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Monarch Wrestling Dominates ODU Invitational

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: November 17, 2001
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Nov. 17, 2001

NORFOLK, VA-The Monarch wrestling squad took first place in six of ten weight classes today at the Old Dominion University Invitational. Eight schools took part in the tournament, which is the annual home-schedule kick off for the Monarchs.

Jeff Rusak (Reading, PA) highlighted the performance by the ODU wrestlers today, becoming just the second four-time champ in school history. Rusak recorded three straight pins to take the title at 174, downing Howard's James Blanton in the championship match at the 1:39 mark.

Matt Small (Chesapeake, VA) and freshman Casey Todd (Monroe, NY) were also impressive, turning in dominating performances at 184 and 149 respectively. Small kicked off the day with a pin over Newport-News Apprentice's Josh Gosick and a 13-3 win over Chad Malone of Howard. The senior then dispatched Davidson's Jeff Libersat 13-0 in the championship match to claim his first ODU Invite title. Todd breezed through the brackets as well, claiming two major-decisions before eliminating Shippensburg's Jared Rosenfield in the 149 finals.

The Monarchs will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Lock Haven University for the prestigious Mat Town Tournament, featuring some of the best collegiate wrestling programs in the nation.

ODU INVITATIONAL-Shippensburg, Howard, Delaware State, Davidson, TCC-Norfolk, Newport-News Apprentice & Old Dominion


John Starkes (ODU) def. Chris Buckner (ODU), 2-1	1st place
Charlie Busch (ODU) def. Robbie Getz (SH), 1-0		3rd place
Chad Washington (DV) inj. def. Reginald Torrence (HU)	5th place
Paul Jimenez (ODU) def. Derek Butts (HU), 6-4 1st place Payton Lamb (ODU) def. Bill Schlegel (SH), 7-5 3rd place Todd Paradine (SH), 5th place
Jason Zinn (SH) def. Ryan Owens (DV), 14-7 1st place Blake Romano (ODU) wbf Zach Leathers (SH), 1:07 3rd place Myron Brayton (DS) maj. dec. AlaJuan Adams (H), 18-4 5th place
Casey Todd (ODU) wbf Jared Rosenfield (SH), :56 1st place Nic Hoffmaster (SH) def. Adam Sperling (DV), otride-out 3rd place Joseph Monegro (DS) def. Brad Alford (ODU), 4-3 5th place
Jeff Bender (DV) def. Andy Martin (SH), ot ride-out 1st place Jesse Pearce (ODU) maj. dec. Pat Lemay (SH) 3rd place

Ben Summerlin (ODU)/ John Adams (ODU)-double forfeit 1st place John Smith (DS) for. Mark O'Hair (DV) 3rd place Emmanuel Duffy (DS) for. Luke Cummings (SH) 5th place
Jeff Rusak (ODU) wbf James Blanton (HU), 1:39 1st place Aaron Telatovich (SH) def. Mark Campbell (ODU) 3rd place Ian Zearfus (SH) for. Jason Boone (NNA) 5th place
Matt Small (ODU) def. Jeff Libersat (DV), 13-0 1st place Chad Malone (HU) wbf Shelly Wertz (SH) 3rd place Josh Gosick (NNA), 5th place
Greg Gill (ODU) inj. def. Mike Yetter (ODU) 1st place Miles Hamrick (NNA) def. Richard Foley (DS) 3rd place
Adrian Thompson (HU) def. Derrell Lorthridge (ODU), 3-1 1st place Mario Rinaldi (DS) wbf. John Beeman (SH), 3:56 3rd place Matt Gebhargt (NNA) for. John Hannum (SH) 5th place


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