NORFOLK, Va. - ODU redshirt freshman wrestler Jack Dechow was named an additional nominee to the MAC Wrestler of the Week for his win against then No. 5-ranked Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa.
ODU's No. 19-ranked Jack Dechow (184) defeated Northern Iowa's All-American Ryan Loder by a 5-4 decision this past Sunday. Dechow handed Loder his first loss since the 2011-12 season. Dechow is 14-4 this season and 5-1 in the MAC.
Kent State's Ian Miller was named MAC Wrestler of the Week, while Sam Bennett (Northern Illinois), Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) and Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) joined Dechow on the additional nominee list.
Jack Dechow, Old Dominion—R-Freshman, Richmond, Ill. (Richmond-Burton High School)
Old Dominion redshirt freshman Jack Dechow delivered the match of the weekend with a 5-4 win against Northern Iowa's returning All-American and No. 5-ranked Ryan Loder at 184 lbs. Dechow quickly got on the board with a takedown in the second period and led Loder 3-1 heading into the third. Halfway into the third period Dechow delivered one decisive takedown to hand Loder (10-1) his first loss of the season. Dechow is 14-4, has won seven of his last eight matches and finishes 5-1 in the MAC this year.
MAC Wrestler of the Week
Ian Miller, Kent State—Sophomore, Oak Harbor, Ohio (Oak Harbor High School)
Kent State sophomore Ian Miller went 2-0 on Friday, Feb. 21 in dual meets against Missouri and Edinboro. Miller scored four takedowns in a 10-4 victory over Edinboro’s Johnny Greisheimer, who was ranked No. 15 in last week’s InterMat poll. Miller also topped No. 18 Joey Lavallee (Missouri) 3-2.
Sam Bennett, Northern Illinois—Junior, Anderson, Ind. (Anderson Highland High School)
Northern Illinois junior Sam Bennett played a big part in NIU's come-from-behind victory Sunday afternoon at Buffalo. After trailing 11-0 after three matches, Bennett took to the mat against Buffalo's Jake Campana with the Huskies down, 11-6. However, the redshirt junior was able to tie the match with a 15-0 technical fall win over Campana, which he clinched as time expired in the second period. Thanks in part to Bennett's match-tying win, the Huskies were able to claim a 20-14 win over the Bulls.
Dylan Peters, Northern Iowa—R-Freshman, Denver, Iowa (Denver High School)
Northern Iowa redshirt freshman Dylan Peters earned his 17th fall of the season against Brandon Jeske of Old Dominion to stay perfect in duals. He pinned Jeske in 4 minutes, 47 seconds. He is now tied for sixth among all Panthers for the most falls in a single season.
Headed into the dual with Old Dominion, Peters was fifth in the nation for falls at the Division I level. He had 10 against Division I opponents. He was fourth at the Midlands Championships and fifth at the Cliff Keen Invitational in the 125-pound weight class. As a prep athlete, Peters was a three-time state champion and finished with a 195-1 record. Many of those victories came by fall.
Peters is ranked sixth in the nation by InterMat and leads the conference in the rankings at 125 pounds. He is 28-4 this season (and career) and is 7-0 in the MAC.
Jeremy Johnson, Ohio—Senior, Broadview Heights, Ohio (Brecksville High School)
Ohio senior Jeremy Johnson was a perfect 2-0 this past Sunday as he posted victories over Justin Kozera from Gardner-Webb and Riley Shaw from Cleveland State. With the wins, Johnson helped Ohio earn its fifth and sixth victories at home and improve to 13-4 overall. In addition, Johnson recorded his 12th–consecutive win and improved his team-best record to 33-4.
ODU competes in the National Collegiate Open this Sunday before heading off to the MAC Tournament on March 8.
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