Feb. 13, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University wrestling team will host George Mason University on Feb. 14, at 8:00 p.m. in the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Thursday's match will also be Senior Night, as Old Dominion will be recognizing their two seniors, Brennan Brumley and Brett Miller.
A pre-match social will be held in the Big Blue Room of the Ted Constant Center. The free social will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. on www.odusports.com/events using the Event Code: WR214
Old Dominion comes into this match 10-7 overall, 5-0 CAA, and 4-0 in duals at home. With a win, ODU would clinch the CAA regular season title.
The Monarchs are led by their six nationally ranked wrestlers: No. 14 Jerome Robinson (125), No. 28 Scott Festejo (133), No. 12 Chris Mecate (141), No. 30 Alexander Richardson (149), No. 27 John Nicholson (157) and No. 31 Jacob Henderson (197).
ODU is coming off a loss to the No. 11 University of Virginia on Feb. 10 in Charlottesville, Va. However, two Monarchs picked up wins against top-20 nationally ranked opponents. Chris Mecate defeated No. 15 Joe Spisak, 6-2. In 2011, Spisak was an NCAA qualifier at 133 pounds. Jacob Henderson picked up a 3-1 victory against No. 20 Michael Salopek. Salopek was an NCAA qualifier at 184 pounds in 2010.
Old Dominion's highest ranked wrestler, Chris Mecate, earned the `CAA Rookie of the Week' award for all competition from Feb. 5-11. This is the second time this season that Mecate has won this award. Mecate is currently on a seven-match winning-streak; his last loss came on Jan. 11.
George Mason University
George Mason enters Thursday's match 4-15 overall and 0-5 in CAA duals. GMU is coming off a 39-0 loss to No. 14 Bloomsburg on Feb 10.
George Mason's Probable Starters:
125: Richard Lavorato (Senior) (10-16)
133: Zachary Isenhour (Sophomore) (6-18)
141: Sahid Kargbo (Freshman) (18-11) or Ryan Hunsberger (Redshirt Sophomore) (1-5)
149: Greg Flournoy (Redshirt Freshman) (12-14)
157: Jaaziah Bethea (Senior) (14-13)
165: Ty Knepp (Senior) (8-13)
174: Seth Robertson (Junior) (3-11)
184: Ryan Hembury (Sophomore) (5-13)
197: Matt Meadows (Freshman) (15-15)
HWT: Jake Kettler (Sophomore) (18-14)
*Kettler is a University of Minnesota transfer
Follow the ODU vs. GMU Match Live:
A live blog will be provided by odusports.com throughout Thursday's match. Updates will also be provided via Twitter (@ODUwrestling).
Head coach Steve Martin said, "We are excited to recognize our two seniors and look forward to competing against George Mason on Thursday night."
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