Dechow, Beazley Lead ODU Past Kent State, 23-19, on Senior Day
NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion's Jack Dechow scored a technical fall and Kevin Beazley earned a pin in the final two matches of a back-and-forth dual meet to lead the Monarchs past Kent State, 23-19, on Senior Day at the Ted Constant Center on Sunday afternoon. ODU closed out the dual meet season 7-10 (3-5 MAC), while the Golden Flashes finished 2-15 (0-8 MAC).
Kent State got off to a quick start when Devin Nye earned a first period fall at 285. Cory Simpson followed up at 125 with a third period rally to defeat Steven Simpson, 9-4.
Fifth-year senior Michael Hayes went out with a win on Senior Day at 149, avenging an early season loss with a 9-5 decision over Tim Rooney. Hayes' victory put Old Dominion up, 12-9, at the intermission.
At 157, Kent State's No. 33 Casey Sparkman picked up a 5-2 decision over Larry Early, connecting on takedowns in the first and third periods to tie the dual meet, 12-12.
Kent State kept the momentum rolling up through 174, as Isaac Bast scored a 9-8 upset over Seldon Wright at 165 in a takedown frenzy, while Jerald Spohn scored several sets of nearfall points to top true freshman Antonio Agee, 14-5, at 174.
With the Monarchs trailing 19-12 heading into the final two bouts, Jack Dechow thrived in front of the Senior Day crowd of 297, dominating Shane Mast, 27-8. Dechow scored 16 points in the third period including a set of four-point nearfall as time expired to earn the tech. fall victory.
At 197, with the dual meet on the line, Kevin Beazley locked up a cradle and planted Stephen Suglio in 2:51 to give Old Dominion its third MAC dual meet of the season, 23-19, over Kent State.
Old Dominion 23 Kent State 19
285: Devin Nye (KENT) pin Will Hilliard, 1:11.
125: Cory Simpson (KENT) dec. Steven Simpson, 9-4.
133: Alex Madrigal (ODU) won by forfeit
141: Kevin Budock (ODU) dec. Chance Driscoll, 3-1.
149: #27 Michael Hayes (ODU) dec. Tim Rooney, 9-5.
157: #33 Casey Sparkman (KENT) dec. Larry Early, 5-2.
165: Isaac Bast (KENT) dec. #21 Seldon Wright, 9-8.
174: Jerald Spohn (KENT) maj. Antonio Agee, 14-5.
184: #8 Jack Dechow (ODU) TF Shane Mast, 27-8 (7:00).
197: #14 Kevin Beazley (ODU) pin Stephen Suglio, 2:51.
Old Dominion heads to Cedar Falls, Iowa for the 2017 MAC Championships on March 4-5.