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ODU Continues to Roll; Power Past The Citadel 30-12

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 16, 2006
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Dec. 16, 2006

CHARLESTON, SC -- Early this season the Monarch wrestling team has turned heads with performances at several tournaments. Now, in the thick of the dual season, ODU (2-1) continues to impress with a 30-12 victory over The Citadel (1-1). All four of ODU's nationally ranked monarchs took victories in South Carolina.

Two of the four were not tested as David Mendoza and Chris Brown both took forfeit victories in their bouts. Adam Koballa, ranked for the first time in his young career, won a major decision for the Monarchs 19-6 in the 133-lb. division. On the other hand, sophomore, Ryan Williams, ranked 27th by wrestlingreport.com, fought hard for his victory.

Williams, coming off a sub-two minute pin against George Mason last weekend tallied a 7-5 victory against Arias. Williams has placed in all three tournaments he participated and is undefeated in dual competition for the season at 3-0.

The Monarchs were tested early in the 125-lb. weight class as freshman Kyle Hutter had his lead cut to one in the third period 5-4. Hutter grabbed two more points to pull ahead with a 3-point lead late in the bout. His opponent, freshman Tyler Sim, added a stalling point late in the third but Hutter hung on for the 7-5 victory.

After Hutter came Koballa's major decision and Williams' decision. In the 149-lb. class Kaylen Baxter fell behind 5-0 in the second period. The freshman climbed back into it cutting the lead to three at 7-4. He was unable to topple the junior Levi Duyn going down 9-4.

Baxter's battle was followed by the first of three forfeits on the day as Chris Brown earned 6 team points in the 157-lb. forfeit. Nick Pullano then took the mat in the 165-lb. class. Pullano looked fantastic for the Monarchs after knocking off nationally ranked Mason grappler last weekend. The junior didn't allow a point and ran away with a 15-0 technical fall all but sealing the match for the Monarchs. The team score ran to an unbeatable 21-3.

Derek Coffey then fell 4-2 to Darius Caldwell in the 174-lb. division. In an exciting match Coffey went up two with a takedown in the second period. However, Caldwell fought back and won with a takedown with under thirty seconds to go.

Strawn won the match for the Monarchs with his decision over John Dickerson 6-1. The 197-lb. and heavyweight bouts were forfeits with Mendoza taking a victory in the former and The Citadel's 285-pounder John Buck the latter.

ODU improves to 2-1 with the win as they finish out the fall season. The Citadel evens their record at 1-1. They will head to the Southern Scuffle tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina on the last weekend of the year before heading home early in 2007.

Complete Results

Old Dominion 30 The Citadel 12

125 -Hutter (ODU) dec. Sim, 7-5 (3-0)

133 - Koballa (ODU) maj. dec. Easter, 19-6 (7-0)

141 - Williams (ODU) dec. Arias, 7-5 (10-0)

149 - Duyn (CIT) dec. Baxter, 9-4 (10-3)

157 - Brown (ODU) fft. (16-3)

165 - Pullano (ODU) tech. fall Filter, 15-0 (21-3)

174 - Caldwell (CIT) dec. Coffey, 4-2 (21-6)

184 - Strawn (ODU) dec. Dickerson, 6-1 (24-6)

197 - Mendoza (ODU) fft. (30-6)

285 - Buck (CIT) fft. (30-12)

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