No. 24 Old Dominion Sweeps Quad Meet
By ODU Athletics
Jan. 3, 2010
NORFOLK, Va. - The 24th ranked Old Dominion wrestling team put forth an impressive performance in their home opener Sunday, topping Purdue, Rider and UNC Greensboro in a quad meet at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
Junior James Nicholson, ranked No. 4 nationally, won all three of his bouts, including two by technical fall and one by pin. Senior Chris Brown, ranked No. 10, also swept his trio of matchups, picking up a technical fall and a major decision in the process.
The Monarchs (3-1, 1-0 CAA) upended Purdue, which is receiving votes in the latest national polls, 17-14 in the closest match of the day. Redshirt freshman Grant Chapman won the clinching match at the heavyweight spot to give ODU the victory.
Old Dominion also topped UNC Greensboro, 36-7 and CAA foe Rider, 19-15.
In the opening match of the day, Old Dominion rolled past UNC Greensboro. The Monarchs won the first seven bouts and eight overall.
A win by senior Eric Decker at 174-pounds would put ODU up 33-0. The Spartans would win two of the final three matches.
Rider topped Purdue 25-10 in the other 11 a.m. match.
In the most thrilling match of the day, the Monarchs and Boilermakers battled until the last bout. Brothers James and John Nicholson each won their matchups to give ODU an early 8-6 lead. Consecutive wins by Brown and freshman Joey Sheridan gave the Monarchs a 14-6 cushion.
Purdue would fight back though, winning three straight decisions to make the heavyweight bout between Chapman and Adam Walls the deciding matchup. The final bout was a thriller as it went all the way to a tiebreaker, where Chapman pulled through with a 3-2 win to give the Monarchs their second consecutive win over the Boilermakers.
Rider bested UNC Greensboro 38-9 to pit the only two undefeated teams against each other in the last match.
The Monarchs once again used a critical James Nicholson win to take an early lead. Rider would win three of the next four matches though to grab a 9-8 lead.
Brown would stop the Broncs momentum as he used a flurry of third round takedowns to get a major decision win over Rob Morrison at 165-pounds. Decker and sophomore Joe Budi also won their matches to put the Monarchs up 19-9 with two bouts remaining.
At 197-pounds a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers met as No. 19 Tyler Smith of Rider topped No. 13 Jesse Strawn, 7-4. Rider also grabbed a win with No. 17 Ed Bordan in the heavyweight bout, but they could not amount enough points to surpass conference rival Old Dominion.
Purdue picked up its first win of the day by topping UNC Greensboro 30-9 in the other 3 p.m. match.
The Monarchs will next be in action at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va. The two-day event will begin on January 8th at the Hampton Coliseum.