NORFOLK, Va. - Amateur Wrestling News has released its initial Division I Individual College Wrestling Rankings for the 2013-14 season, and five Old Dominion University wrestlers are included. Redshirt sophomore Chris Mecate is 9th at 141 pounds, redshirt junior Jerome Robinson is 18th at 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Jack Dechow is 18th at 184 pounds, redshirt freshman Kevin Beazley is 18th at 197 pounds and redshirt junior Tristan Warner is 20th at 157 pounds.
Mecate, a Highland, Calif., native, went 37-9 as a redshirt freshman last season and came away with a win at the 2013 NCAA Tournament. He enters the 2013-14 season with a 40-11 career record and had a 12-match winning streak from January 11, 2013 until March 21, 2013. One of the wrestlers ranked ahead of Mecate by AWN is an opponent he defeated two seasons ago - No. 7 Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall).
At 125 pounds Robinson returns after qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Championships. He went 17-5 last season and recorded two major decisions on the year.
Ranked No. 20 Warner returns to the mat after qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Championships. He went 4-1 last year before not competing the rest of the year due to an injury. Finished 27-16 two seasons ago where he went 15-8 in duals and finished with 5 falls and 6 major decisions. Also, Warner took second place in the CAA Tournament.
Both Dechow and Beazley competed last season unattached. At 184 pounds Dechow went 34-12 last year. Beazley competed at 197 pounds and finished last season 33-13.
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