Budi, Edwards Win First Place at Hokie Open

November 06, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 6, 2011

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SALEM, Va. - Te Edwards and Joe Budi took first place in their respective weight classes Sunday at the Hokie Open to lead Old Dominion University wrestling.

It was the second outing of the season for the Monarchs after defeating defending Southern Conference Champion Chattanooga on Friday night.

Edwards was solid throughout the entire tournament, starting with a dominating 15-6 major decision over VMI's Matt Brock. In the second round he took out Ohio's Michael Duckworth by a 6-2 decision. In the semifinals he pinned No. 24 Thomas Ferguson of North Carolina at the 2:44 mark of the first period. In the final, Edwards controlled the match in a 3-0 decision over No. 8 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj of The Citadel.

Budi won his first match by injury default before beating Frank Morgan of King College 5-4. He topped Air Force's Josh Mohr 6-5 in the semi's and knocked off top seed Nick Vetterlein of Virginia Tech 8-6 in the finals.

John Nicholson cruised to the finals at 157-pounds before falling in the finals to No. 7 Jesse Dong of Virginia Tech. He defeated Appalachian State's John Blakely by an 21-8 major decision in his first match and Virginia Tech's Matt Stephens by an 13-4 major decision. He continued his dominance in the semi's with an 14-4 major decision over No. 10 Corey Mock of North Carolina. He fell to Dong in the finals 15-0.

"Our team got great experience and several matches under their belt at the Hokie open," head coach Steve Martin said. "We are looking forward to wrestling Buffalo,ohio state and cleveland state next week at the Hershey Duals. This is not only great team competition but we will have a opportunity to wrestle several individuals ranked in the top 20."

Justin LaValle took fourth place at 157 pounds while Matt Tourdot finished sixth at 285 to lead the rest of the Monarchs. LaValle defeated Neberry's BJ Young to reach the third place match but did not wrestle that match to take fourth.

Tourdot lost his first match of the day but won four-straight to take home sixth place.

Billy Curling earned three wins at 184 pounds while Brennan Brumley won a pair of matches at 149 pounds with Tristan Warner had two wins at 165 pounds.

Wrestling unattached for the Monarchs, Rob Deutsch, Buddy Scarborough, Brandon Choate, Chris Mecate, Taylor Moeder, Michael Crowley, Konbeh Koroma, Brett Miller, Marcus Johnson, Austin Coburn and Grant Chapman all picked up wins.

ODU is back in action next Saturday when they compete in the Wrestle For a Cure Duals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. ODU will wrestle Buffalo, Ohio State and Cleveland State.