Turtog Luvsandorj one win from All-America status at NCAA wrestling championship

"Turt" Luvsandorj

“Turt” Luvsandorj

By: Jeff Hartsell Postandcourier.com
Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:36 p.m.,

The Citadel’s Turtog Luvsandorj is one win from qualifying as an All-American after the first day of the NCAA wrestling championships in Oklahoma City. Luvsandorj, a redshirt senior from Mongolia, is seeded No. 11 at 165 pounds and defeated No. 6 Corey Mock of Chattanooga, 4-3, in the second round Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals. A victory there against No. 3 Nicholas Sulzer of Virginia would make Luvsandorj the Bulldogs’ third All-American in two years.

Luvsandorj, a two-time Southern Conference wrestler of the year, opened the NCAAs with a 7-4 win over Dakota Friesth of Wyoming.

One of the Bulldogs’ All-Americans from last year, Ugi Khishignyam of Mongolia, lost twice Thursday to end his season and his Citadel career. Unseeded at 141 pounds, Ugi lost by 5-0 to No. 3 Zain Retherford of Penn State in the first round before falling by 13-2 to Nick Lester of Oklahoma.

At 149 pounds, The Citadel’s Matt Frisch opened with an 8-5 upset of No. 2 seed Nick Dardanes of Minnesota. He then lost by 8-1 to No. 15 Mitchell Menotti of Lehigh to fall into the consolation bracket.

At 157 pounds, The Citadel’s Aaron Walker, a redshirt freshman from San Antonio, knocked off No. 15 seed Cody Pack of San Diego State by fall at 5:25 in the first round. He lost in the second round by 18-5 to No. 2 seed Derek St. John of Iowa.

The Bulldogs’ Marshall Haas lost by fall to No. 12 Taylor Meeks of Oregon State in the first round at 197 pounds. He then fell by 9-7 to Abram Alaya of Princeton to end his season.


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