March 2, 2012

Bulldogs Prepare for SoCon Championship

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel wrestling program is making final preparations for the 2012 Southern Conference Wrestling Championship, hosted by Chattanooga at McKenzie Arena on Saturday. This year's event marks the 75th edition of the tournament in SoCon history.

The Bulldogs last won the event in 2004. Defending champion Chattanooga has won six of the last seven editions, while UNCG took the 2010 edition. Action kicks off at McKenzie Arena at 10 a.m. with the finals set for 6:30 p.m.

Note: Projected participants and their respective seeds are subject to change. Entries are finalized by coaches on Friday.

125 pounds
Richard Alarcon (No.3 seed)

  • 20-16 overall record, 4-2 SoCon mark
  • Seven pins on the season
  • Chattanooga's Manny Ramirez is the No. 1 seed (defeated Alarcon by a 7-5 SV decision)

133 pounds
Kyle Casaletto (No. 3 seed)

  • 23-13 overall, 3-3 SoCon mark
  • SoCon All-Freshman Team selection
  • Chattanooga's Nick Soto is the No. 1 seed (defeated Casaletto by a 3-1 decision) 

141 pounds
Jordan Dix (No. 3 seed)

  • 19-21 overall record, 4-2 SoCon mark
  • Has won six of his last seven matches
  • Appalachian State's Mike Kessler is the No. 1 seed (defeated Dix by a 4-1 decision) 

149 pounds
Seth Vernon (No. 4 seed)

  • 5-8 overall record, 2-1 SoCon mark
  • Transferred from Oklahoma
  • Appalachian State's Savva Kostis is the No. 1 seed (Vernon handed Kostis is only SoCon loss, a 7-6 decision) 

157 pounds
Pierre Frazile (No. 5 seed)

  • 19-20 overall record, 2-4 SoCon mark
  • Placed second at the 2011 SoCon Championships
  • Chattanooga's Dan Waddell is the No. 1 seed (defeated Frazile by a 3-1 decision) 

165 pounds
Mike Harper (No. 7 seed)

  • 3-24 overall record, 0-6 SoCon mark
  • Lost four of six league matches by decision
  • Appalachian State's Kyle Blevins is the No. 1 seed (defeated Harper via 19-3 technical fall at 6:04) 

174 pounds
Turtogtokh Luvsandroj (No. 1 seed)

  • 27-9 overall record, 5-1 SoCon mark
  • Named All-Southern Conference
  • Suffered only league defeat at the hands of No. 4 seed Matthew Brock of VMI (3-1 SV decision) 

184 pounds
Josh Tuck (No. 3 seed)

  • 15-14 overall record, 4-2 SoCon mark
  • Has won seven of last eight matches
  • Appalachian State's Austin Trotman is the No. 1 seed (defeated Tuck by a 16-3 major decision) 

197 pounds
Kelby Smith (No. 1 seed)

  • 32-8 overall record, 6-0 SoCon mark
  • Posted an 11-match winning streak this season
  • Defeated No. 2 seed Paul Weiss of Appalachian State by a 9-4 decision 

285 pounds
Odie Delaney (No. 1 seed)

  • 24-2 overall record, 6-0 SoCon mark
  • Ranked No. 14 nationally by InterMat
  • Leads conference with 13 pins 

 

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