Wrestling Splits Pair of Duals to End Regular Season
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel wrestling team split a pair of duals Sunday afternoon at McAlister Field House to close out the 2011-12 regular season, falling 26-12 to North Carolina and routing Sacred Heart 41-3. The Bulldogs will now prepare for the Southern Conference Championships on March 3 hosted by Chattanooga.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-0 lead against North Carolina with decision victories by Richard Alarcon and Kyle Casaletto. Alarcon used a late second-period takedown and a riding-time point to earn a 4-2 win over Brian Bokoski at 125 and Casaletto blanked Brock Livorio 6-0 at 133. The Tar Heels picked up victories in the next four matches to take a 14-6 lead. Evan Henderson and Nick Heilmann recorded major decisions at 141 and 149, respectively, while Corey Mock edged Pierre Frazile 1-0 at 157 pounds on a second-period escape and Kyle Kiss picked up a 10-4 decision over 165-pounder Mike Harper.
Turtogtokh Luvsandorj stopped the Tar Heels' momentum with an 8-3 decision over Alex Utley at 174, but North Carolina put the match out of reach with a pair of pins at 184 and 197. No.15 Odie Delaney finished the dual on a high note for the Bulldogs, picking up a 6-1 decision over Nick Tenpenny at heavyweight.
The Bulldogs took nine of the 10 matches against Sacred Heart to even their overall record at 9-9 on the season. Alarcon, Frazile, and Delaney recorded pins, while Casaletto scored a technical fall at 133. Three other Bulldogs posted major decisions in the victory.
North Carolina - 26
The Citadel - 12
125 Richard Alarcon (The Citadel) won by decision over Brian Bokoski (UNC) 4-2; CIT leads 3-0
133 Kyle Casaletto (The Citadel) won by decision over Brock Livorio (UNC) 6-0; CIT leads 6-0
141 Evan Henderson (UNC) won by major decision over Jordan Dix (The Citadel) 10-2; CIT leads 6-4
149 Nick Heilmann (UNC) won by major decision over David Ivashchenko (The Citadel) 15-4; UNC leads 8-6
157 Corey Mock (UNC) won by decision over Pierre Frazile (The Citadel) 1-0; UNC leads 11-6
165 Kyle Kiss (UNC) won by decision over Mike Harper (The Citadel) 10-4; UNC leads 14-6
174 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (The Citadel) won by decision over Alex Utley (UNC) 8-3; UNC leads 14-9
184 Thomas Ferguson (UNC) won by pin over Josh Tuck (The Citadel) 5:28; UNC leads 20-9
197 Zachary Bennett (UNC) won by pin over Kelby Smith (The Citadel) 1:41; UNC leads 26-9
285 No. 15 Odie Delaney (The Citadel) won by decision over Nick Tenpenny (UNC) 6-1; UNC wins 26-12
The Citadel - 41
Sacred Heart - 3
125 Richard Alarcon (The Citadel) won by pin over Joe Harris (Sacred Heart) 4:03; CIT leads 6-0
133 Kyle Casaletto (The Citadel) won by tech fall over Robert O`Neill (Sacred Heart) 7:00 17-0; CIT leads 11-0
141 Jordan Dix (The Citadel) won by major decision over Andrew Polidore (Sacred Heart) 14-3; CIT leads 15-0
149 David Ivashchenko (The Citadel) won by decision over Justin Belanger (Sacred Heart) 9-2; CIT leads 18-0
157 Pierre Frazile (The Citadel) won by pin over Joseph Evangelista (Sacred Heart) 3:43; CIT leads 24-0
165 Michael Harper (The Citadel) won by decision over Sam Sheppard (Sacred Heart) 8-3; CIT leads 27-0
174 Jonathon Rizzitello (Sacred Heart) won by decision over William Connell (The Citadel) 5-4; CIT leads 27-3
184 Josh Tuck (The Citadel) won by major decision over Zachary Moran (Sacred Heart) 17-3; CIT leads 31-3
197 Kelby Smith (The Citadel) won by major decision over Sam Morison (Sacred Heart) 12-2; CIT leads 35-3
285 Andrew Delaney (The Citadel) won by pin over Renaldo Cuko (Sacred Heart) 0:54; CIT wins 41-3
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