Four Monarchs Featured in December MAC Rankings; ODU Selected Fourth as a Team
By ODU Athletics
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Old Dominion wrestlers Michael McGee (125), Alex Madrigal (141), Larry Early (157), and Seldon Wright (174) were selected in the top four of their respective weight classes in the December MAC Rankings, as announced by the conference on Thursday afternoon. The Monarchs are ranked tied for fourth in the team rankings.
Ranked at No. 1 as a true freshman at 125, Michael McGee is starting off his first season as a Monarch 12-3. McGee is 3-1 in duals this season and has wins over two ranked wrestlers. In the dual against No. 4 Missouri, McGee topped No. 15 Barlow McGhee in three overtime periods. Earlier in the season, McGee defeated No. 25 Elijah Oliver of Indiana, 10-3.
At 141, Alex Madrigal is ranked third behind Missouri’s Jaydin Eierman and Central Michigan’s Mason Smith. Most recently, Madrigal dropped a match to Jaydin Eierman by injury default. Madrigal topped No. 9 Tyler Smith of Bucknell at the Navy Classic for his first ranked victory of the season.
Ranked at No. 4, sophomore Larry Early is off to an 8-4 start to the 2017-2018 season. Early has a win over No. 7 Paul Fox of Stanford at the Hokie Open. The Monarch dropped a match to No. 2 Joey Lavallee of Missouri, 6-2 on Dec. 2.
Junior Seldon Wright checks in at No. 3 in the 174-pound weight class. Wright starts his season with an 11-3 record. Wright also has wins over No. 20 Dylan Lydy of Purdue and No. 19 Tyrel White of Columbia. Wright is 3-1 in dual meets this season.
To begin the season, the Monarchs were ranked eighth in the preseason rankings as a team. In the MAC December rankings, the Monarchs ranked tied for fourth as a team. ODU ranks ahead of Eastern Michigan, Kent State, and Northern Illinois.
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2017-18 MAC Weight Class December Rankings:
125 – 1. Michael McGee (Old Dominion, Freshman); 2. Brock Hudkins (Northern Illinois, Sophomore); 3. Barlow McGhee (Missouri, Senior); 4. Mario Guillen (Ohio, Redshirt Freshman).
133 – 1. John Erneste (Missouri, Junior); 2. Cameron Kelly (Ohio, Junior); 3. Bryan Lantry (Buffalo, Junior); 4. Anthony Tutolo (Kent State, Junior).
141 – 1. Jaydin Eierman (Missouri, Sophomore); 2. Mason Smith (Central Michigan, Sophomore); 3. Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion, Sophomore); 4. Alec Hagan (Ohio, Freshman).
149 – 1. Justin Oliver (Central Michigan, Junior); 2. Grant Leeth (Missouri, Junior); 3. Kyle Springer (Eastern Michigan, Senior); 4. Nick Monico (Kent State, Redshirt Freshman).
157 – 1. Joey Lavallee (Missouri, Senior); 2. Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan, Senior); 3. Casey Sparkman (Kent State, Junior); 4. Larry Early (Old Dominion, Sophomore).
165 – 1. Austin Reese (Ohio, Junior); 2. Connor Flynn (Missouri, Sophomore); 3. Zac Carson (Eastern Michigan, Sophomore); 4. Logan Parks (Central Michigan, Sophomore).
174 – 1. Daniel Lewis (Missouri, Junior); 2. CJ Brucki (Central Michigan, Senior); 3. Seldon Wright (Old Dominion, Junior); 4. Quinton Rosser (Northern Illinois, Senior).
184 – 1. Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan, Senior); 2. Canten Marriott (Missouri, Redshirt Freshman); 3. Bryce Gorman (Northern Illinois, Junior); 4. Brett Perry (Buffalo, Junior).
197 – 1. Willie Miklus (Missouri, Senior); 2. Stephen Suglio (Kent State, Senior); 3. Joe Ariola (Buffalo, Senior); 4. Jordan Atienza (Central Michigan, Junior).
HWT – 1. Jake Gunning (Buffalo, Junior); 2. Gage Hutchison (Eastern Michigan, Senior); 3. Austin Myers (Missouri, Sophomore); 4. Zack Parker (Ohio, Junior).
2017-18 MAC December Rankings
2. Central Michigan (19)
3. Ohio (10)
T4. Buffalo (9)
T4. Old Dominion (9)
T6. Eastern Michican (7)
T6. Kent State (7)
8. Northern Illinois (6)