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ODU Has Eight Wrestlers in the NCAA Division I Coaches' Panel Rankings

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: January 30, 2013
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Jan. 30, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. - The NCAA released the first of three coaches' panel rankings for the 2012-13 wrestling season. The third set of rankings will be one of the tools used during the selection process to pick the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, starting on March 21.

The Old Dominion University wrestling team has eight wrestlers ranked in the first coaches' panel rankings.

Wrestlers are measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings. The coaches' rankings are compiled by votes from coaches representing each qualifying tournament. In regards to these rankings, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a 'starter' at thier weight class. 'Eligible' wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

ODU Wrestlers in the first (of 3) 2013 NCAA Division I Coaches' Rankings:
125: Jerome Robinson (No. 13)
133: Scott Festejo (No. 27)
141: Chris Mecate (No. 16)
149: Alexander Richardson (No. 29)
157: John Nicholson (No. 24)
174: Billy Curling (No. 27)
197: Jacob Henderson (No. 30)
HWT: Matt Tourdot (No. 29)

For a full look at the first of three 2013 NCAA Division I Coaches' Panel rankings click here.


The Old Dominion University wrestling team also currently has six wrestlers nationally ranked within their respective weight classes by various media outlets.

Jerome Robinson / 125 / Redshirt Sophomore / Toledo, Ohio

Intermat: #14 #15

Wrestling Insider News: #19 #14

Amateur Wrestling News: #17

Scott Festejo / 133 / Junior / Long Branch, N.J. #30

Chris Mecate / 141 / Redshirt Freshman / Highland, Calif.

Intermat: #16 #13

Wrestling Insider News: #17 #17

Amateur Wrestling News: #15

Alexander Richardson / 149 / Freshman / New Jersey City, N.J. #31

John Nicholson / 157 / Redshirt Junior / Des Moines, Iowa #26 #24

Billy Curling / 174 / Redshirt Junior / Chesapeake, Va. #30


Old Dominion will be back in action this Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:00 p.m. for a match against No. 12 Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 

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