No. 12 Wisconsin Tops No. 22 ODU, 21-19

November 13, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 13, 2009

MADISON, Wis. - The No. 22 Old Dominion wrestling team fell in a closely contested match, 21-19, to the 12th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers in both teams first official dual of the 2009-10 season at the UW Field House Friday evening.

The Monarchs led going into the final match of the night, but junior heavyweight Eric Bugenhagen topped ODU's Grant Chapman, 3-2, to seal the Badgers victory.

"We wrestled very hard against Wisconsin and gained a lot of respect against the No. 12 team in the country," said ODU head coach Steve Martin. "The match came down to 285-pounds and we came up on the short end of the stick on a very questionable call. The bottom line is, if you don't have close bouts, then you can control your own fate."

In the first match, No. 5 James Nicholson dominated senior Drew Hammen to give ODU the early advantage. Nicholson, who won his weight class at the Hokie Open last week, scored the first takedown at the 1:57 mark in the first period and continued to add to his lead from there. He won the bout 12-5.

At 133-pounds it was a battle of redshirt freshman as UW's Tyler Graff, ranked No. 10, battled ODU's Joshua Gillis. In an extremely high scoring match, Graff recorded 14 takedowns to win the matchup in a tech fall (28-13). Since Graff only scored takedowns, the Badgers garnered four team points to go up 4-3.

Redshirt freshman Craig Wilson would put ODU back on top with a major decision win (16-5) over Cole Schmitt at 141-pounds.

Wisconsin bounced back with three straight victories to go up 18-7. The Badgers won a decision at 149-pounds, recorded a pin at 157 and earned a tech fall at 165.

Senior NCAA qualifier Eric Decker stopped UW's momentum and got ODU going in the right direction with his 2-0 decision at 174-pounds. Decker scored on an escape in the second period and received points for riding time.

At 184-pounds, Joe Budi netted ODU's only pin of the match, taking down Jimmy Duffy. After a scoreless first period, the sophomore chose down, escaped and pinned Duffy at the 4:11 mark.

With the Monarchs trailing 18-16 overall, No. 10 Jesse Strawn and freshman Jackson Hein battled at 197-pounds. ODU's Strawn controlled the entire match and picked up the 6-0 decision to give Old Dominion a 19-18 lead going into the final bout.

After a scoreless first period in the heavyweight matchup, Bugenhagen picked up a point after escaping from starting down. Chapman evened it up with an escape in the third, but Bugenhagen recorded a takedown with just 24 seconds left and held on for the 3-2 win.

"The team that we put on the mat tonight is our team for the present moment," said Martin. "However several weight classes are up for grabs and we will see who wants to be the man!"

Old Dominion will next be in action on Saturday, Nov. 21, competing at two different events. The Monarchs will take part in both the Kaufman/Brand Open in Omaha, Neb. and in the NC State Open in Raleigh, N.C.

Final Results - #12 Wisconsin 21, #22 Old Dominion 19
125: #5 James Nicholson (ODU) dec. Drew Hammen (UW), 12-5
133: #10 Tyler Graff (UW) tech fall Joshua Gillis (ODU), 28-13, 6:56
141: Craig Wilson (ODU) maj. dec. Cole Schmitt (UW), 16-5
149: #2 Kyle Ruschell (UW) dec. Cam Watkins (ODU), 6-0
157: Greg Burke (UW) pin Dan Rivera (ODU), 2:35
165: #2 Andrew Howe (UW) tech fall Derek Gallagher (ODU)
174: Eric Decker (ODU) dec. Brendan Ard (UW), 2-0
184: Joe Budi (ODU) pin Jimmy Duffy (UW), 4:11
197: #10 Jesse Strawn (ODU) dec. Jackson Hein (UW), 6-0
Hwt.: Eric Bugenhagen (UW) dec. Grant Chapman (ODU), 3-2