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Jan. 24, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University wrestling team will face-off with CAA-foe, Binghamton University, this Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Constant Center.

Old Dominion is coming off a 3-0 day at the CAA Duals in Fairfax, Va. last weekend. ODU defeated Boston (23-6), Drexel (27-9) and Hofstra (19-12). 

Four Monarchs went undefeated on the day for Old Dominion: Scott Festejo (3-0), No. 13 Chris Mecate (2-0), No. 30 Alexander Richardson (3-0) and Jacob Henderson (3-0). Mecate's second win came against Hofstra's No. 15 Luke Vaith. Last season, Vaith was the CAA champ and a NCAA qualifier at 141-pounds. 

ODU also received key performances from: Rob Deutsch (2-1), Brett Miller (2-1), Marcus Johnson (2-1), Austin Coburn (2-1) and Matt Tourdot (2-1).

The Monarchs currently have five nationally ranked wrestlers within their respective weight classes: No. 14 Jerome Robinson (125), No. 13 Chris Mecate (141), No. 30 Alexander Richardson (149), No. 25 John Nicholson (157) and No. 31 Billy Curling (174).

Old Dominion is currently 8-5 overall and 3-0 in CAA duals so far this season. 

The Binghamton Bearcats have key dual wins over: Princeton, Boston, VMI, Drexel and George Mason. Despite those wins, Binghamton is only 5-9 in duals this season. The Bearcats have been impressive in the CAA thus far, winning 3 out of their four duals. Binghamton placed 14th out of 48 teams at the Midlands Championship on Dec. 29-30.

The Bearcats are led by their two nationally ranked wrestlers: No. 3 Donnie Vinson (149) and No. 5 Nate Schiedel (197). 

Vinson is a redshirt senior, who has been a NCAA qualifier in his three previous seasons with Binghamton. Last year, Vinson became an All-American after placing third at the NCAA Championship. Vinson is currently 24-1 this season and 14-0 in dual matches. 

Schniedel is also a redshirt senior and has been a NCAA qualifier in his three previous seasons. Schniedel is currently 18-2 overall and 11-0 in dual matches so far this season.

Binghamton's Probable Starters:
125 - Mike Sardo
133 - Derek Steeley
141 - Dan Riggi
149 - No. 3 Donnie Vinson
157 - Brian Conrad/Jack McKeever
165 - Vincent Grella
174 - John Paris/Caleb Wallace
184 - Cody Reed
197 - No. 5 Nate Scheidel
Hwt - Tyler Deuel

Be sure to follow the live blog provided by throughout Friday's match.

Old Dominion will also be wrestling at the Ted Constant Center on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m., when they will host Rider.

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