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Old Dominion received a pair of commitments yesterday from Illinois state champions Anthony Molton (Lockport, IL) and Nick Termini (Burlington Central, IL). Molton conquered one of the most challenging weight classes in the nation last year when he upset then-third-ranked Joey Melendez (Montini Catholic, IL) in the state semifinals, and captured his title by knocking off Travis Ford-Melton (Marian Catholic, IL), currently the third-ranked 126 lber in the country. After the high school regular season Anthony took fifth-place at NHSCA Junior Nationals, seventh in Fargo at Junior Freestyle Nationals, and was fourth in Greco. Currently, he is ranked 10th in the nation at 120 lbs and 59th overall in the Class of 2019. He projects to be a 125/133 lber for the Monarchs.
The second Illinois state champion to commit to ODU is Termini, who brought home the 2A title at 145 lbs. Termini also placed in Fargo this summer, taking eighth in Junior Freestyle at 138 pounds. As a junior Nick also placed sixth at the state tournament. His current ranking is 17th at 138 lbs. Nick appears to be a 149 lber in college.
So far in the Class of 2019, Head Coach Steve Martin’s Old Dominion program has four wrestlers committed from the state of Illinois, and three of them have already won a state title (Alex Cramer is the other). In addition to Martin, credit has to go to assistant Head Coach Daryl Thomas for maintaining and improving on the Monarchs pipeline to the Land of Lincoln. Thomas has very strong ties to the state as he grew up in Edwardsville, wrestled at Illinois, and coached at Edwardsville HS, Northern Illinois, and Lincoln College (where he was the head coach). In 2018, ODU missed TOM’s recruiting rankings, but as this class continues to develop it’s hard to foresee them out of them in 2019.
For all of Old Dominion’s and the rest of the college commitments check TOM’s college commitments page.