMat at 125-pounds.

Nicholson has posted a record of 10-1 since November ended and finished third at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite. The 125-pound wrestler also competed in the NWCA All-Star Classic, which features the top wrestlers from across the country, and went a perfect 3-0 at the ODU quad.

In the last month, Nicholson has compiled two pins, two technical falls and a major decision in only 11 bouts. He also avenged his only loss of the season by topping Wyoming's Michael Martinez, who is ranked No. 10 nationally, 7-2 in the third-place bout at the Las Vegas Invite. Martinez had beaten Nicholson 6-4 in sudden victory earlier in the main draw.

Nicholson and the Monarchs will next be in action at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va. The two-day event will begin on January 8th at the Hampton Coliseum. The eighth-seeded Monarchs will face off against Clarion Friday at 9 a.m.