ODU Claims Victory in 5 of 7 Session One Matches at NCAA Tournament
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Old Dominion claimed victory in five of their seven Session One NCAA Tournament matches, with Chris Mecate, Alexander Richardson, Billy Curling and Jack Dechow all advancing to the Championship’s Second Round. All six of ODU’s wrestlers will be right back in action again tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
As a team after Session One, the Old Dominion University wrestling team sits in 15th place out of 54 participating schools with 7.0 points. Penn State currently sits atop the field with 16.5 points.
MONARCH BREAKDOWN – SESSION ONE
Brandon Jeske - 125 - Pigtail
Jeske wasted no time out of the gates and picked up a takedown just 20 seconds into the match, Jeske then escaped to take a 3-0 lead after the first period. Brandon escaped again to start the second period, giving the true freshman a 4-0 advantage after two periods. Just 25 seconds into the third period, Jeske pinned Keener giving Old Dominion three team points.
With the win, Jeske earned himself a First Round match against No. 10 seeded David Terao from American University.
Brandon Jeske – 125 – First Round
After a scoreless first period, Jeske escaped in the second period to take a 1-0 lead over No. 10 seeded David Terao from American University. Terao escaped to start the third period before Jeske took Terao down, taking a 3-1 lead. Terao answered back with a reverse to tie the match at three-all. Despite a valiant effort from ODU’s true freshman from Virginia Beach, it was Terao who came out on top with a 5-3 decision in the first tiebreaker.
The loss places Jeske up against Wisconsin’s No. 7 seeded Ryan Taylor in the First Round of the Wrestlebacks on Thursday night. Jeske and Taylor squared-off back on Nov. 10, with Taylor winning the match by an 8-5 decision.
No. 5 Seeded Chris Mecate - 141 – First Round
Chris Mecate squared-off with Oregon State’s Joey Delgado in the First Round. After the first and second periods, the match remained scoreless; however, Chris was able to ride-out Delgado for the entire second period. Mecate then started the third period with a quick escape and then a takedown to take a 3-0 lead. Delgado cut his deficit to 3-2; however, Mecate proved to be too much for Joey and went on to win, 4-2, with an added point for riding time.
Mecate’s victory landed himself a Second Round matchup against No. 12 seeded Richard Durso from Franklin and Marshall on Thursday night. This will be the first time this season that Mecate and Durso have faced each other.
Mecate has now won eight of his last nine matches.
No. 16 Seeded Alexander Richardson – 149 – First Round
Alexander Richardson wasted no time on Thursday afternoon with his opponent, Justin Arthur from Clarion. Midway through the second period, Richardson held a 5-2 advantage. Arthur had no answer for Richardson, as ‘Lenny’ was able to rack up three more points on his way to an 8-2 victory.
Richardson has now won 14 of his past 16 matches. His two losses came at the hands of Missouri’s No. 1 nationally ranked and NCAA seeded Drake Houdashelt. Both of their matches this season were extremely close, with Houdashelt prevailing via 4-1 and 3-1 overtime decisions. Tonight in the Second Round, Richardson will get his third stab at Houdashelt, for a chance to advance to the Championship’s Quarterfinals.
Tristan Warner – 157 – First Round
In the opener, Tristan Warner looked to pull the upset over No. 12 seeded Luke Smith of Central Michigan. After a scoreless first period, Smith started the second period with an escape to take a 1-0 advantage into the final two minutes. In the third period, Warner started on bottom and managed to reverse Smith, taking a 2-1 lead. Smith answered back with a takedown and 3-2 advantage and was barely able to ride out Warner to hold onto a 3-2 victory in what was a very tough and hard fought match.
Next up for Warner will be a showdown with Army’s Paul Hancock in the First Round of the Wrestlebacks tonight. Warner has won eight of his last 12 matches.
No. 15 Seeded Billy Curling – 174 – First Round
Billy Curling has now won an impressive 10 of his last 11 matches with his victory over Columbia’s Shane Hughes on Thursday afternoon.
In the first period, Curling took Hughes down 1:29 into the match and then rode him out for the remainder of the period. Billy racked up two more takedowns, an escape and a riding-time point to cruise to an 8-3 decision over Hughes.
Billy will now have an opportunity to shock Oklahoma's No. 2 seeded Andrew Howe tonight in the Second Round of the 174 Pound Championship. Tonight’s battle will be the first time Curling and Howe have faced off.
No. 13 Seeded Jack Dechow – 184 – First Round
The 184-pound MAC Champion, Jack Dechow, picked up right where he left off at the MAC Tournament and has now won five consecutive matches.
In the First Round of the NCAA’s, Dechow took on UVA’s Jonathan Faussey. Faussey struck first with a takedown, but Dechow answered right back with a reversal to tie the score at two. Faussey then escaped, but Dechow answered the Cavalier’s call yet again with another takedown with very little time left in the first period to hold a 4-3 advantage. Dechow started the second period on bottom and quickly escaped to hold a 5-3 lead after two periods. Faussey escaped twice in the third period; however, in between escapes, Dechow was able to seal the deal with another takedown to go onto a 7-5 victory.
With the win, Dechow will wrestle No. 4 seeded Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh for the very first time tonight in the Second Round.
--- RESULTS ---
Brandon Jeske (ODU) pins Corey Keener (Central Mich) 5:25
First Round 125
David Terao (American) dec. Brandon Jeske (ODU) 5-3 TB1
First Round 141
No. 5 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. Joey Delgao (Oregon State) 4-2
First Round 149
No. 16 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Justin Arthur (Clarion) 8-2
First Round 157
No. 12- Luke Smith (Central Mich) dec. Tristan Warner (ODU) 3-2
First Round 174
Billy Curling (ODU) dec. Shane Hughes (Columbia) 8-3
First Round 184
Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. Jonathan Fausey (UVA) 7-5
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