Chris Mecate Wins CAA Rookie of the Year
By ODU Athletics
April 5, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. – The Colonial Athletic Association announced that Old Dominion University’s Chris Mecate was named the 2013 CAA Rookie of the Year. Mecate becomes just the third ODU wrestler to win the award and first since 2008.
Head coach Steve Martin exclaimed, “Chris had an outstanding year both on and off the mat. He has a 3.25 GPA and performed at a high level throughout the year. He has a strong work ethic and is determined to win NCAA titles. We are looking forward to guiding him on his quest to help chase down his dreams."
Mecate finished the season with a 37-9 overall record and went 7-0 in CAA action. He also went on a 12-match winning streak, extending from January 11th to March 21st.
The redshirt freshman from Highland, Calif. qualified for the NCAA Championships as the 12th-seeded wrestler at 141 pounds and won the opening round match with a 6-3 decision over Brandon Nelsen of Purdue. Mecate eventually fell to the fifth and sixth place finishers at the NCAA Championships.
Mecate won the CAA title with a 7-1 victory over NCAA qualifier Frank Cimato of Drexel. Throughout this season, Mecate accumulated three CAA Rookie of the Week awards on 2/19, 2/12 and 1/15. Mecate placed fourth at the prestigious Southern Scuffle and was crowned the champ at both the Clarion Open and the Mat Town Open.
Jeff Rusak became the first Old Dominion wrestler to take home the CAA Rookie of the Year honor in 1999. In 2008, James Nicholson was the last Monarch grappler to harness this award.
2013 CAA Awards
Wrestler of the Year: Donnie Vinson, Binghamton
Rookie of the Year: Chris Mecate, ODU
Coach of the Year: Rob Anspach, Hofstra
Mecate also received national recognition for his success throughout his freshman season. Mecate finished the 2013 National Intermat Freshman of the Year voting in ninth place.
2013 InterMat Freshman of the Year
1st-5th-Place Votes: 9-7-5-3-1
Total Votes/(First-Place Votes)
1. Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma St., 80 (5)
2. Nahshon Garrett, Cornell, 78 (5)
3. Cody Brewer, Oklahoma, 42
4. Nathan Kraisser, North Carolina, 17
5. Taylor Massa, Michigan, 10
5. Connor Medbery, Wisconsin, 10
7. Jordan Conaway, Penn St., 6
7. Cody Walters, Ohio, 6
9. Chris Mecate, Old Dominion, 1
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