Redshirt senior Brennan Brumley won the Colonial Athletic Association’s wrestler of the week last week, adding to a very successful career here on the mat. Brumley has a 20-8 record this season, and has really made his last season a memorable one. On Feb. 3, he defeated Central Michigan’s Luke Smith who was previously the number 29 ranked wrestler at the time. What is even more impressive is the victory came in his secondary weight class at 157 pounds.
“It’s a cool recognition for sure but the seasons not over yet there are still a lot I want to accomplish this season,” Brumley said.
Brumley remains determined to finish his wrestling career here at Old Dominion as strong as he can. “Being that it’s my last year there is a little bit more hunger, a little bit more of a drive to leave here and the sport in good standings,” he said.
He has been dependable for the monarchs in two different weight classes this season, something that is not typically seen in college wrestling. Brumley has posted a 16-6 record in 149 and a 4-2 record in the 157 class. “The preparation is the same against all guys, in 149 I have to watch my weight and cut down a little more but in 157 I don’t have to worry much which is really nice,” Brumley said.
Brumley has been able to help his team in many ways. His big win against Smith last week was not his first high profile victory. In the last four years he has picked up multiple victories against nationally ranked wrestlers and NCAA qualifiers. With that his mindset remains the same no matter who the opponent. “I’ve never really prepared any different. They’re just another wrestler, no different than the guys we have in our room; it’s really just going out there and wrestling your match like any other.”
Brennan’s father put him in wrestling in the fourth grade in the hopes it would keep him out of trouble. He kept getting in fights at school, so many in fact, that the principal was threatening to expel him. “It seemed like I was in detention every other day,” he said. “With the self-control and discipline that came with the sport I was able to stay out of trouble after that.”
Brennan grew up in the town of Center Line in Michigan and has made a name for himself far from home. He was recruited by the Monarchs his senior year of high school. “I remember thinking ODU who? But after a visit they really won me over.”
Almost five years later he reflects on his time here at ODU. “It’s been a roller coaster that’s for sure, trying to find a balance between wrestling, academics and my personal life,” he said. He also gives credit to his coaches here who have helped along the way. “We have butted heads a few times, but they really stand by their guys and always push you to succeed.”
Unfortunately not every outing on the mat can end in victory. “Every time you lose a match you’re going to have some regret, think about what you could’ve or should’ve done,” Brumley said.
Brumley praises his teammates in helping to forget some of that regret. “Every one of these guys fights hard is hungry to win,” he said. “When you see that you really want to go out and leave it all on the mat for them.” This team has provided Brumley with many great memories. “Traveling with this team is always a good time, every trip there are always some great stories.”
With 55 career victories, he has had a lot of success on the mat. But it’s not limited to just the mat. Brumley is a political science major who really enjoys the outdoors. Things like snowboarding, hunting and fishing keep him busy when he’s not wrestling.
Brumley’s wrestling career as a monarch is almost at a close, but he’s not done quite yet.
“I’m not comfortable losing, it’s important to have the will to succeed and I wrestled to win every time I stepped on the mat in the last four years.”