NORFOLK, Va. – Eric Dunnet, Kyle Hutter and Dan Rivera all took second place in their respective weight classes to lead Old Dominion University wrestling this weekend at the Binghamton Open.
It is the second-straight weekend that the Monarchs garnered at least four place-winners after gaining seven place-winners last week at the season-opening Hokie Open.
Dunnet brought home second place for the Monarchs at 125-pounds. He won is first match of the day over Brown’s Billy Watterson, 5-2. He cruised in his next two matches, earning a pin in each one. In the semifinals, he defeated No. 18 Garrett Frey of Princeton in a 3-1 decision before falling in the finals. The win over Frey was the first for Dunnet over a ranked wrestler.
Hutter earned his second-straight second place finish to open the year. Hutter cruised into the finals, delivering two major decisions before falling to Cornell’s Joe Stanzione 10-4 in the finals.
Senior Dan Rivera earned place-winner status for the first time this season with his second place finish on Sunday. The Winter Springs, Fla. native began the day with a 10- triumph over Cornell’s Patrick Sullivan. His next matches were all close, as he beat Bloomsburg’s Chris Smith in a 2-1 decision before beating Columbia’s Eren Civan 4-2 to reach the semifinals. He continued his winning ways with a 5-2 win over Harvard’s Adam Hogue. Rivera lost in the finals to Cornell’s Just Kerber.
Junior Joe Budi took fourth place in his second-straight tournament to open the season. Budi cruised to an 18-0 technical fall in his first match of the day before dropping Rider’s Curt Morrison, 8-3. The Appleton, Wis. native beat Lehigh’s Kevin Baily before dropping a tough 4-3 decision to No. 17 Nate Schiedel of Binghamton in the semifinals.
Scott Festejo and Grant Chapman each picked up three victories for ODU while Brennan Brumley and Chad Lowman picked up two wins apiece. Joey Metzler and Billy Curling picked up a win for the Monarchs.
Jerome Robinson and Tristan Warner each picked up three wins wrestling unattached, Cade Blair and Justin LaValle picked up two wins apiece while Matt Tourdot picked up one win.
The Monarchs will face their first dual competition of the season next weekend when they travel to Northern Iowa on Sunday and take on No. 25 Iowa State on Sunday.