Five Wrestling Monarchs Ranked Nationally in Preseason Polls

September 17, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 17, 2012

W.I.N. Preseason Rankings
AWN Preseason Rankings 

NORFOLK, Va. Five Old Dominion University wrestlers have been ranked nationally in a pair of preseason wrestling polls. All five ODU wrestlers were qualifiers in the 2012 NCAA Championships.

Amateur Wrestling News (AWN) has four Monarchs ranked in the top-20 while Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (W.I.N.) features four ODU wrestlers in their preseason rankings.

Jerome Robinson (Toledo, Ohio) comes in at No. 20 by W.I.N. The redshirt sophomore went 17-11 last season at 125 pounds after missing the early part of the season with an injury. Robinson was twice named the CAA Rookie of the Week and placed third at the CAA Championships while earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis.

Coming in at No. 20 by AWN is Scott Festejo (Long Branch, N.J.) at 133 pounds. The junior went 23-16 a year ago and won the CAA title to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Festejo led the team in falls with seven and defeated three NCAA qualifiers last season.                 

Ranked No. 13 in both the AWN and the W.I.N. polls, Justin LaValle (Apple Valley, Minn.) went the furthest of any Old Dominion wrestler in the NCAA Championships last season. The redshirt junior went 27-16 at 141 pounds and recorded three victories over NCAA qualifiers during the season. He was second at the CAA Championships.

John Nicholson (Des Moines, Iowa) is ranked No. 17 by AWN and No. 18 by W.I.N. after going 27-8 a season ago at 157 pounds. The redshirt junior was twice named CAA Wrestler of the Week and finished second in the CAA Championships. Nicholson Recorded a team-high 13 major decisions and was fourth in NCAA Division in major decisions.

At 165 pounds, Tristan Warner (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) comes in at No. 13 by AWN and No. 19 by W.I.N. after he went 27-16 last season. The junior had six wins over NCAA qualifiers and finished second at the CAA Championships. He was twice named the CAA Wrestler of the Week and was also named to the's Primetime Performer of the Week Honor Roll on Feb. 8.