ODU Wrestling Downed by No. 22 Central Michigan, 28-9
By ODU Athletics
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The Old Dominion wrestling team (4-9, 1-5 MAC) fell on the road at No. 22 Central Michigan (4-2, 2-2 MAC), 28-9, Friday evening. Jack Dechow's 3-1 victory over No. 16 Jordan Ellingwood at 184 highlighted the evening for the Monarchs.
"Our kids fought hard today, but Central Michigan is a very good team and they are especially tough to wrestle in their home gym," head coach Steve Martin said. "Kevin Budock continues to impress us and pulled out a really good win against a tough kid. Jack Dechow obviously wrestled well against a guy he has wrestled his whole life, and he definitely pushed the pace and took a lot of shot attempts. Antonio Agee was in a very tight match against a nationally-ranked opponent, so he is showing that he is improving every match. Overall, we need to continue to get better as a team and keep working toward our ultimate goal, which is to get guys on the podium at the NCAA Championships in March."
Beginning at 285, CMU junior Newton Smerchek used a first period takedown, escape and riding time point to top ODU freshman Will Hilliard, 4-1, to give the Chippewas an early 3-0 lead. Veterans Brent Fleetwood and Corey Keener followed up with wins at 125 and 133, respectively, to extend the CMU lead to 10-0 after three bouts.
In a battle of freshmen at 141, ODU's Kevin Budock trailed, 1-0, with under 30 seconds in the match but converted a takedown and held on to a leg until time expired for an exciting 2-1 victory. The win got the Monarchs on the board, narrowing the Central Michigan lead to 10-3.
CMU responded with back-to-back bonus point wins at 149 and 157, as returning All-American and sixth-ranked Justin Oliver defeated Michael Hayes, 12-4, at 149, and No. 7 Collin Heffernan beat Shane Jones, 17-1, at 157.
No. 19 Seldon Wright gave the Monarchs their second victory of the night when the sophomore took down CMU freshman Logan Parks twice to cling to a 5-3 win at 165.
At 174, CJ Brucki snapped Antonio Agee's four-match win streak, as the Chippewa junior prevailed by a narrow 8-5 decision.
In the premier matchup of the night, ninth-ranked Jack Dechow scored a takedown with two seconds remaining in regulation to defeat No. 16 Jordan Ellingwood, 3-1, at 184. Dechow extended his lead in the series with Ellingwood to 3-1.
In the meet's final bout, the Chippewas' 18th-ranked Austin Severn converted a takedown into a cradle and recorded a fall over No. 14 Kevin Beazley at the 4:57 mark to give the 22nd-ranked Chippewas a 28-9 MAC dual meet victory over ODU.
#22 Central Michigan 28 Old Dominion 9
285: Newton Smerchek (CMU) dec. Will Hilliard, 4-1.
125: Brent Fleetwood (CMU) maj. Steven Simpson, 10-2.
133: Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Josh Markham, 6-0.
141: Kevin Budock (ODU) dec. Mason Smith, 2-1.
149: No. 6 Justin Oliver (CMU) maj. Michael Hayes, 12-4.
157: No. 7 Collin Heffernan (CMU) tech. Shane Jones, 17-1.
165: No. 19 Seldon Wright (ODU) dec. Logan Parks, 5-3.
174: CJ Brucki (CMU) dec. Antonio Agee, 8-5.
184: No. 9 Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. No. 16 Jordan Ellingwood, 3-1.
197: No. 18 Austin Severn (CMU) pin No. 14 Kevin Beazley (ODU), 4:57.
The Monarchs will head to Annapolis, Maryland next Friday, Feb. 3 for a 7:30 p.m. dual at Navy.