ODU's Billy Curling (left) has defeated two top-10 opponents in consecutive weeks.
ODU's Billy Curling (left) has defeated two top-10 opponents in consecutive weeks.
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ODU Stuns Ohio, Curling Beats His Second Top-10 Opponent in a Week

February 09, 2014
By ODU Athletics

ATHENS, OHIO- Old Dominion University won their fifth dual match in a row (fourth MAC) by defeating Ohio University 22-15 Sunday evening.

ODU's Alexander Richardson (149) and Billy Curling (174) both picked up top-10 victories to continue their individual match winning streaks. Richardson has won 10 in a row dating back to January 2nd and Curling has won five matches in a row.

"Billy Curling has now beaten two top-10 opponents in a week," said ODU Head coach Steve Martin. "He beat his first All-American today in No. 9 Cody Walters and defeated then No. 8-ranked Ottinger from CMU last week. Billy wrestles very hard and is believing in himself. Lenny Richardson also beat No. 8-ranked (AWN) Claxton today and looked great. Michael Hayes came through with a pin and looked dominant. Mecate, Warner and Dechow continued to put points on the board. Dechow continues to score key bonus points for the team. Even in our losses at 197 and Heavyweight we competed hard. Tourdot gave an All-American all he wanted and Beazley took the No. 7-ranked Ohio wrestler Phil Wellington into overtime. We look forward to scrapping with Missouri on the road next week."

133-pounder Michael Hayes got the Monarchs on the board with a decisive Fall victory at 5:50 over Sebastian Arroyo (Ohio), which tied the dual match at 6-6. Hayes moves his record to 11-10 and 2-2 in the MAC this season.

ODU would not let the team lead go after 141 as No. 5-ranked Chris Mecate delivered an 8-2 decision victory over Ohio's Noah Forrider. ODU led 9-6 heading into 149 pounds. Mecate is now 23-6, has won six of his last seven and is 5-1 in the MAC this year.

No. 18-ranked Alexander Richardson (149) went on to defeat No. 8-ranked (AWN) Tyron Claxton by a 4-3 decision. Richardson's victory over Claxton gave the Bobcat his first MAC loss this season. Richardson is 22-6 and 5-1 in the MAC.

Heading into 157 pounds ODU led 12-6. Monarchs wrestler No. 19-ranked Tristan Warner did not give up a single point as he defeated Spartak Chino by a 3-0 decision. Warner has won his last five in a row. Warner is 5-1 in the MAC.

ODU's Billy Curling delivered a knock out blow as the 174-pounder stunned All-American No. 9-ranked Cody Walters by a 7-2 decision. Curling has won 8 of his last nine matches and is 5-1 in the MAC this season. He has beaten two top-10 opponents in one week.

At 184 pounds, Old Dominion's Jack Dechow defeated Ryan Garringer by a 14-4 major decision and gave the Monarchs the secure team victory as ODU led 22-12. Dechow is 13-3, 4-0 in the MAC and 8-1 since his return to the ODU lineup.

ODU (8-8, 4-2) is tied for third place in the MAC Standings. ODU travels to Columbia, Missouri to face the No. 9-ranked Missouri Tigers next Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Old Dominion 22, Ohio 15
285- #11 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) 4-1. Ohio leads 3-0.
125- KeVon Powell (Ohio) dec. Brandon Jeske (ODU) 5-4. Ohio leads 6-0.
133- Michael Hayes (ODU) defeats Sebastian Arroyo (Ohio) by Fall 5:50. Tied 6-6.
141- #5 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. Noah Forrider (Ohio) 8-2. ODU leads 9-6.
149- #18 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. #8 Tyron Claxton (Ohio) 4-3. ODU leads 12-6.
157- #19 Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Spartak Chino (Ohio) 3-0. ODU leads 15-6.
165- Harrison Hightower (Ohio) defeats Devin Geoghegan (ODU) by Fall 1:43. ODU leads 15-12.
174- Billy Curling (ODU) dec. #9 Cody Walters (Ohio) 7-2. ODU leads 18-12.
184- Jack Dechow (ODU) major dec. Ryan Garringer (Ohio) 14-4. ODU leads 22-12.
197- #7 Phil Wellington (Ohio) defeats Kevin Beazley (ODU) 3-1 SV-1. ODU wins 22-15.

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