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ODU Visits Kent State in MAC Road Dual Monday
NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion Monarchs wrestling team visits the Kent State Golden Flashes on Monday, Dec. 16, at 7:05 p.m. in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
The Monarchs head into Monday’s dual with a 2-4 (0-1 MAC) dual meet season record. Last Friday, ODU hosted Eastern Michigan for their MAC Opener and led EMU by one heading into the final match of the night. EMU was able to escape with the dual meet victory and ODU is looking to pick up their first MAC win in Ohio after they complete the Cleveland State Open this Saturday.
Redshirt sophomore Chris Mecate enters this weekend 9-3 on the year. Friday against EMU he picked up a pin in just 2:44 of action. Sophomore Alexander Richardson did him one better on Friday picking up a pin victory against Matt VanCuren in 1 minute 29 seconds. Richardson is 8-3 on the season and 5-1 in duals.
Warner, Curling Lead the Way
Tristan Warner continues to pick up victories for Old Dominion. Warner defeated EMU’s Brandon Zeerip 9-2 by a decision Friday and has won six of his last seven matches he has competed in.
Billy Curling scored his first major decision on the year after defeating Mike Curby last Friday. Curling, a 2013 NCAA Qualifier, continues to help ODU as he put up 12 points in Friday’s dual against EMU.
Scouting Kent State
Kent State is 4-3 (1-0 MAC) this season after defeating Buffalo, 38-3 in their MAC Opener on Saturday. Kent State defeated Gardner-Webb, Michigan and Campbellsville in the Eastern Michigan Duals in mid-November. The Golden Flashes also took fourth in the Navy Classic, while losing to Virginia Tech, Rider and Virginia in the Hokie Duals.
Sophomore Ian Miller (157) is 11-1 on the year and ranked No. 9/No.8 by AWN/Intermat respectively. Sophomore Sam Wheeler (184) is 11-1 and ranked No. 16/No.18 by AWN/Intermat and 133-pound sophomore Mack McGuire is 10-3 and ranked No.17/No.19 in the latest polls.
Kent State Probable Starters
125: Alfredo Gray (6-9, 1-6 duals)
133: No. 17 Mack McGuire (10-3, 5-2)
141: No. 18 Tyler Small (8-4, 4-3)
149: Michael DePalma (13-6, 4-3)
157: No. 8 Ian Miller (11-1, 6-1)
165: Clay Wenger (4-7, 0-3) OR
165: Michael Vollant (3-5, 0-3)
174: Caleb Marsh (4-2, 4-2)
184: No. 16 Sam Wheeler (11-1, 7-0)
197: No. 20 Cole Baxter (12-5, 6-1)
285: Mimmo Lytle (4-6, 3-4)
Old Dominion Probable Starters
125: No. 27 Jerome Robinson (0-1) OR
125: Brandon Jeske (5-5)
133: Scott Festejo (2-3) OR
133: Michael Hayes (4-3)
141: No. 9 Chris Mecate (9-3)
149: No. 20 Alexander Richardson (8-3)
157: No. 14 Tristan Warner (8-2)
165: Dillon Geoghegan (1-5) OR
165: Devin Geoghegan (6-4)
174: Billy Curling (3-3)
184: Austin Coburn (11-7) OR
184: No. 23 Jack Dechow (5-2)
197: No. 27 Kevin Beazley (5-4) OR
197: Jake Henderson (4-2)
285: Matt Tourdot (6-4)
Up Next: The Brute Invitational Dec. 29, 2013 from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
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