NORFOLK, Va. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team picked up its sixth win of the 2013-14 season, defeating Old Dominion in its first Mid-American Conference dual, 21-19.
Head Coach Derek DelPorto earned his 100th career win as a head coach and is just two wins shy of tying the all-time career coaching record at EMU.
Full release to follow.
125- No. 26 Jared Germaine (EMU) dec. Jerome Robinson (ODU) 4-2. EMU leads 3-0.
133- Vinny Pizzuto (EMU) Fall Scott Festejo (ODU) 6:05. EMU leads 9-0.
141- No. 12 Chris Mecate (ODU) Fall Nick Barber (EMU) 2:44. EMU leads 9-6.
149- No. 20 Alexander Richardson (ODU) Fall Matt VanCuren (EMU) 1:29. ODU leads 12-9.
157- No. 17 Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Brandon Zeerip (EMU) 9-2. ODU leads 15-9.
165- Jake Davis (EMU) dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU) 4-1. ODU leads 15-12.
174- Billy Curling (ODU) major dec. Mike Curby (EMU) 12-4. ODU leads 19-12.
184- Phillip Joseph (EMU) dec. Austin Coburn (ODU) 8-3 . ODU leads 19-15.
197- Nick Whitenburg (EMU) dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU) 5-2. ODU leads 19-18.
285- Khodar Hoballah (EMU) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) 7-2. EMU wins 21-19.
Letter from Hall of Fame Football Coach Noel Dean to EMU Football Coach Chris Creighton
I have to do what is right for the state of Michigan. As you know, I have coached high school football in the state of Michigan for the past 27 years. I have great respect for you as a coach and a person. You are just under the wrong leadership at the wrong time.
EMU's Athletic director Scott Wetherbee giving kudos to the team 2 days before giving them the axe. What kind of person does that?
Your president, a guy from South Dakota obviously doesn't understand the culture of Michigan and the value us lifelong Michigan residents not only have for the sport of football but wrestling too.
He doesn't understand how deeply intertwined football and wrestling is in this state. Many coaches are involved in both and have sons, nephews and grand kids that participate in both.
My biggest impact players have been both football players that are wrestlers. I am always and also told to have multi athletic players. This is in stark contrast to HIS position.
I can't stand by and not take a stand against what is happening at EMU with the wrestling program. Wrestling contributes too much to the fabric of our schools systems in Michigan (a guy from South Dakota might not get it), but if I stick to the facts on this. wrestling is only a bone to keep people happy FOR NOW. They are coming for you next.
If this goes through, you and your staff will not be allowed in any one of our buildings. I won't speak for the others copied in this email but I wanted them to see my position.
Bottom line is, a guy from South Dakota is dumping on boys in the state of Michigan. I personally have had enough of people like this. Time to get priorities in order.
You are a good man but, you may be at the wrong institution.