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Wrestling: Monarchs Earn First Win of 2000 Over Duke, 24-18

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: January 09, 2000
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NORFOLK, VA (Jan. 9) -- Old Dominion's wrestling team earned its first dual win of the 2000 season today, with a 24-18 victory over the Duke Blue Devils in the annual Old Dominion Quadrangular. Seton Hall won all three of its matches, while VMI took two events.

In the battle between nationally ranked Matt Erwin (#13) and Jeff Rusak (#18) of VMI and Old Dominion, Rusak topped the Keydet, 7-1, to run his career dual meet record to 19-0. On the day, Rusak posted three wins and recorded his 11th pin of the season as he improved his season record to 22-2. For his career, he stands 21-0 all-time in dual matches.

Seton Hall earned a 28-6 victory over Duke, a 24-15 win over VMI and a 25-15 win over Old Dominion. VMI defeated the Monarchs, 24-9, and Duke, 20-18. Old Dominion (1-2) returns to action Saturday as they travel to Charlottesville, VA to battle Virginia at 6 pm.


VMI 24, 
Old Dominion 9
174-Austen Palmer (VMI) dec. George Sable, 12-9
184-Dale Griffin (VMI) dec. Brad Krepps, 5-4
197-David Walker (VMI) dec. Chris Harrington, 2-1
Hwt.-Leevi MacDonald (ODU) dec. Brian Toney, 7-1
125-Chip Reyes (ODU) dec. Leevi Spellman, 12-10 ot
133-Oliver Ruiz (VMI) dec. Joel Jimenez, 7-1
141-Tremayne Austin (VMI) dec. Charlie Busch, 10-4
149-Adam Britt (VMI) pinned Dennis Whitby (1:21)
157-Gill Decher (VMI) dec. Jake Cairns, 11-8 ot
165-#18 Jeff Rusak (ODU) dec. #13 Matt Erwin, 7-1

Duke 18,
Old Dominion 24
174-George Sable (ODU) dec. Matt Hoover, 3-2
184-Thomas Cass (DUKE) dec. Brad Krepps, 9-3
197-Chris Harrington (ODU) dec. Trey Harris, 3-1 ot
Hwt.-Alex Hunt (DUKE) dec. Leevi MacDonald, 5-1
125-Tommy Hoang (DUKE) pinned Chip Reyes (1:12)
133-Joel Jimenez (ODU) pinned Sean Meakim (1:45)
141-Harry Clarke (DUKE) pinned Charlie Busch (2:14)
149-Dennis Whitby (ODU) dec. Andy Soliman, 14-8
157-Jake Cairns (ODU) tech. fall Ben Balmages, 18-3 (5:37)
165-Jeff Rusak (ODU) maj. dec. Tyler Smith, 17-4

Seton Hall 25,
Old Dominion 15
174-Everett Bell (SH) dec. George Sable, 12-4
184-Fikret Darzanoff (SH) dec. Brad Krepps, 10-3
197-Greg Sawyer (SH) dec. Chris Harrington, 7-2
Hwt.-Carlos Panfili (SH) dec. Leevi MacDonald, 7-1
125-David Ilaria (SH) pinned Chip Reyes (4:52)
133-Joel Jimenez (ODU) dec. Michael Settembrino, 6-4
141-Joseph Benvenuti (SH) pinned Charlie Busch (2:08)
149-Dennis Whitby (ODU) dec. Peter Weiss, 3-2
157-Jake Cairns (ODU) dec. Larry Smashey, 11-6
165-Jeff Rusak (ODU) pinned Zeke Hernandez (1:52)

Seton Hall 28,
Duke 6
174-Everett Bell (SH) dec. Matt Hoover, 5-0
184-Thomas Cass (DUKE) dec. Fikret Darzanoff, 3-2
197-Greg Sawyer (SH) dec. Trey Harris, 5-1
Hwt.-Alex Hunt (DUKE) dec. Carlos Panfili, 2-0
125-David Ilaria (SH) dec. Tommy Hoang, 10-6
133-Michael Settembrino (SH) dec. Sean Meakim, 11-4
141-Joseph Benvenuti (SH) dec. Harry Clarke, 3-1
149-Peter Weiss (SH) dec. Ben Balmages, 11-7
157-Larry Smashey (SH) pinned Russell Richards (2:04)
165-Paul Wyka (SH) dec. Tyler Smith, 12-4

Seton Hall 24,
VMI 15
174-Everett Bell (SH) dec. Austen Palmer, 4-3 2ot
184-Fikret Darzanoff (SH) dec. Dale Griffin, 11-6
197-David Walker (VMI) pinned Greg Sawyer (6:01)
Hwt.-Carlos Panfili (SH) dec. Brian Toney, 5-3
125-David Ilaria (SH) pinned Bryan Wacker (3:29)
133-Michael Settembrino (SH) dec. Oliver Ruiz, 6-1
141-Joseph Benvenuti (SH) pinned Tremayne Austin (1:51)
149-Adam Britt (VMI) dec. Peter Weiss, 3-2
157-Gill Decher (VMI) dec. Larry Smashey, 6-4
165-#13 Matt Erwin (VMI) dec. Paul Wyka, 6-3

Duke 18,
VMI 20
174-Austen Palmer (VMI) dec. Matt Hoover, 3-1
184-Thomas Cass (DUKE) dec. Dale Griffin, 6-5
197-David Walker (VMI) dec. Trey Harris, 13-7
Hwt.-Alex Hunt (DUKE) dec. Brian Toney, 10-2
125-Tommy Hoang (DUKE) tech. fall Levi Spellman, 18-3 (4:00)
133-Sean Meakim (DUKE) dec. Oliver Ruiz, 8-3
141-Harry Clarke (DUKE) dec. Tremayne Austin, 3-1
149-Adam Britt (VMI) pinned Ben Balmages (1:51)
157-Gill Decher (VMI) maj. dec. Russell Richards, 14-3
165-#13 Matt Erwin (VMI) maj. dec. Tyler Smith, 16-6


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