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Monarchs Drop Rider in First Ever CAA Dual at the Ted, 32-7

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 10, 2008
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Feb. 10, 2008

NORFOLK, Va. -- On Senior Night at The Ted, ODU's only senior, Nick Pullano, punctuated and sealed a Monarch victory in his final home appearance with a pin. The win was the 90th of his career, inserting him into the program's all-time top ten in victories. The Monarchs dropped CAA rival Rider (6-10/3-3) in the first ever conference match in The Ted, 32-7, and will travel in two weeks to finish off the season at Virginia Tech. The dual is set for February 24 with a start time of 2:00 pm.

ODU jumped out in front of the Broncs with seven straight victories, including four bonus point wins. James Nicholson earned his fifth technical fall on the season and was followed by Kyle Hutter, tallying his ssecond technical fall. Ryan Williams dropped the CAA's 6th ranked 141-pounder in a 9-2 decision, giving him 34 wins on the season.

Nationwide leader in wins, Kaylen Baxter, added to his total tonight with a major decision over freshman Dustin Renelt. Baxter's ninth major decision, winning 19-5, is his 37th victory on the season.

Just before halftime, Dan Rivera earned the nights biggest upset. Rivera, unranked in the CAA, earned two takedowns and a reversal on the CAA's third ranked 157-pounder, Rob Morrison. RS Sophomore Chris Brown would follow with a 9-4 decision of Jason Lapham to put the score nearly out of reach at 23-0. It would be Pullano, though, that would seal the victory in the next match.

Pullano, facing freshman Joe Ferber, pulled ahead of the Bronc grappler 9-1 heading into the third period. Just 24 seconds into the third, Pullano had added another takedown and managed to get put Ferber's back on the mat for the pin in 5:24. The win for Pullano is 23rd on the season and 90th for his career, tying him for 10th all-time.

Rider would follow the Pullano match with a pair of victories at 184 lbs and 197 lbs, but ODU would win the heavyweight match for the final score of 32-7.

Monarchs 184-pounder Jesse Strawn was only taken down once in a tight 3-1 loss to Doug Umbehauer, ranked 20th in the nation. True freshman Scott Cust lost a major decision to T.J. Morrison, ranked 17th in the nation, in his first career dual appearance. At heavyweight, Andy Totusek improved to 7-5 in duals since joining the starting rotation with a 5-2 win over Peter Reid

The Monarchs improve to 16-3 overall and 6-1 in the CAA. Old Dominion has not won as many as 16 duals since 1983-84 when ODU went 20-3-1. The Monarchs return to the mat for their final dual of the season when they travel to Virginia Tech on February 24, with start time set for 2:00 pm.

Final Results:
Old Dominion 32, Rider 7

125: James Nicholson (ODU) tech fall Tim Trivisanno (Rider), 19-4 (6:19); ODU 5-0
133: Kyle Hutter (ODU) tech fall Thomas Lorenzo (Rider), 24-9 (7:00); ODU 10-0
141: Ryan Williams (ODU) decision Fred Rodger (Rider), 9-2; ODU 13-0
149: Kaylen Baxter (ODU) major decision Dustin Renelt (Rider), 19-5; ODU 17-0
157: Dan Rivera (ODU) decision Rob Morrison (Rider), 6-4; ODU 20-0
165: Chris Brown (ODU) decision Jason Lapham (Rider), 9-4; ODU 23-0
174: Nick Pullano (ODU) pinned Joe Ferber (Rider), 5:24; ODU 29-0
184: Doug Umbehauer (Rider) decision Jesse Strawn (ODU), 3-1; ODU 29-3
197: TJ Morrison (Rider) major decision Scott Cust (ODU), 12-1; ODU 29-7
HWT: Andy Totusek (ODU) decision Peter Reid (Rider), 5-2; ODU 32-7

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