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Monarch Grapplers Take Down American, 33-13

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: February 13, 2000
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WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 13)-- Old Dominion's wrestling team scored a 33-13 victory over CAA-foe American today to run their season record to 3-4, while moving to 2-1 in the CAA. Monarch sophomore Jeff Rusak (Reading, PA), ranked #14 in the country at 165, earned a 3-2 decision over 20th-ranked Denis Alampiev to run his career dual meet record to 24-0.

Rusak's win put the Monarchs up 3-0 in the early going. At 174, sophomore George Sable (Middle Island, NY) earned a default victory over Stacey Woodhouse to put ODU up, 9-0.

American came back with a fall at 184 and a major decision at 197 to move ahead, 10-9. But at heavyweight, ODU's Leevi MacDonald (Virginia Beach, VA) won by forfeit and at 125, Chip Reyes (Virginia Beach, VA) topped Willie Harris, 3-1, to move the Monarchs back in front, 18-10.

At 133, senior Joel Jimenez (Norfolk, VA) decisioned Peter Tarricone, 8-6, while Dennis Whitby (Lanoka Harbor, NJ) and Jake Cairns (Brick, NJ) recorded back-to-back pins at 149 and 157 to close out the win for Old Dominion.

The Monarchs return home on Saturday (Feb. 19) as they host a quad-meet with Howard, Delaware State and Maryland at 10 am.

Final Results

								ODU	AU
165: #14 Jeff Rusak (ODU) dec. #20 Denis Alampiev, 3-2		3	0
174: George Sable (ODU) won by default over Stacy Woodhouse	9	0
184: Josh Schroeder (AU) pinned Chris Harrington, 1:08		9	6
197: Ryan Pallinger (AU) maj. dec. Brad Krepps, 11-3		9	10
Hwt.: Leevi MacDonald (ODU) won by forfeit			15	10
125: Chip Reyes (ODU) dec. Willie Harris, 3-1			18	10
133: Joel Jimenez (ODU) dec. Peter Tarricone, 8-6		21	10
141: Pat Diaz (AU) dec. Andy Simons, 8-3			21	13
149: Dennis Whitby (ODU) pinned Eric Hannas, 2:25		27	13
157: Jake Cairns (ODU) pinned Aaron Baker, 3:23			33	13

Final:								33	13


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