Wrestling Monarchs Top Bucknell, 19-16
By ODU Athletics
Jan. 24, 2010
NORFOLK, Va. - A James Nicholson pin in the opening bout and a Chris Brown major decision at the midway point proved to be critical as the No. 25 Old Dominion wrestling team bested Bucknell, 19-16, in a non-conference matchup at the Ted Constant Convocation Center Sunday afternoon.
Old Dominion improves to 8-3-1 overall, while Bucknell falls to 8-4 on the year.
"Our team fought hard today and we had great effort from all 10 weights," said ODU head coach Steve Martin. "Since half of our lineup is made up of true freshmen or redshirt freshmen, we are learning to compete consistently throughout the match. Our freshmen are improving each match and will be hard to beat once March rolls around. Bucknell is a tough team and we knew that we would need bonus points to win the match. We have a stiff challenge next weekend against #12 Central Michigan at home.We look forward to the opportunity to compete against another top 20 program next weekend!"
Nicholson, ranked No. 3 by WIN and No. 7 by Intermat at 125-pounds, gave the Monarchs a comfortable 6-0 cushion with a pin at the 2:11 mark over Bucknell's Derrik Russell.
After a Bucknell win at 133-pounds, redshirt freshman Craig Wilson picked up a critical 3-2 decision over the Bison's John Regan at 141-pounds.
Trailing 1-0 midway through the second period, Wilson scored a takedown, but Regan escaped to tie the score at two going into the third. Wilson wasted little time escaping from down position, gaining neutral position just eight second into the final period. The Farmington Missouri native would hold onto his one-point edge to put the Monarchs up 9-3 in the team scoring.
Brown, ranked No. 14 at 165-pounds, had control throughout in his match against Bucknell's Corey Lear. The only question was could the senior garner a major decision.
Leading 8-3 and with well over a minute in riding time, Brown scored a takedown with 20 second remaining in the third period to score the major decision and give the Monarchs the lead back (13-10).
Bucknell would tie the match at 13 with a decision at 174-pounds, but ODU sophomore Joe Budi and senior Jesse Strawn both picked up decisions to give the Monarchs a 19-13 edge going into the final bout.
At heavyweight, Bucknell's Joe McMullan tried frantically to pin ODU's Grant Chapman, but the Monarch freshman fought hard to deny McMullan. Trailing 3-0 in the third period, Chapman choose down and scored a reversal to cut McMullans lead to 3-2. McMullan escaped and netted a late takedown, but Chapman only relinquished three team points by losing a decision which gave the Monarchs the 19-16 win.
Old Dominion will next be in action on Sunday, Jan. 31 as the Monarchs welcome Central Michigan to the Ted Constant Convocation Center for a 5:30 match.