Three More Monarch Wrestling Signees Win State Titles
By ODU Athletics
March 5, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - Three members of the incoming 2012 Old Dominion University Wrestling recruiting class won state titles this past weekend in their respective weight classes. Micah Barnes won the 170-pound title in Minnesota, Kevin Beazley won the 189-pound title in Michigan and Lenny Richardson won the 145-pound title in New Jersey.
All five members of ODU's incoming class won state titles in their senior seasons as just two weeks ago, Jack Dechow (Richmond, Ill/Richmond Burton HS) and Joe Jessen (Winchester, Va./Milbrook HS) also won state titles to make it a perfect five-for-five for the incoming Monarchs.
Micah Barnes (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley HS) completed his perfect season this past weekend when he pinned Scott West's Patrick Dvorak in the finals of the Minnesota AA Championship match at 170 pounds at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. It was the 31st pin of the season for Barnes who finished his senior season with a record of 43-0 and a career high school record of 138-18.
Barnes was named the Pioneer Press Wrestler of the Year for Simley, who won their fifth straight 2A team state championship in 2012. "I am so excited about going to Old Dominion,'' Barnes told Pioneer Press' Tim Leighton. "They have great coaches, great facilities, and the campus is by Virginia Beach. There is not much more you can ask for. I do like the idea of the Olympics, but first things first. I want to win a national college title."
The full article by Leighton on Barnes can be found here.
Kevin Beazley (Novi, Mich./Novi Detroit Catholic Central) won the 189-pound state title in Michigan's Division I with a 6-0 decision over Temperance Bedford's Brandon Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the MHSAA state wrestling championships on Saturday.
Tom Lang of the Detroit Free Press caught up with Beazley who said this after his match: "My dad said `congratulations bud, you earned it, I love you. It was amazing to be able to jump into his arms after I won a state title. I watched when he was coaching at Montrose when everybody else jumped into his arms after they won state titles and I wanted it to be me for so long. There were a couple tears of joy, I was so excited. I didn't want to cry but the emotion came over me looking up at the crowd - I couldn't hold back.
Read the whole story by Lang about Beazley earning the first title in his family here. Highlights of Beazley's win in the state championship match can be found here.
Lenny Richardson (West Orange, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) pinned Toms River South's Ken Theobiold in just 56 seconds in the 145-pound championship match of the NJSIAA state tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Richardson finishes his senior campaign at 35-3 and with a career record of 133-15.
Michael Perrota of the New Jersey Star-Ledger talked with Richardson who said: "Yesterday. I knew it was mine yesterday. All night I concentrated on what I had to do and knew that I wasn't going to be stopped. I needed to score at least one pin," he joked. "So why not in the finals?"
The full article by Perrota on Richardson's win along with video highlights of his pin in the championship match can be found here. In addition, Richardson was named the Hudson Reporter Athlete of the Week with the full story by Jim Hauge here.