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Five Incoming Wrestlers Named All-American By Wrestling USA

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Release: June 21, 2006
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June 21, 2006

NORFOLK, Va. -- Head coach Steve Martin's incoming class continues to add more honors and awards as five future Monarch wrestlers were named All-American by Wrestling USA. Matt Edmondson was named First Team All-American, while Jesse Strawn, Billy Chamberlain, James Nicholson, and Adam Koballa all earned Honorable Mention honors.

Edmondson (197), from Adel High School in Georgia boasted a career record of 124-17 and pinned 112 of his opponents. He was the 2004 Cadet Freestyle All-American, 2005 NHSCA Junior National All-American, was a three-time state place winner, capturing the Georgia State Championship as a junior at 189 pounds.

Strawn (184-197), a native of Holton, Kansas was a two-time Kansas State runner up and won the state title as a junior at 189 pounds. He held a career record of 113-4, with 90 of those decisions by falls. Strawn was also the Dave Schultz High School Excellence award winner from the state of Kansas. The award, given out by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, is bestowed upon high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in wrestling success, scholastic achievement, character, citizenship and community service.

Chamberlain (125) was the Pennsylvania state champion and compiled a 110-21 career record. Chamberlain was the MAWA Eastern Nationals Champion, as well as Junior Greco, USA Wrestling, Brute Adidas and FILA Junior Greco All-American.

Nicholson, from Roosevelt High School in Iowa went undefeated during his senior year at 42-0 and won the Iowa State Championship at 119 pounds. He was awarded several honors including two-time state Greco State Champion and two-time Brute Adidas All-American. Nicholson compiled a 132-19 career record, earned first team academic all-state honors, and was named Roosevelt's Man of the Year.

Adam Koballa, a native of Bedford Ohio, scholastically attended St. Peter Chanel where he was an Ohio State Champion and two-time state place winner at 130 lbs. He was a state qualifier as a freshman at 112 pounds, state champion as a sophomore at 125 pounds, and placed third in the state his junior year at 125 lbs. Koballa earned a career record of 108-22, was an All-American at the NHSCA Junior Nationals at 125 lbs. in 2005, and was ranked 14th in the nation by W.I.N. Magazine at 130 lbs.

Martin's incoming class of grapplers have been considered one of the top groups in the country. For the second year in a row Martin has compiled a Top Ten class. W.I.N. Magazine listed incoming Old Dominion recruits at No. 8 and were featured among some of the powerhouses of collegiate wrestling. All five members of the BIG 12 were featured on the list with Old Dominion ranking just behind four-time national champion Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Missouri and ahead of Oklahoma and Iowa State. Martin's class featured four wrestlers ranked by W.I.N., one of 11 schools in the magazine's Top 25 to have as many incomers ranked. IntermatWrestling.com listed the incoming Monarch class at No. 10. Old Dominion was the only CAA team in the top 30 on the list and joined Lehigh, Oklahoma State, and Penn State as the only programs to have signed at least five nationally ranked wrestlers.

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