Wrestling Downs Buffalo and Cleveland State, Falls to No. 13 Ohio State on Saturday

November 12, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 12, 2011

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Old Dominion University wrestling defeated Buffalo and Cleveland State on Saturday while falling to No. 13 Ohio State at the Wrestle for a Cure Duals in Harrisburg.

Scott Festejo, No. 13 John Nicholson, Tristan Warner, No. 8 Te Edwards, Joe Budi and Matt Tourdot all tallied two wins each on the day as the Monarchs racked up six total wins in the opening dual against Buffalo in which they prevailed, 24-15. Edwards and Budi each recorded a fall against the Bulls. Nicholson had one of the biggest wins of the day for ODU when he defeated No. 10 Mark Lewandowski, 8-4, at 157 pounds.

Despite keeping nearly every match close, No. 13 Ohio State proved too be too much for the Monarchs as the Buckeyes won nine match-ups. The lone win for ODU came at 165 pounds as Warner downed OSU's Derek Garcia, 6-4. In a battle of top-10 opponents, No. 4 Nick Heflin for the Buckeyes proved to be too much at 174 pounds as he handed No. 8 Edwards his first loss of the season, 13-6.

The Monarchs capped off their day with a convincing 29-9 victory over Cleveland State to bump their dual record to 3-1 on the season. Seven ODU wrestlers recorded wins including the second pin of the day for Budi at 197 pounds and a tech fall by Nicholson at 157 pounds.

"We were able to start out with a good win over a tough Buffalo squad," said head coach Steve Martin. "John Nicholson was able beat a top-10 opponent there which was a win on the day for us. We were competitive but just couldn't seal the win in several matches against a very good Ohio State club in our second dual. In our final dual, we were able to slide a few guys around and picked up several good victories over Cleveland State. It is still a learning process with such a young team but improvement was made from last week and we know what we need to improve on coming up. The competition we faced this weekend will help us out later in the season."

ODU returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 20 when they host No. 21 Iowa State at 1 p.m. at the Ted Constant Center in the their first home dual of the season.

Old Dominion 24, Buffalo 15

125- Max Soria (Buffalo) fall Eric Dunnet (ODU) 4:27
133- Scott Festejo (ODU) dec Alex Ekstrom (Buffalo) 6-2
141- Kevin Smith (Buffalo) dec Justin LaValle (ODU) 3-2
149- Blake Roulo (Buffalo) dec Brennan Brumley (ODU) 4-2
157- No. 13 John Nicholson (ODU) dec No. 10 Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) 8-4
165- Tristan Warner (ODU) dec Dominic Montesanti (Buffalo) 9-4
174- No. 8 Te Edwards (ODU) fall Justin Lozano (Buffalo) 1:10
184- Jake Waste (Buffalo) dec Billy Curling (ODU) 4-3
197- Joe Budi (ODU) fall Justin Heiserman (Buffalo) 4:54
285- Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec Zach Ward (Buffalo) 6-2

No. 13 Ohio State 30, Old Dominion 3

125 - Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) dec Eric Dunnet (ODU) 4-0
133 - No. 4 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) tech fall Scott Festejo (ODU) 15-0
141 - No. 15 Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) dec Justin LaValle (ODU) 6-3
149 - No. 19 Cam Tessari (Ohio State) dec Brennan Brumley (ODU) 8-4
157 - Josh Demas (Ohio State) dec No. 13 John Nicholson (ODU) 3-2
165 - Tristan Warner (ODU) dec Derek Garcia (Ohio State) 6-4
174 - No. 4 Nick Heflin (Ohio State) dec No. 8 Te Edwards (ODU) 13-6
184 - Cody Magrum (Ohio State) dec Billy Curling (ODU) 5-3
197 - No. 14 Andrew Campolattano (Ohio State) dec Joe Budi (ODU) 6-2
285 - Peter Capone (Ohio State) major dec Matt Tourdot (ODU) 13-2

Old Dominion 29, Cleveland State 9

125 - Ben Willeford (Cleveland State) dec Aaron Runzo (ODU) 3-1
133 - Scott Festejo (ODU) dec Nick Flannery (Cleveland State) 10-8
141 - Josh Palivoda (Cleveland State) dec Brandon Choate (ODU) 5-3
149 - Justin LaValle (ODU) dec Lawrence Cavello (Cleveland State) 2-1
157 - No. 13 John Nicholson (ODU) tech fall Tanner Lemon (Cleveland State) 23-8
165 - Corey Carlo (Cleveland State) dec Tristan Warner (ODU) 9-8
174 - No. 8 Te Edwards (ODU)) dec Aric Thurn (Cleveland State) 9-4
184 - Billy Curling (ODU) injury default Corbin Boone (Cleveland State)
197 - Joe Budi (ODU) fall Nick Anthony (Cleveland State) 3:42
285 - Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec Chris Weber (Cleveland State) 5-2