ODU Hosts Eastern Michigan in MAC Opener Friday
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion Monarchs wrestling team hosts the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
Friday’s match against Eastern Michigan is ODU’s Mid-American Conference debut. The Monarchs come into this match with a 2-3 dual meet record. Their two wins came against two ranked opponents in the Hokie Duals. ODU defeated North Carolina, 25-6 and improved to 2-1 with a 20-19 win over Wisconsin in Salem, Va. ODU is led by their three nationally ranked wrestlers: No. 12 Chris Mecate (141), No. 20 Alexander Richardson (149) and No. 17 Tristan Warner (157) (polls by AWN and Intermat).
Mecate enters this weekend 8-3 on the year. During the season Mecate won six straight matches including defeating No. 10 Jesse Thielke of Wisconsin by a major decision, 8-0.
At 149 pounds, Alexander Richardson is 7-3 on the season. He began the season by defeating his first six opponents, including three by pin. Entering Sunday, Richardson had gone 4-0 in dual matches. He lost a close 5-3 decision to Tech’s No. 9-ranked Zach Neibert.
ODU junior Tristan Warner is at 157 pounds and has a 7-2 record this season. He was named one of the four MAC Players of the Week after he defeated Iowa State’s John Nicholson 6-3 by a decision and Virginia Tech’s Sal Mastriani 7-2 by a decision. Warner enters the week ranked No. 17 by Intermat and No. 19 by Amateur Wrestling News. He has won five of his last six matches.
The Eagles of Eastern Michigan are 5-1 after defeating No. 23 Stanford, 18-16. EMU defeated Tiffin, Gardner-Webb, Drexel and Clarion. Their lone loss came on the road to Michigan State.
Eastern Michigan redshirt senior Jared Germaine (125) is 5-0 on the year and is ranked No. 26 by Wrestling Report. Redshirt senior Phillip Joseph (184) is 8-2 this year and is also ranked No. 30 by Wrestling Report. Redshirt senior Nick Whitenburg is 3-2 this season and is ranked No. 26 in the Wrestling Report poll.
This will be the first ever meeting between these two schools.
Eastern Michigan Probable Starters125: Jared Germaine (5-0)
133: Vinny Pizzuto (7-3)
141: Nick Barber (5-1)
149: Matt VanCuren or Mike Shaw (4-2)/ (1-4)
157: Brandon Zeerip (2-3)
165: Jake Davis (1-4)
174: Mike Curby (4-2)
184: Phillip Joseph (8-2)
197: Nick Whitenburg (3-2)
285: Khodar Hoballah or Cole Dillman (3-3)/(2-4)
ODU Probable Starters125: Brandon Jeske (5-5)
or 125: Buddy Scarborough (10-6)
133: Scott Festejo (2-2)
or 133: Michael Hayes (4-3)
141: Chris Mecate (8-3)
149: Alexander Richardson (7-3)
157: Tristan Warner (7-2)
165: Dillon Geoghegan (1-5)
or 165: Devin Geoghegan (6-3)
174: Billy Curling (2-3)
184: Austin Coburn (11-6)
197: Kevin Beazley (5-3)
or 197: Jake Henderson (4-2)
285: Matt Tourdot (6-3)
Check out the Cash Bar Social starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Big Blue Room. The first 100 students to arrive on Friday night will receive a FREE ODU Wrestling MAC T-Shirt!
A live blog will feature updates throughout the match at ODUSports.com. Also, follow updates on Twitter @ODUWrestling.
Fans can watch the Monarchs wrestle Eastern Michigan by clicking here-
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