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Monarchs Kick Off Regular Season; Wrestle Purdue

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 08, 2006
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Nov. 8, 2006

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NORFOLK, VA -- The season begins this Friday as the ODU Monarch wrestling team takes on Purdue. Travelling to Indianapolis, the Monarchs will rely on a young but talented team to start off on the right foot for what will prove to be a very difficult season.

Probable Starters:
Wt.ODUPurdue
125Christian StaylorBrandon Tucker
133 Adam Koballa/B.J. ComptonCameron Doggett
141 Ryan Williams Nick Bertucci
149 Kaylen Baxter/Joey Metzler Jake Patascil/Mark Powell
157 Chris Brown Eric Howe/Jake Murphy
165 Nick Pullano Justin Fraga/Dan Bedoy
174 Derek Coffey/Bryan Koz Nick Corpe
184 Jesse Strawn Nick Skinner
197 David Mendoza Nathan Moore
Hwt. Matt Pellar Chris Kasten

Season Opener:
The Monarchs of Old Dominion finally hit the mat for the first time in 2006-07 as they head to Indianapolis, Indiana to face off against Purdue. Old Dominion is 0-1 against Purdue with the only meeting between the two teams coming in 2003.

Nationally Ranked:
Christian Staylor was ranked 18th in the pre-season polls for the 125-pound weight class. Staylor is the only nationally ranked Monarch but ODU has an immensely growing program including the number eight-ranked (W.I.N. Magazine) recruiting class.

Jump Right In:
The Monarchs are going to tested early by a very good Purdue wrestling team. Two Boilermakers are ranked nationally in junior Dan Bedoy (165) and senior Nathan Moore (197). Bedoy is ranked 16th in the InterMat/NWCA pre-season rankings and Moore is ranked 9th among the 197 weight class.
Monarchs Nick Pullano and David Mendoza will be charged with wrestling these two national contenders. Pullano does not shy away from big names as he defeated nationally ranked Keydet Chris Hardy two years ago. Mendoza was a member of the All-CAA Freshman team last year and will be looking to start with a huge win over Moore this Friday.

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