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Citadel wrestlers post win over SIU-Edwardsville

January 26, 2015

 Odie Delaney

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Jan 26 2015 12:23 am

The Citadel wresting team posted six wins, including two by major decision and two by pin, as it completed a 29-14 victory over over SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday afternoon at McAlister Field House

The win improved the Bulldogs to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in Southern Conference action.

The Bulldogs opened the dual with a pin by Joaquin Marquez, 50 seconds into the 125-pound match. Marquez quickly grabbed his 16th victory of the season against Nathan Day and provided The Citadel with a 6-0 advantage in the team score.


#4 is SoCon Player of the Week + more!

November 4, 2014
DeVonta Delaney  Is the SoCon Player of the week!

DeVonta Delaney Is the SoCon Player of the week!

After making a pair of key plays to thwart Mercer scoring attempts, Citadel redshirt freshman cornerback DeVonta Delaney [#4] has been named the “Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week”. Delaney ended a Mercer scoring drive when he intercepted a pass at the Bulldog one-yard line. Yet, his most important effort came late in the fourth quarter after the Bears scored a touchdown to pull within 28-26. Mercer attempted a trick play on the two-point conversion, with wide receiver Chandler Curtis taking a pitch and attempting a pass back to quarterback John Russ and Delaney knocked the ball away keeping them from tying the game.

Chattanooga, with the big win over Western stayed right at # 13 for another week. Western Carolina dropped from right outside the Top 25 to # 39. Samford is at 40 and Wofford is at 42. Others of interest are Coastal Carolina at number 3 for another week , and S. C. State is 33rd. Charleston Southern comes in at #46.

Robert Jackson fired team-high scores of 581 in air rifle and 566 in smallbore to lead The Citadel to second place at the third Southeastern Air Rifle Conference match of the season, held last Saturday and Sunday at the University of North Georgia. The Citadel returns to the ‘Inouye Marksmanship Center’ on Saturday to shoot against NC State, Navy and Air Force, with Air Force shooting again vs El Cid on Sunday.

The tournament featured over 250 freshmen and sophomore grapplers from over 25 schools around the southeast that include Division I foes Appalachian State, Duke, Campbell, NC State, Gardner-Webb and Old Dominion along with Division II, NAIA, junior college and club wrestling programs.

Citadel freshman Ty Buckiso, who wrestled unattached in the 141-pound classification, captured first place with a victory over Campbell. Buckiso was one of three members of The Citadel wrestling team, along with Nate Harper (141) and Joe Bexley (Heavyweight) to earn top four finishes on Saturday. Buckiso was joined among the top 141-pound finishers by Bulldog teammate Harper, who was in fourth place. Joe Bexley, also competing unattached in the event, placed third with a 9-6 defeat over King University.
The Bulldogs trek to Blacksburg, Va., next weekend to compete in the “Hokie Open” before returning for a dual meet with Anderson on November 16 at 2 p.m.

The Citadel women took ninth place, while the men finished in 10th at the “2014 Southern Conference Championship”. Jackie Thompson led all Bulldog runners for the sixth time this season and finished in 33rd place with a career-best 5k time of 18:42. Pacing Thompson was Jess DeWitte with a personal-best time of 19:15 to finish in 45th place.

On the men’s side, Michael Lantz led the Bulldogs with an 8k time of 26:38 to earn 43rd place. Jamie Cunningham followed Lantz and recorded his personal-best mark of 27:54 to finish in 57th while Matt Gill crossed the finish line in 27:36 to earn 58th place. Vermin took both the men’s and women’s Cross Country Championships for the 2nd straight season.

Mercer’s top player had 17 kills and 12 digs to lead the Bears past The Citadel in four sets by scores of 25-19, 25-7, 17-25 and 25-21 in Southern Conference volleyball action at Hawkins Arena last Friday.

A well-balanced Wofford lineup that included five players with at least seven kills earned a season sweep of The Citadel by scores of 25-22, 25-16 and 25-17 in Southern Conference volleyball action on Saturday at Benjamin Johnson Arena. The Citadel is now 7-22, 0-13 SoCon, and returns home to take on Clarion today at 6 p.m.

Samford opened up a close match with five second half goals to defeat The Citadel 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament. Samford (13-7) advances to the semifinals next weekend in Cullowhee, N.C., while The Citadel concludes its season with a record of 7-14.

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

March 21, 2014
"Turt" Luvsandorj

“Turt” Luvsandorj

By: Jeff Hartsell
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.

Citadel wrestlers close out dual slate with wins

February 24, 2014
The Bulldogs are headed to the SoCon tourney with a win

The Bulldogs are headed to the SoCon tourney with a win Staff reports
Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:11 a.m.

Chapel Hill, N.C. – The Citadel wrestling team earned Southern Conference dual wins over SIU-Edwardsville, 34-3, and Campbell, 21-16, on Saturday at Carmichael Arena to close out its dual slate with an 11-3 overall record and 6-1 Southern Conference mark.
The Bulldogs opened the day with a dominant win over SIU-Edwardsville, winning all but the heavyweight bout. Aaron Walker and seventh-ranked Turtogtokh Luvsandorj extended their winning streaks to 15 and 16 straight, respectively, as Walker earned the pin over Logun Taylor before Luvsandorj collected a 4-2 decision over Matthew Lester.

In the second match, the Bulldogs avenged a loss to Campbell suffered last season. After falling behind 7-0, the Bulldogs won their next four bouts, including a win by 12th-ranked Ugi Khishignyam, followed by a major decision victory by 149-pounder Matt Frisch.
The Citadel will take the next two weeks to prepare for the Southern Conference championship on March 9 in Buies Creek, N.C.

Citadel Wrestling Closes Out Dual Slate Against Conference Foes

February 22, 2014
Bulldog Wrestler Matt Frisch

Bulldog Wrestler Matt Frisch


Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel wrestling team treks to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on Southern Conference foes SIU-Edwardsville at noon before squaring off against Campbell at 3:30 on Saturday at Carmichael Auditorium.

The Citadel is coming off two big wins last Sunday at McAlister Field House as the Bulldogs took down North Carolina for just the fifth time in program history before topping Duke for the ninth-straight time. The wins improved the Bulldogs’ dual record to 9-3 on the season. The team enters its final weekend of dual action with a 4-1 Southern Conference mark.

The tandem of Mongolian wrestlers on the Bulldog roster both improved their rankings after winning both of their bouts this past weekend. According to Intermat Wrestling, Turtogtokh Luvsandorj moved up one spot from last week at 165 as the redshirt senior is now seventh in the country, while Ugi Khishignyam dropped three spots to No. 12 in the 141-pound division.

Citadel All-America wrestler Ugi Khishignyam reinstated by NCAA

January 20, 2014


Staff reports;The Charleston Post and Courier
Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:22 p.m.

The Citadel’s All-America wrestler Ugi Khishignyam will be back in the lineup when the Bulldogs open Southern Conference action Sunday against Appalachian State.

Khishignyam, who finished fourth in the NCAA Wrestling Championships last year at 141 pounds, was reinstated by the NCAA earlier this week. He had been ruled ineligible by the NCAA for this season because of questions about his wrestling experience in Mongolia.

The NCAA ruled this week that Bokh wrestling, the traditional form of wrestling in Mongolia, and American wrestling are separate sports, and that Khishignyam should not have been charged with a season of competition for participating in a Bokh event in 2010.

Wigger Earns All-America Status at FILA Junior Greco & ASICS University Freestyle Nationals

June 5, 2013
Jordan Wigger is Citadel Wrestling's latest All-American

Jordan Wigger is Citadel Wrestling’s latest All-American

Akron, Ohio – Redshirt freshman Jordan Wigger competed against top competition to take eighth place in the ASICS University Freestyle Nationals in Akron, Ohio, this past weekend, collecting All-America honors and qualifying for the FILA Junior World Team trials.

The 2012 graduate of Summerville High School is now a nine-time Freestyle and Greco National All-American and will attempt to earn a spot on the FILA Junior World Team when he heads to Stillwater, Okla., on June 21.  Wigger, who took eighth place and earned All-America status in April at the FILA Junior Greco Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., finished his redshirt freshman campaign with a 13-8 record, wrestling unattached.

In the ASICS University Nationals, Wigger collected two wins in the championship bracket of the 55kg division before falling to eventual champion Nico Megaludis.  Wigger earned a win over Desmond Moore in the wrestlebacks before dropping his next bout to Dylan Peters. The defeat placed the Bulldog grappler in a seventh place contest against Britain Longmire where he lost by fall at 4:09 to earn eighth place.

Along with Wigger, NCAA qualifier Matt Frisch, assistant coach Tucker Lane, redshirt freshman Marshall Haas and redshirt sophomore Steven Cox, also competed.  Lane earned two wins in the championship bracket of the 96kg division before getting tripped up by Taylor Meeks. Another two victories in the wrestleback division placed Lane in a match to earn All-America status, but Timmy McCall was able to narrowly edge out the Bulldogs’ heavyweight coach by a score of 4-2. Haas and Frisch each collected a win in their respective divisions, while Cox dropped his opening two bouts of the 60kg bracket.

From Roddy White to Citadel, Olympic decision to drop wrestling sparks outrage

February 15, 2013
Citadel wrestler Turtogtokh Luvsandorj won the national championship of Mongolia two years ago

Citadel wrestler Turtogtokh Luvsandorj won the national championship of Mongolia two years ago

by:  Jeff Hartsell & Philip Bowman The Charleston Post-Courier

 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:18 a.m

Citadel wrestler Turtogtokh Luvsandorj won the national championship of Mongolia two years ago and dreams of representing his country in the Olympic Games. Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee dealt a blow to that dream, announcing that it would cut wrestling from the Summer Games starting in 2020.   “I’m pretty mad about it,” said Luvsandorj, a redshirt junior for the Bulldogs who qualified for the NCAA championships last season.

Luvsandorj is not the only one. The announcement by the IOC sparked outrage in the international wrestling community and among the sport’s followers in the Lowcountry.  Even Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White, a state champion wrestler during his days at James Island High School, took notice.  “Wrestling is a sport that almost every country does and you drop it,” White wrote on his Twitter account. “I’m (ticked). #saveolympicwrestling.”

Wrestling is among the world’s oldest competitive sports and was part of the ancient Olympics in 708 B.C. It also was one of the nine original sports when the modern Games began in 1896.  “To me, it’s the equivalent of dropping track and field from the Olympics,” said Citadel wrestling coach Rob Hjerling. “Wrestling is one of the defining sports of the Olympics. You see the direction that the Olympics are going in the last 12 or 16 years, you kind of feel like the Olympics are losing their significance. “For a sport like wrestling, the Olympics are the pinnacle. Or at least, it was.”

Wrestling still has a chance to be included in the 2020 Games, but must now compete with seven other sports for inclusion. Those sports are baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu, a full contact form of martial arts. Appeals will be made in May with a final decision in September.

In the meantime, U.S. Olympic wrestling icons such as Dan Gable and Cael Sanderson have vowed to fight for the sport’s Olympic future. There is a petition at asking the IOC to restore wrestling to the Games. The movement has the support of local coaches and wrestlers. “I think it is ridiculous,” said Hanahan High School coach Ray Adkins. “That’s a wrestler’s dream, to wrestle in the Olympics. Their ultimate goal is to wrestle for their country. I just hope this wouldn’t be the end of wrestling in our country.”

Summerville coach Darryl Tucker thought the decision was a joke when he first heard it. “It’s probably the worst decision they could make,” he said. “I’m hearing a lot of feedback from other coaches who want to fight this outrageous decision.” Hanahan wrestler J.J. Johnson, a state champion who will wrestle in college at Missouri, said the decision will “hurt wrestling a little bit.”  “Why did they have to pick one of the oldest (Olympic) sports?” he said. “We just have to have that mentality to push ahead.”

While disappointed by the IOC’s stance, The Citadel’s Hjerling was heartened by the response to the decision. He points out that wrestling has been on the uptick in the U.S., with high school participation up by 40,000 over the last 10 years.  Though wrestling has contracted at the NCAA Division I level, there have been 95 new programs established at all levels since 1995. There are even 21 intercollegiate women’s wrestling teams. “I think this is a time, whether you are a fan of wrestling or not, where everyone equates wrestling with the Olympics,” he said.  “Even if you are not a fan, during the Olympics you will put wrestling on and see one of the original Olympic sports. It’s mind-boggling to me to think about the Olympics without wrestling.”

Meanwhile, Olympic hopefuls like The Citadel’s Luvsandorj and Ugi Khishignyam, another Mongolian who is ranked No. 8 in Division I in his weight class, face a diminished chance to realize their dreams.  “Well, at least I still have 2016,” said Lusvandorj, referring to the Rio De Janeiro Games and, perhaps, wrestling’s last moment in the Olympic ring.