Nicholson, Hutter Reach Finals at CAA Tournament

March 04, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 4, 2011

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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - James Nicholson and Kyle Hutter reached the finals while seven other Old Dominion Monarchs remain alive at the Colonial Athletic Association Wrestling Tournament held at Rider University this weekend.

Nicholson received a bye in the first round at 125 pounds before pinning Boston University's Chris McGinley just 17 seconds into the second period to reach the finals. Nicholson looks to become the first wrestler in CAA history to win four-straight conference championships (Second overall) tomorrow against Hofstra's Steve Bonanno.

Hutter also got a bye in the first round before dropping Boston University's Fred Santaite 6-3. Hutter takes on Hofstra's Lou Ruggirello in the finals.

The Monarchs had four wrestlers win their first match of the day, led by sophomore Brennan Brumley who defeated Drexel's Josh Yurasits 8-0 in the first round. Brumley lost a tight 5-3 decision to top seed Vince Varela of Hofstra in the second round. He will face George Mason's Denny Herndon tomorrow, with the winner reaching the third place match.

Senior Joey Metzler won his first round match with a 2-0 decision over Drexel's Austin Sommer, avenging an earlier season loss. Metzler dropped his second round match to No. 1 seed Donnie Vinson of Binghamton by getting pinned in the first period. Metzler faces George Mason's Brandon Bucher tomorrow.

Joe Budi and Grant Chapman also both won their first round matches, with Budi defeating Drexel's Shawn Fausey 4-0, and Chapman topping Rider's Evan Craig 3-1. Budi was upended in the second round by Hofstra's Ben Clymer, by a 5-2 decision while Hofstra's Paul Snyder edged Chapman 4-3.

Freshman Tristan Warner lost his first match of the day at 174 pounds to Rider's Rob Morrison 7-4. He came back to defeat George Mason's James Kaden 3-2 to advance and face Binghamton's Ryan McGarity tomorrow.

Tomorrow's action will start at 10 a.m. with the second round of consolations with the consolation finals and finals to begin at 1 p.m.