Six ODU Wrestlers Named to Virginia All-State Teams
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. - Jack Dechow, Chris Mecate, Billy Curling, Tristan Warner, Brandon Jeske and Alexander Richardson of the ODU Wrestling team were named to the 2014 Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State Wrestling team.
Dechow was named to the Virginia SID First Team and finished his redshirt freshman season claiming All-American honors after his fourth place finish at the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Dechow finished the year 21-6 after being hurt midseason.
Mecate, Curling, Warner, Jeske and Richardson were all named to the Virginia SID Second Team.
141-pounder Mecate qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and was the highest Monarch seeded fifth. Mecate ranked as high as No. 4 throughout the season, with an RPI rank of two, while completing a 28-9 season.
Warner qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons. He won the Elite 89 Award at the NCAA Championships. Warner completed the season 19-13.
Jeske, a true freshman, qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career. He won his first match against CMU's Corey Keener.
149-pounder Richardson qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and was seeded 16th at the tournament and won his first match at the NCAA's. Richardson finished 26-10 on the season.
Senior 174-pound wrestler Billy Curling finished 18-10 this season and qualified for the NCAA's for the second straight year. Curling was seeded 15th and won his first match at the NCAA's. Curling finished the season 18-10 and 63-49 in his career.
2014 VaSID All-State Wrestling Team
Coach of the Year- Kevin Dresser, Virginia Tech
Rookie of the Year- Joey Dance, Virginia Tech
Wrestler of the Year- Devin Carter, Virginia Tech
125- Joey Dance, Virginia Tech
133- Dennis Gustafson, Virginia Tech
141- Devin Carter, Virginia Tech
149- Zach Neibert, Virginia Tech
157- Blaise Butler, Virginia
165- Nick Sulzer, Virginia
174- Stephen Doty, Virginia
184- Jack Dechow, Old Dominion
197- Chris Penny, Virginia Tech
285- Ian Jones, Apprentice
125- Brandon Jeske, Old Dominion
133- Justin Zimmerman, Ferrum
141- Chris Mecate, Old Dominion
149- Gus Sako, Virginia & Alexander Richardson, Old Dominion
157- Tristan Warner, Old Dominion
165- Chris Moon, Virginia Tech
174- Billy Curling, Old Dominion
184- Nick Vetterlein, Virginia Tech
197- Zach Nye, Virginia
285- Chris Walz, Virginia Tech
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