Monarch Wrestling Finishes 10th in Beast of the East Tournament

December 19, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 19, 2003

NEWARK, DE -Adam Wright (Dayton, VA) took second place in the 184 weight class and Derrell Lorthridge (Wilmington, DE) finished third at heavyweight Friday, as the Old Dominion wrestling team finished 10th out of 20 teams at the 11th annual Beast of the East wrestling tournament in Newark, DE. Pittsburgh won the tournament with 126 ˝ points and Kent State of the Mid-American Conference was second with 107.

Wright dropped a 3-1 decision to Rider's Nick Catone, the CAA's top-ranked 184-pounder, in the finals. Wright defeated North Carolina's Mark Canty 4-2 in the semifinals, avenging last week's semifinal loss at the Carolina Rubbermaid Open. He improved his season record to 13-2. It was a homecoming of sorts for Delaware native Lorthridge, but there was no home mat advantage as he fell to ninth-ranked and eventual tournament champion Carmelo Marerro of Rider 3-1 in overtime. Lorthridge got in deep on several shots, but Marerro's defense kept the match tied. Marerro got behind Lorthirdge in the waning seconds of overtime to earn the victory. Lorthridge beat Ryan Adams of North Carolina 7-6 to advance to the third place bout, where he beat Pittsburgh's Travis Shirley 3-2. Adams beat Lorthridge twice the previous weekend in Chapel Hill, both in overtime. Lorthridge is now 12-4 on the season.

John Adams (Chesapeake, Va./Deep Creek) had the busiest day of any Monarch competitor, wrestling six matches. Adams dropped his first bout, losing by fall in the second period after leading 5-0. Adams stormed back, winning four straight bouts, including a fall over Drexel's Steve Beard in 1:34. Jesse Pearce (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) fell to fourth-seeded Paul Bjorlo of Virginia 5-3 in the quarterfinals and was eliminated by Rider's Dave Miller 6-4. Robby Gosnell (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) offset a first round loss to win two matches before being eliminated by Ohio's Vinny DiGiovanni at 165. Jason Earnhardt (Yorktown, Va./Tabb), Dennis Whitby (Lanoke Harbor, N.J./Lacey), Brian Roznowski (Yorktown, Va./York), Matt Ulrey (Converse, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary's), and John Dolida (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater) each won matches in the second-year event that precedes the top rated high school tournament in the country.

The Monarchs are off for a holiday break before returning to action December 27-28 at the UNC-Greensboro Southern Scruffle in Greensboro, North Carolina. Full results are available at

Team scores:
1. Pittsburgh 126.5
2. Kent State 107
3. Rider 97
4. Northwestern 80
5. Buffalo 70
6. Bloomsburg 69
7. Ohio 67.5
8. North Carolina 61.5
   East Stroudsburg 59.5
10. Old Dominion 51.5 
11. Duke 48.5
12. Appalachian State 43.5
13. Virginia 42.5
14. George Mason 42
15. Binghamton 38.5
16. Drexel 26
17. Princeton 20
18. Wagner 7.5
19. Delaware State 2.5
20. Delaware 0.5

Old Dominion Results: 133Tyshawn Scarlet (Pittsburgh) maj. dec. Mike Davis (Old Dominion) 15-6 Donnie Fisch (Rider) pin Billy Hayduk (Old Dominion) 5:24 Dan Quintela (Northwestern) pin Billy Hayduk (Old Dominion) 1:34 Brian Kirshbaum (Princeton) dec. Mike Davis (Old Dominion) 5-1

141 Jason Earnhardt (Old Dominion) pin Walter Robeson (Delaware State) 1:56 Josh Ruff (Binghamton) tech fall Jason Earnhardt (Old Dominion) 16-0 Jimmy Kim (Northwestern) dec. Jason Earnhardt (Old Dominion) 10-5

149 Labe Black (Rider) pin Dennis Whitby (Old Dominion) 4:35 Jason Jones (Appalachian State) maj. dec. Brian Roznowski (Old Dominion) 15-5 Dennis Whitby (Old Dominion) pin Nick Lotz (Wagner College) :48 Pat Lloyd (Buffalo) dec. Dennis Whitby (Old Dominion) 4-3 Brian Roznowski (Old Dominion) dec. Brian Baglio (North Carolina) 5-3 Brian Roznowski (Old Dominion) dec. Grant Grey (Delaware State) 7-3 Matt Kocher (Pittsburgh) pin Brian Roznowski (Old Dominion) 1:04

157 Jesse Pearce (Old Dominion) pin Tim Allen (Pittsburgh) 3:40 Jesse Pearce (Old Dominion) maj. dec. Justin Hoch (Binghamton) 17-5 Paul Bjorlo (Virginia) dec. Jesse Pearce (Old Dominion) 5-3 Jesse Pearce (Old Dominion) dec. Jason McGee (Kent State) 7-5 Dave Miller (Rider) dec. Jesse Pearce (Old Dominion) 6-4

165Jason Giandomenico (East Stroudsburg) pin John Adams (Old Dominion) 4:47 Keith Smith (East Stroudsburg) dec. Robby Gosnell (Old Dominion) 6-3 John Adams (Old Dominion) dec. Nolan Walther (Northwestern) 8-2 Robby Gosnell (Old Dominion) dec. Jon Kokinda (Bloomsburg) 9-3 John Adams (Old Dominion) pin Matt Deniclo (Princeton) 3:55 Robby Gosnell (Old Dominion) maj. dec. Jason Giandomenico (East Stroudsburg) 13-2 John Adams (Old Dominion) dec. Nick Brenner (Kent State) 5-3 Vinny DiGiovanni (Ohio) dec. Robby Gosnell (Old Dominion) 5-4 John Adams (Old Dominion) pin Steve Beard (Drexel) 1:24 Ryan Garner (Bloomsburg) pin John Adams (Old Dominion) :30.

174 Dominic Buckman (Appalachian State) pin Matt Ulrey (Old Dominion) 2:48 Matt Ulrey (Old Dominion) dec. Joe Maroney (Rider) 9-2 Nick Webster (George Mason) dec. Matt Ulrey (Old Dominion) 6-4

184 Adam Wright (Old Dominion) dec. Ian Roncoroni (Princeton) 5-2 Brandon Milhako (Bloomsburg) pin Rob Valentine (Old Dominion) 6:40 Adam Wright (Old Dominion) tech fall Howard Sherrell (Buffalo) 16-0 Mike Croyle (Pittsburgh) dec. Rob Valentine (Old Dominion) 5-1 Adam Wright (Old Dominion) maj. dec. Aaron Barnette (Appalachian State) 8-0 SEMIFINAL Adam Wright (Old Dominion) dec. Mark Canty (North Carolina) 4-2 FINAL Nick Catone (Rider) dec. Adam Wright (Old Dominion) 3-1

197 Joel Weimer (Ohio) tech fall John Dolida (Old Dominion) 16-0 John Dolida (Old Dominion) pin Chris Toukonen (Appalachian State) 1:41 Chad Hoare (Bloomsburg) dec. John Dolida (Old Dominion) 7-3

285 Derrell Lorthridge (Old Dominion) inj. def. Chris Cowen (Drexel) Derrell Lorthridge (Old Dominion) dec. Ben Connell (North Carolina) 5-3 SEMIFINAL Carmelo Marrero (Rider) dec. Derrell Lorthridge (Old Dominion) 3-1, OT CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL Derrell Lorthridge (Old Dominion) dec. Ryan Adams (North Carolina) 7-6. 3RD PLACE Derrell Lorthridge (Old Dominion) dec. Travis Shirley (Pittsburgh) 3-2.