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#23 ODU Wrestling: Preseason Rankings Roundup

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: October 31, 2012
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Oct. 31, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University wrestling team is preseason ranked No. 23 by the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. ODU also has a total of five wrestlers that have been ranked by various polls in their respective weight classes throughout this preseason.

Redshirt sophomore Jerome Robinson (125) was twice named the CAA Rookie of the Week last season and placed third at the CAA Championships while earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis. #26
Wrestling Insider News: #20

Scott Festejo (133) went 23-16 a year ago and won the CAA title to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The junior led the team in falls with seven and defeated three NCAA qualifiers last season. #23 #24
Amateur Wrestling News: #20

Justin LaValle went the furthest of any Old Dominion wrestler in the NCAA Championships last season. The redshirt junior went 27-16 at 141 pounds and recorded three victories over NCAA qualifiers during the season. He placed second at the CAA Championships.
Intermat: #15 #16
Wrestling Insider News: #13 #14
Amateur Wrestling News: #13

John Nicholson went 27-8 a season ago at 157 pounds. The redshirt junior was twice named CAA Wrestler of the Week and finished second in the CAA Championships. Nicholson Recorded a team-high 13 major decisions and was fourth in NCAA Division I in major decisions.
Intermat: #17 #11
Wrestling Insider News: #18 #12
Amateur Wrestling News: #17

Tristan Warner (165) went 27-16 last season. The junior had six wins over NCAA qualifiers and finished second at the CAA Championships. He was twice named the CAA Wrestler of the Week and was also named to the's Primetime Performer of the Week Honor Roll on Feb. 8.
Intermat:  #18 #19
Wrestling Insider News: #19 #22
Amateur Wrestling News: #13

Old Dominion opens the season Sunday, Nov. 4 in Clarion, Pa. for the Knight Point Open. The Monarchs first home match will be on Nov. 16 against Wisconsin.

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