Jack Dechow solidified himself a spot not only in the Semi's (Fri. night on ESPN) but also on the All-American podium
Jack Dechow solidified himself a spot not only in the Semi's (Fri. night on ESPN) but also on the All-American podium
Leslie Wilde

DECHOW STRIKES AGAIN: Advances to Semi's & Guaranteed to All-American

March 21, 2014
By ODU Athletics

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – On Thursday afternoon at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Old Dominion University’s redshirt freshman Jack Dechow struck again, this time winning his Quarterfinal bout and solidifying a spot not only in the Semifinals on Friday night (on ESPN) but also on the All-American podium on Saturday night.

Dechow becomes ODU’s first All-American since James Nicholson in 2011 and first Monarch wrestler to reach the Semifinals since Ryan Williams in 2009.

“Jack making the NCAA Semifinals is an amazing feat for a redshirt freshman; he has had an awesome tournament,” said Old Dominion head coach Steve Martin. Martin continued, “Jack has made a great comeback from sitting out nearly two months with a high ankle sprain and making his return at the Virginia Duals. He is incredible athlete. We are looking forward to Jack’s opportunity to compete in the National Semifinals tonight.”

No. 13 Jack Dechow - Championship Quarterfinal Match - 184
In the National Quarterfinals, No. 13 seeded Jack Dechow squared-off with No. 12 seeded Ophir Bernstein of Brown University. Bernstein has qualified for the NCAA Tournament all three years of his collegiate career.

Less than a minute into the match, Dechow took Bernstein down and led 2-0. Bernstein would later escape to cut his deficit to 2-1 after the first period.

Dechow started the second period on bottom and quickly scored a impressive reversal to take a 4-1 lead. With one minute remaining in the second, Bernstein escaped making the score 4-2 after two periods.

Bernstein started the third period with an escape, cutting the lead down to just one point (4-3). Dechow again answered the call with another takedown to possess a 6-3 advantage, before Bernstein escaped making it 6-4. Dechow scored another takedown until the referees reversed their original call and took the two points off the scoreboard; however, Jack had already done enough and received a seventh and final point for riding time to ice the cake, making the final score 7-5.

Jack Dechow and his current seven match win streak will be right back in action on Friday night against No. 1 seeded and undefeated (31-0) Jimmy Sheptock from the University of Maryland. All of the NCAA National Semifinal matches beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EST) will air live in HD on ESPN. This is the first time ever that the main ESPN network has picked up the National Semifinals.

No. 5 Chris Mecate - Wrestleback Second Round - 141
No. 5 Chris Mecate drew NC State’s Sam Speno in the Second Round of the Wrestlebacks on Friday afternoon. Mecate wasted no time getting on the board with a 2-0 advantage after a quick takedown in the first period. Speno later escaped, making the score 2-1 after the first three minutes. Mecate escaped in the second period and took a 3-1 lead into the third. In the third period, Speno managed to tie the score at 3-3 with a takedown with 1:20 remaining in regulation. Neither wrestler scored for the rest of the third period, sending the match into extra time. In sudden victory, Speno scored a takedown to claim victory and eliminate Mecate from the 2014 NCAA Tournament in heartbreaking fashion.

Mecate finished the season with a 28-9 overall record as a redshirt sophomore. Mecate has qualified for the NCAA Tournament both possible years and defeated 10 nationally ranked opponents this season.

No. 16 Alexander Richardson - Wrestleback Second Round - 149
No. 16 seeded Alexander Richardson medically withdrew from his match against No. 2 seeded Nick Dardanes of Minnesota.

Richardson is just a true sophomore and has qualified for the NCAA Tournament both possible years. This season, Lenny knocked off four nationally ranked opponents and placed second at the MAC Championships.

No. 15 Billy Curling - Wrestleback Second Round –174
No. 15 seeded Billy Curling had a Second Round Wrestleback match with Navy’s No. 16 seeded Matt Miller. Miller started the first period with a takedown, in which Billy would escape, giving Miller a 2-1 advantage. Miller took Billy down again with 18 seconds left in the first, before pinning Curling with 12 seconds remaining in the first period to eliminate Curling from the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Curling finished his redshirt-senior season with an 18-10 overall record and finished second at the MAC Championships, while winning 9 of his last 10 matches entering his second consecutive NCAA Tournament.

--- RESULTS ---
Championship Quarterfinal Round - 184
No. 13 Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. No. 12 Ophir Bernstein (Brown) 7-5

Wrestleback Second Round - 141
Sam Speno (NC State) dec. No. 5 Chris Mecate (ODU) 5-3 SV-1

Wrestleback Second Round – 149
No. 2 Nick Dardanes (Minn.) over No. 16 Alexander Richardson (ODU) Med. Forfeit

Wrestleback Second Round –174
No. 16 Mathew Miller (NAVY) pins No. 15 Billy Curling (ODU) 2:48

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