Monarchs Travel to No. 11 Virginia for 1 p.m. Dual on Sunday

February 08, 2013
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 8, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team will take on the No. 11 University of Virginia Cavaliers at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb . 10 in Charlottesville, Va.

Live results from Sunday’s match will be able to be followed here.

Old Dominion is currently 10-6 overall and 5-0 in the CAA so far this season. The Monarchs have been led by their five nationally ranked wrestlers:
-No. 14 Jerome Robinson (125)
-No. 29 Scott Festejo (133)
-No. 11 Chris Mecate (141)
-No. 30 Alexander Richardson (149)
-No. 24 John Nicholson (157)

ODU’s highest ranked wrestler, No. 11 Chris Mecate is currently on a 6-match winning streak. Mecate’s last loss came nearly a month ago on Jan. 11 at the Virginia Duals.

No. 11 UVA comes into Sunday’s dual with a 13-3 overall record. Most notably, Virginia upset No. 9 Central Michigan, 20-13, on Jan. 12 at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va. The Cavaliers are currently 5-0 at home this season.

Nine out of 10 starters for Virginia are currently nationally ranked.

The University of Virginia's Probable Starters:

No. 9 Matt Snyder (RS Senior) (13-6)
-Snyder is a two-time NCAA qualifier

No. 14 George DiCamillo (Freshman) (25-7)

No. 15 Joe Spisak (RS Sophomore) (18-2) 
-Spisak was a NCAA qualifier at 133 pounds in 2011

No. 15 Derek Valenti (RS Senior) (13-6)
-Valenti is a two-time NCAA qualifier and became an All-American in 2011

157: No. 9 Jedd Moore
(RS Senior) (26-5)
-Moore was a NCAA qualifier in 2009

165: No. 7 Nick Sulzer
(RS Sophomore) (21-6) OR Blaise Butler (RS Freshman) (12-6)
-Sulzer was a NCAA qualifier last year

174: No. 15 Jon Fausey
(RS Junior) (25-6)
-Fausey was a NCAA qualifier in 2011 (174) and 2012 (184)

184: No. 26 Stephen Doty
(RS Junior) (12-8) OR Zach Nye (RS Freshman) (10-7)

197: No. 20 Mike Salopek
(RS Senior) (11-2)
-Salopek was a NCAA qualifier in 2010 at 184 pounds

Derek Papagianopoulos (RS Sophomore) (4-4) OR Patrick Gillen (RS Freshman) (2-7)

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