The Citadel Downs Gardner-Webb on Senior Day, 33-7
Charleston, S.C. – Seniors Josh Tuck and Odie Delaney closed out their final home bouts with impressive victories to help lead The Citadel wrestling team to a dominant 33-7 win over Southern Conference foe Gardner-Webb in McAlister Field House on Sunday.
Delaney, who is ranked 14th in the country in the heavyweight division, extended his winning streak to 11 matches and notched his 114th win of his Citadel career and 31st of the season when he pinned 33rd-ranked Travis Porter at the 4:03 mark.
The redshirt senior needs four wins to overtake Travis Piccard for second place in Citadel history and 11 to move in front of current wins leader Sean Markey.
Delaney evened his record to 6-6 against ranked wrestlers on the year and posted his SoCon-leading 14th pin of the season and 56th of his career.
The new mat side camera, which provides instant review to the officials when necessary, was used on two different occasions to decide matches in the 157- and 184-pound bouts.
Matt Frisch battled with Gardner-Webb's Alex Medved (23-8) through three periods, falling just one point shy, 5-4, until a last minute takedown was called out of bounds as time was expiring.
After the replay showed that his foot was still in during the takedown, two points were awarded to Frisch as he capped off his 24th win of the season and improved his SoCon dual mark to 6-0.
With The Citadel up 21-7, Tuck came to the mats to face off against GWU's Gray Jones in a physical match that required an overtime sudden victory to decide.
The match was knotted at one point apiece after seven minutes and in sudden victory, Tuck managed a takedown on Jones to earn the victory. A review by the official confirmed the call and the Bulldog senior put the match out of reach with his third consecutive conference dual win.
Pins by Joaquin Marquez and eighth-ranked Ugi Khishignyam, in addition to decision victories by Aaron Hansen, Jack Duane and Marshall Haas rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs as they improved their record to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the SoCon.
Ugi and Hansen remain undefeated in conference action with one dual left, while Duane notched his 10th win of the season.
The Citadel will head to Lexington, Va., for the first of two trips in one month to VMI. The 2013 conference championships will be hosted by VMI in Cameron Hall on March 9.
The Bulldogs topped the Keydets in a 38-3 non-conference match earlier this season at the Virginia Duals.
The Citadel (5-5, 4-2 SoCon) 33, Gardner-Webb (4-10, 2-5 SoCon)
133 Aaron Hansen (The Citadel) won by decision over Robert Golde, 7-6. (CIT 9-0)
141 Ugi Khishignyam (The Citadel) won by pin over Davante Andujar at 4:11. (CIT 15-0)
149 Ryan Medved (Gardner-Webb) won by decision over Jordan Dix, 6-2. (CIT 15-3)
157 Matthew Frisch (The Citadel) won by decision over Alex Medved, 6-5. (CIT 18-3)
165 Justin Guthrie (Gardner-Webb) won by major decision over RJ Hicks, 11-3. (CIT 18-7)
174 Jack Duane (The Citadel) won by decision over Hunter Gamble, 2-1. (CIT21-7)
184 Josh Tuck (The Citadel) won in sudden victory 1 over Gray Jones, 3-1. (CIT 24-7)
197 Marshall Haas (The Citadel) won by decision over Vincent Salyer, 8-1. (CIT27-7)
285 Odie Delaney (The Citadel) won by pin over Travis Porter at 4:03. (CIT 33-7)