October 25, 2012

Bulldog Wrestling Prepared to Showcase 2012-13 Team at Annual Blue/White Wrestle-Offs

Charleston, S.C. - The Citadel wrestling team will be hosting its annual Blue/White "Wrestle-Off" competition this weekend. The preliminary round will be held on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Vandiver Hall and will conclude with the finals on Saturday at 10 a.m. in McAlister Field House.

Admission is free and the coaches and wrestlers would like to invite all family, friends, fans, students and staff to come get their first glimpse of the 2012-2013 squad that is just a week away from the start of their season.

"There should be some good matchups in the preliminaries and especially in the finals of the wrestle-offs," said head coach Rob Hjerling.  "We have several weight classes with a lot of depth so we are looking forward to seeing who will come out on top in the earliest part of season."

The Bulldogs were picked to finish in second place on Wednesday in the Southern Conference Coaches Preseason Poll.  Three-time Southern Conference Champion Odie Delaney and two-time champion Turtogtokh Luvsandorj along with Jordan Dix, who finished third at last year's conference championships, were selected to this year's all-conference preseason team.

"We were pleased to get the individual and team recognition as it is a good boost to our guys," added Hjerling. "We have some high goals and aspirations for the team and we do our best to keep this in perspective."

As a team, the Bulldogs finished the 2011-12 season with a share of second place at the Southern Conference Championships and crowned three individual champions in Luvsandorj, Delaney and Kelby Smith. The trio continued their impressive season at the NCAA Championships where Delaney came up just one win short of earning All-American status.

The Bulldogs will open the 2012-13 slate on Saturday, Nov. 3 at McAlister Field House as they host The Citadel Open starting at 9 a.m.

For more information on Bulldog Wrestling or The Citadel Athletics, visit the official website of Bulldog Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.

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