Wrestling Falls to North Iowa, 21-12
In the Mid-American Conference (MAC) opener, the Old Dominion Monarchs, ranked No. 17, fell to North Iowa, ranked No. 21, with a final score of 21-12.
“I’m very disappointed with this loss. I thought we were going to beat these guys, to be honest with you,” head coach Steve Martins said.
The match opened with a huge upset victory for North Iowa. The Panther’s Trevor Jauch scored a takedown in the last seconds of the match to beat Chris Mecate, ranked No. 9, in the 141 lb weight class 5-3.
ODU’s Alexander Richardson responded with a dominating performance in the 149 weight class recording a 18-2 technical fall over UNI’s Jake Hodges to put the Monarchs up 5-3 for the meet.
“Since I’ve been hyping myself up I’ve been wrestling a lot better, so I’ll try to keep this up,” Richardson said. “I just imagined Steve in my head, yelling at me to get bonus points.”
ODU lost the next three matches allowing UNI to regain the lead, 12-5.
In his first match since Midland’s three weeks ago, Jack Dechow, ranked No. 6, scored an impressive 11-2 major decision over UNI’s Cody Caldwell to cut the Panthers’ lead to three.
UNI answered by winning the next two matches including a pin in the 285 lb class by No. 15, Blaize Cabell.
Junior Brandon Jeske’s 7-2 decision victory over Leighton Gaul pushed his win streak to five and gave ODU their final meet points of the night.
“I’m treating every match like it’s my last and putting everything out there on the line,” Jeske said. “I think if you don’t do that you’re letting your coaches and everyone that put time and effort into you down.”
In the final match of the night, No. 17 Josh Abner decisioned ODU’s No. 14 Emilio Saaverda 2-0 giving the Panther’s a 21-12 victory.
“Bottom line is we need to be able to put up more points. The attacking mindset needs to be a priority,” coach Martins said. “We have seven MAC meets in the next five weeks. We have to wrestle a little bit harder. Nobody is going to give us anything. If you want something, you have to go out there and earn it.”
ODU Wrestles at Buffalo on Friday 1/22, and at Kent St. Sunday 1/24.
Monarchs wrestling will return to the Constant Center Friday 2/05 vs Navy.
141: Trevor Jauch (UNI) dec. #9 Chris Macate (ODU), 5-3
149: #8 Alexander Richardson (ODU) TF Jake Hodges (UNI), 18-2 5:00
157: Bryce Steiert (UNI) dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU), 4-2
165: #8 Cooper Moore (UNI) dec. Seldon Wright (ODU), 11-6
174: Kyle Lux (UNI) dec. Brooks Climmons (ODU), 4-2 TB
184: #6 Jack Dechow (ODU) maj. Cody Caldwell (UNI), 11-2
197: Jared Bartel (UNI) dec. Austin Coburn (ODU), 7-1
285: #15 Blaize Cabell (UNI) pin Andrerw Snyder (ODU) 4:35
125: Brandon Jeske (ODU) dec. Leighton Gaul (UNI), 7-3
133: #17 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. #14 Emilio Saaverda (ODU), 2-0