Hampton, Va. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team came away with a 26-10 win against Lock Haven in the first match at the 2014 Virginia Duals.
“We knew it was going to be a fight,” said ODU head coach Steve Martin. “We got the bonus points we needed. I thought eight of our guys wrestled really well. 174 pounds is where it all started for us. Curling and our top-4 weight classes did a great job to lead us to a victory. Jack Dechow’s return helped. He hasn’t wrestled in 60 days and did a nice job today. 285 finished strong and we need to continue to get the bonus points in order to win.”
ODU picked up wins by Brandon Jeske at 125 pounds, Chris Mecate (141), Alexander Richardson (149), Tristan Warner (157), Billy Curling (174), Jack Dechow (184), Kevin Beazley (197) and Matt Tourdot (285).
The Monarchs led 12-10 and did not look back after Curling’s 9-1 major decision victory over Travis Moyer. Curling has won 4 of his last six matches.
Jeske got ODU started on the right track as he defeated Kaleb Lemaire by an 8-1 decision. Jeske ranked No. 20 by both AWN and InterMat finished fifth at the Southern Scuffle.
No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate defeated Daniel Neff by a 6-1 decision. Mecate improved his overall record this year to 17-4. Mecate will take on No. 1 141-pounder Mitchell Port of Edinboro later today.
Jack Dechow returned to the ODU lineup for the first time since November 17, 2013. Dechow, once ranked in the top-15 took his time and defeated Fred Garcia by a 3-1 decision in overtime.
ODU 26, Lock Haven 10
125- No. 20 Brandon Jeske (ODU) dec. Kaleb Lemaire (Lock Haven) 8-1. ODU leads 3-0
133- Cody Wheeler (Lock Haven) over Michael Hayes (ODU) Fall 1:10. Lock Haven leads 6-3
141- No .4 Chris Mecate (ODU) over Daniel Neff (Lock Haven) SV-2 6-1. ODU tied 6-6
149- Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Macaulay Maldarelli (Lock Haven) 3-2. ODU leads 9-6
157- Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. William Randt (Lock Haven) 6-2. ODU leads 12-6
165- Jacob Kemerer (Lock Haven) over Devin Geoghegan (ODU) MD 12-4. ODU leads 12-10
174- Billy Curling (ODU) over Travis Moyer (Lock Haven) major dec. 9-1. ODU leads 16-10
184- Jack Dechow (ODU) over No. 15 Fred Garcia (Lock Haven) SV-1 3-1. ODU leads 19-10
197- Kevin Beazley (ODU) dec. Joseph Rimel (Lock Haven) 8-1. ODU leads 22-10
285- Matt Tourdot (ODU) over Cody Mason (Lock Haven) MD 9-1. ODU wins 26-10
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