Wrestling To Host Clinic Prior To Intersquad Meet
By ODU Athletics
Oct. 19, 2006
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion wrestling team will host a clinic for all ages prior to its intrasquad meet on Sunday, October 29th as participants will have an opportunity to learn techniques from the nationally recognized coaching staff of head coach Steve Martin and assistants Lee Pritts, Mike Dixon, and Jon Sioredas.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. in the athletic administration practice gym with the clinic running from 9 a.m. - noon. Cost is $30.00 per athlete.
Following the clinic, the Monarch grapplers make their first appearance of the 2006-07 season as they look to determine the starters for this year's squad. The intrasquad meet begins one of the most exciting schedules in Old Dominion wrestling history as the Monarchs will have four home dates, dual meets with eight of the top wrestling schools in the country, along with numerous tournaments featuring teams in the nation's top ten. Head coach Steven Martin's incoming class of wrestlers have been ranked in the top ten by Wrestling U.S.A, W.I.N., and Intermat.
Martin comes from long line of winning tradition from his days as a high school wrestler at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, as a three-time Virginia high school state champion, to his days at the University of Iowa where he was an all-American and Midlands Champion, and as the head coach at both Great Bridge High School and Old Dominion University. Martin has coached 40 high school state champions, 98 state place-winners, 35 All-Americans, and six high school national champions. He also coached NCAA Division I National Champion Carl Perry to three high school state championships at Great Bridge. While at Old Dominion, Martin has brought the Monarchs into the spotlight with recent nationally recognized recruiting class featuring talent from all over the United States.
As a competitor, Pritts was an All-American and three-time NCAA qualifier at Eastern Michigan. He won two Mid-America Conference championships and also won Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and Eastern Wrestling League titles at 118 pounds. As an assistant coach at Missouri, Pritts helped rebuilt the Tigers program with a win over national powerhouse Oklahoma State and the 2002 Virginia Duals National College Division. During his coaching career he has coached six NCAA All-American and two NCAA finalists as well as help teams to tournament titles at the Reno Tournament of Champions, Southern Scuffle, Mat Town USA tournament and a runner-up finish in the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals.
Dixon was an NCAA qualifier at Indiana where he was a 2001 University National Freestyle Champion and also placed fourth at the Pan American Games. While at Old Dominion Dixon has helped head coach Steve Martin's squad to an 11-7-1 overall mark having competed against 11 of the nation's top 25 teams. Old Dominion took second at the CAA Tournament and had four wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Tournament, the most since 1995. An accomplished coach he has had five national qualifiers at the University of Indianapolis, two conference place winners at James Madison, and four individual conference champions, two sectional finalists, and a city champion at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
Sioredas , the newest member of the Monarch coaching staff, wrestled under NCAA and World Champion Terry Brands as an All-American at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He placed fifth at 165 pounds at the 2005 NCAA Division I Tournament, was named the Outstanding Wrestler and Wrestler of the Year in the Southern Conference, and had been ranked as high as second in the country. Prior to joining the Chattanooga squad, Sioredas wrestled for three seasons at the University of Missouri where he was an All Big XII athlete. In 2000, Jon was a VHSL AAA State Champion and All-American under Coach Steve Martin at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA. He was also an AAU National Champion in 1999.