ODU Looks Impressive at Kaufman/Brand Open

November 21, 2009
By ODU Athletics

Nov. 21, 2009

OMAHA, Neb. - The Old Dominion wrestling team posted impressive results Saturday evening by winning numerous weight classes at the Kaufman/Brand Open in Omaha, Neb.

Joe Budi and Jesse Strawn each placed for the Monarchs in the elite division. In the Amateur Division, six different Monarchs placed and John Nicholson won his weight class.

Budi, ranked No. 16 by Intermat, picked up two wins at 184-pounds to garner a fourth-place finish and No. 8 Strawn claimed third-place at 197-pounds with a 4-1 record.

John Nicholson once again looked impressive, winning the 149-pound amateur division. The freshman recorded a pair of falls and a major decision en route to the semifinals where he matched up with second-seeded Trent Weatherman of Iowa State. After pulling off a narrow 3-1 decision over Weatherman, Nicholson completed his stellar day by knocking off Destin McCauley, 4-2, in the championship bout.

Chad Lowman also placed at 149-pounds, earning a sixth-place finish.

Eric Dunnet and Joey Sheridan each picked up second in their weight classes. Dunnet won four consecutive close decisions before falling to top-seeded Joe Colon in the finals at 125-pounds. At 157-pounds, Sheridan had a pin and three decisions to reach the championship round where he fell to second-seeded Chase Nelson, 7-2.

Justin La Valle picked up major decisions in his first two bouts, before falling to Iowa's Nick Trizzino. The freshman battled back though, winning four consecutive matches, including a rematch with Trizzino in the third-place bout.

Grant Chapman rounded out ODU's placewinners by taking home fourth in the heavyweights. Chapman went 6-2 overall in the tournament.

To compete in the elite division the athlete must have engaged in a minimum of two years of intercollegiate competition or have participated in a minimum of five open events since Nov. 1, 2007.

A handful of Old Dominion wrestlers also competed at the N.C. State Open, highlighted by Dan Rivera's second place finish at 157-pounds.

After receiving a bye, Rivera won three consecutive decisions to reach the finals. In the semifinals, he beat Virginia Tech's Hayden Countryman, 3-2. Rivera then fell to UTC's Joey Knox in a narrow 3-1 decision to finish in second.

The Monarchs will next be in action on November 28 when they compete at the Mat Town Open in Lock Haven, Pa.


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