Old Dominion Wrestling Finishes Second at CAA Tournament

March 06, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 6, 2010


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - The Old Dominion wrestling Monarchs claimed second at the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association tournament, which concluded Saturday afternoon in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Old Dominion, which is ranked No. 23 nationally and finished the 2009-10 season with the top record in the CAA, had three champions and one runner-up. ODU's 73 team points only trailed champion Binghamton in the eight-team field.

James Nicholson improved to 29-1 on the year and won his third consecutive CAA title at 125-pounds. The junior, who is ranked No. 7 nationally, will be making his third appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Nicholson was an All-American in 2007-08.

Seniors Chris Brown and Jesse Strawn also claimed CAA titles. Brown won the 165-pound crown for the third time, while Strawn won at 197-pounds for his first championship. Both Monarchs will be competing in their third NCAA Tournament.

ODU's Craig Wilson reached the final at 141-pounds, but lost a 2-1 decision to Binghamton's Anwar Goeres. Sophomore Joe Budi won each of his Saturday matches to claim third at 184-pounds.

With four champions and one runner-up, Binghamton won their first CAA Championship. Host Rider finished third with two champions and four third place finishers.

Old Dominion has finished second at the CAA Tournament for five consecutive seasons.

Championship Finals:
125 #1 James Nicholson-ODU dec. #3 Brian Wright-GMU 8-2
133 #1 Steve Mytych-D	 dec. #2 Luke Vaith-H 2-1
141 #1 Anwar Goeres-Bing dec. #2 Craig Wilson-ODU 2-1
149 #1 Mike Kessler-R dec. #2 Donnie Vinson-Bing 8-5
157 #1 Justin Lister-Bing dec. #3 Joe Booth-D 6-4
165 #1 Chris Brown-ODU dec. #2 PJ Gillespie-H 2-1
174 #2 Josh Patterson-Bing major dec. #1 Bagna Tovuujav-GMU 16-6
184 #1 Nate Schiedel-Bing dec. #2 Ben Clymer-H 4-3
197 #1 Jesse Strawn-ODU wbf #3 Brock Mantella-BU 6:48
285  #1 Eddie Bordas-R dec. #2 Kyle Frey-D 1-0

Team Standings:

Binghamton - 87.5 Old Dominion - 73 Rider - 58.5 Drexel - 46.5 Hofstra - 41 George Mason - 29.5 Boston - 28 Sacred Heart - 21.5