Monarchs Will See First Duals Action of Season Friday Night

December 09, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 9, 2004

NORFOLK, VA - The Old Dominion wrestling team will travel to Johnstown, PA Friday for a tri-meet with the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and Delaware Valley College.  The wrestling begins at 7:00.  This will be the first duals action for the Monarchs and Aggies of Delaware Valley College, while the Mountain Cats of Pitt-Johnstown are 4-2, dropping a 19-16 decision at #8 Mercyhurst College Wednesday.


Pitt-Johnstown, a Division II school, is ranked #4 in the NWCA poll.  Leading the Mountain Cats are three-time All-American senior Howard Bell (Heavyweight), junior All-American Thad Benton (141) and senior All-American Ryan Ickes (149).


Delaware Valley College, a Division III school, is also ranked #4.  The Aggies have won three straight Middle Atlantic Conference championships.  Delaware Valley College is led by Andrew Helms (197), who is 10-2 this season with two pins, and Jamall Johnson (Heavyweight), who is 10-5.  Helms placed 1st at the York College Spartan Invitational, 5th at the Empire Open and 8th at the ESU Open.  Johnson placed 4th at the Empire Open and 8th at the ESU Open.


The Monarchs are coming off an impressive performance at the Irwin-Carolina Open this past Saturday, which resulted in three second place finishes.  Hunter Davenport (Chesapeake, VA/Great Bridge/149) was named CAA Co-Rookie of the Week after taking second at the Carolina Open. 


Monarchs By Weight Class:

         Wrestler                          2004-05 Record

125:  Christian Staylor              11-3

133:  B.J. Compton                  17-6

141:  Shanon Slack                  14-7

149:  Hunter Davenport            11-6

157:  Nick Pullano                     7-4

165:  Rob Gosnell                    12-4

174:  John Adams                      9-7

184:  Adam Wright                  11-4

197:  Andrew Jordan                 2-2

285:  Alec Eaton                        2-2

         John Dolida                       3-4