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2001-2002 Wrestling Recap

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: March 12, 2002
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March 12, 2002

Norfolk, VA-Old Dominion senior Jeff Rusak (Reading, PA) will wrestle in the 2002 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Albany, NY, March 21-23. The senior captured his second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association title at 174 last weekend and is still undefeated (33-0) heading into the championship.

Rusak has a career record of 133-17 and will be making his fourth consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championship. He is undefeated against nationally-ranked opponents this year (6-0) and has captured tournament titles at Mat-Town U.S.A., the Virginia Intercollegiate Championships and the CAA Championships. Rusak is also a three-time CAA wrestler of the week selection this year and is ranked fourth nationally.

Overall, the Monarchs finished eighth at the CAA Championships last weekend. After struggling with injuries, ODU reeled off five straight wins to finish 6-9 during the regular season. Here is a look at how the Monarchs fared during the regular and post-season:

125-Sophomore John Starkes (Chesapeake, VA) finished the season 19-13 and 1-2 in the CAA Championships.

133-Senior Paul Jimenez (Norfolk, VA) finished his career at ODU with a 57-40 record and a CAA title back in 1999. He was 14-10 this season with a 1-2 record and one pin at the CAA's.

141-Sophomore Blake Romano (Boiling Springs, PA) bounced back from injuries to post a 11-9 record this season, 2-2 at the conference championship.

149-Freshman Casey Todd (Monroe, NY) finished the season with a 11-19 record.

157-Junior Jesse Pearce (Norfolk, VA) made it to the consolation semifinals at the CAA Championship, finishing 2-2. He season ended with a 19-11 record.

165-Junior Ben Summerlin (Lynchburg, VA) finished with a 18-11 record with 10 pins. He was 2-2 at the CAA Championship.

184-Newcomer John Adams (Chesapeake, VA) enjoyed a solid freshman campaign, finishing 12-12 overall after wrestling in three different weight classes (165,174,184).

197-Sophomore Greg Gill (Chesapeake, VA) was 10-13 this season, 0-2 at the CAA's.

285-Sophomore Derrell Lorthridge (Wilmington, DE) finished 1-2 at the conference championship to raise his season record to 20-13. Lorthridge has 42 wins in just two years of competition so far.


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