February 6, 2013

Odie Delaney Tabbed with Second SoCon Wrestler of the Week Honor

Spartanburg, S.C. – Heavyweight Odie Delaney has been named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week for all competition from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5. The selection is made by the league office.

Delaney, who is ranked 14th nationally in his weight division, went 4-0 on the week earning a dual win over conference newcomer SIU-Edwardsville and going 3-0 to take the heavyweight division title at the All-Academy Championships.

The redshirt senior started the week with a 6-2 decision over SIUE's David Devine to cap off the Bulldogs' dominant 41-3 win over the Cougars in McAlister Field House on Jan. 30.

On Saturday, Delaney cruised to the heavyweight title at the All-Academy Championships in West Point, N.Y., earning a pair of quick pins and a decision.

The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., native got things started with a pin over the Merchant Marines' Mason Reed in just 18 seconds before dominating the Coast Guard's Mark Howard in similar fashion, pinning him in 38 seconds to reach the title bout. There, Delaney collected a 10-6 decision over Navy's Dan Miller to claim the title for the second straight year.

Delaney ran his winning streak to 10 straight bouts and improved to 30-7 on the season. He also moved into third place on The Citadel's all-time wins list, as he now has 113 and needs just five more to move into second place.

The award is Delaney's second of the season and sixth of his career, tying him for second-most in league history with VMI's Adam Britt, who won the award six times from 2000-03. Delaney is now just one weekly award back of Appalachian State's Austin Trotman, who won it a league-record seven times from 2008-12.

The Citadel will return to action on Sunday for a 1 p.m. scuffle against conference foe Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. in McAlister Field House. The Bulldogs will honor seniors Mike Harper, Josh Tuck, Jordan Dix and Delaney prior to the match along with a special recognition of the 1967 SoCon Championships at the intermission.

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