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Get the inside scoop on everything associated with the wrestling program at Old Dominion University. Interviews with coach Steve Martin and his staff along with news, reviews, previews and interviews on everything related to Monarch Wrestling. Check us out at www.monarchmatcast.com. Part of the Mat Talk Podcast Network.

Get the inside scoop on everything associated with the wrestling program at Old Dominion University. Interviews with coach Steve Martin and his staff along with news, reviews, previews and interviews on everything related to Monarch Wrestling. Check us out at www.monarchmatcast.com. Part of the Mat Talk Podcast Network.
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Norfolk, VA

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Get the inside scoop on everything associated with the wrestling program at Old Dominion University. Interviews with coach Steve Martin and his staff along with news, reviews, previews and interviews on everything related to Monarch Wrestling. Check us out at www.monarchmatcast.com. Part of the Mat Talk Podcast Network.

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Episodes

Busy summer stays busy for new Associate Head Coach Daryl Thomas

7/30/2018
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Daryl Thomas returns to the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast just days before he's getting married. It's been a hectic schedule for Thomas, who is entering his second year on staff and first as the Associate Head Coach, a promotion he received over the summer. On Episode 52, Thomas talks about how the transition has been and what he learned from outgoing assistant Mike Dixon, who took a job at his alma mater at Indiana, and the process of how he helped bring a former teammate, Steven...

Duration:00:23:48

Welcoming new assistant coach Steven Rodrigues to Monarch Nation - ODU51

7/5/2018
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Episode 51 of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast visits with the newest member of Monarch Nation, assistant coach Steven Rodrigues. The New York native and All-American from the University of Illinois is reunited with former teammate Daryl Thomas and Rodrigues is already hitting the ground running with his new post in Norfolk. We get to meet Rodrigues, find out how he was introduced to wrestling, his move up three weight classes during his senior year at Illinois and his jump into...

Duration:00:33:25

MAC Freshman of the Year Michael McGee - ODU50

4/25/2018
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Illinois native and MAC Freshman of the Year Michael McGree joins the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast to talk about the success during his true freshman season on the mats in Norfolk. McGee was a conference champion and NCAA qualifier at 125 pounds and was also an NWCA Division I All-Academic selection. He'll talk about the unique pronunciation of his first name and its origins, why he chose Old Dominion and what it's been like jumping right into the lineup. We'll also give Monarch Nation...

Duration:00:26:44

Mike Dixon recaps the NCAA Division I wrestling season - ODU49

3/21/2018
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Associate head coach Mike Dixon returns to the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast with a recap of the MAC Championships and the 2018 NCAA Division I Championships. The four-year streak of All-Americans came to an end, but all four Monarchs who competed at the NCAA championships will be back next season as the team graduates just one starter. We'll dive into the recruiting chatter as the NHSCA nationals are coming to Virginia Beach at the end of March and what the dropping of Eastern...

Duration:00:38:06

#SB52: Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Rick Lovato - ODU48

1/30/2018
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Old Dominion University played its first competitive football game in over 50 years in August of 2009. In 10 seasons, coach Bobby Wilder's team became an instant force in FCS competition before a call from Conference USA and FBS football became a reality. Part of that reality is Monarch football players now competing in the NFL. Rick Lovato was the first to play in the NFL after he was picked up by the Green Bay Packers a few seasons ago as a long snapper, but Lovato, now with the...

Duration:00:23:00

Welcoming assistant coach Daryl Thomas to Monarch Nation - ODU47

1/10/2018
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On Episode 47 of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast, we'll catch up with head wrestling coach Steve Martin about the action over the holiday break, the win over Eastern Michigan and the forecast for the upcoming Virginia Duals. We'll then have a chance to meet and introduce Monarch Nation to assistant wrestling coach Daryl Thomas, who joined the staff in the offseason. SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spreaker | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Google Play Music | RSS |...

Duration:00:27:34

ODU46: Associate Head Coach Mike Dixon recaps the start of the wrestling season

12/21/2017
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Episode 46 of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast reviews the first month of the season with Associate Head Coach Mike Dixon. The Monarch wrestling program is off to a 2-3 start with wins over Gardner-Webb and Northern Illinois, the most recent win coming on December 19 at The Ted. Coach Dixon talks about the start of the season and the decision to wrestle two of the nation's top programs -- Missouri and NC State -- on the road on the same weekend and what the team learned from the...

Duration:00:33:30

ODU45: 2017 ODU Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Rusak

11/29/2017
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Jeff Rusak was recently induced into the Old Dominion Sports Hall of Fame. The Pennsylvania native and now Virginia Beach firefighter was a four-time NCAA qualifier, a two-time conference champion and one of the most prolific pinners in ODU wrestling history. On Episode 45 of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast, Rusak talks about his career, his journey to Old Dominion, some of the wacky roommates over the years and meeting his wife, former ODU women's soccer player Melissa Futrell...

Duration:00:37:36

ODU44: Previewing the 2017-18 schedule with Associate Head Coach Mike Dixon

9/27/2017
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The Old Dominion wrestling program announced its 2017-18 schedule earlier this week and on Episode 44 of the ODU Monarch Matcast, we'll talk with Associate Head Coach Mike Dixon about it. The Monarch wrestling program will first have a Monarch Day of Giving on October 6 where the staff and team is looking for 200 gifts of any denomination to contribute towards the program. Coach Dixon breaks down the schedule as a slew of events around the region and in Norfolk highlight what will be...

Duration:00:31:50

ODU43: Mike Dixon on the recruiting trail in Fargo, North Dakota

7/16/2017
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Associate Head Coach Mike Dixon joins the Monarch Matcast on the floor of the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota at the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals. Fargo, as the tournament has simply been known, is one of the most fertile recruiting grounds and coaches from all divisions are flocking to the Fargodome to recruit. We'll talk with coach Dixon about recruiting, the staff change over and what to expect from Monarch wrestling in 2017-2018. SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW iTunes |...

Duration:00:11:01

ODU42: Season recap with Associate Head Coach Mike Dixon

3/30/2017
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Associate Head Coach Mike Dixon recaps the MAC Championships and NCAA Division I Championships on Episode 42 of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast. Redshirt junior Kevin Beazley earned the program's 18th Division I All-American honor by placing eighth at 197 pounds. The placement gave the Monarchs an All-American for the fourth straight year and ties a school record for consecutive years producing at least one All-American. Coach Dixon looks at the individual performances of the five...

Duration:00:45:57

ODU41: MAC Championship Preview

3/2/2017
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Episode 41 of the ODU Monarch Matcast previews the upcoming Mid-American Conference championships to be held at the University of Northern Iowa on March 4-5. Jason Bryant breaks down the weight-by-weight prospectus on the chances of each Monarch wrestler in making the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships. SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | iHeartRadio | Soundcloud | TuneIn | Google Play Music | RSS | Android App | iOS App JOIN THE TEAM And if you're a fan of the...

Duration:00:22:28

ODU40: Mike Dixon preps for Senior Day while recruiting in the Midwest

2/16/2017
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Mike Dixon catches back up with us on Episode 40 of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast from the road as he's out recruiting for the incoming class. The Monarchs close out the regular season with a February 19 dual at the Ted Constant Convocation Center with a 1 p.m. dual with Kent State. The wrestling program will honor three seniors -- Kevin Johnson, Mikey Hayes and Jack Dechow. Coach Dixon talks about what each person has meant to the program and how the Monarch wrestling program as a...

Duration:00:29:36

ODU39: Monarch senior Mikey Hayes focusing on wrestling rather than cutting weight

1/30/2017
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Episode 39 of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast visits with Stafford native and Monarch senior Mikey Hayes. A graduate of powerful Colonial Forge High School, Hayes came to ODU as a walk-on after placing three times at the Group AAA state championships, but failing to win a state championship. A career that started spanning multiple weight classes, Hayes moved up to 149 pounds and has found himself in a position at the NCAA championships this season. While there's still a lot of...

Duration:00:29:51

ODU38: Alum, booster and local official Bill Calley from the Virginia Duals

1/14/2017
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From the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Virginia, Episode 38 of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast features former Monarch wrestler and current booster Bill Calley. Calley has been a longtime supporter of the program since his career ended in the early 1980s. He's a local official and has seen a number of coaches come through and the impact the program has had on high school wrestling locally. SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | iHeartRadio | Soundcloud | TuneIn | Google...

Duration:00:19:46

ODU37: From the mat to media relations, Tristan Warner staying close to the program

12/23/2016
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After five years with the Old Dominion wrestling team as a competitor, Tristan Warner has stayed close to the program, but in a more official capacity. As ODU football is set to play in its first bowl game, Warner visits the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast to talk about his time in the school's Sports Information Office, working as a graduate assistant. The world of the SID is typically fraught with long hours, little appreciation and even less pay, but for Warner, it's been a great...

Duration:00:37:19

ODU36: Kevin Beazley's back and ready to roll in 2016-17

12/9/2016
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Episode 36 of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast circles back with redshirt junior Kevin Beazley. The Michigan native is back on the mats at ODU after taking an Olympic redshirt to train in Greco-Roman wrestling. An injury cut short his journey towards Rio, but he's back in Norfolk looking to earn All-American honors for the first time. Beazley explains the process of redshirting (again) for an Olympic year, what life was like at the Olympic Training Center and what the experience was...

Duration:00:36:04

ODU34: Former coach Gray Simons, recent inductee into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame

10/25/2016
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Episode 34 of the Old Dominion Wrestling Monarch Matcast visits with one of the true legends in wrestling, former coach Gray Simons. As a wrestler, Simons was one of the greatest. A four-time NAIA champion and three-time NCAA champion at Lock Haven, he also made two Olympic teams. A Norfolk native who wrestled at Granby High School under legendary coach Billy Martin, Simons was recently inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame. Simons, an inductee into the National...

Duration:00:40:53

ODU33: Coach Steve Martin preparing for another season of Monarch Wrestling

10/10/2016
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We kick off the third season of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast with head wrestling coach Steve Martin. Coach Martin runs down some of the summer time activities and already starts to eye the first official home date of the season, the November 13 dual against national powerhouse and MAC champion Missouri. The Monarchs return NCAA qualifiers Brandon Jeske and Jack Dechow as well as get the services of Kevin Beazley, who was an NCAA qualifier two years ago and redshirted last season...

Duration:00:26:22

ODU32: Catching up with 2009 NCAA finalist Ryan Williams

6/29/2016
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Episode 32 of the Old Dominion Wrestling Monarch Matcast catches up with 2009 NCAA finalist Ryan Williams. Currently employed by wrestling-friendly Mythics in Virginia Beach, Williams recaps the rise to the NCAA finals his senior season after coming out of Cumberland Valley High School in Pennsylvania with some unfinished business. Williams recalls the chance meeting from a friend's father and ODU coach Steve Martin in Hershey, Pa., that led to his recruitment and improving rapidly...

Duration:00:45:21