Monarchs Take Fifth at Virginia Duals With Three Wins on Day Two

January 10, 2009
By ODU Athletics

Jan. 10, 2009

HAMPTON, Va. -- The 23rd ranked ODU Monarchs (9-5/1-0) posted three wins on the second day of the Virginia Duals, including a win over 24th ranked Kent State in the fifth place dual match. The Monarchs took fifth with an 18-15 win over the Golden Flashes powered by a dramatic win at 197 lbs by junior Jesse Strawn against long-time rival Eric Chine on a takedown with under one second remaining in the match. Old Dominion also defeated Rider and Navy on the second day.

ODU started the day with a 25-12 win over Rider, posting seven wins in the nine contested weight classes. They advanced to face Navy in the consolation semi's and won six weights en route to a 22-12 win before facing Kent State. Old Dominion also posted six wins against #24 Kent State to win 18-15.

Against the nationally ranked program, ODU's #5 James Nicholson won 7-2 against #20 Nicholas Bedelyon at 125 lbs and #7 Ryan Williams won 3-1 against #13 Drew Lashaway.

"We had an above average weekend," said head coach Steve Martin. "Overall I thought a lot of guys were able to build this weekend and it was good to win in front of the home crowd."

In the first match of the day, ODU took on conference rival Rider in dual action and posted seven wins. ODU won the first four matches with three bonus point victories as Nicholson and Williams posted major victories and Joey Metzler grabbed a technical fall over Don Miller (149). Kaylen Baxter (157) battled for a fifth straight win for the Monarchs but could not hold Michael Kessler down in the third period and the Bronc took the match 3-2 with a late escape point.

Chris Brown and Eric Decker followed with a pair of victories at 165 and 174 to seal the win for ODU, up 22-6 with just three matches remaining. ODU forfeited at 184, won a 6-2 decision by Strawn at 197 and lost a tight 4-2 decision at 285.

Final Results: #23 Old Dominion 25, Rider 12
125: #5 James Nicholson (ODU) win by major decision Tim Trivisonno (Rider), 18-7
133: #19 Kyle Hutter (ODU) win by decision Jimmy Kirchner (Rider), 14-9
141: #7 Ryan Williams (ODU) win by major decision Fred Rodgers (Rider), 11-2
149: Joey Metzler (ODU) win by technical fall Don Miller (Rider), 21-4
157: Michael Kessler (Rider) win by decision Kaylen Baxter (ODU), 3-2
165: Chris Brown (ODU) win by decision Jason Lapham (Rider), 3-1
174: Eric Decker (ODU) win by decision Mike Ward (Rider), 3-0
184: #6 Doug Umbehauer win by forfeit
197: #15 Jesse Strawn (ODU) win by decision Mike Miller (Rider), 6-2
285: Ed Bordas (Rider) win by decision Roy Dragon III (ODU), 4-2

ODU advanced to face Navy, ranked 21st in the nation in the preseason and receiving votes in the national polls until last week, and defeated the Midshipmen by a final score of 22-12.

Old Dominion again jumped on top, winning the first three matches, all in bonus point victories. Nicholson earned a technical fall over Allan Stein, Hutter a major decision over Aaron Kalil and Williams posted a major over Matt Pagan.

Navy bounced back with four wis in the next five matches, including a 9-3 decision from #5 Bryce Saddoris at 149 lbs, but ODU would get wins at 165, 197 and heavyweight to seal the win. ODU junior Eric Decker nearly toppled the 17th ranked 174-pounder in the nation, Luke Rebertus, but just missed the win, falling 4-3 to the freshman Midshipman.

Senior Ryan Williams won his fourth straight at the Duals to tie former teammate Adam Wright for third on the all-time career wins list for ODU, with 120 victories. He would later take sole possession of third with his fifth win at the duals and 121st career win.

Final Results: #23 Old Dominion 22, Navy 12
125: #5 James Nicholson (ODU) win by technical fall Allan Stein (Navy), 20-5
133: #19 Kyle Hutter (ODU) win by major decision Aaron Kalil (Navy), 11-1
141: #7 Ryan Williams (ODU) win by major decision Matt Pagan (Navy), 16-8
149: #5 Bryce Saddoris (Navy) win by decision Joey Metzler (ODU), 9-3
157: Glen Shober (Navy) win by decision Kaylen Baxter (ODU), 3-2
165: Chris Brown (ODU) win by decision Matt DeMichiel (Navy), 3-1
174: #17 Luke Rebertus (Navy) win by decision Eric Decker (ODU), 4-3
184: Casey Caldwell (Navy) win by decision Joe Budi (ODU), 11-5
197: #15 Jesse Strawn (ODU) win by decision Phillip Neese (Navy), 3-2
285: Roy Dragon III (ODU) win by decision Mike Landis (Navy), 6-2

With no worse than a sixth place finish locked up, ODU advanced to face Kent State immediately following the match against Navy. The match between the two nationally ranked programs featured nine nationally ranked wrestlers. ODU, ranked one slot ahead of the Golden Flashes, posted an 18-15 win with six individual victories.

"Kent State was a good win for us, especially winning in basically the last second," said Martin. "They will be contending for the conference title with CMU, who we face again in a couple weeks."

The first matchup was between Nicholson, ranked 5th in the nation and Nic Bedelyon, ranked 20th. Nicholson went up 7-0 in the match and went on to post his fifth win against a nationally ranked opponent this year.

At 133 lbs, Hutter, ranked 19th faced #11 Dan Mitcheff in a very competitive match that wasn't decided until the first tiebreaker, as Mitcheff escaped and won 2-1. Then, at 141 lbs, in the third straight matchup of top 20 opponents, Williams, ranked 7th at 141 lbs, won with a takedown in the first sudden victory over #13 Drew Lashaway.

With the first seven matches being decided by decision, ODU held just a 15-6 edge headed into the upper weights, where Kent State boasts two top five wrestlers. #5 Dustin Kilgore (184) and #5 Jermail Porter (HWT) both faced unranked grapplers for ODU, putting a huge weight on junior Jesse Strawn in the 197 lbs bout to seal the victory for ODU. Kilgore won with a technical fall to close the gap to 15-11 in the team score, but any form of win for Strawn would seal the win for ODU.

"It's an old rivalry for me," said Strawn. "We have gone back and forth since my freshman year; I knew the team was on my shoulders this time."

Strawn fell behind in the first after a takedown, but escaped to cut the lead before the second period. In the second, Strawn chose down and was able to get to his feet. When Chine tried to trip Strawn back to the mat, he spun and scored a reversal on the Golden Flash grappler, going ahead 3-2. Chine was able to escape to tie it back up before the third, and then took down and escaped again in the third to pull ahead 3-4.

The two traded shots down the stretch but neither was able to score until the final 10 seconds. Chine looked like he might have Strawn on the edge, but the Monarch spun back around and grabbed Chine's legs, taking him to the mat as time expired for a 5-4 takedown and the ODU victory.

"It was really nice to come out on top the way I did," said Strawn. "Being ranked now, I have to be more consistent and I did this not only for me, but for the team. Martin always says when you hit that wall you just have to push through -- that's what I did today."

The Monarchs won by a final of 18-15.

Final Results: #23 Old Dominion 18, #24 Kent State 15
125: #5 James Nicholson (ODU) win by decision #20 Nic Bedelyon (Kent State), 7-2
133: #11 Dan Mitcheff (Kent State) win by decision #19 Kyle Hutter (ODU), 2-1
141: #7 Ryan Williams (ODU) win by decision #13 Drew Lashaway (Kent State), 3-1
149: Joey Metzler (ODU) win by decision Jeremy Depoy (Kent State), 6-2
157: Ross Tice (Kent State) win by decision Kaylen Baxter (ODU), 6-2
165: Chris Brown (ODU) win by decision Obie Simpson (Kent State), 4-1
174: Eric Decker (ODU) win by decision Chris Estep (Kent State), 3-1
184: #5 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) win by technical fall Derek Coffey (ODU), 17-1
197: #15 Jesse Strawn (ODU) win by decision Eric Chine (Kent State), 5-4
285: #5 Jermail Porter (Kent State) win by major decision Roy Dragon III (ODU), 14-0

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