Monarch Wrestling Travels to George Mason for CAA Duals Friday and Saturday

January 22, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 22, 2004

FAIRFAX, VA -The Old Dominion wrestling team will travel to the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA for the Colonial Athletic Association Duals Friday and Saturday. The CAA Duals will feature all 11 conference teams. The Monarchs last competed in the Virginia State Intercollegiate Meet last Sunday, finishing 4th out of 6 teams with 84.5 points. ODU holds a 1-2 duals record this season, including matches against nationally-ranked Edinboro and Purdue. The Monarchs are currently ranked 8th in the latest CAA poll with 14 points and have five ranked wrestlers, including #3 Adam Wright (Dayton, VA) in the 184 weight class and #2 Derrell Lorthridge (Wilmington, DE) in the Heavyweight class. Lorthridge, with a 19-7 record, is tied for seventh nationally in wins.

Also competing in the Duals are nationally-ranked Hofstra (7-4, 1-0 CAA) and Rider (6-3, 1-0), ranked 11th and 23rd respectively in the latest InteMat poll. Hofstra can boast nationally-ranked wrestlers in six different classes: Tom Noto at 125 (5th), Ricky LaForge at 133 (13th), Paul Simone at 157 (15th), Ralph Everett at 165 (5th), Noel Thompson at 174 (11th) and Chris Skretkowicz at 197 (5th). Rider has three nationally-ranked wrestlers in Don Fisch at 133 (16th), Nick Cantone at 184 (16th) and Carmelo Marrero at Heavyweight (17th). Hofstra, with 44 points, and Rider with 30 points are the top two ranked teams in the CAA.

Ranked 3rd is Drexel, with 28 points. The Dragons have a 4-7 overall record and a 2-1 CAA mark so far this season. Chris Jones, at 197, is ranked 8th nationally, to lead Drexel. Rob Rebmann at 125 (1st), Joe Cristaldi at 133 (3rd), Chris Renninger at 141 (4th), Mark Cartella at 149 (2nd), Nick Kozar at 174 (4th), Pat Shufelt at 184 (5th) and Jones at 197 (2nd) are all ranked in the CAA polls.

Boston University is ranked 4th in the CAA, with 27 points. With a 6-2 overall record and a 2-1 CAA record, Boston University can boast seven ranked conference wrestlers. Joey Rivera is 3rd at 141, Justin Blumenthal is 6th at 149, Zach Johns is 3rd at 157, Leighton Brady is 2nd at 165, Ben Schilens is 2nd at 174, John DaCruz is 4th at 197 and Courtney Howard is 3rd at Heavyweight. Brady is nationally-ranked in the InterMat poll, placing 18th in the 165 class.

Sacred Heart is the fifth ranked team with 23 points. They currently have a 4-3 overall record and a 2-1 conference mark. Mike Messina in the 133 weight class leads the team, with a 2nd place ranking. Nick Dalicanoro is ranked 5th at 141, Rob Belville is 2nd at 157, Sherwood Fendryk is 3rd at 165, Kevin Fox is 3rd at 174 and Payam Zarrinpour is ranked 4th in the Heavyweight class. The host school, George Mason, is the 6th ranked team in the CAA with 18 points. Rob Becker, ranked 10th nationally in the 141 weight class, is the top ranked CAA wrestler for the Patriots. Adrian Austin, ranked 18th at 149, is the top ranked CAA wrestler in that class. In addition, Aaron Suranofsky is ranked 3rd in the 125 class, Sean Early is 6th at 165 and Nick Webster is 6th at 174. George Mason last competed at the Virginia State Intercollegiate Meet, finishing 3rd with 90 points.

Binghamton is 7th with 16 points. Josh Ruff, ranked 2nd in the CAA in the 141 weight class, leads the team, who is currently 3-3 overall and 1-1 in CAA action. Beau Bruno is also ranked 4th in the 149 class, Rob Sckalor is 4th at 157, Ryan Hantzer is 4th at 165 and Derman Lewis is 5th at 197. Ranked 9th in the CAA is Campbell, with six points. Andy Bricker, ranked 4th in the CAA in the 125 weight class and Lantz Nixon, ranked 5th in the 184 class, lead the team, which is currently 0-6 and 0-1 in the CAA.

James Madison, with three points, is ranked 10th in the CAA, with an 0-6 overall record and an 0-2 CAA record. Todd Schroeder at 133, Justin Gronlie at 197 and Matt Coffey at Heavyweight, are all ranked sixth in the conference in their respective weight classes. The Dukes finished 5th at the Virginia State Intercollegiate Meet this past Sunday. Wagner College, with a 0-6-1 overall record and an 0-2 CAA mark, is ranked 11th in the conference with 0 points. Wagner also has no ranked wrestlers in the CAA.