NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion University wrestling team finished out their final season in the Colonial Athletic Association undefeated after defeating George Mason (25-6) on Thursday night. With the win, Old Dominion clinches the CAA regular season crown and remains unbeaten at home.
The Monarchs now improve to 11-7 overall, 6-0 in the CAA and 5-0 at home.
Thursday night at the Ted Constant Center also marked Senior Night for Brennan Brumley, Brett Miller and Rodin Ndandula. Both Brumley and Miller got the start for ODU and both seniors picked up key victories for the Monarchs.
In the 125-pound bout, Rob Deutsch took a 2-0 lead into the second period against GMU's Richard Lavorato. After a scoreless second period, Deutsch exploded for eight points in the third period on his way to a 10-3 decision. ODU got on the board first, as they took at 3-0 lead over George Mason.
No. 28 Scott Festejo met Zachary Isenhour in the 133-pound match. After a scoreless first period, Festejo started the second period with an escape and a takedown. In the third period, Isenhour took Festejo down, but it was not enough as Festejo defeated Isenhour, 4-2.
141-pounder, No. 12 Chris Mecate squared-off with George Mason's Sahid Kargbo. Mecate started the first period with a takedown and started the second period with an escape. After a stalemate third period, Mecate held onto his a 3-0 decision over Kargbo. With the win, Mecate is now on an eight-match winning-streak. Mecate's last loss came on Jan. 11 at the Virginia Duals.
In the 149-pound match, No. 30 Alexander Richardson had a showdown with Greg Flournoy. Flournoy struck first and took a 2-0 lead into the second period. Flournoy got another takedown in the second period to storm out to a 4-0 lead. After starting the third period on bottom, Richardson was able to escape but could not score again as Flournoy upset Richardson, 5-1. George Mason now only trailed ODU, 9-3.
One of three seniors, Brennan Brumley wrestled at 157-pounds for Old Dominion. Brumley's opponent was George Mason's Jaaziah Bethea. Bethea took a 2-1 lead into the second period, where Brumley would tie the match with another escape. In the third period, Brumley would ride-out Bethea for the entire two minutes on his way to a 3-2 victory.
165-pound senior, Brett Miller grappled with Ty Knepp. No scoring would take place until the second period, when Miller escaped and then got a takedown to take a 3-0 lead. In the third period, Miller earned a point for riding-time and went on to defeat Knepp, 4-0.
Billy Curling got the start for the first time since Jan. 12 against North Dakota State at the Virginia Duals. Curling wrestled George Mason's Seth Robertson. Curling took Robertson down in the first period and started the second period with an escape to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Curling racked up another takedown just before the second period ended. Robertson started the third period with an escape, but it was Curling who was in control. Curling would pick up four team points for ODU on his way to a 10-2 major decision.
The 184-pound match featured Austin Coburn and Ryan Hembury. Coburn would score first with a takedown in the first period. The only scoring in the second period took place when Coburn picked-up an escape point. Coburn earned an extra point for over two minutes of riding time on his way to a 4-0 decision.
No. 31 Jacob Henderson and Matt Meadows faced-off in the battle of 197-pounders. After a scoreless first period, Henderson stayed on-top of Meadows the entire second period. With riding-time in his back pocket, Henderson started the third period with an escape and a 1-0 lead. With the riding-time point, Henderson defeated Meadows, 2-0
The last match of the night showcased Matt Tourdot and Jake Kettler. Kettler transferred from the University of Minnesota. The only scoring in the first two periods was off an escape from Tourdot. Kettler started the third period with an escape of his own to tie the match at 1-1. Tourdot started the third period with a takedown and now led Kettler, 3-1. However, Tourdot's scoring would end there as Kettler who countered with a takedown of his own and then followed that up with a three-point near-fall. It was Kettler who came out of this match victorious, 6-3.
125: Rob Deutsch dec. Richard Lavorato 10-3; ODU: 3 GMU: 0
133: No. 28 Scott Festejo dec. Zachary Isenhour 4-2; ODU: 6 GMU: 0
141: No. 12 Chris Mecate dec. Sahid Kargbo 3-0; ODU: 9 GMU: 0
149: Greg Flournoy dec. No. 30 Alexander Richardson 5-1; ODU: 9 GMU: 3
157: Brennan Brumley dec. Jaaziah Bethea 3-2; ODU: 12 GMU: 3
165: Brett Miller dec. Ty Knepp 4-0; ODU: 15 GMU: 3
174: Billy Curling MD Seth Robertson 10-2; ODU: 19 GMU: 3
184: Austin Coburn dec. Ryan Hembury 4-0; ODU: 22 GMU: 3
197: No. 31 Jacob Henderson dec. Matt Meadows 2-0; ODU: 25 GMU: 3
HWT: Jake Kettler dec. Matt Tourdot 6-3; ODU: 25 GMU: 6