February 13, 2013

Odie Delaney Repeats as SoCon Wrestler of the Week

Spartanburg, S.C.Odie Delaney earned his second straight Southern Conference wrestler of the week award and third of the season for all competition from Feb. 6-12. The selection is made by the league office.

The award is Delaney's seventh of his career, moving him into a tie with Appalachian State's Austin Trotman (2008-12) for the most in league history.

The redshirt senior won his only match of the week via pin as the Bulldogs downed Gardner-Webb 33-7 in league action on Sunday.

The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., product, who is ranked 14th in the nation in the recently released NCAA coaches' panel rankings, pinned Gardner-Webb's Travis Porter in 4:03. Porter is ranked 33rd in the coaches' panel rankings.

The pin was Delaney's SoCon-best 14th of the season, regardless of weight class, and moved his season record to 31-7 overall and 9-1 in duals. He Is 6-0 in the league this year and has won 11 consecutive matches overall.

With 114 career wins, Delaney needs just four more to move into second place in Citadel history. He has 56 career pins and is 19-3 in SoCon duals in his career with three undefeated league seasons to his credit. 

A Bulldog grappler has been tabbed as wrestler of the week in seven of the 13 weeks during the 2012-13 season.

The Citadel (5-5, 4-2 SoCon) wraps up its SoCon slate at VMI (1-12, 1-2) on Friday in Lexington, Va., site of this season's SoCon Wrestling Championship held on March 9.

2012-13 SoCon wrestlers of the week

Nov. 7    Nick Soto, Chattanooga
Nov. 14  Niko Brown, Chattanooga
Nov. 21  Odie Delaney, The Citadel

Dec. 5    Patrick Myers, SIUE
Dec. 12  Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel

Dec. 19  Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel
Jan. 3    Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel

Jan. 9     Zack Strickland, Appalachian State
Jan. 16   Eric Montoya, Campbell
Jan. 23   Marshall Haas, The Citadel

Jan. 30   John Merickel, Campbell
Feb. 6    Odie Delaney, The Citadel
Feb. 13  Odie Delaney, The Citadel

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