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Early defeats NCAA AA Paul Fox from Stanford
Early defeats NCAA AA Paul Fox from Stanford
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Monarchs Finish Second Behind No. 8 Virginia Tech at Hokie Open

November 05, 2017
By ODU Athletics

ROANOKE, Va. – The Old Dominion wrestling team competed at the Hokie Open hosted by Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Budock and Killian Cardinale were crowned Hokie Open Champions, while Larry Early III defeated Stanford’s 2017 All-American.

“I was pleased with our effort today as we got after it and competed hard,” said head coach Steve Martin.

The Monarchs marked a second place finish with 188 points behind No. 8 Virginia Tech, who tallied 220 points.

Highlighting the day, Larry Early defeated No. 7 Paul Fox of Stanford at 157 in the semifinal bout, 10-4.

Larry Early beat a returning All-American, Paul Fox from Stanford and that was a big win for him. We put a lot of points on the board today and that was nice to see.”

Both Cardinale and Budock competed in the freshman/sophomore division, which they won. Cardinale won his final bout at 125 by decision, 9-8 over NC State’s Zurich Storm. Budock took a decision over Knox Fuller of Army, 10-7. 

NCAA qualifier, Alex Madrigal took a second place finish at 141.

Both Antonio Agee and Noah Bushman placed in second in their respective weight classes.

At 125, Steven Simpson made it to the finals in the open division where he fell to Connor Schram of Stanford by decision.

Seldon Wright placed in fifth in the open divisIon. Luke Drugac, Jake DiBenedetto, and Michael McGee all placed fifth in the freshman/sophomore division.

At 174, Dean Drugac battled to a fourth place finish, while freshman Cade Hepner finished in fourth at 157 both in the freshman/sophomore division. 

Freshman George Walton III took a third place finish on Sunday afternoon at 184. Also in the 184 bracket, Connor Frey battled to a fourth place finish.

“We had several guys in the finals and a lot of guys that battled back on the backside.  We are excited about this group!” explained Martin.

ODU Results

125
1st - Killian Cardinale (F/S)
2nd – Steven Simpson (O)
5th – Michael McGee (F/S)

141
2nd – Alex Madrigal (O)

149
1st – Kevin Budock (F/S)

157
2nd – Larry Early III (O)
4th – Cade Hepner (F/S)

165
5th – Luke Drugac (F/S)

174
4th – Dean Drugac (F/S)
5th – Seldon Wright (O)

184
2nd – Antonio Agee (F/S)
3rd – George Walton III (F/S)
4th – Connor Frey (F/S)

197
2nd – Noah Bushman (F/S)

Up Next
Old Dominion hosts the Monarch Classic on Sunday, Nov. 12 in the Jim Jarrett Gymnasium. Old Dominion wrestles No. 24 Northwestern at 1 p.m. and Gardner-Webb at 2:30 p.m. Free parking is available in Garage B on 43rd Street.

Voucher Books 
The ODU Monarchs wrestling team wants you at their home matches this season! With the $25 2017-2018 Wrestling Voucher book, fans can use any of the 10 ticket vouchers included, for admission to any of the matches at the Jim Jarrett Athletic Building and the Ted Constant Center.