Three ODU Wrestlers Named To VaSID All-State Wrestling Team

April 26, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 26, 2010

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Three members of the nationally-ranked Old Dominion wrestling team were named to the 2010 VaSID All-State teams. Senior All-American Chris Brown and junior James Nicholson were both named to the first team, while senior Jesse Strawn garnered second team accolades.

Eight different programs managed to be represented on this year's all-state wrestling teams, which is comprised of wrestlers from the Division I, Division III and NAIA ranks.

Virginia led all programs with three first-team all-state selections, followed closely behind by Virginia Tech and ODU, with a pair of first-team honorees apiece.

Behind Virginia and Virginia Tech was Old Dominion with three total all-state selections, while the Apprentice School and Liberty each had two grapplers honored. George Mason, Southern Virginia and VMI helped round out the 20-member all-state teams with single selections.

Brown ended his remarkable Old Dominion career as the Monarchs all-time wins leader. The Chesapeake native won 138 career matches to only 42 losses and went out with a bang at the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Although ranked nationally throughout the year, Brown entered NCAA's unseeded. In his first match Brown upset No. 4 seed Jonathan Reader of Iowa State which paved the way for an eight-place finish and All-American status. Brown also dominated in CAA action throughout his illustrious career, winning three conference titles at 165-pounds.

Nicholson, a 2008 All-American, compiled a sparkling 32-3 overall record this season and was the CAA Champion at 125-pounds for the third year in a row. He was ranked seventh nationally and was the #7 seed at the 2010 NCAA Championship, where he posted a 2-2 record.

Strawn finished his ODU career with a solid senior campaign in which he posted 33 wins and led the team with 13 pins. He was ranked throughout the year and won his first CAA crown at 197-pounds. The Holton, Kansas native was seeded 10th at NCAA's and picked up one win in the tournament.

2010 VaSID All-State Wrestling Team

VaSID All-State First Team 125 James Nicholson, Old Dominion 133 Marcus Chevres, Apprentice School 141 Chris Diaz, Virginia Tech 149 Brian Stephens, Virginia Tech 157 Peter Rose, Southern Virginia 165 Chris Brown, Old Dominion 174 Chris Henrich, Virginia 184 Mike Salopek, Virginia 197 Brent Jones, Virginia HWT Josh Wine, VMI

VaSID All-State Second Team 125 Jarrod Garnett, Virginia Tech 133 Matt Snyder, Virginia 141 Ty Holley, Apprentice School 149 Frankie Gayeski, Liberty 157 Jesse Dong, Virginia Tech 165 Chad Porter, Liberty 174 Mendbagana Tovuujav, George Mason 184 Tommy Spellman, Virginia Tech 197 Jesse Strawn, Old Dominion HWT Jack Danilkowicz, Virginia