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2014 MAC WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 03, 2014
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KENT, Ohio. - The Old Dominion University wrestling team will take part in their first ever Mid-American Conference tournament this Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9. The MAC Tournament will feature competition for the 41 automatic available spots to the NCAA Championship.

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2013 MAC Championship in Review

The 2014 MAC Wrestling Championship Schedule:
Preliminary Matches: Saturday, 12 p.m.
Quarterfinals: Sat., 1:00 p.m.
Consolation Round 1: Sat., 4 p.m.
Championship Semifinals: Sat., 4 p.m.
Consolation Round 2: Sat., 4 p.m.
Consolation Semifinals: Sunday, 12 p.m.
Final-Consolations and Finals: Sun., 1:20 p.m.

Old Dominion's Starters:
125- Brandon Jeske (16-12); (3-2) MAC
133- Michael Hayes (11-12); (2-4) MAC
141- Chris Mecate (25-6); (7-1) MAC
149- Alexander Richardson (23-7); (6-2) MAC
157- Tristan Warner (17-9); (6-2) MAC
165- Devin Geoghegan (10-16); (1-6) MAC
174- Billy Curling (15-7); (7-1) MAC
184- Jack Dechow (14-4); (5-1) MAC
197- Kevin Beazley (16-12); (3-5) MAC
HWT- Matt Tourdot (12-14); (2-5) MAC

The MAC will be sending 41 wrestlers to the NCAA Wrestling Championship, including the 10 individual champions from the 2014 MAC Championship. This year, the MAC has been granted the third most automatic qualifiers in the country, including five berths apiece at the 133, 141, 157, 174, 184 weight classes. The MAC received four berths at 125 and 149, along with three berths at 165 and 285. The champion and runner-up at 197 will earn the automatic bid to the NCAA's. 

MAC Qualifier Allocations by Weight Class:
125: (4)
133: (5)
141: (5)
149: (4)
157: (5)
165: (3)
174: (5)
184: (5)
197: (2)
HWT: (3)
TOTAL: (41)

MAC Tourney Preview: Breaking Down Each Weight Class:

125- MAC gets 4 Automatic Bids

ODU's Brandon Jeske (FR) 16-12 overall, 3-2 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 19
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 30
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Other Contenders:
Northern Iowa- Dylan Peters (FR) 28-4 overall, 7-0 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 3
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 6
TheOpenMat.com: 5
InterMat: 6

Eastern Michigan- Jared Germaine (SR) 18-1 overall
RPI Ranking: 27
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 16
TheOpenMat.com: 15
InterMat: 16

Central Michigan- Corey Keener (FR) 17-10 overall, 5-3 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 20
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 24
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

133- MAC gets 5 Automatic Bids

ODU's Michael Hayes (FR) 11-12 overall, 2-4 MAC 
RPI Ranking: NR
Coaches' Panel Ranking: NR
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Other Contenders:
Northern Iowa- Joe Colon (SR) 27-1 overall, 7-0 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 3
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 1
TheOpenMat.com: 1
InterMat: 1

Central Michigan- Joe Roth (SR) 21-6 overall, 7-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 10
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 12
TheOpenMat.com: 12
InterMat: 11

Eastern Michigan-Vinnie Pizzuto (SO) 18-7 overall 
RPI Ranking: 29
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 26
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Kent State-Mac McGuire (SO) 24-12 overall, 5-3 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 14
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 21
TheOpenMat.com: 19
InterMat: NR

141- MAC gets 5 Automatic Bids

ODU's Chris Mecate (SO) 25-6 overall, 7-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 2
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 4
TheOpenMat.com: 4
InterMat: 4

Other Contenders:
Central Michigan-Zach Horan (SO) 27-3 overall, 7-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 8
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 6
TheOpenMat.com: 8
InterMat: 7

Northern Iowa- Joey Lazor (SR) 13-5 overall, 4-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: NR
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 16
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: 20

Kent State- Tyler Small (JR) 21-15 overall, 5-3 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 17
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 24
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Missouri- Lavion Mayes (FR) 25-11 overall
RPI Ranking: 16
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 19
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: 18

149- MAC gets 4 Automatic Bids

ODU's Alexander Richardson (SO) 23-7 overall, 6-2 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 13
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 15
TheOpenMat.com: 15
InterMat: 14

Other Contenders:
Missouri- Drake Houdashelt (JR) 31-1 overall, 8-0 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 2
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 1
TheOpenMat.com: 1
InterMat: 1

Ohio-Tywan Claxton (JR) 24-4 overall
RPI Ranking: 15
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 17
TheOpenMat.com: 16
InterMat: 17

Kent State- Michael DePalma (SO) 21-17 overall, 5-2 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 27
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 27
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

157- MAC gets 5 Automatic Bids

ODU's Tristan Warner (JR) 17-9 overall, 6-2 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 24
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 22
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Other Contenders:
Kent State- Ian Miller (SO) 24-4 overall, 4-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 7
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 5
TheOpenMat.com: 8
InterMat: 5

Central Michigan- Luke Smith (SO) 17-9 overall, 5-2 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 21
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 17
TheOpenMat.com: 17
InterMat: 20

Missouri- Joey Lavallee (FR) 24-8 overall 
RPI Ranking: 10
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 20
TheOpenMat.com: 20
InterMat: 18

Eastern Michigan- Brandon Zeerip (SR) 19-9 overall
RPI Ranking: 22
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 29
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: 19

165- MAC gets 3 Automatic Bids

ODU's Devin Geoghegan (SO) 10-16 overall, 1-6 MAC 
RPI Ranking: NR
Coaches' Panel Ranking: NR
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Other Contenders:
Northern Iowa- Cooper Moore (FR) 23-6 overall, 7-0 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 4
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 12
TheOpenMat.com: 7
InterMat: 11

Missouri- Zach Toal (SR) 22-4 overall
RPI Ranking: 11
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 11
TheOpenMat.com: 14
InterMat: 12

174- MAC gets 5 Automatic Bids

ODU's Billy Curling (SR) 15-7 overall, 7-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 21
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 18
TheOpenMat.com: 16
InterMat: 18

Other Contenders:
Central Michigan-Mike Ottinger (JR) 22-4 overall, 7-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 10
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 8
TheOpenMat.com: 8
InterMat: 8

Ohio- Cody Walters (SO) 9-2 overall
RPI Ranking: NR
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 12
TheOpenMat.com: 13
InterMat: 14

Northern Iowa- Cody Caldwell (SO) 14-11 overall, 4-3 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 18
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 21
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Kent State- Caleb Marsh (JR) 17-8 overall, 5-3 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 16
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 27
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

184- MAC gets 5 Automatic Bids

ODU's Jack Dechow (FR) 14-4 overall, 5-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 10
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 18
TheOpenMat.com: 20
InterMat: 18

Other Contenders:
Northern Iowa- Ryan Loder (SR) 10-1 overall, 4-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: NR
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 8
TheOpenMat.com: 8
InterMat: 7

Missouri- Johnny Eblen (JR) 20-7 overall 
RPI Ranking: 11
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 14
TheOpenMat.com: 14
InterMat: 14

Kent State- Sam Wheeler (SO) 27-5 overall, 6-1 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 5
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 10
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Eastern Michigan- Phillip Joseph (SR) 20-6 overall 
RPI Ranking: 27
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 28
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

197- MAC gets 2 Automatic Bids

ODU's Kevin Beazley (FR) 16-12 overall, 3-5 MAC 
RPI Ranking: 33
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 28
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Other Contenders:
Ohio- Phil Wellington (SO) 30-2 overall 
RPI Ranking: 6
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 8
TheOpenMat.com: 8
InterMat: 8

Other Contenders:
Missouri- J'den Cox (FR) 30-2 overall 
RPI Ranking: 4
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 2
TheOpenMat.com: 2
InterMat: 2

HWT- MAC gets 3 Automatic Bids

ODU's Matt Tourdot (JR) 12-14 overall, 2-5 MAC 
RPI Ranking: NR
Coaches' Panel Ranking: NR
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Other Contenders:
Ohio- Jeremy Johnson (SR) 33-3 overall 
RPI Ranking: 7
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 10
TheOpenMat.com: 11
InterMat: 11

Missouri- Devin Mellon (JR) 22-9 overall 
RPI Ranking: 20
Coaches' Panel Ranking: 25
TheOpenMat.com: NR
InterMat: NR

Following the MAC Championships, the 41 automatic berth recipients will compete at the NCAAs on March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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