Hampton, Va. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team comeback fell just short as they lost 17-16 to No. 15-ranked Edinboro in the Quarterfinals at the 2014 Virginia Duals.
ODU fell behind early, trailing by as much as 11-0 after the first three matches. Alexander (Lenny) Richardson helped ODU get on the board with a 5-3 decision win against David Habat.
At 165 pounds, the Monarchs trailed 14-3 in the team score until Devin Geoghegan gave the team a performance that allowed him to win 12-4 and receive a major decision win with the bonus point. Geoghegan would finish 1-1 on the day. Billy Curling (174) followed that with a 5-3 decision win of his own as he finished 2-0 on the day.
One match later, Jack Dechow (184) came out on the mat and won by an 8-5 decision, as Dechow finished 2-0 after seeing his first action since Nov. 17.
ODU needed a victory by Kevin Beazley to give themselves a chance to win the match and Beazley delivered with a 2-0 decision win against Vincent Pickett. This gave Old Dominion their first lead at 16-14.
The match was up to the Heavyweights. Monarch Matt Tourdot went one period with the match being scoreless. Both Tourdot and Edinboro opponent Ernest James scored escapes to send the match into overtime.
ODU picked up wins by Alexander Richardson at 149 pounds, Devin Geoghegan (165), Billy Curling (174), Jack Dechow (184) and Kevin Beazley (197).
No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate wrestled well in his second match of the day, but could only score an escape as No. 1-ranked 141-pounder Mitchell Port (Edinboro) won by a 5-1 decision.
Quarterfinal: Edinboro 17, Old Dominion 16
125 - No. 17 Kory Mines (Edinboro) over No. 20 Brandon Jeske (Old Dominion) Maj 15-4. Edinboro leads 4-0.
133 - No. 4 Aaron (A.J.) Schopp (Edinboro) over Scott Festejo (Old Dominion) Maj 9-0. Edinboro leads 8-0.
141 - No. 1 Mitchell Port (Edinboro) over No. 4 Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) Dec 5-1. Edinboro leads 11-0.
149 - Alexander Richardson (Old Dominion) over No. 14 David Habat (Edinboro) Dec 5-3. Edinboro leads 11-3.
157 - No. 18 Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro) over Tristan Warner (Old Dominion) Dec 8-3. Edinboro leads 14-3.
165 - Devin Geoghegan (Old Dominion) over Zachary Towers (Edinboro) Maj 12-4. Edinboro leads 14-7.
174 - Billy Curling (Old Dominion) over Patrick Jennings (Edinboro) Dec 5-3. Edinboro leads 14-10.
184 - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) over Nicholas Mitchell (Edinboro) Dec 8-5. Edinboro leads 14-13.
197 - Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) over Vincent Pickett (Edinboro) Dec 2-0. ODU leads 16-14.
HWT - No. 17 Ernest James (Edinboro) over Matt Tourdot (Old Dominion) SV-1 3-1. Edinboro wins 17-16.
*Old Dominion returns to the Virginia Duals tomorrow to take on Arizona State at 10 a.m. from Mat 1 in the Consolation Bracket.
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