HAMPTON, Va. -- The Old Dominion wrestling team (2-5, 1-1 MAC) earned an 18-13 victory over Penn (0-2, 0-0 EIWA) in its first match of the 40th Annual Virginia Duals on Friday at the Hampton Coliseum.
"We won the tight matches and that shows toughness, which is important," head coach Steve Martin said after the match. "when you start winning the close matches, that's always good."
One of the more important matches of the dual came at 157 pounds, when No. 13 in Intermat's rankings Larry Early took on No. 13 in FloWrestling's rankings Anthony Artalona. Early managed to earn the 9-4 win by decision over the top-15 wrestler to give ODU the its first lead of the dual, 9-7.
"I thought the highlight of the match was when Early took out the 13th-ranked wrestler in the country," Martin said of his All-American's performance. "It was a pretty decisive match, which is good for him."
Prior to Early's ranked victory, senior Kenan Carter won a tight 2-0 decision over Penn's Lucas Revano, his 10thwin of the season.
There were two bouts that needed extra time, both of which that the Monarchs came out victorious in. At 133 pounds, Shannon Hanna II and Carmen Ferrante both ended the three periods with one point apiece. In the extra frame, Hanna managed to take down his opponent to earn a 3-1 win by decision in the sudden victory period.
After a 6-5 come from behind win by decision for freshman Alex Cramer over Neil Antrassian at 174 pounds, Antonio Agee and Jesse Quatse would hit the mats in the 184-pound bout. Agee and Quatse also finished their three periods with a 1-1 tie, and neither combatant earned a takedown in the sudden victory round, so the bout had to be settled after two 30-second periods. Agee earned the only point in the two periods, earning the hard-fought 2-1 decision in TB-1. Agee's victory gave ODU some breathing room, as it increased the Monarch lead to 15-10 with two bouts left.
At 197 pounds, senior Timothy Young managed to earn a takedown in the third period of his bout against Cole Urbas to take a 2-1 win by decision. The Young victory gave the Monarchs an 18-10 lead, clinching the match for ODU with one bout remaining.
At 125 pounds, No. 15 Killian Cardinale faced off against a top-10 wrestler in the country in No. 9 Michael Colaiocco. At the time, Colaiocco put the Quakers up 4-0 after earning the 13-5 win by major decision over Cardinale. It would prove to be the only bonus points earned in the dual.
Sa'Derian Perry also took on a ranked wrestler in No. 22 Doug Zapf in the 141-pound bout. Zapf managed to earn the upset 6-1 win by decision victory over the top-15 Monarch to give the Quakers a four-point advantage over ODU at the time.
With the victory locked in after the 197-pound bout, Jacob Bullock took the mat at 285 pounds, facing Ben Goldin in the dual's final match. Bullock led after two periods, but Goldin got the better of the Monarch freshman in the third period to earn a 7-5 win by decision, bringing the final score to 18-13.
With their victory over Penn, the Monarchs move on to face No. 22 Virginia tomorrow, January 11, at 2 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum. UVA won their first-round dual against Kent State, 23-12. The winner of tomorrow's dual will take on the winner of the Rider vs. Maryland dual on the other side of the bracket in the championship bout.
"We're excited to face Virginia, we haven't faced them in a couple of years," Martin said looking ahead to tomorrow's competition. "We're looking forward to that opportunity. They're in the top-20 in most of the polls, and we try to make our schedule as tough as possible so we have opportunities to challenge ourselves and to knock off some teams."
125 - #9 Michael Colaiocco (Penn) MD over #15 Kilian Cardinale (ODU) 13-5
133 - Shannon Hanna II (ODU) dec. over Carmen Ferrante (Penn) 3-1 (SV-1)
141 - #22 Doug Zapf (Penn) dec. over #11 Sa`Derian Perry (ODU) 6-1
149 - Kenan Carter (ODU) dec. over Lucas Revano (Penn) Dec 2-0
157 - Larry Early (ODU) dec. over Anthony Artalona (Penn) Dec 9-4
165 - Jacob Lizak (Penn) dec. over Shane Jones (ODU Dec 3-2
174 - Alex Cramer (ODU) dec. over Neil Antrassian (Penn) Dec 6-5
184 - Antonio Agee (ODU) dec. over Jesse Quatse (Penn) 2-1 (TB-1)
197 - Timothy Young (ODU) dec. over Cole Urbas (Penn) 2-1
285 - Ben Goldin (Penn) dec. over Jacob Bullock (ODU) 7-5