Odie Delaney Named SoCon Wrestler of the Week
Spartanburg, S.C. – Bulldog heavyweight grappler Odie Delaney was selected as the Southern Conference wrestler of week for his performance at the Navy Classic last Saturday, Nov. 17. The wrestler of the week award is the fifth of Delaney's career.
The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., native entered Saturday's competition ranked No. 13 nationally in his weight class, and he lived up to the billing.
Delaney pinned Bucknell's Joe Stolfi in his first-round match before earning a 6-2 decision over Cleveland State's Amon Willis to reach the semifinals. Delaney posted his second fall of the day in that contest, sticking George Mason's Jacob Keller in 1:49 to advance to the title bout.
There, Delaney met an old foe in Ohio's Jeremy Johnson, who entered the match ranked No. 10 nationally. The two met in last season's NCAA Championships, with the winner assured of All-American status. Johnson prevailed with a pin in the fifth minute to end Delaney's season and drop the Bulldog heavyweight to 0-3 against his Bobcat rival.
Delaney earned revenge in the finals bout, upsetting Johnson 7-6 to earn the heavyweight division crown.
The redshirt senior, who currently holds a career record of 88-35 with 47 pins, will look to eclipse the 100-win and 50-pin marks during his final season as a Bulldog.
The Citadel grapplers will be back in action on Dec. 2 when they travel to State College, Pa., for the Nittany Lion Open.