EDINBORO, Pa. -- The Old Dominion wrestling team (5-8, 3-2 MAC) won the first six bouts of its match against Edinboro (9-6, 3-4 MAC) on Friday night, cruising to a 24-9 road victory over the Fighting Scots.
"I thought all 10 guys competed hard and together as a group," head coach Steve Martin said after the Monarch victory. "We won some tight matches and that is important at this time of the year."
The Monarchs earned bonus points in three of the first four bouts of the evening, as No. 18 Killian Cardinale, No. 18 Sa'Derian Perry and Kenan Carter each took down their opponent with major decisions. At 125 pounds, Cardinale earned six takedowns in his fight against Lucas Rodriguez to roll to a 15-5 major decision win.
Perry beat Jackie Gold by 11 points in a 13-2 major decision victory in the 141-pound bout. Perry took down Gold four different times and earned two additional points from stalling calls against Gold and one more point from holding the riding time advantage. In the very next bout at 149 pounds, Carter earned the third and final major decision victory for ODU, earning four takedowns against Tyler Vath without allowing the Fighting Scot to earn a point until the third period.
In between the three Monarch major decisions, freshman Shannon Hanna II earned a 6-5 decision over Tye Varndell in overtime at 133 pounds. The Monarch, facing a 5-4 loss in the final seconds of two 30-second tie-breaking rounds, managed to take down Varndell with two ticks left on the clock, stealing away the 6-5 decision over the Fighting Scot, who placed fifth in the latest MAC rankings in the weight class.
ODU continued to win out of the gate, as No. 14 Larry Early earned a 5-1 win by decision over Peter Pappas at 157 pounds. His senior classmate Shane Jones earned the sixth-straight Monarch victory in the next bout at 165 pounds, as he edged Derek Ciavarro in a 3-2 win by decision, giving ODU a 21-0 lead.
At 174 pounds, No. 17 Jacob Oliver ended the Monarch run and put the first Edinboro points on the board after earning a 4-1 win by decision over freshman Alex Cramer. In the 184-pound bout, Antonio Agee clinched the match victory for the Monarchs with a 3-1 win over Cody Mulligan with a sudden-victory takedown, bringing the overall score to 24-3.
The Fighting Scots would prevail in the final two bouts, as Dylan Reynolds earned a slim 3-2 decision over Timothy Young at 197 pounds and No. 30 Jon Spaulding took down freshman Jacob Bullock, 4-0. The two Edinboro wins brought the final score to 24-9.
"I liked the way that we aggressively wrestled," Martin said. "Both Hanna and Agee showed a lot of grit in how they battled in overtime wins."
In total, ODU held a 20-2 takedown advantage over Edinboro and didn't allow the Fighting Scots any bonus points in the victory.
The wrestling Monarchs will stay in Pennsylvania as they take on another MAC East opponent, Clarion on Sunday afternoon, January 26. The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
125: #18 Killian Cardinale (ODU) MD over Lucas Rodriguez (Edinboro) 15-5
133: Shannon Hanna II (ODU) dec. over Tye Varndell (Edinboro) 6-5 (TB-1)
141: #18 Sa'Derian Perry (ODU) MD over Jackie Gold (Edinboro) 13-2
149: Kenan Carter (ODU) MD over Tyler Vath (Edinboro) 10-2
157: #14 Larry Early (ODU) dec. over Peter Pappas (Edinboro) 5-1
165: Shane Jones (ODU) dec. over Derek Ciavarro (Edinboro) 3-2
174: #17 Jacob Oliver (Edinboro) dec. over Alex Cramer (ODU) 4-1
184: Antonio Agee (ODU) dec. over Cody Mulligan (Edinboro) 3-1 (SV-1)
197: Dylan Reynolds (Edinboro) dec. over Timothy Young (ODU) 3-2
285: #30 Jon Spaulding (Edinboro) dec. over Jacob Bullock (ODU) 4-0