January 3, 2013

Khishignyam Receives Third Consecutive SoCon Wrestler of the Week Award

Spartanburg, S.C. – Ugi Khishignyam has been named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week for the third consecutive week on Thursday for his outstanding performance at the Southern Scuffle.

Khishignyam, a redshirt freshman, becomes the first wrestler in league history to earn the award three straight times. The award originated in the 2000-01 season.

The Mongolia native continued to tear through the competition at the always competitive Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn., posting a 5-1 record en route to taking second place in the 141-pound bracket.

Ugi opened the competition with three consecutive decisions over  Zachary Beitz (Penn State), Joey Moon (North Carolina) and Dan King (Cleveland State) before earning a spot in the quarterfinals against 14th-ranked Justin LaValle of Old Dominion.

The Bulldog grappler earned a solid 5-3 sudden victory over his tough competitor to move on to a semifinal matchup against Chris Mecate (Old Dominion). Ugi built an early lead in that match and was able to hold on for the 3-1 decision and advance to the finals

Ugi's run came to an end there, as he fell 3-2 to No. 9 Michael Nevinger of Cornell to take second place in his weight class.

Ranked No. 4 nationally at 141, Khishignyam improved to 24-3 on the season.

The Citadel (1-1, 1-0 SoCon) has now taken four of the last five weekly awards, as heavyweight Odie Delaney was the league's wrestler of the week on Nov. 21.

 The Bulldogs are back in action at the Virginia Duals in Hampton Roads, Va., on Jan. 11-12.

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