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Old Dominion's Chris Mecate is seeded fifth in the NCAA Tournament
Courtesy: ODU Sports

Chris Mecate Draws Five Seed; ODU Sends Six to NCAA's

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 12, 2014
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NORFOLK, Va. - ODU's Chris Mecate earned a No. 5 seed at the NCAA wrestling tournament, while three other Monarchs were seeded in the top 16.

The NCAA announced the 330 student-athletes, including 45 at-large selections, who will be participating in the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, to begin March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Six Monarchs are headed to the NCAA tournament, which is the second most since Old Dominion sent seven two seasons ago. Old Dominon's Jack Dechow took the No. 13 seed at 184 pounds, Billy Curling earned the No. 15 seed at 174 pounds and Alexander Richardson was seeded No. 16 at 149 pounds. ODU's Tristan Warner (157) and Brandon Jeske (125) also qualified for the NCAA's with all six ODU wrestlers gaining automatic bids from the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Chris Mecate has a chance to become ODU's first All-American since James Nicholson in 2011. This will be the first NCAA Championship experience for Dechow and Jeske, while Mecate, Curling, Richardson and Warner have all had prior expereince.

SEEDINGS AND MATCHUPS BY WEIGHT CLASS

125- Brandon Jeske (19-13) vs. Corey Keener of Central Michigan (19-12). Jeske beat Keener 7-1 and 4-0 earlier this year. Jeske has won four of his last six matches (only losses to NCAA Qualifiers Dylan Peters and Jared Germaine). 

141- No. 5 Chris Mecate (27-7) vs. Joey Delgado of Oregon State (24-13). Mecate has won seven of his last eight matches and is coming off a second place finish at the MAC Tournament. ODU's highest seed has 11 wins over NCAA Qualifiers, was a No. 12 seed last year as a redshirt freshman and is 17-4 in 2014 (only losses to No. 1 Mitchell Port, No. 3 Zain Retherford, No. 11 Joey Lazor and NCAA Qualifier Nick Flannery).

149- No. 16 Alexander Richardson (25-8) vs. Justin Arthur of Clarion (26-14). Richardson is 13-2 since Jan. 2 (only losses to No. 1-ranked Drake Houdashelt) and is coming off a second place finish at the MAC Tournament.

157- Tristan Warner (19-11) vs. No. 12 Luke Smith of Central Michigan (19-10). Warner beat Smith by a 6-2 decision on Feb. 2 in their last meeting. The two did not meet at the MAC Tournament. Warner is 8-3 since Jan. 24 (only losses to NCAA Qualifiers Joseph LaVallee and Ian Miller).

174- No. 15 Billy Curling (17-8) vs. Shane Hughes of Colorado (22-8). Curling has won nine of his last 10 matches after finishing in second place at the MAC Tournament.

184- No. 13 Jack Dechow (17-4) vs. Jonathan Fausey of Virginia (15-9). Dechow beat Fausey by a 3-1 decision Jan. 19 at the Ted Constant Center. Dechow is the MAC Champion and has won 10 of his last 11.

WINS VS. NCAA QUALIFIERS BY WEIGHT CLASS

125- Brandon Jeske
1/2/14 125 Eddie Klimara (Oklahoma State) W, 7-3 dec.
1/2/14 125 Caleb Richardson (Penn) W, 3-1 dec.
2/2/14 125 Corey Keener (CMU) W, 7-1 dec.
3/9/14 125 Corey Keener (CMU) W, 4-0 dec.

141- Chris Mecate
11/17/13 141 Sam Speno (NC ST.) W, 5-0 dec.
11/24/13 141 Gabe Moreno (ISU) W, 3-0 dec.
1/1/14 141 Edgar Bright (Pitt) W, 6-1 dec.
1/2/14 141 Evan Henderson (UNC) W, 3-2 dec.
1/2/14 141 Chris Dardanes (Minn) W, 4-3 dec.
1/10/14 141 Daniel Neff (Lock Haven) W, 6-1 SV-2
1/19/14 141 Joseph Spisak (UVA) W, 3-1 dec.
2/2/14 141 Zach Horan (CMU) W, 4-2 dec.
2/16/14 141 Lavion Mayes (Mizzou) W, 2-1 dec.
2/23/14 141 Joey Lazor (UNI) W, 10-8 dec.
3/8/14 141 Lavion Mayes (Mizzou) W, 4-3 dec.

149- Alexander Richardson
1/1/14 149 Dyllan Cottrell (Appalachian)
1/2/14 149 Mike Racciato (Pitt) W, 8-3 dec.
1/10/14 149 Macaulay Maldarelli (Lock Haven) W, 3-2 dec.
1/10/14 149 David Habat (Edinboro) W, 5-3 dec.
1/31/14 149 Robert Jillard (Northern Illinois) W, 7-5 SV-2
2/9/14 149 Tyron Claxton (Ohio) W, 4-3 dec.
3/8/14 149 Robert Jillard (NIU) W, 9-4 dec.
3/8/14 149 Tyron Claxton (Ohio) W, 5-3 dec.

157- Tristan Warner
11/17/13 157 Tommy Gantt (NC State) W, 4-2 dec.
12/6/13 157 Brandon Zeerip (EMU) W, 9-2 dec.
2/2/14 157 Luke Smith (CMU) W, 6-2 dec.
2/9/14 157 Spartak Chino (Ohio) W, 3-0 dec.
3/8/14 157 Spartak Chino (Ohio) W, 8-4 dec.
3/9/14 157 Brandon Zeerip (EMU) W, 9-2 dec.

174- Billy Curling
2/2/14 174 Mike Ottinger (CMU) W, 5-4 dec.
2/9/14 174 Cody Walters (Ohio) W, 7-2 dec.
2/16/14 174 Mike England (Mizzou) W, 10-3 dec.
2/23/14 174 Cody Caldwell (UNI) W, 9-6 dec.

184- Jack Dechow
11/10/13 184 Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) W, 13-5 MD
1/10/14 184 Fred Garcia (Lock Haven) W, 3-1 SV-1
1/19/14 184 Jonathan Fausey (Virginia) W, 3-1 dec.
2/23/14 184 Ryan Loder (UNI) W, 5-4 dec.
3/9/14 184 Ryan Loder (UNI) W, 4-2 SV-1

2014 NCAA Divison I Wrestling Championships Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Session

Mats

Network

Thu, March 20

Noon –  3:30 p.m.

First Session

Eight Mats

ESPNU/ESPN3

 

7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Second Session

Eight Mats

ESPNU/ESPN3

Fri, March 21

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Third Session - Quarterfinals

Eight Mats

ESPNU/ESPN3

 

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fourth Session -Semifinals

Six Mats

ESPN/ESPN3

Sat, March 22

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fifth Session -Medal Round

Three Mats

ESPNU/ESPN3

 

8:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sixth Session – Championship Finals

One Mat

ESPN/ESPN3

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