Monarch Wrestlers To Compete in Carolina Open This Saturday

December 04, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 4, 2003

NORFOLK, VA -The Old Dominion wrestling team will travel to Chapel Hill, NC Saturday, December 6, to take part in this year's Carolina Open, hosted by the University of North Carolina. The Monarchs come into the Open after winning the ODU Invitational November 22, taking eight of the 10 weight classes.

Last year, the Monarchs were represented in each weight class by at least one wrestler. Senior Derrell Lorthridge (Wilmington, DE) led ODU with a fourth place finish in the heavyweight division while former Monarch Ben Summerlin (Lynchburg, VA) came in fifth at 174 pounds. Dennis Whitby (Lanoke Harbor (NJ), sophomore Adam Wright (Bridgewater, NJ), and former Monarch Greg Gill (Chesapeake, VA) also competed well for the Monarchs each winning multiple matches on the afternoon.

At this year's Old Dominion Invitational, ODU got off to a good start as they captured first place finishes in eight weight classes to come out on top in the team standings. The Monarchs gave up championships in only the 125 and 197 weight brackets; UNC-Pembroke, who placed second, overall, won both.

Freshman Mike Davis (133, Herndon, VA), and Donald Motley (141, Chesapeake, VA), both introduced themselves to the home mat by placing first in their brackets. Benefiting from experience while winning their weights were Seniors Derrell Lorthridge (285, Wilmington, DE), Dennis Whiby (149, Lanoke Harbor, NJ), and Jesse Pearce (157, Norfolk, VA), Junior John Adams (165, Warrenton, VA), and Sophomores Matt Ulrey (174, St. Mary's, MI), and Adam Wright (184, Dayton, VA). Freshman Andy Lacroix (125, Salem, NH) took second in his first outing with ODU.

Projected Starters:
125:  John Starkes (Chesapeake, VA)
133:  Chris Buckner (Chesapeake, VA)
141:  Donald Motley (Chesapeake, VA), Jason Earnhardt (Yorktown, VA)
149:  Dennis Whitby (Lanoke Harbor, NJ)
157:  Jesse Pearce (Norfolk, VA)
165:  John Adams (Chesapeake, VA), Robby Gosnell (Warrenton, VA)
174:  Matt Ulrey (St. Mary's, MI)
184:  Adam Wright (Dayton, VA)
197:  John Dolida (Bridgewater, NJ)
HWT:  Derrell Lorthridge (Wilmington, DE)