ODU Grapplers Picked Third In CAA Pre-Season Poll

October 09, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 9, 2007

NORFOLK, Va. -- The ODU wrestling team was picked to finish third in the CAA in the conference pre-season rankings. Nine Monarchs are ranked in the ten weight classes and two ODU newcomers were named to the preseason All-Freshman Team. NCAA Qualifier David Mendoza is at the top of the league rankings at 197 lbs and Chris Brown is leading the league in his new weight class, 165 lbs.

ODU is behind Rider (43 points) and Hofstra (40 points) in the pre-season rankings. The Monarchs are followed by Drexel, Binghamton, Boston University, George Mason, Sacred Heart and Campbell in that order.

Brown and Mendoza are the highest ranked Monarch grapplers, and are also nationally ranked this preseason. Mendoza is ranked 16th in the Amateur Wrestling News (AWN) preseason rankings and 19th by W.I.N. Magazine, while Brown is at 19th (AWN) in his new weight class.

James Nicholson ranks third in the 125 lb weight class, as do Ryan Williams (141), Kaylen Baxter (149), and Jesse Strawn (184) in their respective weight classes. Senior Nick Pullano is ranked fourth in his new weight class at 174 lbs and sophomore Kyle Hutter also ranks fourth in his new weight class at 133 lbs.

Freshman Roy Dragon is ranked 6th in the conference at the heavyweight slot and was also named to the 2007-08 Preseason All-Freshman Team. He is joined on the team by Derek Peperas at the 165 lb slot.

The Monarchs kick off their 2007-08 campaign with the Blue-White Intrasquad match on October 28. The teams first dual is against Michigan State on November 9.

                        CAA Wrestling Preseason Rankings

Team Rankings Points CAA Ranked Wrestlers 1. Rider University 43 10 2. Hofstra University 40 9 3. Old Dominion University 35 9 4. Drexel University 25 7 5. Binghamton University 21 5 6. Boston University 17 7 7. George Mason University 16 8 8. Sacred Heart University 10 4 9. Campbell University 3 1

125 1. Dave Tomasette, Hofstra (#7-AWN/#11-W.I.N.) 2. Steve Mytych, Drexel (#15-AWN/#20-W.I.N.) 3. James Nicholson, ODU 4. Tommy Lorenzo, Rider 5. Brian Wright, GMU 6. Fred Santaite, BU

133 1. Lou Ruggirello, Hofstra (#8-AWN/#8-W.I.N.) 2. Zac Cunliffe, Rider 3. Billy Martin, Drexel 4. Kyle Hutter, ODU 5. Paul Galipeau, SHU 6. Will Powars & Joe Coughlin, GMU

141 1. Charles Griffin, Hofstra (#2-AWN/#2-W.I.N.) 2. Don Fisch, Rider (#4-AWN/#4-W.I.N.) 3. Ryan Williams, ODU 4. Joey Whitaker, BU 5. Cory Dunn, SHU 6. Dave Gilio, Drexel

149 1. Mike Roberts, BU (#17-AWN) 2. Kyle Fried, Binghamton 3. Kaylen Baxter, ODU 4. Mitch Smith, Hofstra (#16-AWN/#20-W.I.N.) 5. Chris Davis, SHU 6. Aaron Nestor, Rider

157 1. Ryan Hlushak, Drexel (#7-AWN/#6-W.I.N.) 2. Jon Bonilla-Bowman, Hofstra (#20-AWN) 3. Rob Morrison, Rider 4. Nate Patterson, Binghamton 5. Mike Cubillos, BU 6. Frankie McLaughlin, GMU

165 1. Chris Brown, ODU (#19-AWN) 2. Billy Haydt, Drexel 3. Jason Lapham, Rider 4. Ryan Patrovich, Hofstra 5. Tyler Tisdell, GMU 6. AJ Detwiler, BU

174 1. Josh Patterson, Binghamton (#19-AWN) 2. Mike Miller, Rider 3. Alton Lucas, Hofstra (#18-AWN/#10-W.I.N.) 4. Nick Pullano, ODU 5. Randy Oates, GMU 6. Alex Brown, BU

184 1. Joe Rovelli, Hofstra (#12-AWN/#16-W.I.N.) 2. Doug Umbehauer, Rider (#13-AWN/#9 W.I.N.) 3. Jesse Strawn, ODU 4. Ryan Malo, BU 5. Justin Wieller, Drexel 6. Bill Widener, GMU

197 1. David Mendoza, ODU (#16-AWN/#19-W.I.N.) 2. TJ Morrison, Rider (#14-AWN/#11-W.I.N.) 3. Kevin Fox, SHU 4. Corey Waite, Binghamton 5. Cayle Byers, GMU 6. Jeff Siciliano, Hofstra

HWT 1. Eddie Bordas, Rider 2. Harry Zander, GMU 3. Mike Patterson, Binghamton 4. Jeremiah Fennell, Campbell 5. Bryant Deinhardt, Drexel 6. Roy Dragon, ODU

2007-08 All-Freshman Team

125: Fred Santaite, BU 133: Alex Cournoyer, BU 141: Justin Accordino, Hofstra 149: PJ Gillespie, Hofstra 157: Justin Lister, Binghamton 165: Derek Peperas, ODU 174: Justin Danz, Hofstra 184: Justin Wieller, Drexel 197: Cayle Byers, GMU HWT: Roy Dragon, ODU