Monarchs Face Tough Field at Cornell Body Bar

November 17, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 17, 2006


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The wrestling team faces another true test of their fortitude this weekend at the Cornell Body Bar. Three ranked teams and many top wrestlers in the nation will be in attendance as the Monarchs take the floor for their second official tournament of the season.

Trio of Toughness
The Monarchs will see three ranked teams this weekend:
Number 7 - Michigan
Number 9 - Cornell
Number 25 - Pittsburgh

Rest of the Field
The other teams involved in this years Body Bar are not guarantees for the Monarchs. The field includes CAA studs Drexel and Sacred Heart along with Army, Maryland, Ithaca College, and Kent State.

Brown's Beginning
Chris Brown has kicked his collegiate career in gear during his redshirt freshman season. After a dominating performance in the intersquad Brown went into Purdue and wrestled to a 7-5 overtime victory. Just two days later at the Michigan State Open Brown grappled his way to the championship bout against nationally ranked Edinboro senior Matt Hill. Hill eliminated Brown 5-2, but he has garnered national attention already and is ranked 20th in the Amateur Wrestling News poll.

Ranked Wrestlers
There will be a number of ranked wrestlers throughout the Body Bar. According to Intermat 24 ranked wrestlers will be in attendance. Add Amateur Wrestling News' rankings and you get 33.
2. Troy Nickerson, Cornell
12. Mark Moos, Michigan
15. Chad Sportelli, Kent State
18. Christian Staylor, ODU

10. Drew Headlee, Michigan
15. Adam Frey, Cornell

18. Keith Dickey, Cornell
20. Ryan Williams, Old Dominion (Amateur Wrestling News)

6. Josh Churella, Michigan
13. Jordan Leen, Cornell
13. Andrew Schlaffer, Maryland (Amateur Wrestling News)
15. Joey Ecklof, Pittsburgh
17. Mark Cartella, Drexel (Amateur Wrestling News)

4. Matt Kocher, Pittsburgh
15. Ryan Hluschak, Drexel
18. Kurt Gross, Kent State
20. Chris Brown, Old Dominion (Amateur Wrestling News)

6. Eric Tannenbaum, Michigan
11. Keith Gavin, Pittsburgh (Amateur Wrestling News)
13. Steve Anceravage, Cornell

10. Steve Luke, Michigan
18. Aaron Miller, Kent State

8. Tyrel Todd, Michigan
14. Mike Heist, Pittsburgh (Amateur Wrestling News)
19. Josh Haines, Maryland

2. Jerry Rinaldi, Cornell
11. Hudson Taylor, Maryland
19. Jon Oplinger, Drexel
20. Casey White, Michigan (Amateur Wrestling News)

8. Payam Zarrinpour, Sacred Heart
15. Jermail Porter, Kent State (Amateur Wrestling News)
20. Zach Sheaffer, Pittsburgh
20. Zach Hammond, Cornell (Amateur Wrestling News)