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ODU Wrestling Receives Letters Of Intent From Four High Profile Recruits

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 17, 2005
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Nov. 17, 2005

NORFOLK, VA - The Old Dominion University wrestling program has announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Matthew Edmondson, Adam Koballa, Daniel Rivera, and Jesse Strawn will wrestle for the Monarchs beginning in the fall of 2006.

"We are looking forward to adding these four outstanding student-athletes to our program. They will add talent and depth to our recruiting class from last year. All four have performed well on the national level, and they have the drive to take our program to the next level. Not only are they very talented wrestlers, but they also have excellent academic backgrounds," head coach Steve Martin comments on the new signees.

Matthew Edmondson: Hails from Adel, Georgia and wrestles for Cook County high school at 189 lbs. He is a three-time state place winner and a one time Georgia State Champion. He was third in the state at 145 lbs. as a freshman, second in the state at 160 lbs. as a sophomore, and was a state champion at 189 pounds as a junior. He boasts a career record of 124-17 and has pinned 112 of his opponents. He is a 2004 Cadet Freestyle All-American and 2004 NHSCA Pre-Season National Champion, and was a 2005 NHSCA Junior National All-American. Edmondson is nationally ranked by Intermat, USA Wrestling, Wrestling USA and is ranked fifth in the nation at 189 pounds by W.I.N. Magazine

Steve Martin on Matthew Edmondson: "Matt is a tough, hard nosed, physical competitor that will add depth at 184 and 197 lbs. He is an accomplished freestyle wrestler and has a knack for pinning people. Matt is outstanding in the classroom and looks forward to pursuing a degree in Pre-Med at Old Dominion."

Adam Koballa: Comes to ODU from Bedford, Ohio where he wrestles at 130 pounds for St. Peter Chanel high school. He is a two-time state place winner and a one time Ohio State Champion. He was a state qualifier as a freshman at 112 pounds, was a state champion as a sophomore at 125 pounds, and placed third in the state his junior year at 125 lbs. Koballa has a career record of 108-22, was an All-American at the NHSCA Junior Nationals at 125 lbs. in 2005, and is ranked 14th in the nation by W.I.N. Magazine at 130 lbs.

Steve Martin on Adam Koballa: "Adam is a technical, physical wrestler that has competed against and defeated some of the best wrestlers in the country. One of the goals of our program is to recruit from a wrestling rich state such as Ohio. He will add depth to our program at 133 lbs. Adam plans on pursuing a business degree through the College of Business and Public Administration."

Daniel Rivera: He is from Winter Springs high school in Winter Springs, Florida and wrestles at 160 pounds. Rivera is a two-time Florida state place winner, is an accomplished freestyle wrestler as he was a 2005 FILA Cadet All-American, and was a member of the 2005 FILA Cadet World Team.

Steve Martin on Daniel Rivera: "Daniel is a physical specimen that will fit in well with the program. He has a tremendous work ethic that makes a perfect fit for our program. He is also an outstanding academic prospect in the field of chemistry. Rivera will contend for a starting position at 165/174 lbs."

Jesse Strawn: Strawn is from Holton, Kansas and wrestles for Holton high school at 189 pounds. He is a two time state runner-up and a one time Kansas State Champion. As a freshman he was second in the state at 152 lbs., as a sophomore he was second at 160 lbs. and as a junior he was a state champion at 189 lbs. He has a career record of 113-4 with 90 of those decisions resulting in falls. All four of his career losses were to Ross Taplin, a top recruit of the 2004 class who now competes at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Strawn is the 2005 Brute/Adidas National Runner-up, is ranked third in the nation by Intermat at 189 lbs, and is the 67th ranked recruit overall, regardless of weight class.

Steve Martin on Jesse Strawn: "Jesse Strawn is a great competitor because he is able to handle anything that is thrown his way. He is tenacious from the top position and has a true feel for putting people on their backs. We project him at 197 lbs. Off the mat, he has very high academic standards for himself as he plans to pursue a career as a chiropractor and enter into the College of Sciences."

"These four student-athletes are a perfect fit for our program both on and off the mat. They are experienced national competitors as well as being accomplished freestyle wrestlers. They have goals of being All-Americans and National Champions and competing for the right to represent the U.S. in future freestyle competitions."

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