Amateur Wrestling News Names Two Monarchs to All-Rookie Squad

May 02, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 2, 2008

NORFOLK, Va. -- James Nicholson became the first Monarch in program history to be named to the Amateur Wrestling News (AWN) First Team All-Rookie squad as he was only one of five first year grapplers to place in the national tournament. He beat out two nationally ranked opponents at 125 pounds for the CAA Championship in his first year and became an All-American with an 8th place finish at the NCAA Tournament. Teammate Andy Totusek was also named to the AWN's Sixth Team All-Rookie squad.

Nicholson was one of only five Division I wrestlers to earn All-American status in 2008. He finished the season with a 35-10 record and was the 10 seed in St. Louis as a redshirt freshman from Des Moines, Iowa. He dropped nationally ranked conference rival Dave Tomasette (Hofstra) three times in the season and dropped No. 7 seed Mike Sees (Bloomsburg) in the second round of the national tournament. He also finished third at the Southern Scuffle, behind national runner-up Jayson Ness (Minnesota).

Totusek was named to the Sixth Team All-Rookie Team by AWN. He was one of the six NCAA Qualifiers for ODU with his true-second victory at the CAA's over George Mason's Harry Zander. He piled up 27 wins as a true freshman and won the heavyweight class at the Virginia Intercollegiate Tournament, as well as adding two more place-winning tournaments.

The pair of Monarchs will be two of the nine starters returning to the lineup for Coach Steve Martin in 2008-09. Old Dominion had a historic season in Martin's fourth year, going 17-3 overall and 6-1 in the CAA.