DEKALB, Ill. -- The Old Dominion (3-2, 2-1 MAC) wrestling team took down Northern Illinois (2-6, 0-2 MAC) on the road by a 23-12 final score to win back-to-back duals this weekend. ODU won six of 10 bouts, including a technical fall and a pin.
"We knew it would be a road trip that would test us. We're very pleased with the performance at both dual meets," said head coach Steve Martin. "CMU and NIU are always tough and hard to wrestle in their home environments."
Collecting his sixth bonus point win for the 2018-2019 season, No. 18 Michael McGee opened the afternoon with a 17-1 technical fall to put five points on the board for the Monarchs. The sophomore is now 4-0 in duals this season.
Closing the lead for NIU was Alijah Jeffery, who earned a 7-4 decision over Killian Cardinale at 133 pounds.
No. 11 Sa'Derian Perry switched the momentum for the Monarchs when he pinned the Huskies' Anthony Cheloni in the first period. At 149, Kevin Budock battled McCoy Kent to a 3-2 win by decision to extend the ODU lead. After a setback on Friday, No. 3 Larry Early picked up a 9-6 win over Mason Kauffman to give ODU the 17-3 lead heading into the intermission.
At 165, Shane Jones trailed Caden McWhirter 2-0 through the first period. In the second period, Jones took down McWhirter to tie up the bout. In the third period, Jones rode out McWhirter for the first minute but ultimately escaped to make the match 3-2 in favor of NIU. Jones scored a match-winning takedown in the final seconds to collect a 4-3 win by decision.
After winning four straight bouts, ODU suffered a setback at 174 pounds, when No. 20 Seldon Wright fell to to No. 11 Brit Wilson by an 11-4 decision. Making his first dual start of the season at 184 pounds, Dean Drugac dropped a 5-1 match to Will Feldkamp.
Winning his second-straight dual win, Tim Young came out on top with a 4-3 win by decision over Max Ihry at 197 pounds. At heavyweight, Ali Wahab fell to Caleb Gossett by a 7-4 decision.
"Other guys are getting opportunities and they're taking advantage of it."
125: #18 Michael McGee (ODU) TF over Bryce West (NIU), 17-1
133: Alijah Jeffery (NIU) dec. over Killian Cardinale (ODU), 7-4
141: #11 Sa'Derian Perry (ODU) fall Anthony Cheloni (NIU), 1:45
149: Kevin Budock (ODU) dec. over McCoy Kent (NIU), 3-2
157: #3 Larry Early (ODU) dec. over Mason Kauffman (NIU), 9-6
165: Shane Jones (ODU) dec. over Caden McWhirter (NIU), 4-3
174: #11 Brit Wilson (NIU) dec. over #20 Seldon Wright (ODU), 11-4
184: Will Feldkamp (NIU) dec. over Dean Drugac (ODU), 5-1
197: Tim Young (ODU) dec. over Max Ihry (NIU), 4-3
285: Caleb Gossett (NIU) dec. over Ali Wahab (ODU), 7-4
The Monarchs will compete in the Virginia Duals on Jan. 11 and 12 at the Hampton Coliseum, where #16 Arizona State, Chattanooga, Kent State, #19 Lock Haven, Oklahoma, Virginia and #12 Virginia Tech will also be wrestling.