Bulldogs Drop Tough 22-20 SoCon Dual to Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Chattanooga took advantage of a late pin in the 197-pound bout to edge out The Citadel 22-20 in a Sunday afternoon Southern Conference wrestling dual at Maclellan Gymnasium.
UTC's 19th-ranked Nick Soto opened the match with a 12-3 major decision over Joaquin Marquez to give the Mocs a quick 4-0 advantage.
The lead lasted only one match as Aaron Hansen and eighth-ranked Ugi Khishignyam followed up Marquez with a major decision and a decision, respectively, to give The Citadel the 7-4 advantage through three bouts.
Hansen, a Summerville native, remains perfect in conference action at 4-0, while improving his overall mark to 15-13 in his first collegiate season.
Ugi, who collected his 28th overall and third conference win of the season, topped defending 141-pound SoCon champion Dean Pavlou for the second time this season.
After a UTC win at 149 to even the score, Matt Frisch stepped in at 157 and dominated Trey Stavrum to collect his fourth consecutive major decision victory and seventh of the season. The redshirt freshman improved his record to 20-11 and gave the Bulldogs an 11-7 advantage halfway through the contest.
The lead wouldn't last long as UTC dealt a pin and decision at 165 and 174 to regain the lead, 16-11.
Josh Tuck came to the mats next for The Citadel to face off against Robert Prigmore. The two have met three times in their careers with Prigmore holding a 3-0 edge over Tuck including an 8-6 overtime win earlier this season at the Hokie Open.
Tuck would avenge his foe in a big way with a dominant 10-3 decision to move the Bulldogs within two, 16-14, with two matches left.
The Citadel's Marshall Haas was next up as the Bulldog grappler was pegged up against 18th-ranked Niko Brown. After holding off the Chattanooga grappler for two rounds, Brown took control early in the third and pinned Haas to clinch the Mocs' ninth consecutive win over the Bulldogs.
Odie Delaney followed up Haas in the heavyweight bout with a pin at 3:53 over Kevin Malone to close out the match with a score of 22-20.
The win is Delaney's 109th, leaving him just two wins shy of tying Ryan McClester's mark set in 2006. Delaney also leads the league in pins with 11.
The loss drops The Citadel's record to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in conference action, while Chattanooga improves to 5-6 overall and 1-0 in the SoCon.
Next up for the Bulldogs is Southern Conference newcomer Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Wednesday in McAlister Field House at 7 p.m.
125: #19 Nick Soto (UTC) - MD 12-3 - Joaquin Marquez (CIT) - UTC 4-0
133: Aaron Hansen (CIT) - MD 8-0 - Marvin Lopez (UTC) - 4-4
141: #8 Ugi Khishignyam (CIT) - Dec. 8-1 - Dean Pavlou (UTC) - The Citadel 7-4
149: Alex Hudson (UTC) - Dec. 9-3 - Jordan Dix (CIT) - 7-7
157: Matthew Frisch (CIT) - MD 10-2 - Trey Stavrum (UTC) - The Citadel 11-7
165: Josh Condon (UTC) - Fall 5:52 - Vincent Bellaran (CIT) - UTC 13-11
174: John Lampe (UTC) - Dec. 3-2 - Jack Duane (CIT) - UTC 16-11
184: Josh Tuck (CIT) - Dec. 10-3 - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - UTC 16-14
197: #18 Niko Brown (UTC) - Fall 5:44 - Marshall Haas (CIT) - UTC 22-14
285: #14 Odie Delaney (CIT) - Fall 3:53 - Kevin Malone (UTC) - UTC 22-20