#19 Wrestling Monarchs Place Five at MSU Open
Nov. 9, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The 19th ranked ODU wrestling Monarchs placed five grapplers at the Michigan State Open today, including a win of the 141 lb weight class by senior Ryan Williams. Williams posted his 100th career win during his run at the MSU Open and moved into 6th all-time in career wins. Juniors Kyle Hutter (133) and Chris Brown (165) finished second, while rookie Joe Budi (184) was the runner-up in the freshman/sophomore bracket.
Williams, the 14th ranked 141-pounder in the nation, posted a technical fall over Brandon Beasley in the first round, 21-5. He would post his 100th career win for the Monarchs in his next match, a 6-3 decision over Joel Trombly (Michigan State). He becomes just the eighth 100-win wrestler in school history.
He then posted a 7-3 decision over Tyler Nauman (Pitt) and tallied a major decision over Penn State's Frank Molinaro, 15-7, to get into the championship match. The Monarch senior then faced Pitt senior Eric Albright for the win. Williams won the match, 5-2, and moved into 6th all-time for ODU with 103 career wins.
Hutter, ranked 13th in the nation, started the scoring off for ODU with a pin in his first matchup, dropping Mike Mencini (Cleveland State) in just 2:20. He then posted an 18-7 major decision over Matt Ortega (Indiana) and was set to face #16 David Marble (Bucknell).
Hutter and Marble matched up a year ago in dual action in Norfolk with Hutter upsetting the then 15th ranked Bison grappler with a third period pin. This time, Hutter again got the better of Marble, with a 6-3 decision to earn a bid into the title bout against third ranked Franklin Gomez. Gomez bested Hutter 10-3 for the win, but the ODU junior posted 26 team points with his three wins.
Brown also finished second in his weight, as Michigan State's Rex Kendle won 6-4 in the finale. Brown cruised to the championship bout with two major decisions and one decision. He dropped Virginia's Dan Artusio (Virginia) in a 15-4 major decision, then posted a 3-0 shutout of Kent State's Sli Bostelman, and finally an 11-2 major decision over Northwestern's Dominic Marella.
The final placewinner for the Monarchs came at the 184 lb weight class in the freshman/sophomore bracket. Joe Budi posted a second place finish in his first collegiate tournament with an impressive run to the final bout. He posted back-to-back technical falls and a pin to get in, and then dropped a 6-4 decision to Ohio's Erik Schuth.
He put up 19 points on Nick Kirkendall (Northern Michigan) and then posted a 16-0 tech fall on Dominic Jontony (Ohio State) before earning the first period pin over Bucknell's Rob Waltko.
At 149 lbs, Joey Metzler tied for the most wins on the day for ODU, going 5-2 for a fourth place finish. Metzler won two in the championship bracket with a 16-5 major decision over Scott O'Donnell (Virginia) and a 6-1 decision over Tim Hammer (Michigan State) before dropping a one-point decision to the #2 seed Nick Walpole.
Metzler then won three straight in the consolation brackets before falling in the third place matchup. He pinned George Hickman (Bloomsburg) in just 45 seconds, then dropped Pete Ferrara (Virginia) in a 5-3 decision and Mark Powell (Pitt) in a 7-3 decision to advance to the third place matchup against Central Michigan's Ryan Cubberly. Cubberly won in a 4-2 decision.
Four more Monarchs wrestled at the MSU Open and won at least one match at the tournament. Dan Rivera (157) won a major decision over Ohio State's Daniel Foley, Eric Decker (174) won a decision over Northwestern's Robert Kellogg, and Roy Dragon won a 2-1 decision over Michigan's Chad Bleske.
133: #13 Kyle Hutter (3-1) 2nd place
141: #14 Ryan Williams (5-0) 1st place
149: Joey Metzler (5-2) 4th place
157: Dan Rivera (1-2)
165: #8 Chris Brown (3-1) 2nd place
174: Eric Decker (1-2); Derek Coffey (1-2)
184: Joe Budi (3-1) 2nd place
HWT: Roy Dragon (1-2)