Kevin Beazley.
Kevin Beazley.
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ODU Heads to Ypsilanti for MAC Dual vs. EMU Sunday

January 05, 2017
By ODU Athletics

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The Old Dominion wrestling team (1-4, 1-2 MAC) will head to Ypsilanti, Michigan on Sunday for a 12 p.m. dual meet against MAC foe Eastern Michigan (3-1, 0-0 MAC).

The Monarchs enter Sunday's dual meet after placing two wrestlers at the 54th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern, while three ODU grapplers registered top-four finishes at the Lock Haven Classic last week.

At the Midlands, Jack Dechow secured a runner-up finish at 184 after knocking off defending NCAA Champion Myles Martin of Ohio State in the quarterfinals and taking down 11th-ranked Nick Gravina of Rutgers in the semis before falling to returning NCAA finalist TJ Dudley of Nebraska by a narrow 4-2 decision in the finals. 

Kevin Beazley posted a 3-0 record and a 5-2 victory over returning All-American Brett Harner from Princeton en route to a semifinal berth, but the Monarch 197-pounder medically forfeited to a sixth-place finish. 

At the Lock Haven Classic, junior 133-pounder Josh Markham secured a runner-up finish after notching a 4-1 record. Steven Simpson and Michael Hayes each placed fourth at 125 and 149, respectively. 

The Eastern Michigan Eagles enter Sunday's dual meet after competing in the Midlands Championships last week, where heavyweight Gage Hutchison recorded a fourth-place finish. The Eagles are 3-1 in dual meets so far this season with wins over Olivet College, Clarion and Cleveland State. EMU's lone dual meet loss came at the hands of Indiana, 25-12, on Dec. 11. The Eagles will open up the MAC dual meet slate this Friday at 7 p.m. vs. Ohio. 

Eastern Michigan has two wrestlers nationally ranked in this week's InterMat poll, as freshman Noah Gonser surfaced at No. 18 at 125 and junior 285-pounder Gage Hutchison rose to No. 14 after his fourth-place performance at Midlands. 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

Old Dominion Monarchs (1-4, 1-2 MAC)
125: Brandon Jeske (0-1) or Steven Simpson (5-8)
133: Alex Madrigal (7-6) or Emilio Saavedra (6-5)
141: Kenan Carter (3-6) 
149: Michael Hayes (7-8)
157: Austin Eads (9-5) or Shane Jones (6-9)
165: No. 17 Seldon Wright (10-4)
174: Antonio Agee (3-7)
184: No. 9 Jack Dechow (13-3)
197: No. 9 Kevin Beazley (12-1)
285: Will Hilliard (5-6) or Ali Wahab (8-8)
Eastern Michigan Eagles (3-1, 0-0 MAC)
125: No. 18 Noah Gonser (11-4, 3-1)
133: Shayne Wireman (5-3, 0-0)
141: Kyle Springer (8-5, 3-1)
149: Nick Barber (11-5, 3-1)
157: J.J. Wolfe (6-6, 1-2) or Zac Carson (6-6, 2-0)
165: Devan Marry (5-4, 1-1)
174: David Kasper (1-9, 1-1) or Kayne MacCallum (4-7, 2-2)
184: Mitchell Malott (0-1, 0-0)
197: Derek Hillman (6-7, 3-1)
285: No. 14 Gage Hutchison (18-7, 4-0)
*Rankings by InterMat

COVERAGE

Sunday's dual meet can be watched live through Eastern Michigan's athletic website here ($).  

Follow @ODUWrestling on Twitter and 'like' Old Dominion Wrestling on Facebook for live match updates and recaps. 

UP NEXT

The Monarchs return to Hampton Roads for the 37th annual Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum on Jan. 13-14. 

 

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