Khishignyam Nabs Second Place at Southern Scuffle; Delaney Collects 100th Career Win
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Ugi Khishignyam posted a two-day record of 5-1 to receive a second place finish in the 141-pound bracket at the Southern Scuffle hosted by Chattanooga on Tuesday and Wednesday. Odie Delaney collected his 100th career win en route to earning a sixth place finish in the heavyweight bracket.
Khishignyam opened up the action on day two with a semifinal matchup against Old Dominion's Chris Mecate. The Bulldog grappler handled Mecate with a 3-1 advantage to move on to the finals of the championship bracket where he was matched against ninth-ranked Mike Nevinger of Cornell.
The two battled it out closely for three periods, but it was Nevinger who gained the advantage and won the bracket with a 3-1 decision. Ugi, who was most recently ranked fourth by InterMat Wrestling, now holds a 24-3 record.
"Ugi had a real good tournament, winning some close matches," said Coach Rob Hjerling. "He came up short in the end but gained a lot of experience and lost to someone who we hope he will see again at the NCAA tournament."
Delaney, who was pegged against a nationally ranked wrestler in five of his seven bouts, had an impressive two-day performance, earning sixth place with a 4-3 record.
Entering day two with a 2-1 record, Delaney opened Wednesday with a consolation bracket matchup against Henry Cherino in which he dominated the Northern Colorado grappler with a pin in the second minute.
The win advanced the Bulldog heavyweight to a consolation semifinal against 14th-ranked Levi Cooper of Arizona State. The two met earlier in a dual matchup in which Cooper earned a 6-2 decision.
Delaney earned revenge against Cooper in the Southern Scuffle as he took control of the match and topped the Sun Devil grappler by a score of 5-1. The win was Delaney's 100th of his career and he now holds a four-year mark of 100-41.
A loss against third-ranked Alan Gelogaev by technical fall left Delaney in the fifth place bout where he was set to face No. 17 Jeremy Johnson for the second time in two days and eighth time of their career's, but a minor injury forced a medical forfeit to be the decider in the match and drop him to sixth place.
In the 157-pound consolation bracket, Matt Frisch opened day two with an impressive 6-3 decision over Minnesota's Pat Smith before falling to Gopher teammate Daniel Zilverburg. The loss landed Frisch in the seventh place bout against Navy's Robert Burg where he dropped a 7-6 decision to fall to eighth place.
Turtogtokh Luvsandorj and Marshall Haas were eliminated earlier in the morning of day two when they dropped close consolation bouts. Luvsandorj fell to No. 13 Jon Fausey in a tiebreaker, 5-3, while Haas lost a 2-0 decision to Duke's Connor Hartmann.
"The team is getting better each week and we challenged the group to step up and put the points on the board," said Hjerling. "It was a good team effort and it was great to see Haas and Frisch compete at a high level."
The Bulldogs closed out the tournament in 11th place out of 24 teams, collecting 45 points, while the two-time defending NCAA National Champion Penn State Nittany Lions earned the team title with 178.5.
The Citadel will be back in action on Jan. 11-12 when it heads to Hampton Roads, Va., to compete in the Virginia Duals.
FINAL BOX SCORE (Rankings from InterMat Wrestling)
125: Steven Cox (0-2)
First Round: lost to Rob Deutsch (Old Dominion) by technical fall, 18-2
Consolations: lost to Nick Herrmann (Virginia) by major decision, 11-1
125: Joaquin Marquez (0-2)
First Round: lost to Josh Martinez (Air Force) by decision, 9-2
Consolations: lost to Austin Miller (Unattached) by major decision, 11-2
133: Aaron Hansen (1-2)
First Round: def. Luke Mario (UNC) by medical forfeit
Second Round: lost to James Guilibon (Penn State) by technical fall, 16-0
Consolations: lost to Pat Owens (UNC) by medical forfeit
141: #4 Ugi Khishignyam – SECOND PLACE – (5-1)
First Round: def. Dan King (Cleveland St.) by decision, 9-3
Second Round: def. Joey Moon (UNC) by decision, 9-7
Third Round: def. Zachary Beitz (Penn State) by decision, 2-1
Quarterfinals: def. #14 Justin LaValle (Old Dominion) by SV-1, 5-3
Semifinals: def. Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) by decision, 3-1
Finals: lost to #9 Michael Nevinger (Cornell) by decision, 3-2
141: Kyle Casaletto (0-2) - *Unattached*
First Round: lost to Julian Feikert (Oklahoma St.) by fall at 1:12
Consolations: lost to Jimmy Nehls (Virginia) by decision, 9-6
149: Jordan Dix (0-2)
First Round: lost to Dylan Ness (Minnesota) by decision (SV-1), 4-2
Consolations: lost to Nathan Hoffer (Arizona St.) by decision, 10-3
149: Blake Holt (0-2)
First Round: lost to James English (Penn State) by fall at 3:25
Consolations: lost to Dustin Walraven (South Dakota) by fall at 1:40
157: Matthew Frisch (3-3)
First Round: def. Brad Dolezal (Minnesota) by decision, 7-4
Second Round: def. #18 Bobby Barnhisel (Navy) by decision, 8-3
Quarterfinals: lost to James Vollrath (Penn State) by major decision, 11-3
Consolations: def. Pat Smith (Minnesota) by decision, 6-3
Consolations: lost to Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota) by decision, 7-5
Seventh Place: lost to Robert Burg (Navy)by decision, 7-6
165: Mike Harper (0-2)
First Round: lost to Nijel Jones (UNC) by decision, 8-4
Consolations: lost to Ryan Fox (UNC) by decision, 3-1
165: Kenneth Radford (0-2) - *Unattached*
First Round: lost to Parker Madl (Arizona State) by decision, 4-1
Consolations: lost to Jesse Stafford (Air Force) by decision, 10-5
174: Jack Duane (0-2)
First Round: lost to Coleman Gracey (Army) by fall at 4:38
Consolations: lost to Daniel Barringer (Air Force) by major decision, 15-3
174: Turtogtokh Luvsandorj – (2-2) - *Unattached*
First Round: def. Patrick Davis (UNC) by decision, 6-4
Second Round: def. George Pickett (Cornell) by decision (SV-1), 6-4
Quarterfinals: lost to #4 Logan Storley (Minnesota) by fall at 6:29
Consolations: lost to #16 Jon Fausey (Virginia) by TB-3, 5-3
184: Josh Tuck (0-2)
First Round: lost to Stephen Doty (Virginia) by decision, 7-3
Consolations: lost to Zach White (Oklahoma State) by major decision, 13-2
197: Marshall Haas (3-2)
First Round: lost to Paul Rands (Navy) by fall at 2:38
Consolations: def. Patrick Gomez (Northern Colorado) by decision, 3-1
Consolations: def. Nick Grossi (The Citadel) by major decision, 12-2
Consolations: def. Joe Skow (South Dakota) by decision, 7-2
Consolations: lost to Connor Hartmann (Duke) by decision, 2-0
197: Nick Grossi (0-2)
First Round: lost to #13 Brent Haynes (Missouri) by fall at 1:47
Consolations: lost to Marshall Haas (The Citadel) by major decision, 12-2
285: Odie Delaney – SIXTH PLACE – (4-3)
First Round: def. Andrew Fulk (Duke) by major decision, 9-1
Second Round: def. #17 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) by fall at 2:43
Quarterfinals: lost to #1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) by decision, 4-2
Consolations: def. Henry Chirino (Northern Colorado) by fall at 2:01
Consolations: def. #14 Levi Cooper (Arizona State) by decision, 5-1
Consolations: lost to #3 Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma St.) by technical fall, 18-1
Fifth Place: lost to #17 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) by medical forfeit
285: Gerald Johnson (0-2)
First Round: lost to Devon Mellon (Missouri) by decision, 9-2
Consolations: lost to Henry Chirino (Northern Colorado) by major decision, 17-4