ODU stays unbeaten at home and in CAA

1/27/2013
Old Dominion University Sports Information

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion University wrestling team defeated the Rider Broncs 24-11 on Sunday afternoon in the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Monarchs have now won five straight dual matches and remain unbeaten at home and in the CAA this season.

Old Dominion's 125-pounder, Jerome Robinson gained the Monarchs six team points as he won via forfeit.

In the 133-pound match, Scott Festejo wrestled Rider's No. 24 Jimmy Morris. After two scoreless periods, Festejo racked up a two-point takedown and a two-point near-fall and went onto defeat Morris 5-2. ODU jumped out to a 9-0 lead over Rider.

No. 13 Chris Mecate took on Vinny Favia is a battle of 141-pounders. Mecate jumped off to a quick 5-0 start. In the second period, Mecate escaped which was followed by a Favia takedown. No scoring took place in the third period and Mecate won 6-2, which extended ODU's lead to 12-0 over Rider.

No. 30 Alexander Richardson (149) held onto a 1-0 lead after two periods with Rider's Curt Delia. Delia escaped and tied the match at 1-1 with 20 seconds remaining, but Richardson's nearly two minutes of riding-time gave him a 2-1 victory.

Brennan Brumley went up against No. 27 Zac Cibula in the 157-pound match. Cibula was an NCAA qualifier in 2011. Brumley managed to escape in the second period and took a 1-0 lead into the final two minutes of the match. Cibula started the third period with an escape and tied the match at 1-1. Brumley and Cibula would need a tiebreaker session before Brumley was able to escape and defeat Cibula 2-1 in a very intense and competitive match.

In the 165-pound match, Rider's No. 16 Ramon Santiago possessed a 4-0 lead over Brett Miller after two periods of wrestling. To begin the third period, Santiago took Miller down. Santiago ended up winning by major decision (8-0) and gave Rider their first four points of the dual.

Marcus Johnson (174) squared-off with returning NCAA qualifier No. 31 James Brundage. Brundage racked-up three takedowns in the first two periods on his way to a 7-3 victory over Johnson. ODU's lead was now cut to 18-7.

Rider's Ryan Wolfe (184) jumped out to a 7-1 lead after one period over ODU's Austin Coburn. Wolfe never looked back as he gained four more team points for Rider after winning via major decision over Coburn (11-1). Rider now trailed the Monarchs 18-11.

No. 31 Jacob Henderson and No. 29 Don McNeil had a showdown at 197-pounds. After a scoreless first period, Henderson started the second period with an escape. With 20 seconds remaining in the second period, Henderson took McNeil down and extended his lead to 3-0. McNeil would later escape twice; however, Henderson ended up sealing a victory not only for himself (3-2) but for the Monarchs as well.

In the battle of big boys, ODU's Matt Tourdot faced-off with Rider's Greg Velasco. After a scoreless first period, Velasco started the second period with an escape. Tourdot started the third period with an escape of his own and tied the match at 1-1. With 15 seconds left in the match, Tourdot was able to take Velasco down and earn a 3-2 victory.

Results:
125: No. 14 Jerome Robinson won by forfeit; ODU: 6 Rider: 0
133: Scott Festejo dec. No. 24 Jimmy Morris 5-2; ODU: 9 Rider: 0
141: No. 13 Chris Mecate dec. Vinny Fava 6-2; ODU: 12 Rider: 0
149: No. 30 Alexander Richardson dec. Curt Delia 2-1; ODU: 15 Rider: 0
157: Brennan Brumley dec. TB1 over No. 27 Zac Cibula 2-1; ODU: 18 Rider: 0
165: No. 16 Ramon Santiago MD Brett Miller 8-0; ODU: 18 Rider: 4
174: No. 31 James Brundage dec. Marcus Johnson 7-3; ODU: 18 Rider: 7
184: Ryan Wolfe MD Austin Coburn 11-1; ODU: 18 Rider: 11
197: No. 31 Jacob Henderson dec. No. 28 Don McNeil 3-2; ODU: 21 Rider: 11
HWT: Matt Tourdot dec. Greg Velasco 3-2; ODU: 24 Rider: 11

Old Dominion will be back in action on Feb. 3, when they will take on Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. at 2 p.m.

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