February 7, 2013

Delaney Secures SoCon Wrestler of the Month Award

Spartanburg, S.C. – Just one day after earning his second Southern Conference wrestler of the week award this season and sixth of his career, heavyweight Odie Delaney was chosen as the SoCon's wrestler of the month for his performance in January.

Delaney went 11-2 overall and 4-0 in SoCon action in January. He faced a brutal slate in the month, taking on four ranked opponents at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., with his only two losses coming to grapplers ranked in the top three nationally.

The redshirt senior pinned No. 17 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio and earned a decision against No. 14 Levi Cooper of Arizona State at the Scuffle, while his losses came to No. 1 Tony Nelson of Minnesota and No. 3 Alan Gelogaev of Oklahoma State.

At the Virginia Duals on Jan. 11, Delaney picked up a major decision over Army's Stephen Snyder and a pin over VMI's Michael LaPrade.

The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., product pinned his opponents in duals against Appalachian State and Chattanooga in addition to earning decisions against Campbell and SIU-Edwardsville. For the month, Delaney posted a pair of major decisions and five falls.

Delaney, who is ranked 14th nationally, currently boasts a 10-match winning streak and most recently moved into third place on The Citadel's all-time wins list. He now has 113 victories and needs just five more to move into second place.

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 Delaney, Mike Harper, Josh Tuck and Jordan Dix prior to the match along with a special recognition of the 1967 SoCon Championship team at the intermission.

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