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Wrestling Monarchs Welcome Northern Illinois for Conference Dual

December 18, 2017
By ODU Athletics

Old Dominion (1-3, 0-1) vs. Northern Illinois (0-3, 0-1)
Match Information – Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Location – Ted Constant Center (Norfolk, Va.)
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NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion (1-3, 0-1 MAC) wrestling team will host Northern Illinois (0-3, 0-1 MAC) on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ted Constant Center. The Monarchs have not seen dual action since Dec. 2 at No. 4 Missouri, where they dropped their dual, 36-3.

The Monarchs are looking for their first MAC win against NIU.

In the December MAC Rankings, Old Dominion was picked fourth as a team and four Monarchs were rated in the top four of their respective weight classes. Michael McGee was ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds, Alex Madrigal No. 3 at 141, Larry Early No. 4 at 157, and Seldon Wright No. 3 at 174.

So far this season, the Monarchs have had two duals come down to the last match. On November 12, the Monarchs dropped a dual to No. 24 Northwestern. The Monarchs lost their last match in the final bout by major decision, which ended the dual 17-16. Against No. 6 NC State on Nov. 30, the Monarchs had to pin in the final bout to defeat the Wolfpack.

About Northern Illinois
The Huskies are most recently coming off a loss to MAC opponent No. 17 Central Michigan, 34-6. No. 21 Brock Hudkins is the lone ranked wrestler on the Northern Illinois squad. Hudkins is 8-5 on the 2017-2018 season so far. 

NIU has not won a match this season, falling to Indiana, Cleveland State, and Central Michigan. Last year, the Huskies posted an 8-8 record and a fifth place finish at the MAC Championship.

Series History
The Monarchs own the series mark with a 4-2-0 record. In the last meeting between the two, ODU topped the Huskies, 22-9. 

Probable Starters
ODU vs. Northern Illinois

125: No. 20 Michael McGee (ODU) or Steven Simpson (ODU) vs. No. 21 Brock Hudkins (NIU)
133: Caleb Richardson (ODU) vs. Alijah Jeffery (NIU)
141: No. 13 Alex Madrigal (ODU) vs. Anthony Rubino (NIU)
149: Kenan Carter (ODU) vs. Zack Velasquez (NIU)
157: No. 15 Larry Early (ODU) or Shane Jones (ODU) vs. Caden McWhirter (NIU)
165: Luke Drugac (ODU) or Ben Schram (ODU) vs. Andrew Scott (NIU)
174: No. 18 Seldon Wright (ODU) or Terrell Forbes (ODU) vs. Quinton Rosser (NIU)
184: Antonio Agee (ODU) vs. Bryce Gorman (NIU)
197: Noah Bushman (ODU) or John D’Agostino (ODU) vs. Max Ihry (NIU)
285: Ali Wahab (ODU) vs. Caleb Gossett (NIU)

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Tickets at the Ted Constant Center will be $6 for adults, $5 for children, seniors, and military, $4 for groups of more than 10.

Up Next
The Monarchs wrap up 2017 as they travel to Evanston, Illinois on December 29 and 30 to compete at the historic Midlands Tournament, hosted by Northwestern University.

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