March 21, 2013

Khishignyam, Delaney Advance to Day 2 of the NCAA Championship

Des Moines, Iowa – Ugi Khishignyam won both his matches to advance in the championship bracket, while Odie Delaney split his two bouts to advance in the consolation bracket after day one of the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championship at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday.

After losses in the championship and consolation brackets, 157-pound Matt Frisch was eliminated from the competition.

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Bulldogs in the Opening Two Rounds

After a 6-3 win over Lehigh's Anthony Salupo in the first round, Ugi secured his spot in the second round for a rematch against Virginia Tech's Zach Neibert. The two met earlier this season at the Hokie Open where Ugi earned a last second takedown and fall to top the Hokie Grappler.

The Mongolia native came out of the rematch with the same result as he edged out Neibert with a 3-1 decision to move on to the semifinal round tomorrow where he will face Oregon State's Mike Mangrum.

Ugi topped Mangrum in an exciting 4-3 championship bout at the Reno Tournament of Champions earlier this season.

The redshirt freshman is now just one win shy of guaranteeing himself All-America status. If he accomplishes the feat he will become just the second wrestler in Citadel history to achieve the honor.

Dan Thompson earned the status back in 2006 when he took seventh place at nationals.

In the heavyweight division, Delaney collected a 7-5 sudden victory first round win in thrilling fashion. The redshirt senior was up 4-0 with seconds left before an Evan Knutson takedown and three-point nearfall left the match knotted at five apiece after Delaney's riding time point was added.

An overtime takedown gave Delaney the 7-5 win and advanced him into the second round where he was slated to take on defending national champion Anthony Nelson of Minnesota. The two met earlier this season at the Southern Scuffle where Nelson collected the 4-2 win.

After a hard-fought first period, the Gopher grappler took over as a couple of takedowns left him in position to pin Delaney shortly after the five minute mark and earn the victory.

In his first round bout, Frisch battled second-seeded Derek St. John of Iowa tough as the redshirt freshman earned the first two points on a takedown to gain the early lead. St. John took over in the third period adding a couple of takedowns and a riding time point to top the Bulldog grappler, 9-3.

The loss pitted Frisch against Oklahoma's Matt Lester in the consolation bracket where he dropped an 8-2 decision.

After a scoreless first period, the Sooner grappler capitalized on two takedowns, a near fall and an escape to close out Frisch's redshirt freshman season.

The Oxford, Mich., native finished his first collegiate season with a 30-14 mark.

Ugi Khishignyam (2-0) – 141 pounds
First Round:
Ugi defeated Anthony Salupo (Lehigh) by decision, 6-3
Second Round: Ugi defeated Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech) by decision, 3-1

Odie Delaney (1-1) – Heavyweight
First Round:
Delaney defeats Evan Knutson (ND State) by SV-1, 7-5
Second Round: Delaney loses to Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) by fall at 5:22

Matt Frisch (0-2) – 157 pounds
First Round:
Frisch loses to #2 Derek St. John (Iowa) by decision, 9-3
Consolations: Frisch loses to Matt Lester (Oklahoma) by decision, 8-2


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