The 25th-ranked Old Dominion University wrestling team is set to open the dual meet season this Sunday at 1 p.m. when the third-ranked Missouri Tigers come to the Ted Constant Center for a top-25 MAC showdown. The Monarchs will honor former Old Dominion wrestlers at the intermission as a part of the annual Alumni Match ceremony.
The Monarchs enter Sunday’s season-opening dual meet fresh off a strong showing at the Southeast Open last weekend in Roanoke. Kevin Beazley went 5-0 and knocked off two ranked foes en route to earning first place at 197, for which he was named MAC Wrestler of the Week. Seldon Wright also topped two ranked competitors, including ninth-ranked Austin Matthews of Edinboro, on his way to a runner-up finish at 165. Starters Alex Madrigal, Jack Dechow and Will Hilliard also placed in their weight classes.
The number 3 Missouri Tigers have not yet competed this year but enter 2016 and 2017 after going 14-2 in dual meets, winning the MAC team title and crowning four All-Americans and one national champion at the NCAA Championships last season. All-Americans Lavion Mayes (149), Daniel Lewis (165), Willie Miklus (184) and two-time NCAA Champion and Rio Olympic bronze medalist J’Den Cox (197) all return to the Mizzou lineup this year.
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