April 3, 2013

Hjerling Takes Third Place in 2013 InterMat Division I Wrestling Coach of the Year Balloting

St. Louis Park, Minn. – The Citadel's head wrestling coach, Rob Hjerling, earned 35 votes, including two first place votes, to take third place in InterMat Wrestling's 2013 Division I Coach of the Year award released on Wednesday.

Hjerling finished behind Penn State's three-time defending champion head coach Cael Sanderson and Oklahoma head coach John Smith, each of whom have received the honor twice in their careers.

"This is such a great honor for the entire program, coaching staff and wrestlers that were a part of this historic season," said Hjerling.

In his 14th year at the helm of The Citadel wrestling program, Hjerling and his staff guided two of the team's three national qualifiers to the podium at the 2013 NCAA Championship in Des Moines, Iowa, on Mar. 21-23.

Ugi Khishignyam and Odie Delaney finished in fourth and seventh place, respectively, becoming The Citadel's second and third All-Americans in the program's history. Hjerling was also responsible for coaching the Bulldogs' first All-American, Dan Thompson, in 2006.

In a tough 141-pound weight division, Khishignyam cruised past his first three opponents to become the first Bulldog grappler to advance to the semifinal round.

In his fourth national tournament appearance, Delaney collected five wins, including three by fall, to earn seventh place and move into a tie for first place in Citadel history with 125 career victories.

Hjerling has tallied 111 career dual wins through 14 seasons, making him the winningest coach in the school's storied history.

2013 InterMat Coach of the Year Standings

1. John Smith, Oklahoma St., 61 (4)
2. Cael Sanderson, Penn St., 43 (3)
3. Rob Hjerling, The Citadel, 35 (2)
4. J Robinson, Minnesota, 27
5. Kevin Jackson, Iowa St., 24 (1)
6. Brian Smith, Missouri, 22
7. Rob Koll, Cornell, 11
8. Jim Zalesky, Oregon St., 9
9. Doug Schwab, Northern Iowa, 8
10. Jim Heffernan, Illinois, 4
11. John Stutzman, Bloomsburg, 2
12. Tom Brands, Iowa, 1
12. Kevin Dresser, Virginia Tech, 1

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