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NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University wrestling team will host the No. 5-ranked Northern Iowa Panthers this Sunday, February 23 at 1 p.m. from the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

ODU has won five of their last six dual meet matches heading into Sunday's contest. The Monarchs will face their seventh ranked team from coaches rankings this season.

"Northern Iowa has a lot of nationally ranked wrestlers so we need to wrestle hard, " said ODU Head Coach Steve Martin. "We are used to battling these types of teams. The MAC gives you strong competition. We are looking forward to wrestling No. 5 Northern Iowa. We are going to go out and compete hard for seven minutes and looking forward to a good crowd on Sunday."

The Monarchs (8-9, 4-3 in the MAC) are currently tied for third place in the Mid-American Conference standings.

Current MAC Standings:
#5 Northern Iowa         6-0, 12-0
#9 Missouri                 5-1, 9-2
Kent State                      4-3, 11-11
Old Dominion                 4-3, 8-9
Ohio                                 4-4, 11-4
Central Michigan          4-4, 10-10
Eastern Michigan         3-4, 13-7
Northern Illinois            1-6, 6-11
Buffalo                            0-7, 3-16

Old Dominion's No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate, 125-pounder Brandon Jeske, and No. 19-ranked Billy Curling are coming off wins this past weekend. Mecate defeated Missouri's No. 18-ranked Lavion Mayes by a 2-1 decision. Jeske pulled off a win against Barlow McGhee by a 7-1 decision. Curling kept his six match win streak alive with a 10-3 decision win against Mike England.

Old Dominion (8-9, 4-3) vs. #5 Northern Iowa (12-0, 6-0) Sunday 1:00 p.m.

Series Record: ODU Trails 4-0. First meeting was in 2005.

Previous Meeting: Nov.20, 2010- Old Dominion dropped a 19-15 decision to Northern Iowa. Monarch wrestlers James Nicholson, Kyle Hutter, Brennan Brumley and Joey Metzler each pulled off wins for ODU. 

Scouting Northern Iowa- The Panthers are 12-0, have not lost a dual meet match this year and have not lost one since Feb. 8, 2013 against Iowa State. UNI features five ranked wrestlers and are led by senior 133-pounder Joe Colon who is ranked No. 1 and has a 26-1 and 6-0 MAC record this season. Northern Iowa's redshirt freshman No. 5-ranked Dylan Peters (125) is 27-4 this season, 184-pound senior Ryan Loder is 10-0 and ranked fifth in the country and 165-pounder Cooper Moore (Jackson, Minn.) is 22-6 and ranked No. 7 in the nation. 

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Northern Iowa Probables
125: #5/6 Dylan Peters 27-4, 6-0 MAC
133: #1/1 Joe Colon 26-1, 6-0
141: NR/#20 Joey Lazor 13-4, 4-0 or Levi Wolfensperger 21-7, 1-1
149: Tyler Patten 19-13, 1-3 or Gunnar Wolfensperger 21-7, 3-1
157: Jarrett Jensen 7-11, 1-3 or Zach Witte 16-8, 1-1
165: #7/11 Cooper Moore 22-6, 6-0
174: Cody Caldwell 14-10, 4-2
184: #5/5 Ryan Loder 10-0, 4-0
197: Jared Bartel 13-7, 0-0 or Basil Minto 17-11, 3-3
285: Blaize Cabell 18-11, 3-3

Old Dominion Probables
125: Brandon Jeske 16-11, 3-1 OR Buddy Scarborough 12-12, 0-1
133: Michael Hayes 11-11, 2-3
141: #5/4 Chris Mecate 24-6, 6-1
149: #15/14 Alexander Richardson 22-7, 5-2
157: Tristan Warner 16-9, 5-2
165: Devin Geoghegan 10-15, 1-5  OR Dillon Geoghegan 3-10, 0-0
174: #19/19 Billy Curling 14-7, 6-1
184: Jack Dechow 13-4, 4-1
197: Kevin Beazley 15-12, 2-5 OR Jake Henderson 8-4, 1-0
285: Matt Tourdot 12-13, 2-4

*Rankings by TheOpenMat/InterMat

Next up for the Monarchs
ODU will participate in their first ever Mid-American Conference Tournament beginning March 8-9 hosted by Kent State in Kent, Ohio.

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