ODU Looks Impressive at Kaufman/Brand Open
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.
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.