January 18, 2013

Bulldogs Snap Mountaineers’ 11-Match Conference Winning Streak with 25-13 Victory

Boone, N.C. – The Citadel wrestling team used three decisions, two falls and a major decision to dominate Appalachian State 25-13 and snap the Mountaineers' 11-match Southern Conference winning streak on Friday evening at Varsity Gymnasium.

Jordan Dix and Matt Frisch set the tone for the Bulldogs in the 149- and 157-pound weight classes, respectively, collecting two quick wins to jumpstart The Citadel to a 7-0 lead.

Dix earned a 7-4 victory over Zack Kechter, while Frisch followed up his teammate with a dominant 9-1 major decision over Aaron Scott to improve his record to 18-11 on the season.

Three consecutive losses by Vincent Bellaran at 165 (13-5 major decision), Jack Duane at 174 (10-5 decision) and Josh Tuck at 185 (6-1 decision) left the Bulldogs with a 10-7 deficit heading into the 197-pound bout.

Marshall Haas came out and changed the momentum of the match, recording a fall over Paul Weiss at the 2:23 mark. Odie Delaney followed suit in the heavyweight bout, posting a pin in the final minute over Joe Cummings to give the Bulldogs the 19-10 advantage.

Joaquin Marquez, who recently dropped from the 133-pound division to 125, improved the score to 22-10 with a huge 6-5 decision over Domonic Parisi, who entered the match with a 21-7 record.

Aaron Hansen followed up Marquez's upset victory with a 9-5 win over Brett Boston.

With the match out of reach, Head Coach Rob Hjerling decided to give eighth-ranked Ugi Khishignyam a rest in the 141-pound bout. Freshman Drew Ferguson stepped in and dropped a 5-0 decision to Chris Johnson.

The win improves the Bulldogs' record to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while the Mountaineers dropped their first conference match since February of 2011.

The win is only The Citadel's seventh in the 49-match series; however the Bulldogs have collected five of the previous 11.

The Bulldogs will host Campbell (2-6, 1-1 SoCon) next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in McAlister Field House.

The Citadel 25, Appalachian State 13
149: Jordan Dix dec. Zach Kechter, 7-4 (CIT 3-0)
157: Matthew Frisch maj. dec. Aaron Scott, 9-1 (CIT 7-0)
165: Zack Strickland maj. dec. Vincent Bellaran, 13-5 (CIT 7-4)
174: Colin Hedash dec. John Duane, 11-5 (TIE 7-7)
184: Jake Johnson dec. Josh Tuck, 6-1 (APP 10-7)
197: Marshall Haas pinned Paul Weiss, (2:23) (CIT 13-10)
285: Odie Delaney pinned Joe Cummings, (6:30) (CIT 19-10)
125: Joaquin Marquez dec. Dominic Parisi, 6-5 (CIT 22-10)
133: Aaron Hansen dec.Brett Boston, 9-5, (CIT 25-10)
141: Chris Johnson dec. Drew Ferguson, 5-0 (CIT 25-13)

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