Spartans drop pair of dual matches at ODU duals
NORFOLK, Va. – Peter Sturgeon continued to impress as he won both of his bouts, but UNCG dropped both of its matches at the Old Dominion duals, 31-10 and 39-7 against Binghamton and Old Dominion, respectively, on Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
UNCG faced off with Binghamton in the first match of the Old Dominion duals.
The Spartans came out of the gates quickly and jumped out to a 6-0 lead. UNCG's Manny Ramirez (125 pounds) squared off with Derek Steeley of Binghamton. Both wrestled to a six-all tie in the first seven minutes of action. Ramirez would score a takedown in the extra period to win the bout, 8-6, and give UNCG a 3-0 lead.
Winston-Salem, N.C. native Jamel Johnson followed in his teammate's footsteps by defeating Dan Riggi of Binghamton, 9-4, in the 133-pound bout.
With UNCG leading 6-0, Binghamton responded in a big way. The Bearcats would control the rest of the afternoon by taking the next seven bouts.
At the 141-pound match, Anwar Goeres shut out UNCG's Michael Crowley, 4-0.
Two ranked wrestlers took the mat at the 149-pound weight class in No. 11 Ronnie Vinson of Binghamton and No. 16 Ivan Lopouchanski of UNCG. Vinson proved too swift of foot and technique as he cruised to an 11-5 victory and handed Lopouchanski a rare loss. The loss was only the eighth time this season Lopouchanski has been beaten.
The Bearcats continued their torrid run as Matt Kaylor defeated Justin Rice of UNCG, 23-9, at the 157-pound bout. Binghamton's Justin Lister (165) pinned Brett Miller in 97 seconds to stretch the Bearcat lead to 10, 16-6.
At 174 pounds, Ryan McGarity and UNCG's Byron Sigmon squared off. Tied at two after seven minutes, McGarity scored a takedown in the second sudden victory to squeak out a 4-2 win.
No. 17 Nate Schidel didn't break a sweat due to an injury default. Bearcats' John Paris got the best of Caylor Williams (197) by scoring a pin in the first period.
Sturgeon continued building on his impressive 2010-11 campaign by scoring a major decision, 13-3, over Daniel Bittner.
UNCG turned around quickly to face Old Dominion and didn't fare much better as the Monarchs downed the Spartans, 39-7.
With the losses, UNCG fell to 5-11 on the season. Binghamton improved to 14-6 and Old Dominion boosted its record to 7-10-1. The 32-point loss to Old Dominion is the largest loss of the year for the Spartans.
Ramirez (125 pounds) had a tough task at hand as he squared off with fourth-ranked James Nicholson, who is undefeated on the season, in the evening's first bout. Nicholson lived up to the hype as he made quick work of Ramirez by scoring a 21-5 technical fall.
Coach Jason Loukides sent Johnson to the mat to face No. 12 Kyle Hutter at the 133-pound bout. Hutter was able to score a pin in the waning seconds of the second period to give the Monarchs an 11-0 lead.
At 141 pounds, Crowley faced the same fate as Johnson, as Old Dominion's Brennan Brumley pinned Crowley at the 3:39 mark.
Lopouchanski got UNCG onto the scoreboard by winning his 33rd match of the year by pinning Old Dominion's Scott Festejo after 5 minutes, 37 seconds of wrestling.
The Monarchs would win the next three bouts. Jayk Cobbs scored a major decision over Rice, 11-2, at the 157-pound class.
Dan Rivera pinned UNCG's Miller after 7:58. Shortly after the match, UNCG was deducted two points after flagrant misconduct as Old Dominion led 27-4.
At 174 pounds, Byron Sigmon lost another heartbreaker, 3-1, to Tristan Warner. The Monarchs' Joe Budi won thanks to a forfeit at the 184-pound class.
Both teams split the final two bouts as UNCG's Williams fell 2-1 to Jacob Henderson, but Sturgeon responded by winning 5-2 over Grant Chapman.
UNCG returns to action on Thursday when it travels to VMI for its final Southern Conference match of the season. The first match is set to start at 7:30 p.m.
Binghamton 31 UNCG 10
125: Manny Ramirez (UNCG) dec. Derek Steeley (BU), 8-6 Sudden Victory
133: Jamel Johnson (UNCG) dec. Dan Riggi (BU), 9-4
141: Anwar Goeres (BU) dec. Michael Crowley (UNCG), 4-0
149: No. 11 Ronnie Vinson (BU) dec. No. 16 Ivan Lopouchanski (UNCG), 11-5
157: Matt Kaylor (BU) maj. dec. Justin Rice (UNCG), 23-9
165: Justin Lister (BU) fall Brett Miller (UNCG), 1:37
174: Ryan McGarity (BU) dec. Byron Sigmon (UNCG), 4-2 SV2
184: No. 17 Nate Schiedel (BU) by injury default
197: John Paris (BU) fall Caylor Williams (UNCG), 2:38
285: Peter Sturgeon (UNCG) maj. dec. Daniel Bittner (BU), 13-3
Old Dominion 39 UNCG 7
125: No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU) tech. fall Manny Ramirez (UNCG), 21-5
133: No. 12 Kyle Hutter (ODU) fall Jamel Johnson (UNCG), 4:58
141: Brennan Brumley (ODU) fall Michael Crowley (UNCG), 3:39
149: No. 16 Ivan Lopouchanski (UNCG) fall Scott Festejo (ODU), 5:37
157: Jayk Cobbs (ODU) maj. dec. Justin Rice (UNCG), 11-2
165: Dan Rivera (ODU) fall Brett Miller (UNCG), 7:58
174: Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Byron Sigmon (UNCG), 3-1 SV
184: Joe Budi (ODU) forfeit
197: Jacob Henderson (ODU) dec. Caylor Williams (UNCG), 2-1
285: Peter Sturgeon (UNCG) dec. Grant Chapman (ODU), 5-2
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