NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion University wrestling team defeated Binghamton 21-18 on Friday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
In the battle at 125-pounds, ODU' Rob Deutsch squared-off with Binghamton's Mike Sardo. Deutsch started off the first period with three takedowns, in which Sardo escaped twice. Deutsch took a 6-2 lead into the second period. Deutsch completely dominated the second period and took 14-2 lead into the third period. Deutsch went onto cruise to a 19-3 tech-fall victory, and gave ODU five big team points to start the night.
Scott Festejo wrestled at 133-pounds for ODU and faced Binghamton's Derek Steeley. Steeley got off to a hot start by taking Festejo down twice in the first period. Steeley held onto a 4-2 lead after two periods. In the third period, Festejo would get an escape and then a takedown to take a 5-4 lead with one minute left in the third period. Festejo received an additional point for riding-time and defeated Steeley 6-4. ODU now led Binghamton 8-0.
141-pounder Justin LaValle wrestled Binghamton's Dan Riggi. After a scoreless second period, LaValle started the second period with a takedown and took a 2-0 lead into the third period. From there, Lavalle had his way with Riggi. LaValle started the third period with a takedown and then a near-fall. LaValle ended up getting Old Dominion four team points, as he won via major decision 10-0 over Riggi.
Brennan Brumley had the tall task of wrestling Binghamton's Donnie Vinson. Vinson is currently the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the country at 149 pounds. Vinson is a redshirt senior, who has been a NCAA qualifier in his three previous season. Last year, Vinson became an All-American after placing third at the NCAA Championship. Vinson was able to pin Brumley 2:27 into the match. Vinson's pin gave Binghamton their first six points of the match.
No. 25 John Nicholson took on Jack McKeever in a bout between two 157-pounders. After two takedowns, Nicholson took a 4-1 lead into the second period. At the 4:17 mark, Nicholson pinned McKeever and gave ODU an 18-6 team lead over Binghamton.
The 165-pound match consisted of ODU's Brett Miller and BU's Vincent Grella. Miller held onto a 1-0 lead after two periods. Grella started out the third period with a takedown. Miller responded with a takedown of his own and would squeak out a 4-3 victory in a very competitive and crucial match for the Monarchs. ODU jumped out to a commanding 21-6 lead over BU.
Old Dominion's Marcus Johnson faced-off with John Paris in the 174-pound bout. After two scoreless rounds of wrestling, Johnson started the third period out with an escape. Paris would then take Johnson down; Johnson later escaped. The match was tied at 2-2 when Paris got the game-winning takedown with 20 seconds remaining in the match.
Austin Coburn wrestled Cody Reed in a battle of 184-pounders. Reed was a NCAA qualifier at 197 pounds last year. Reed possessed a 1-0 lead going into the third period. After Coburn tied the match at 1-1, Reed got a takedown with less than 30 seconds remaining in the match. With less than 10 seconds on the clock, Henderson escaped and received an additional point for riding-time to send the match into overtime. In overtime, Reed took Coburn down and won the match 5-3. Binghamton cut ODU's lead to 21-12.
Jacob Henderson dualed it out with No. 5 Nate Scheidel. Scheidel is a three-time NCAA qualifier. After an even first two periods, Scheidel led Henderson 1-0. Henderson started the third period on bottom and had no problem escaping to tie the match at 1-1. With 45 seconds left in the match, Scheidel took Henderson down. Scheidel earned one more point for riding-time and defeated Henderson 4-1 in a hard fought match. The stage was now set for the heavyweight match, as Binghamton only trailed ODU 21-15.
In the last match of the night, Matt Tourdot wrestled Binghamton's Tyler Deuel. Deuel got two takedowns and led Tourdot 4-1 after the first period. Tourdot escaped and got a takedown in the second period to tie the match at 4-4. Deuel responded back with a run of his own and went onto defeat Tourdot 11-5. Despite the loss, Old Dominion held onto a 21-18 victory over Binghamton.
125: Rob Deutsch TF Mike Sardo 19-3 (5:53); ODU: 5 Binghamton: 0
133: Scott Festejo dec. Derek Steeley 6-4; ODU: 8 Binghamton: 0
141: Justin LaValle MD Dan Riggi 10-0; ODU: 12 Binghamton: 0
149: No. 3 Donnie Vinson pins Brennan Brumley (2:27); ODU: 12 Binghamton: 6
157: No. 25 John Nicholson pins Jack McKeever (4:17); ODU: 18 Binghamton: 6
165: Brett Miller dec. Vincent Grella 4-3; ODU: 21 Binghamton: 6
174: John Paris dec. Marcus Johnson 4-2; ODU: 21 Binghamton: 9
184: Cody Reed dec. Austin Coburn 5-3 SV1; ODU: 21 Binghamton: 12
197: No. 5 Nate Scheidel dec. Jacob Henderson 4-1; ODU: 21 Binghamton: 15
HWT: Tyler Deuel dec. Matt Tourdot 11-5; ODU: 21 Binghamton: 18