ODU Jumps Four Spots in USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll

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(ISN) – NORFOLK, Va. – Coming off a 3-1 showing, including two wins over top-25 teams at the 35th annual Virginia Duals, the Old Dominion Monarchs jumped to No. 20 in the USA Today / NWCA Coaches Poll. ODU is also ranked in the top-25 in five other polls.

The Monarchs defeated No. 3 (Division II) Nebraska-Kearney and took down No. 25 Bucknell on day one of the duals, advancing to the gold semifinals. On the second day, ODU faced No. 6 Virginia Tech in the semifinals. The match went down to the wire, as whomever won the heavyweight bout would win the match. The Monarchs lost that bout by a very narrow 3-1 decision, falling to the sixth-ranked team in the country by a 19-15 margin. ODU faced No. 10 Edinboro in the third-place match and came out on top and defeated the Fighting Scots to claim the programs first win over a top-10 team.
Three wrestlers went a perfect 4-0 at the event, featuring three nationally ranked grapplers. No. 2 Jack Dechow, No. 14 Tristan Warner and No. 22 Kevin Beazley all accomplished the feat.
Seven wrestlers are also garnering national recognition at their weight class. Listed below are the current rankings.
The Wrestling Monarchs are back in action this weekend, as they travel to American on Jan. 18 for a 2:00 p.m. match.
For an in depth look to everything Monarchs Wrestling, make sure to follow the team on Facebook, Twitter (@ODUWrestling) and YouTube and on ODUsports.com. Fans can join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #ODUWREST.
Team Rankings:
Intermat TPI – No. 18
WIN Magazine TPI – No. 18
Wrestling Report – No. 18
Flowrestling – No. 20
USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll – No. 20.
Intermat Dual Meet – No. 21
Brandon Jeske – 125 lbs.
Intermat – No. 20
Wrestling Report – No. 26
Chris Mecate – 141 lbs.
Intermat – No. 10
WIN Magazine – No. 11
Wrestling Report – No. 12
AWN – No. 12
The Open Mat – No. 13
Flowrestling – No. 13
Lenny Richardson – 149 lbs.
Wrestling Report – No. 12
Flowrestling – No. 12
Intermat – No. 14
WIN Magazine – No. 14
AWN – No. 15
The Open Mat – No. 16
Tristan Warner – 165 lbs.
AWN – No. 14
Wrestling Report – No. 15
Intermat – No. 15
The Open Mat – No. 15
Jack Dechow – 184 lbs.
AWN – No. 2
Wrestling Report – No. 2
WIN Magazine – No. 3
The Open Mat – No. 3
Intermat – No. 4
Flowrestling – No. 4
Kevin Beazley – 197 lbs.
Wrestling Report – No. 22
Jake Henderson – 285 lbs.
Wrestling Report – No. 29

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