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Old Dominion edges Navy on tiebreaker

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- In a match where both teams won five bouts by decision, the Old Dominion wrestling team (8-9, 4-2 MAC) came away with a hard-fought 16-15 victory over Navy (8-5, 3-1 EIWA) on Friday night, earning the tie-breaking win by way of criteria after collecting 41 total match points to Navy's 29.

"I thought we wrestled hard in enemy territory," head coach Steve Martin said after the ODU victory, its fourth in its last five matches. "Navy always fights hard and we knew nothing would be easy going into this match."

ODU's upset of the night that helped them leave the Naval Academy with a victory came from senior Timothy Young, who earned a 5-3 win by decision over No. 25 Jacob Koser. With the score even at 2-2 after the first period, Young broke away to take a slight lead with a takedown in the second frame and held a 4-3 advantage. The Aurora, Illinois native added an extra point in the third period and held on to beat the ranked Midshipman, 5-3. The win was Young's second against a top-25 opponent this year.

Friday's match began at 165 pounds, and the Monarchs came out firing, winning four of the five bouts in the higher-weight classes, including Young's upset. Shane Jones started the night with a 9-3 win by decision over Brian Case in the first bout of the night, earning an early takedown and never looking back. Jones' nine points in his bout were the most earned by a Monarch, a stat that would prove to be beneficial to ODU much later in the night.

After No. 16 Spencer Carey earned a 5-2 decision over Alex Cramer in the 174-pound bout, Antonio Agee earned a 7-1 decision over Andrew Buckley, highlighted by over two minutes of riding time in the battle.

Young's 5-3 upset win at 197 pounds increased the Monarch lead to 9-3 before junior Will Hilliard took down his opponent by the same score, giving the Monarchs their largest lead of the night at nine points. Hilliard, who trailed, 2-1 after the first frame, managed to outscore Riley Smith 4-1 in the final four minutes of action for the victory.

The Midshipmen stormed back in the lower-weight battles, as their comeback started at 125 pounds, where No. 14 Killian Cardinale met No. 26 Logan Treaster. The two ranked combatants only had a point between them after two periods, an escape point earned by Cardinale. Treaster earned an escape point of his own early in the third period to knot up the score again. The battle remained deadlocked at one until the final seconds of regulation, when Treaster took down the ranked Monarch to earn his 20th win of the season. On the other side, Cardinale's loss broke a streak of five consecutive hand-raises for the redshirt sophomore.

Navy won another tight matchup in the following bout at 133 pounds, with Casey Cobb walking away with a 3-1 sudden-victory over Shannon Hanna II. Hanna showed incredible balance throughout the entire melee, as Cobb kept going after the Monarch's left leg and hoisting it in the air, but Hanna wouldn't go down. The two were tied at one apiece after regulation, and Cobb finally earned the takedown of Hanna in the overtime period.

In the second of two matchups against ranked wrestlers, No. 18 Sa'Derian Perry was tasked with facing No. 31 Cody Trybus in the 141-pound match. Trybus had a 1-0 lead after two periods thanks to an escape point, but Perry earned one of his own in the early stages of the final frame. Later on, Trybus earned a takedown and Perry would escape, but the ranked Monarch couldn't find another point, ultimately taking a 3-2 loss and allowing Navy to tie the dual at 12 apiece.

ODU would retake the lead in the 149-pound matchup, as Kenan Carter earned a decisive 7-2 win by decision over Wyatt Long. Carter earned a takedown in the first period and an immediate reversal in the second frame to take a 4-1 lead into the final two minutes. Carter would add three more points with another takedown and riding time to win by five.

In the final bout of the evening, No. 10 Larry Early was upset by Jared Prince at 157 pounds in a 3-2 decision, tying the dual at 15-15 and snapping Early's stretch of 12 wins in his last 13 matches.

Thanks in part to Jones' nine points and Agee and Carter's seven-point tallies, ODU outscored the Midshipmen, 41-29 in total match points to clinch the victory.

"We started out very strong and I thought all of our guys gave a great effort tonight," Martin said of his team. "On to the next one at George Mason."

Up Next
The Monarchs head to Fairfax, Virginia to take on George Mason in their final road dual of the season and their first Mid-American Conference match in three weeks on Sunday, February 16 at 12 p.m. The Monarchs then wrap up the 2019-2020 regular season at home against Bloomsburg on Sunday, February 23.

Results:
*165: Shane Jones (ODU) dec. over Brian Case (Navy) 9-3
174: #16 Spencer Carey (Navy) dec. over Alex Cramer (ODU) 5-2
184: Antonio Agee (ODU) dec. over Andrew Buckley (Navy) 7-1
197: Timothy Young (ODU) dec. over #25 Jacob Koser (Navy) 5-3
285: Will Hilliard (ODU) dec. over Riley Smith (Navy) 4-3
125: #26 Logan Treaster (Navy) dec. over #14 Killian Cardinale (ODU) 3-1
133: Casey Cobb (Navy) dec. over Shannon Hanna II (ODU) 3-1 (SV-1)
141: #31 Cody Trybus (Navy) dec. over #18 Sa'Derian Perry (ODU) 3-2
149: Kenan Carter (ODU) dec. over Wyatt Long (Navy) 7-2
157: Jared Prince (Navy) dec. over #10 Larry Early (ODU) 3-2

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