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Beazley Wins Southeast Open Title; Wright, Hilliard Finish 2nd

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 06, 2016
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ROANOKE, Va. -- Kevin Beazley cruised to the 197-pound championship Sunday at the Southeast Open while six other Monarch wrestlers registered top-six finishes. 

"Kevin Beazley looked really good in his first tournament in over a year," head coach Steve Martin said. "He beat two ranked kids and put up a lot of points. Seldon Wright dominated the No. 14 and No. 9 guys in the country and was beating Walsh, an All-American, before he got caught. In his mind, he knows now that he is good. Jack Dechow wrestled tough. We should have picked neutral against the Princeton guy, but he battled back hard through the consolation bracket. Alex Madrigal also wrestled very hard and scored a lot of points. He lost a controversial match to the No. 17 guy in the country. Will Hilliard did a good job making the finals in the freshmen and sophomore division. Abner Romero and Kevin Budock also looked good in their first college tournaments and placed in the top six." 

After taking an Olympic redshirt last season, 14th-ranked Beazley posted a perfect 5-0 record in his first collegiate tournament since the 2015 NCAAs, racking up three major decision wins and two decisions over ranked foes. The redshirt junior topped No. 18 Frank Mattiace of Penn, 6-3, in the quarterfinals and took down Army's 15th-ranked Rocco Caywood, 7-2, in the finals. 

Sophomore Seldon Wright, who entered the tournament ranked No. 20, finished as the runner-up at 165 lbs., going 4-1 on the day. In the quarterfinals, Wright won by injury default over Duke's 14th-ranked Jake Faust before topping Edinboro's ninth-ranked Austin Matthews, 9-5, in the semis. Wright lost by fall in the finals to 2015 NCAA semifinalist and sixth-ranked Chad Walsh of Rider.

The lone Monarch competing in the freshman and sophomore division, Will Hilliard finished as the runner-up at 285. The Phoenix, New York native went 3-1 on the day, falling in the finals to UNC's Andrew Gunning, 5-2. 

After suffering losses prior to the semifinals, Alex Madrigal, Jack Dechow and freshman Abner Romero battled back through the consolation bracket to earn fifth place at 133, 184, and 165, respectively. 

Freshman Kevin Budock turned in a sixth-place finish at 141 for the Monarchs, posting a 3-2 mark on the day. 

Full brackets from the tournament are available via FloArena

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No. 24 ODU will host No. 3 Missouri Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. for its annual alumni match to open up the dual slate.  

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