Slack Places 8th at Cliff Keen Invitational; Team Takes 38th Overall

December 05, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 5, 2005

LAS VEGAS, NV - Old Dominion senior Shanon Slack was the lone wrestler of five competing to place at the 24th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational at the Cashman Center.

In the Monarchs first appearance in Las Vegas, Slack dropped his opening round match to Chris McCormick of Missouri 2-1 before winning five straight matches in the consolations to secure a Top 8 finish, but Slack forfeited his seventh-place match to Pittsburgh's Ron Tarquinio and finished the tournament in eighth place. Slack's run for the consolation final ended with a 6-0 loss to West Virginia freshman Brandon Rader. Slack beat Division II All-American Andre VanderVelde of Augustana (S.D.) 2-1 to earn a place in the Top 8 before losing to Rader.

After dropping to McCormick for the second time in three weeks, Slack caught fire and scored a major decision over South Dakota State's Dusty Kavitz (14-6), Missouri Valley's Nathaniel Troupe (10-4), Duke's Antwone Floyd (4-1) and 2005 NCAA qualifier Steve Esparza of Cal Poly (2-1). Esparza is ranked 17th by the NWCA/InterMat Division I individual rankings.

"Slack wrestled very well at Las Vegas placing ahead of several nationally ranked opponents," head coach Steve Martin comments of Slack's prefomance this weekend.

Bryan LaShomb went 1-2 at 125 pounds, falling to top-seed and 8th-ranked Chad Mendes of Cal Poly by technical fall in the first round before beating Eddie Lopes of Western State 10-6. LaShomb was eliminated by Utah Valley State's Talon Vickers 15-5.

Nick Pullano went 1-2 at 157 pounds, opening up with a 9-0 major decision over Duke's Addison Nuding before getting pinned by Oregon State's Tony Hook (ranked 18th) and Missouri's Mike Chandler.

Robby Gosnell went 3-2 at 165 pounds, opening with an 8-4 loss to Cornell's Steve Anceravage (ranked 16th) before beating Cal-Davis' Jonathan Clark 8-5. Gosnell continued on, beating George Mason's Tyler Tisdell 6-3 before knocking off Buffalo's Mickey Moran 6-3. Moran was the runner-up at the Mat Town USA Invitational last weekend. Gosnell was eliminated by Cal Poly's Rob Maxwell 6-3.

Adam Wright also went 2-2, dropping an opening round match to North Idaho's Jake Kallstead at 197 pounds. Wright beat Fresno State's Miguel Rodriguez 12-7 and scored a fall over Cal State-Bakerfield's Colton Nichols at 4:20 before being put out of the tournament by Cal State-Fullerton's Chris Chambers 7-5.

The Monarchs finished in 38th place in the 52-team field with 13.5 points. Third-ranked Michigan won the tournament with 145 points.

Nittany Lion Open Results

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Also this weekend, ODU wrestling sent five wrestlers to compete in the Penn State Nittany Lion Open. Over 500 wrestlers packed into Penn State's Rec Hall Sunday for a shot at being named Nittany Lion Open Champion. Unfortunately no Monarch wrestler was able to place in the event.

Freshman Ryan Williams won his first two matches by sudden victory 2-0 over Eric Amstutz of Columbia, then 4-2 over Lou Ruggirello, before dropping his next match to Josh Keefe of Tennessee 5-4. Williams went on to be eliminated in the first round of consolation by VMI's Brandon Stillo in a 7-3 decision. Braxdon Scaletta went 1-2 wrestling unattached at 133 beating Brandon Clemmer 5-2, before dropping his next two matches Steven Bell of Maryland (7-2), and Tyler Howard (6-4).

Sophomore Josh Tyler was eliminated from the 149 bracket after falling to Michigan's Eddie Skowneski 4-2.

Bryan Koz and Ben Fiacco both wrestled unattached at 165. Koz was eliminated after losing to Michgan State's Bryan Harney 15-9. Fiacco had a good run going 3-2 on the day beating Rick Mascino of Shippensburg 9-6, and Lock Haven's James Varner 5-2 before falling to Trebor Clavette 8-4. In consolation, Fiacco took a win over Ben Pero of the U.S. Naval Academy due to his medical forfeit before losing to Cornell's Joey Hooker 12-4.

At 174, Old Dominion's Bryan Lenhardt ended the day 3-2. Lenhardt started the day off by beating fellow CAA contender Matt Jabaut of Sacred Heart 5-4, then scoring a major decision over Dash Dudley of Michigan State (18-4). Lenhardt entered the consolation round after losing to Mike Ragusa 9-3. He then beat Duquesne's Jared Ricotta 7-5 before falling to Keith Gavin by major decision (13-2) in his final match of the game.

Kevin Harrington had a disappointing day going 0-2 at 184 for the Monarchs. Harrington was eliminated by Shippensburg's Peter Grodziak after losing his first round match to Kyle Elgret (7-2) of VMI. Wrestling unattached was David Mendoza who ended the day 1-2. After a first round bye, Mendoza beat Donnie Reinhart of Lock Haven by a 10-5 decision, before falling to Lehigh's Brian Lamay 5-1. In his final match, Mendoza dropped a 5-3 decision to Matt Parsons of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Despite not placing, senior John Doilda went a respectable 4-2 on the day at 285. Dolida won his opening round match against Lock Haven's Damian Carbone by fall at 5:19. He then was pinned by Joe Farina at the 2:18 mark. Doilida went on to win his next three consolation matches over Boston's Orey Hall (4-1), Slippery Rock's Joe Attieh (med), and Eddie Bordas of North Alabama (4-1). Dolida lost the next match after Payam Zarrinpour of Sacred Heart pinned him 38 second into the match. Zarrinpour went on to take 6th place at 285.

Weekend Vacation for the Monarchs

Old Dominion takes next weekend off to prepare for the December 17th dual against the University of Northern Iowa and the Citadel. UNI is ranked no. 20 in the recent USAToday/NWCA/ Intermat rankings as of November 28th. This marks the first time ODU and UNI have dualed in the history of the two programs. The Citadel took 23rd place with 35.5 points this weekend in Las Vegas. Old Dominion is 3-2 all-time against the Bulldogs.

"We are looking forward to wrestling at home in two weeks against Northern Iowa and the Citadel after being on the road for four weeks," coach Martin says.