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Old Dominion wins first MAC dual of season against SIUE

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The Old Dominion (1-1, 1-0 MAC) wrestling team won eight of 10 bouts in its dual against Mid-American Conference (MAC) foe SIUE (1-3, 0-1 MAC) to earn a commanding 33-9 victory on Wednesday night.

"We had a good performance tonight," head coach Steve Martin said after the match. "We have a team that can make some special memories. We have five teams in our conference that have had top-25 performances, so we not only look forward to our non-conference schedule, but the MAC schedule as well."

One of the more commanding victories came in the 125-pound match, where No. 10 Killian Cardinale earned a whopping 10 takedowns in his bout over Gage Datlovsky. Cardinale earned the technical fall win with a score of 24-9, one of two technical fall victories of the evening for ODU.

The event started at 141 pounds, as No. 13 Sa'Derian Perry earned the first Monarch victory of the evening with an 8-3 win by decision over Saul Ervin.

Senior Kenan Carter followed up Perry's victory with the only pin on the night for the Monarchs in the 149-pound match. Carter was able to pin SIUE's Max Kristoff early in the second round after three minutes and 27 seconds, giving the Monarchs an early 9-0 advantage after just two bouts.

At 165, No. 20 Shane Jones earned the other technical fall victory for the Monarchs, beating Chase Deihl, 16-1. This victory started a streak of four consecutive bouts won by Monarch wrestlers.

Kellen Ekern at 174 pounds earned a win by decision over Kevin Gschwendter, 8-5, followed by another win by decision for Antonio Agee over Ryan Yarnell, 8-6 at 184 pounds. Senior Tim Young capped off the streak with a major decision victory over Aric Bohn at 197 pounds, 12-3.

Steven Simpson wrapped up the evening with an 11-0 win by major decision over Jake Blaha, giving the Monarchs a total of 33 points over SIUE's nine.

The only two bouts the Cougars' managed to earn victories in were the two bouts that featured ranked wrestlers going against each other. At 157 pounds, No. 23 Justin Ruffin earned a 3-1 win by decision over No. 4 Larry Early in the first tie-breaker round.

In the heavyweight bout, No. 17 Colton McKiernan of SIUE managed to pin No. 29 Will Hilliard in the first round for the Cougars' second win of the dual.

In total, the Monarchs held a dominating advantage on takedowns, 27-4. ODU earned three wins by decision, two technical falls and two wins by major decision to go along with Carter's win by fall.

"We look forward to the dual meet season as we are done with the tournament portion of our schedule," Martin added. "We are looking forward to wrestling three top-20 teams in Missouri, Minnesota and Wyoming in two weeks."

Up Next
The Monarchs will be heading to the Sunshine State to compete in the South Beach Duals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ODU is scheduled to take on South Dakota State, No. 14 Wyoming, No. 15 Minnesota and No. 20 and reigning MAC Champion Missouri in the two-day event, which starts on December 29.

Results:
*141 - #13 Sa`Derian Perry (ODU) dec. over Saul Ervin (SIUE) 8-3
149 - Kenan Carter (ODU) fall over Max Kristoff (SIUE) (3:27)
157 - #23 Justin Ruffin (SIUE) dec. over #4 Larry Early (ODU) 3-1 (TB-1)
165 - #20 Shane Jones (ODU) TF over Chase Deihl (SIUE) 16-1 (7:00)
174 - Kellen Ekern (ODU) dec. over Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) 8-5
184 - Antonio Agee (ODU) dec. over Ryan Yarnell (SIUE) 8-6
197 - Timothy Young (ODU) MD over Aric Bohn (SIUE) 12-3
285 - #17 Colton McKiernan (SIUE) fall over #29 William Hilliard (ODU) (2:48)
125 - #10 Kilian Cardinale (ODU) TF over Gage Datlovsky (SIUE) 24-9 (7:00)
133 - Steven Simpson (ODU) MD over Jake Blaha (SIUE) 11-0

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