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Monarchs Beat Northern Colorado, Fall to #12 Central Michigan at Virginia Duals

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 09, 2009
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Jan. 9, 2009

HAMPTON, Va. -- The 21st ranked ODU Monarchs split a pair of duals on Friday at the Virginia Duals, dispatching Northern Colorado 27-9 and falling in a tight match to #12 Central Michigan, 24-12. Junior Kyle Hutter (Mokena, Ill.) dropped #13 Conor Beebe (CMU) in one of his matches and notched a major decision in his first match of the day. Senior Ryan Williams (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and junior Jesse Strawn (Holton, Kansas) also won both on day one. The Monarchs take on Rider in the consolation bracket on day two at 10:00 am.

"I thought the guys wrestled really hard today and we're looking forward to facing Rider tomorrow morning," said head coach Steve Martin.

In the first match of the day, ODU faced Northern Colorado and won eight of the ten matches to sail to the teams sixth win of the season. To start the day, #5 James Nicholson faced the only nationally ranked grappler in the Bears lineup, Tony Mustari, ranked 17th in the nation at 125 lbs. Nicholson was the aggressor throughout the match, and notched a takedown, escape point and the riding time advantage point for a 4-0 decision victory as he improved to 20-1 this season.

Hutter grabbed his first win of the day, a major decision, against Casey Cruz and was followed by Williams who also posted a major against Cooper Hayes. With an 11-0 lead, ODU suffered its first loss at 149 lbs, but then reeled off five straight wins including another major decision at 165 lbs from junior Chris Brown.

Rookie Joe Budi's match against Ryan Johnson at 184 lbs turned out to be the most exciting for fans, as Budi went down 3-4 after a reversal by Johnson in the third period. Budi escaped to tie and with no advantage in riding time it looked to head into overtime but Budi scored a takedown and three back points with under 15 seconds remaining to win it outright, 9-4.

Final Results: Old Dominion 27, Northern Colorado 9
125: #6 James Nicholson (ODU) win by decision #17 Tony Mustari (Northern Colorado), 4-0
133: #19 Kyle Hutter (ODU) win by major decision Casey Cruz (Northern Colorado), 12-3
141: #7 Ryan Williams (ODU) win by major decision Cooper Hayes (Northern Colorado), 14-1
149: Michael Polkowske (Northern Colorado) win by decision Joey Metzler (ODU), 8-2
157: Kaylen Baxter (ODU) win by decision Justin Gaethje (Northern Colorado), 7-3
165: Chris Brown (ODU) win by major decision Tanner Weiks (Northern Colorado), 12-3
174: Eric Decker (ODU) win by decision Brandon Kammerzell (Northern Colorado), 3-1
184: Joe Budi (ODU) win by decision Ryan Johnson (Northern Colorado), 9-4
197: Jesse Strawn (ODU) win by decision Eric Brennan (Northern Colorado), 7-3
HWT: Justin Truell (Northern Colorado) win by injury default David Wilson (ODU), forfeit

In the second match, ODU was slated to face its fifth nationally ranked opponent of the season, the #12 Central Michigan Chippewas. The dual was a preview of the scheduled matchup between the two programs set for February 1 in Mt. Pleasant and the two battled in what was a tightly contested match at nearly every weight class. The Chippewas won 24-12 after eight of the weights were decided by decision.

"We wrestled really well against this team. I was proud of our effort -- a couple of times this season we've faced nationally ranked opponents and we didn't really compete; this time I think we easily could have won this match," said head coach Steve Martin. "This is a team that is basically a top ten team and we hung with them. That really tells us something about our team. We've got these guys again in a couple of weeks and I'm really looking forward to it."

For the third time in the last ten days sophomore James Nicholson faced off against freshman Scott Sentes from Central Michigan in a pairing of two top ten nationally ranked wrestlers. The two split their matches at the Midlands Tournament on December 29-30. This time the match would be decided on an extremely controversial call late in the third period. Sentes scored a takedown with just 30 seconds remaining, but Nicholson kept fighting and looked like he might have had a reversal, but the official called for injury time before awarding the points. With no time left to make a move, Nicholson suffered just his second loss of the season, both to Sentes.

"There were a couple of very questionable calls at 125 that basically cost us the match," said Martin. "We knew 125 would be one of the huge keys to this dual and that call was huge."

Hutter and Williams followed with a pair of decisions to put ODU up 6-3, including Hutter's huge win over #13 Conor Beebe. The two battled for the entire match, tied at three points apiece with under a minute to go in regulation. With 25 seconds left, Hutter scored a takedown for the lead and added the riding time point for the final of 6-4.

Williams match against Tony D'Alie was also incredibly close, as the Monarch fell behind by three twice in the match. D'Alie managed to go ahead 6-3 in the second and then again 8-5 in the third, but Williams never quit and tied it up with an escape and a takedown late in regulation. Then, with little time left, D'Alie was pegged with a fleeing penalty and Williams won, 9-8.

ODU struggled in the next five matches, unable to score a win from their middle weights, but were still within reach of a tie when it got to ther 197 lb weight class. Junior Jesse Strawn, leading the team in pins needed to add to his team-high total to keep the Monarchs in contention for the draw. Just before the end of the first period, Strawn took down his opponent, Hafeez Qureshi, and found him on his back. He kept pushing and with just one second remaining, the ref called for the pin, cutting the Central Michigan lead in half.

Roy Dragon would need to pin Jarod Trice in the heavyweight bout for the 18-18 tie. In the third period, Dragon was the aggressor, trying everything to get Trice on his back, but the Chippewa was able to catch Dragon on his heels and get the pin for Central Michigan.

Final Results: #12 Central Michigan 24, #23 Old Dominion 12
125: #9 Scott Sentes (CMU) win by decision #6 James Nicholson (ODU), 3-2
133: #19 Kyle Hutter (ODU) win by decision #13 Conor Beebe (CMU), 6-4
141: #7 Ryan Williams (ODU) win by decision Tony D'Alie (CMU), 9-8
149: #9 Steve Brown (CMU) win by decision Joey Metzler (ODU), 2-0
157: Tyler Grayson (CMU) win by decision Kaylen Baxter (ODU), 8-2
165: #10 Trevor Stewart (CMU) win by decision Chris Brown (ODU), 4-2
174: #7 Mike Miller (CMU) win by decision Eric Decker (ODU), 11-4
184: Vince DiDona (CMU) win by decision Joe Budi (ODU), 8-5
197: #15 Jesse Strawn (ODU) pinned Hafeez Qureshi (CMU), 2:58
HWT: Jarod Trice (CMU) pinned Roy Dragon III (ODU), 6:45

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