ODU Falls at No. 16 Rutgers, 20-13

December 02, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 2, 2011

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team saw five lead changes and two ties on Friday evening in front of 1,093 fans at the RAC but was unable to secure a win as No. 16 Rutgers prevailed, 20-13.

Matt Tourdot, Justin LaValle, John Nicholson and Billy Curling all secured wins for ODU on Friday. Four other Monarchs were defeated by just a single point, two of which came against top-10 opponents, as Old Dominion narrowly missed out on upsetting their second consecutive top-20 opponent.

Leading things off for the Monarchs at heavyweight, redshirt freshman Matt Tourdot erased an early 5-0 deficit and came back to defeat the Scarlet Knights’ Daniel Hopkins, 8-7, to put ODU in front early.

Old Dominion (4-2) then dropped six of the next eight decisions to Rutgers (3-1), four of which came by just a single point. At 125 pounds, RU’s Vincent Dellefave held off redshirt sophomore Eric Dunnet, 5-4. Sophomore Scott Festejo then dropped a tough decision, 3-2, in overtime at 133 pounds to Rutgers’ Michael DeMarco.

At 141 pounds, redshirt sophomore Justin LaValle stunned No. 16 Billy Ashnault of Rutgers with a 4-1 victory to pull the Monarchs even with the Scarlet Knights. Redshirt junior Brennan Brumley was then able to push No. 4 Mario Mason to the brink, but the Scarlet Knights’ top-ranked wrestler was able to hold on for a narrow 3-2 margin heading into intermission to give Rutgers the 9-6 team lead.

Coming out of intermission at 157 pounds, redshirt sophomore No. 15 John Nicholson dominated Rutgers’ Anthony Volpe with a 15-6 major decision to put the Monarchs back in front. In another close dual, No. 6 Scott Winston for Rutgers was able to fend off ODU’s Tristan Warner at 165 pounds, 5-4, for the victory and to put the Scarlet Knights ahead.

In a top-25 battle and what was expected to be the top match of the evening at 174 pounds, No. 16 Gregory Zannetti of Rutgers was able to blitz a banged up No. 7 Te Edwards for a tech fall win, 27-12, at the 5:42 mark. Redshirt sophomore Billy Curling would secure a 5-1 win at 184 pounds over RU’s Dab Seidenberg to cut into the team lead to 17-13 but the Scarlet Knights’ Daniel Rinaldi was able to fend off senior Joe Budi in the final match at 197 pounds, 9-4, to preserve the win for Rutgers.

Rutgers 20, Old Dominion 13
HWT - Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec. Daniel Hopkins (RU), 8-7
125 – Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Eric Dunnet (ODU), 5-4
133 – Michael DeMarco (RU) dec. Scott Festejo (ODU), 3-2 SV1
141 - No. 31 Justin LaValle (ODU) dec. No. 16 Billy Ashnault (RU), 4-1
149 – No. 4 Mario Mason (RU) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU), 3-2
157 - No. 15 John Nicholson (ODU) maj. dec. Anthony Volpe (RU), 15-6
165 – No. 6 Scott Winston (RU) dec. Tristan Warner (ODU), 5-4
174 – No. 16 Gregory Zannetti (RU) tech fall No. 7 Te Edwards (ODU), 27-12 (5:42)
184 – Billy Curling (ODU) dec. Daniel Seidenberg (RU), 5-1
197 - Daniel Rinaldi (RU) dec. No. 32 Joe Budi (ODU), 9-4

The Monarchs return to action on Saturday at Princeton at 3 p.m. and then open CAA action later that day at Rider at 7 p.m.