No. 16 ODU Closes Out Regular Season With 27-6 Win Over NIU
NORFOLK, Va. – No. 16 Old Dominion closed out the regular season with a 27-6 victory over Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon. The Monarchs conclude the season 13-5 and 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Huskies end 10-12 and 2-6 in the conference.
“We are proud of the way our guys have responded to being on the road eight of the last 11 days,” noted Head Coach Steve Martin. “This was our second road trip and it was an experience! The different environments, officiating and hostile crowds all toughened our team up. We wrestled very well today and continue to make strides for the MAC and NCAA tournaments.”
TC Warner beat a returning NCAA qualifier in Morse and Michael Hayes wrestled very well against Northrup,” added Martin. “Brandon Jeske wrestled very well against his opponent and continues to get ready for March. Chris Mecate and Tristan Warner were solid today and initiated their styles against their opponents. Matt Tourdot looked great at heavyweight, while Kevin Beazley and Jack Dechow put a lot of points on the board which was great to see. Kevin Johnson and Austin Coburn both had opportunities to win their matches and wrestled hard.”
“We finished our dual meet season strong and we look forward to the MAC tournament. Our goal is to qualify all 10 guys for the NCAA championships. We are excited to have fun at the end of the year and chase down our dreams in March!”
The Monarchs began the afternoon on the right note, winning the first two matches to take an early 6-0 lead over the Huskies. Michael Hayes began the run with a 7-5 decision over Jordan Northrup, earning three team points for ODU. No. 9 Chris Mecate followed suit, posting a 7-0 decision over Tyler Argue.
NIU answered by winning the 149-pound bout when Austin Culton won an overtime match (3-1) over Kevin Johnson. The Warner brothers got ODU back on track (12-3) after they both won their respective matches. TC took a 3-0 decision over NCAA qualifier Andrew Morse, while No. 13 Tristan notched his 17th-consectuive dual with a 7-5 decision over Shaun’Qae McMurtry. Warner finished the regular season 17-0 in dual action and 8-0 in the MAC.
The Huskies tallied their only other win of the afternoon (12-6) in the 174-pound match after Trace Engelkes defeated Austin Coburn by a 4-3 decision. ODU closed out the day winning the last four bouts. No. 2 Jack Dechow sparked the Monarchs with a 20-8 major decision over Quinton Rosser at 184 pounds, while No. 23 Kevin Beazley recorded a 17-1 tech fall over Alec Brown at 197.
With the Monarchs leading 21-6, Matt Tourdot and No. 25 Brandon Jeske finished the match for ODU. Tourdot defeated Arthur Bunce by a 12-7 decision and Jeske took down Derek Elmore by a 4-1 decision to reach the final 27-6 margin.
The Wrestling Monarchs will be back in action next weekend for the Mid-American Conference tournament hosted by the University of Missouri. More information regarding the tournament will be posted at a later date.
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133 - Michael Hayes (ODU) over Jordan Northrup (NIU) (Dec 7-5)
141 - Chris Mecate (ODU) over Tyler Argue (NIU) (Dec 7-0)
149 - Austin Culton (NIU) over Kevin Johnson (ODU) (SV-1 3-1)
157 - TC Warner (ODU) over Andrew Morse (NIU) (Dec 3-0)
165 - Tristan Warner (ODU) over Shaun`Qae McMurtry (NIU) (Dec 7-5)
174 - Trace Engelkes (NIU) over Austin Coburn (ODU) (Dec 4-3)
184 - Jack Dechow (ODU) over Quinton Rosser (NIU) (MD 20-8)
197 - Kevin Beazley (ODU) over Alec Brown (NIU) (TF 17-1 6:39)
285 - Matt Tourdot (ODU) over Arthur Bunce (NIU) (Dec 12-7)
125 - Brandon Jeske (ODU) over Derek Elmore (NIU) (Dec 4-1)