November 4, 2012

Bulldog Grapplers Look Sharp at Hokie Open

Complete Hokie Open Brackets

Blacksburg, Va. – A second place finish by redshirt freshman Undrakhbayar "Ugi" Khishignyam along with a pair of third place finishes by preseason all-conference team members Turtogtokh Luvsandorj and Odie Delaney highlighted an impressive start to the 2012-13 season for The Citadel wrestling team on Sunday at the Hokie Open.

En route to his second place finish, Ugi downed the No. 9-ranked wrestler in the country, Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech), with a fall at the 6:59 mark before beating the 2012 Southern Conference Champion at the 141-pound weight class in Chattanooga's Dean Pavlou by an 8-3 decision.

In the heavyweight division, returning SoCon Champion Odie Delaney dominated his first match, taking just 35 seconds to pin Hofstra's Zeal McGraw in the opening round. Delaney would win two more decisions before tripping up to Indiana's Adam Chalfant by a 3-1 decision. A win over Chris Penny in his final bout by 6-2 decision would give the redshirt senior a third place finish on the day.

In the 184-pound weight class, two-time SoCon Champion and three-time NCAA qualifier, Turtogtokh Luvsandorj went 4-1, nabbing a technical fall in the first round before posting three more decisions to take third place in his weight class.

In a competitive 64-man 133-pound bracket, redshirt freshman Aaron Hansen opened the day with two wins by decision before tripping up to No.1 overall seed Erik Spjut from Virginia Tech. Hansen came back in the consolations to take two decisions before losing by fall in the fifth place bout to Indiana's Quintin Murphy.

The Citadel Wrestlers at The Hokie Open

133: Aaron Hansen  - Sixth Place – 4-2

First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. Jalen Ramos (Rutgers), D 3-1
Quarterfinals: def. Dylan Hyder (USAFA), D 4-1
Semifinals: lost to Erik Spjut (Virginia Tech), MD 13-4
Consolations: def. Joseph Martinez, D 3-2
Consolations: def. Cody Broomall (King College), 10-3
Fifth Place: lost to Quinton Murphy (Indiana), Fall

133: Joaquin Marquez – 1-2

First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. Madison Martin (King College), D 8-5
Round of 16: lost to Maverick Passa (Rutgers), D 7-1
Consolations: lost to Joseph Martinez, D 6-1

141: Undrakhbayar "Ugi" Khishignyam – Second Place – 4-1

First Round: def. Jake Rockoff (Ohio), TF 19-4
Second Round: def. Eric Roach (Indiana), D 6-4
Quarterfinals: def. Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech), Fall at 6:59
Semifinals: def. Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga), D 8-3
Finals: lost to Devin Carter, D, 6-5

149: Jordan Dix – 3-2

First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. Caleb Swinson (Appalachian State), D 6-0
Quarterfinals: lost to Christian Barber (North Carolina), D 2-1 (2OT)
Consolations: def. Reggie Adams (King College), MD 13-2
Consolations: def. Robert Henderson (North Carolina), D 8-5
Consolations: lost to Marcus Cain (Duke), D 7-2

149: Aaron Walker – 1-2

First Round: def. Peter Crawford (Liberty), MD 14-5
Second Round: lost to Tywan Claxton (King College), MD 12-4
Consolations: lost to Cohl Fulk (NC State), D 6-5

149: Shane Lee – 0-2

First Round: lost to Chris Yankowich, Fall at 5:37
Consolations: lost to Matthew Spataro (Hofstra), MD 12-2

157: Matt Frisch – 2-2

First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. Cole Dodd (Chattanooga), MD 9-0
Quarterfinals: def. Lex Ozias (Virginia Tech), 7-5
Semifinals: lost to Nick Rex (Campbell), 6-1
Consolations: lost to Michael Benner (Hofstra), D 8-3

157: Nick LaFevre – 2-2

First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. John Brasher (King College), D 3-1
Quarterfinals: lost to Nick Rex (Campbell), MD 16-2
Consolations: def. Jesse Beaver (Chattanooga), D 11-10
Consolations: lost to Gabe Martinez (USAFA), MD 12-0

157: Blake Holt – 1-2

First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. Jordan Reece (King College), D 6-1
Quarterfinals: lost to Taylor Knapp (Newberry), Fall at 1:58
Consolations: lost to Ryan Harrington (North Carolina), D 3-2

165: Mike Harper – 2-2

First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. Jonathan Gouldin (Appalachian State), D 5-2
Quarterfinals: lost to Cory Mock (North Carolina), MD 8-0
Consolations: def. John Jones (VMI), D 3-1
Consolations: lost to Ryan Konz (Indiana), 2-1

165: Vincent Bellaran – 0-2

First Round: BYE
Second Round: lost to Chase Boontjer (Liberty), D 9-3
Consolations: lost to Brian Dorsey (Duke), MD 13-2

165: Kenneth Radford – 2-2

First Round: win by forfeit
Second Round: lost to Sean Mappes (Chattanooga), Fall at 3:39
Consolations: def. Scott Reilly (USAFA), D 6-2
Consolations: lost to Ryan Konz (Indiana), Injury

174: Jack Duane – 2-2

First Round: lost to John Dickson, D 5-2
Consolations: def. Joe Pittman, Fall 6:21
Consolations: def. Dyvon Passmore, Fall 3:51
Consolations: lost to Trey Adamson (Duke), Fall at 3:17

184: Joshua Tuck – 1-2

First Round: lost to Robert Prigmore (Chattanooga), D 8-6 (2OT)
Consolations: def. Josh Hartley (Appalachian State), D 4-2
Consolations: lost to Sam Law (Virginia Tech), D 6-0

184: Turtogtokh Luvsandorj – Third Place – 4-1

First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. John Shrader (Chattanooga), TF 19-4
Quarterfinals: def. Alex Utley (North Carolina), D 7-5
Semifinals: lost to Diego Bencomo, SV 3-1
Consolations: def. Mitch Brown (Newberry)
Third Place: def. Nick Vetterlein (Virginia Tech), D 7-5

285: Odie Delaney – Third Place – 4-1

First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. Zeal McGrew (Hofstra), Fall at :35 seconds
Quarterfinals: def.  Dan Garwood (Virginia Tech), D 4-0
Semifinals: def. Billy Smith (Rutgers), D 6-4
Semifinals: lost to Adam Chalfant (Indiana), D 3-1
Third Place: def. Chris Penny, D 6-2

The Bulldogs will host Arizona State next Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon for a dual in the 3rd battalion. For more information on Bulldog wrestling, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at

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