Nicholson's Shine at Annual Blue/Silver Intersquad

November 01, 2009
By ODU Athletics

Nov. 1, 2009

NORFOLK, Va. - Brothers James and John Nicholson led the way with a pair of major decisions at the annual Blue/Silver Intersquad Sunday evening, kicking off the 2009-10 wrestling season.

Junior James Nicholson (Des Moines, Iowa), a two-time CAA Champion at 125-pounds, defeated freshman Eric Dunnet (Pine Hill, N.J.), 18-6. Dunnet had beaten redshirt freshman Joshua Gillis earlier in the evening, 3-0.

Freshman John Nicholson (Des Moines, Iowa) put together an impressive performance, topping redshirt freshman Louis Johnson, 22-8, at 149-pounds.

"Overall the team looked pretty good considering it's so early in the year," said Monarch head coach Steve Martin. "The kids wrestled hard and never backed down. The freshmen really pushed our seniors and that competition within our own team will only help us in the long run."

Another impressive performance came from sophomore Joseph Budi (Appleton, Wis.) at 184-pounds. Budi, who picked up a pair of victories at the CAA Tournament last year, topped freshman Billy Curling 7-2 and ended the bout with a 4:22 advantage in riding time.

Senior Kyle Hutter (Mokena, Ill.) also looked good at 133-pounds, topping one of ODU's top recruits, Justin LaValle. Hutter, a two-time NCAA qualifier, won the bout 8-2. Junior Dan Rivera (Winter Springs, Fla.) was the only other upperclassmen to pick up a win, upending redshirt junior Derek Gallagher, 4-2.

Redshirt freshmen Craig Wilson and Michael Chapman both won their matches, while true freshmen Victor Njomo, Chad Lowman and Joey Sheridan all won bouts.

The wrestling Monarchs will next compete at the Hokie Open on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Final Results:

Match 1 (125) Dunnet dec Gillis, 3-0

Match 2 (HWT) Njomo dec Burbank, 2-1

Match 3 (133) Hutter dec LaValle, 8-2

Match 4 (141) Wilson dec Brumley, 7-2

Match 5 (149) Jo. Nicholson maj dec Johnson, 22-8

Match 6 (149) Lowman dec Watkins, 4-0

Match 7 (157) Sheridan dec Brunke, 9-2

Match 8 (157) Rivera dec Gallagher, 4-2

Match 9 (184) Budi dec Curling, 7-2

Match 10 (125) Ja. Nicholson maj dec Dunnet, 18-6

Match 11 (HWT) Chapman dec Njomo, 4-0


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