Wrestlers Christian Staylor and Adam Wright Qualify For NCAA Tournament

March 05, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 5, 2005

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BOSTON - Old Dominion wrestlers Christian Staylor (Chesapeake, VA/Great Bridge/125) and Adam Wright (Dayton, VA/184) both qualified for the NCAA Tournament, after making the finals of their weight classes. #1 seed Christian Staylor won the 125 weight class by defeating #2 seed Dave Tomasette of Hofstra 4-0 in the finals. Adam Wright, the #2 seed, was defeated by #1 seed Joe Rovelli of Hofstra 13-8 in the finals. As a team, the Monarchs tied for fifth place with Sacred Heart, with 47.5 points. ODU had a combined 16-17 record during the two-day tournament. Hofstra won their fourth consecutive title, with 136.0 points.

Christian Staylor and Adam Wright were two of 27 CAA wrestlers (including the three alternates) to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, which will be held March 17-19 in St. Louis, Missouri. This will be Staylor's second consecutive appearance in the Tournament, while Adam Wright will be wrestling in his first, after being selected as a third alternate last season.

In other action, Nick Pullano (Chesapeake, VA/Great Bridge/157) and John Adams (Chesapeake, VA/Deep Creek/174) both scored consolation round victories Saturday.

CAA Tournament Final Team Standings:
                Points Record
1. Hofstra 136.0 27-2
2. Rider 84.5 24-12
3. Drexel 69.0 27-14
4. Boston University 53.0 15-17
5. Sacred Heart 47.5 13-17
5. Old Dominion 47.5 16-17
7. George Mason 37.5 18-19
8. James Madison 10.5 5-20
9. Wagner 7.0 4-16
10. Campbell 6.5 3-18

ODU NCAA Qualifiers:
125: Christian Staylor
184: Adam Wright

CAA Tournament Second Day Results:
125: #1 Christian Staylor (Champion, NCAA Qualifier)
Christian Staylor d. #4 Joe Coughlin (George Mason), MD 12-0
Christian Staylor d. #2 Dave Tomasette (Hofstra), D 4-0

133: #3 B.J. Compton
Tim Harner (Rider) d. B.J. Compton, MD 11-2

141: #3 Shanon Slack
#2 Dan Fisch (Rider) d. Shanon Slack, D 4-0
Ed Giosa (Drexel) d. Shanon Slack, D 3-0

149: #4 Hunter Davenport
Hunter Davenport d. Mike Tutunjian (Wagner), injury forfeit
#6 Robert Henry (George Mason) d. Hunter Davenport, D 13-9

157: #5 Nick Pullano
Nick Pullano d. Jesse Fendryk (Sacred Heart), MD 15-6
#3 Ryan Hluschak (Drexel) d. Nick Pullano, D 15-8

165: #2 Robby Gosnell
#3 Sherwood Fendryk (Sacred Heart) d. Robby Gosnell, D 11-9
#5 Ryan Cunningham (Rider) d. Robby Gosnell, D 3-1 (ot)

174: #5 John Adams
John Adams d. Brian Hocum (Campbell), TF 17-2 (4:39)
#3 Nick Kozar d. John Adams, D 3-1 (ot)

184: #2 Adam Wright (Runner-up, NCAA Qualifier)
Adam Wright d. #3 T.J. Morrison (Rider), D 3-2
#1 Joe Rovelli (Hofstra) d. Adam Wright, D 13-8

Hwt: John Dolida
#5 Joel Caruso (George Mason) d. John Dolida, D 8-3