Wrestling Falls to No. 6 Virginia Tech, 31-6
Feb. 10, 2011
NORFOLK, Va. - James Nicholson and Joe Budi picked up wins for Old Dominion University, but it was not enough as Virginia Tech defeated the Monarchs 31-6 in front of 1,319 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center Thursday night.
Nicholson, ranked fourth in the nation at 125, got the crowd exciting to begin the match, taking down No. 14 Jarrod Garnett 25 seconds into the match. Garnett escaped, but Nicholson was able to hold him down the entire second period to clinch the riding time point, Nicholson added two more takedowns an escape and the riding time point to secure an 8-2 victory.
In a matchup featuring two top-15 wrestlers, No. 10 Devin Carter of VT and No. 12 Kyle Hutter of ODU, they did not disappoint. Hutter delivered the matches first takedown with one in the first period, and took a 3-0 lead with a second period escape to make the score 3-0. Carter turned the tide in the third with an escape, and an immediate takedown to tie the score at three. Hutter escaped to take the lead, 4-3, and then he went in for a single leg, but Carter turned it, caught Hutter on his back for the pin at the 6:15 mark of the third period to give the Hokies a 6-3 team lead.
No. 18 Chris Diaz picked up an 11-7 decision over Brennan Brumley at 141 for Virginia Tech. Diaz began the match with four-straight takedowns, with Brumley escaping all four. Brumley countered in third with a takedown, but Diaz reversed and held riding time, for the victory.
Brian Stephens had eight takedowns over Eric Dunnet, who wrestled up three weight class, to earn a 20-7 major decision victory. Jesse Dong followed with the Hokies' second pin of the night, topping Chad Lowman at the 4:24 mark.
Pete Yates got a quick takedown at 165 over Dan Rivera, and turned it into a nearfall in a 7-0 decision. Matt Epperly followed with a 7-3 decision ay 174.
Joe Budi got the Monarchs back on the board, breaking Virginia Tech's six -match streak, with a 5-4 decision over John Dickson. Dickson got a takedown to begin the first and second periods, but Budi escaped both times. Budi escaped to begin the final period, and earned a takedown with 45 seconds to go and rode out Dickson to secure the win.
Chris Penny won a 5-2 decision at 197 and David Marone won 4-1 at 285 to finish the match.
The Monarchs continue their home stand on Sunday, when they host UNC Greensboro at 5:30 p.m. and Binghamton at 7 p.m.
No. 6 Virginia Tech 31 Old Dominion 6
125: James Nicholson (ODU) dec. Jarrod Garnett (VT) 8-2 3-0 ODU
133: Devin Carter (VT) Fall Kyle Hutter (ODU) 5:45 6-3 VT
141: Chris Diaz (VT) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU) 11-7 9-3 VT
149: Brian Stephens (VT) MD Eric Dunnet (ODU) 20-7 13-3 VT
157: Jesse Dong (VT) Fall Chad Lowman (ODU) 4:24 19-3 VT
165: Pete Yates (VT) dec. Dan Rivera (ODU) 7-0 22-3 VT
174: Matt Epperly (VT) dec. Tristan Warner (ODU) 7-3 25-3 VT
184: Joe Budi (ODU) dec. John Dickson (VT) 5-4 25-6 VT
197: Chris Penny (VT) dec. Billy Curling (ODU) 5-2 28-6 VT
285: David Marone (VT) dec. Grant Chapman (ODU) 4-1 31-6 VT
Referee: Stewart Martinez