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Wrestling Takes On American University Sunday at 4:00pm

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Release: February 09, 2007
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NORFOLK, VA -- Old Dominion University hosts American University this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm. The Eagles are led by head coach Mark Cody in his fourth year at American. Cody has brought American into the national spotlight during his tenure. The Washington, DC based team is ranked 29th by wrestlingreport.com with an 8-8 record and a match Friday night versus Maryland. The Monarchs are 11-6 coming off a victory over Virginia Tech Thursday night.

American
Old Dominion University hosts American University this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm. The Eagles are led by head coach Mark Cody in his fourth year at American. Cody has brought American into the national spotlight during his tenure at American. The Washington, DC based team is ranked 29th by wrestlingreport.com.
On the mat, the Eagles are led at the 197-lb. slot in Josh Glenn. Glenn is currently ranked 4th in the nation as he has compiled a 16-1 overall record and a perfect 10-0 showing. He has pinned two nationally ranked opponents and defeated another by decision. Glenn will match up with the Monarchs 20th ranked David Mendoza in what will be certainly be billed as the top matchup.
Mike Cannon (165) has a 21-4 record and is ranked 20th in the nation. He will certainly give ODU's struggling Nick Pullano a great match. Other Eagles that could give ODU grapplers a run for their money are Rudy Rueda (174) with a 19-8 record and Kyle Borshoff (141) who has a 12-8 record but has matched up with eight nationally ranked opponents this year.

Senior Day
Sunday is the final home match for two wrestling Monarchs.
Josh Tyler (Mechanicsville, VA/Lee-Davis HS) has been a member of the ODU squad for four years beginning in 2003-04. He wrestles in the 149-lb. weight class. Tyler has had his best season as a senior compiling a 5-4 record in limited action.
Christian Staylor (Chesapeake, VA/Great Bridge), a transfer from Arizona State, has been a Monarch for three years beginning in 2004-05. He has wrestled in both the 125-lb. and 133-lb. weight classes. Staylor has compiled a 17-6 record including 8 major decisions and three technical falls in his final campaign.

Mind of Mendoza
ODU has seen a breakout year from their 197-pounder, David Mendoza. The sophomore has only lost seven bouts all season and hasn't lost by more than five points in any one bout yet this season.
Meanwhile, he rarely gives his opponent an opportunity to score. He leads the team in pins with eleven and was named CAA Wrestler of the Week for all wrestling from December 19th - January 9th.

Winning With Williams
The Monarchs don't usually worry when the 141-lb. match-up comes around. The sophomore notched his 50th career win at the Virginia Duals and has a career 70.1% winning percentage. Williams finished his rookie campaign with a 29-15 record and is well on his way to an even better finish this season with his season record at 25-8. Never overmatched, the sophomore has only lost by decision this season.

Probable Starters:
Weight ODU
American
125 Kyle Hutter
Jasen Borshoff
133 Christian Staylor (Sr.)
Jordan Lipp
141 Ryan Williams
Kyle Borshoff
149 Josh Tyler (Sr.)
Damian Swietlik
Kaylen Baxter
157 (30) Chris Brown - - WR.com
Jimmy Pepper
165 Nick Pullano
(20) Mike Cannon - - W.I.N.
174 Derek Coffey
Rudy Rueda
184 Jesse Strawn
Dwayne Hash
Anthony Fuschino
197 (20) David Mendoza - - W.I.N.
(4) Josh Glenn - - InterMat
Hwt. Matt Pellar
Evan Murtaugh

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