Monarchs Edge Ohio, 19-18, On Criteria
NORFOLK, Va. -- Back-to-back major decisions from Jack Dechow and Kevin Beazley helped lift the Old Dominion wrestling team (6-9, 2-5 MAC) past Ohio (7-6, 4-4 MAC), 19-18, on the third criteria for most individual match points (68-67), Friday evening at the Ted Constant Center before 366 fans.
Beginning at 125 lbs., Ohio's 19th-ranked Shakur Laney majored Steven Simpson, 11-2, before No. 14 Cameron Kelly earned a 16-1 tech. fall over Alex Madrigal at 133 to give the Bobcats an early 9-0 lead. Noah Forrider widened the gap over Kevin Budock at 141, as the Bobcat broke open an 8-7 match to defeat the freshman Monarch, 14-7, at 141.
At 149, fifth-year senior Michael Hayes put together a 12-1 major decision over Kyle Kaminski, mounting a 6-1 lead after the first period, to cut the Bobcat lead to 12-4. Larry Early then won his first career match in the Ted Constant Center with a 7-3 decision over Cullen Cummings at 157, as the redshirt freshman transfer from Minnesota scored three takedowns including two in the last period.
In what proved to be a pivotal bout at 165, ODU sophomore Seldon Wright rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie his bout against Austin Reese, 2-2, in the final 20 seconds to force sudden victory overtime. In the overtime period, Wright rifled off several shots and connected on a takedown with 15 seconds left to defeat Reese, 4-2 OT, in dramatic fashion. The win cut the Ohio lead to 12-10.
At 174, Ohio's Arsen Ashughyan broke open a 5-5 tie in the third period with a late takedown and two nearfall points to defeat Antonio Agee, 9-5.
Monarch veterans Jack Dechow and Kevin Beazley came up big for the Monarchs at 184 and 197, respectively, as No. 9 Dechow scored four takedowns in the third period to earn a 13-3 major decision over Dontae McGee and No. 14 Beazley cruised to a 14-4 major decision at 197 after jumping out to a quick 8-2 lead in the first period.
In the dual meet's final bout, Ohio's Zack Parker topped Will Hilliard, 4-3, at 285, tying the team score at 18-18. Because each team had won an even five bouts and no falls or other six-point victories were secured by either team, the dual meet came down to criteria three: most individual match points scored. Therefore, Old Dominion was awarded the MAC dual meet victory by virtue of a 68-67 triumph in individual match points scored.
Old Dominion 19 Ohio 18* (Criteria 3)
125: No. 19 Shakur Laney (OHIO) maj. Steven Simpson, 11-2.
133: No. 14 Cameron Kelly (OHIO) TF Alex Madrigal, 16-1.
141: Noah Forrider (OHIO) dec. Kevin Budock, 14-7.
149: Michael Hayes (ODU) maj. Kyle Kaminski, 12-1.
157: Larry Early (ODU) dec. Cullen Cummings, 7-3.
165: Seldon Wright (ODU) dec. Austin Reese, 4-2 OT.
174: Arsen Arshughyan (OHIO) dec. Antonio Agee, 9-5.
184: No. 9 Jack Dechow (ODU) maj. Dontae McGee, 13-3.
197: No. 14 Kevin Beazley (ODU) maj. Bailey Faust, 14-4.
285: Zack Parker (OHIO) dec. Will Hilliard, 4-3.
ODU heads to Washington, D.C. to take on American this Sunday at noon.