NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion (3-3, 2-1 MAC) wrestling team won their second MAC dual of the season with a 19-18 win over Eastern Michigan (4-5, 0-2 MAC) on Sunday afternoon at the Ted Constant Center.
This is the Monarchs first win over Eastern Michigan since Feb. 13, 2015.
“Bottom line, it came down to bonus points,” said head coach Steve Martin.
The Monarchs and Eagles split the dual, winning five bouts a piece. Although splitting the dual, the Monarchs secured bonus points in four of their five matches, ultimately leading them to their victory over Eastern Michigan.
“They (McGee, Early, Wright, and Agee) scored bonus points and that was good to see, that is what we preach. They got a lot of takedowns, back points, and wrestled very well so this match just ultimately came down to who had the most bonus points.”
Highlighting the match was true freshman Michael McGee who notched a technical fall over Tomas Gutierrez in the first bout of the MAC dual.
After having been injured since ODU’s match against No. 4 Missouri on Dec. 2, Alex Madrigal returned to the mat and earned a 9-6 win over Sa’Derian Perry.
“I thought Madrigal competed hard. These MAC teams will wrestle for seven minutes and all of them are tough kids. He did what he had to do and he showed a lot of guts securing the takedown. Having been out for five weeks, I think he will build each match coming back.”
At 149, Kenan Carter rallied back to tie the match after three periods, ultimately falling to Kyle Springer in sudden victory by takedown.
Larry Early defeated J.J. Wolfe by major decision to extend the Monarchs lead to 11-6 going into intermission.
The Eagles earned bonus points in the 165-pound bout when Zac Carson pinned Luke Drugac, giving Eastern Michigan their only lead of the dual.
At 174, Seldon Wright answered with a major decision victory over Jared Leidich.
Antonio Agee earned a major decision over Andrew McNally at 184 to give the Monarchs two victories in a row. The Agee bonus-point victory extended the Monarch lead heading into the final two bouts.
At 197, Kayne MacCallum defeated Noah Bushman by decision to make the match 19-15 going into the final bout.
In the final bout, Ali Wahab fell to No. 17 Gage Hutchison by decision.
Final Box ODU 19 | EMU 18
125: Michael McGee (ODU) TF over Tomas Gutierrez (EMU), 17-2 (5:02) 133: Noah Gonser (EMU) dec. over Caleb Richardson (ODU), 5-0 141: No. 12 Alex Madrigal (ODU) dec. over Sa’Derian Perry (EMU), 9-6 149: Kyle Springer (EMU) dec. over Kenan Carter (ODU), SV-1 14-12 157: No. 15 Larry Early (ODU) MD over J.J. Wolfe (EMU), 14-4 165: Zac Carson (EMU) pin Luke Drugac (ODU), (3:26) 174: Seldon Wright (ODU) MD over Jared Leidich (EMU), 14-5 184: Antonio Agee (ODU) MD over Andrew McNally (EMU), 15-5 197: Kayne MacCallum (EMU) dec. over Noah Bushman (ODU), 6-1 285: No. 17 Gage Hutchison (EMU) dec. over Ali Wahab (ODU), 2-0
Up Next The Monarchs travel to the Hampton Coliseum on Jan. 12 and 13 to compete at the Virginia Duals. Several top-10 teams will be in attendance.
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.