NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion University wrestling team won all three of their matches at the Colonial Athletic Association Duals in Fairfax, Va. The Monarchs defeated Boston University (23-6), Drexel (27-9) and Hofstra (19-12). This was one more step in the right direction for head coach Steve Martin and his wrestling Monarchs as they have set a goal to win the CAA regular season, since they are ineligible to win the CAA Tournament Championship.
Martin on his team's performance, "We wrestled with a lot of fight and emotion today and it showed in our performance. We also stressed to our guys that this is the time of the year when we have to be very focused on initiating our attacks and putting points on the board. Since this is our last season in the CAA and we are ineligible to win the CAA Tournament Championship, we are focused on competing hard against the CAA teams during the regular season."
Four Monarchs went undefeated on the day for Old Dominion: Scott Festejo (3-0), No. 15 Chris Mecate (2-0), No. 30 Alexander Richardson (3-0) and Jacob Henderson (3-0). ODU also received key performances from: Rob Deutsch (2-1), Brett Miller (2-1), Marcus Johnson (2-1), Austin Coburn (2-1) and Matt Tourdot (2-1).
Match #1: Old Dominion 23, Boston 6
Old Dominion's heavyweight, Matt Tourdot defeated Boston's Kevin Innis 4-1. Innis qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year.
125: Rob Deutsch (ODU) dec. Bubba McGinley (BU)(4-0)(0-3, ODU)
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) dec. B.J. Suitor (BU) (5-0)(0-6, ODU)
141: No. 15 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. Tyler Scotton (BU)(4-0) (0-9, ODU)
149: No. 30 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Nick Tourville (BU) (8-3) (0-12, ODU)
157: No. 26 Nestor Taffur (BU) dec. No. 18 John Nicholson (ODU) (1-2)(3-11, ODU)
165: Brett Miller (ODU) dec. Mitchell Wrightman (BU)(3-1)(3-14, ODU)
174: Marcus Johnson (ODU) dec. Eric Des Lauries (BU) (6-2)(3-17, ODU)
184: Alex Najjar (BU) dec. Austin Coburn (ODU) (6-4)(6-17, ODU)
197: Jacob Henderson (ODU) dec. Hunter Meys (BU) (3-1) (6-20, ODU)
Hwt- Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec. Kevin Innis (BU) (4-1) (6-23, ODU)
*One Team point was deducted from ODU
Match #2: Old Dominion 27, Drexel 9
Rob Deutsch and Scott Festejo picked up big pins for Old Dominion, as the Monarch never looked back after their 12-0 start.
125: Rob Deutsch (ODU) fall. Steven Winfield (DU) (5:58) (6-0, ODU)
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) fall. Jordan Hart (DU) (4:39) (12-0, ODU)
141: No. 19 Frank Cimato (DU) dec. Justin LaValle (ODU) (3-2) (12-3, ODU)
149: No. 30 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Shane Fenningham (DU) (6-0) (15-3, ODU)
157: Noel Blanco (DU) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU) (6-2) (15-6, ODU)
165: Connor Moran (DU) dec. Brett Miller (ODU) (3-0) (15-9, ODU)
174: Marcus Johnson (ODU) dec. Kevin Matayas (DU) (1-3) (18-9, ODU)
184: Austin Coburn (ODU) dec. Bryan Sternlieb (DU) (5-6)(21-9, ODU)
197: Jacob Henderson (ODU) dec. Ethan Keiser (DU) (2-4) (24-9, ODU)
Hwt- Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec. Jon Wright (DU) (0-1) (27-9, ODU)
Match #3: Old Dominion 19, Hofstra 12
ODU beat Hofstra for the second time in school history. Old Dominion's No. 15 Chris Mecate defeated Hofstra's No. 15 Luke Vaith 8-2. Vaith was a CAA champ and NCAA qualifier last year. Matt Tourdot lost a close match to Hofstra's No. 24 Paul Snyder. Snyder was the CAA champ and NCAA qualifier two years ago.
125: No. 19 Steve Bonnano (Hofstra) dec. Rob Deutsch (ODU) (3-1) (3-0, Hofstra)
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) maj. dec. Joey Goesinski (Hofstra) (15-4) (4-3, ODU)
141: No. 15 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. No. 15 Luke Vaith (Hofstra) (8-2) (7-3, ODU)
149: No. 30 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Cody Rug (Hofstra) (8-2) (10-3, ODU)
157: Tyler Banks (Hofstra) dec. Brennan Brumley (3-0) (10-6, ODU)
165: Brett Miller (ODU) dec. Nick Terdick (Hofstra) (7-1) (13-6, ODU)
174: No. 33 Jermaine John (Hofstra) dec. Marcus Johnson (7-3) (13-9, ODU)
184: Austin Coburn (ODU) dec. Victor Posiznyy (5-2) (16-9, ODU)
197: Jacob Henderson (ODU) dec. Tim Murphy (Hofstra) (1-4) (19-9, ODU)
Hwt: No. 24 Paul Snyder (Hofstra) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) (6-3) (19-12, ODU)
Old Dominion will be back in action on Jan. 25 when they will host Binghamton at 7:30 p.m. in Norfolk, Va.