Old Dominion Wrestling Announces 2005-2006 Schedule

August 25, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports
Second-year head coach Steve Martin looks to toughen up the Old Dominion Wrestling schedule again this season as the Monarchs will travel across the country seeking out the nation's top competition. ODU will wrestle 11 of the nation's top 25 teams and compete in some of the toughest college tournaments throughout the year.

"Our schedule is designed so each individual starter will wrestle the majority of their matches against opponents ranked in the Top 25 in the United States," Martin said. "We have upgraded our schedule to prepare our guys for the NCAA Tournament."

The Monarchs season kicks off on Nov. 6 with the 2nd Annual ODU Fall Clinic from 8-2 PM. The second annual Blue-Silver Intrasquad match then follows the clinic at 2:30 PM.

The schedule includes four of the biggest and toughest tournaments to wrestle in the United States with the Missouri Open (Nov. 20), the Mat town Tournament in Lock Haven, PA (Nov. 26), the Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 2), and the Southern Scuffle (Dec. 29).

The Missouri Open will field competition from defending National Champion and preseason number 1 ranked Oklahoma State, including other Big 12 national powerhouses, no. 7 Oklahoma and no. 16 Missouri, and Big Ten powers such as no. 3 Illinois, no. 11 Wisconsin, and no. 17 Indiana.

Following their stint in the mid-west the blue and silver will head to Pennsylvania to compete with some of the country's elite programs like Penn State and Minnesota.

The Monarchs then travel to Las Vegas, NV to compete in the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational on Dec. 2-3. They will face opponents from defending national runner-up Michigan, defending Big 10 champion Illinois, 4th ranked Cornell, 6th ranked Nebraska, CAA returning conference champion and rival Hofstra, No. 11 Wisconsin, and other nationally competitive schools such as: Ohio State, Purdue, Edinboro, Cal Poly, Arizona State, and Pittsuburgh.

They will then finish out their tough tournament schedule with the Southern Scuffle, that has become the largest college tournament that is exclusive to Division I teams outside of the NCAA tournament.

"These tournaments are very competitive and will prepare us for the NCAA tournament at the end of the year." Martin said, "We will see many faces that we would not have seen with our former schedule. We want to know where we are before we get to the NCAA's."

The Monarchs will host four home matches, including first time ever December 17th match against University of Northern Iowa who was ranked as high as 12th last year by the NWCA/USA today Coaches Pool. The Panthers have three wrestlers ranked in the Intermat Preseason Ranking and are coached by Martin's former Iowa teammate Brad Perith, where they contributed to two NCAA team championships.

The Avalon Duals at Edinboro, PA on November 20th will put the Monarchs against Edinboro, Slippery Rock University, and the University of Maryland.

In January, they will travel across the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel to the Hampton Coliseum for the program's 19th appearance in the Virginia Duals. Some of the nation's top teams are in the field, including West Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Indiana.

February 3rd the Monarchs will hold their annual scholarship dual against University of Virginia at home and two days later on February 5th will host a match against UNC Greensboro as well as a free kids clinic from 10-11:30 AM for the ages of K-8. Then on February 16th they will have their final home match of the season against VMI in their annual alumni match. Old Dominion will then end its regular season with a road trip to Chapel Hill to take on Appalachian State and ACC champions UNC.

The Monarchs have a long and grueling season in front of them and with out a doubt the toughest in ODU history, but Martin and his staff feel that this is what is needed. "I am confident our student-athletes will be ready to perform when they look across the mat and see someone standing in a Big 10 or Big 12 uniform. We will make sure of that", Martin said.

2005-2006 Old Dominion Wrestling Schedule
Date	Day	Opponent	       Location	            Outcome/Time
11/05	Sat	Inter Squad Meet       Norfolk, VA	    TBA
11/12	Sat	Avalon Duals	       Edinboro, PA	    All Day
11/20	Sun	Missouri Open	       Colombia, MO	    All Day
11/26	Sat	Mat Town Tournament    Lock Haven, PA	    All Day
12/02	Fri	Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas, NV	    All Day
12/03	Sat	Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas, NV	    All Day
12/04	Sun	Penn State Open	       State College, PA    All Day
12/17	Sat	UNI	               Norfolk, VA	    2:00 PM
12/29	Thu	Southern Scuffle       Greensborough, NC    All Day
12/30	Fri	Southern Scuffle       Greensborough, NC    All Day
01/07	Sat	VA States	       Charlottesville, VA  All Day
01/13	Fri	VA Duals	       Hampton, VA	    All Day
01/14	Sat	VA Duals	       Hampton, VA	    All Day
01/20	Fri	CAA Duals	       Fairfax, VA	    TBA
01/21	Sat	CAA Duals	       Fairfax, VA	    TBA
02/03	Fri	UVA Duals              Norfolk, VA	    7:00 PM
02/05	Sun	UNC-G	               Norfolk, VA	    12:00 PM
02/11	Sat	GMU/Campbell	       Farifax, VA	    All Day
02/16	Thu	VMI Dual               Norfolk, VA	    7:00 PM
02/19	Sun	UNC/Appalachian State  Chapel Hill, NC	    All Day
03/03	Fri	CAA Championships      Drexel University    TBA
03/04	Sat	CAA Championships      Drexel University    TBA
03/16	Thu	NCAA Championships     Oklahoma City, OK    TBA
03/17	Fri	NCAA Championships     Oklahoma City, OK    TBA
03/18	Sat	NCAA Championships     Oklahoma City, OK    TBA

For a complete look at the 2005-2006 Old Dominion Wrestling schedule visit: http://odusports.collegesports.com/sports/m-wrestl/sched/oldd-m-wrestl-sched.html