Three Bulldogs Crowned SoCon Champions
Charleston, S.C. – Odie Delaney, Turtogtokh Luvsandorj, and Kelby Smith each went 2-0 in their respective weight classes en route to being crowned 2012 Southern Conference champions Saturday at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn. The three Bulldogs will represent The Citadel at the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships March 15-17 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
The Citadel finished tied for second in the team scoring, posting 72.5 points along with Appalachian State. Host Chattanooga won the 2012 title with 102 points. Appalachian State's Austin Trotman, the 184-pound champion, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Delaney, a three-time SoCon champion, will make his second NCAA appearance as a heavyweight and third overall. Delaney was rarely challenged in his two matches, pinning No. 4 Joe Nolan of Campbell in 44 seconds in the semifinals and posting a 9-0 major decision in the final over No. 2 Kevin Malone of Chattanooga.
Luvsandorj, the 174-pound champion, will also be making his third NCAA Championships appearance. The junior qualified at 157 pounds as a freshman and at 165 pounds last season. Luvsandorj recorded decision victories over No. 4 Matthew Brock of VMI (7-1) and No. 3 James Cook of Campbell (2-1) to capture the 174-pound crown.
Smith will be making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships. The senior opened with a 12-3 major decision over No. 4 Niko Brown of Chattanooga in the semis and posted a 3-2 decision over Campbell's John Weakley in the final.
Four other Bulldogs placed at this season's championship. Seth Vernon opened with a pair of wins at 149 pounds before falling to No. 3 Dean Pavlou of Chattanooga by a 4-2 decision in the final. Richard Alarcon (125), Jordan Dix (141), and Josh Tuck (184) all posted third-place finishes for The Citadel.
FINAL TEAM SCORES
1. Chattanooga (102)
t2. The Citadel (72.5)
t2. Appalachian State (72.5)
4. Campbell (65)
5. VMI (25.5)
6. Gardner-Webb (21)
7. Davidson (6.5)
125 pounds - No. 3 Richard Alarcon (23-17 overall) – THIRD PLACE
First Round: Alarcon defeated No. 6 Tanner Bidelspach (CAMP), Fall at 2:30
Semis: No. 2 Tony Gravely (ASU) defeated Alarcon, Decision 8-6
Consolation Semis: Alarcon defeated No. 5 Matt Zarth (DAV), Major Decision 16-3
Third Place: Alarcon defeated No. 6 Tanner Bidelspach (CAMP), Decision 5-3
133 pounds - No. 3 Kyle Casaletto (24-15 overall)
First Round: Casaletto defeated No. 6 Robert Golde (GWU), Decision 6-3
Semis: No. 2 Joey Rizzolino (CAMP) defeated Casaletto, Fall at 0:19
Consolation Semis: No. 5 Anthony Elias (DAV) defeated Casaletto, Fall at 3:21
141 pounds - No. 3 Jordan Dix (22-22 overall) – THIRD PLACE
First Round: Dix defeated No. 6 Alex Hamm (GWU), Decision 7-1
Semis: No. 2 Shawn Greevy (UTC) defeated Dix, Decision 3-0
Consolation Semis: Dix defeated No. 5 Jordan Tolbert (CAMP), Major Decision 12-4
Third Place: Dix defeated No. 4 Zeb Stewart (VMI), Decision 5-4
149 pounds - No. 4 Seth Vernon (7-9 overall) – SECOND PLACE
First Round: Vernon defeated No. 5 Davante Andujar (GWU), Major Decision 14-3
Semis: Vernon defeated No. 1 Savva Kostis (ASU), Decision 5-4
Finals: No. 3 Dean Pavlou (UTC) defeated Vernon, Decision 4-2
157 pounds - No. 5 Pierre Frazile (19-22 overall)
First Round: No. 4 Alex Medved (GWU) defeated Frazile, Fall at 6:10
Consolation Semis: No. 3 William Powell (ASU) defeated Frazile, Decision 1-0
165 pounds - No. 7 Mike Harper (3-26 overall)
First Round: No. 2 Brandon Wright (UTC) defeated Harper, Major Decision 10-2
Consolation Quarters: No. 3 Ryan Krecker (CAMP) defeated Harper, Decision 8-6
174 pounds - No. 1 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (29-9 overall) – CHAMPION
First Round: Bye
Semis: Luvsandorj defeated No. 4 Matthew Brock (VMI), Decision 7-1
Finals: Luvsandorj defeated No. 3 James Cook (CAMP), Decision 2-1
184 pounds - No. 3 Josh Tuck (18-15 overall) – THIRD PLACE
First Round: Tuck defeated No. 6 John Merickel (CAMP), Major Decision 12-4
Semis: No. 2 Robert Prigmore (UTC) defeated Tuck, Decision 3-1
Consolation Semis: Tuck defeated No. 5 Jason Porter (GWU), Decision 8-3
Third Place: Tuck defeated No. 6 John Merickel (CAMP), Decision 11-4
197 pounds - No. 1 Kelby Smith (34-8 overall) – CHAMPION
First Round: Bye
Semis: Smith defeated No. 4 Niko Brown (UTC), Major Decision 12-3
Finals: defeated No. 3 John Weakley (CAMP), Decision 3-2
Heavyweight/285 pounds - No. 1 Odie Delaney (26-2 overall) – CHAMPION
First Round: Bye
Semis: Delaney defeated No. 4 Joe Nolan (CAMP), Fall at 0:44
Finals: Delaney defeated No. 2 Kevin Malone (UTC), Major Decision 9-0
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