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Luvsandorj and Smith Win Titles, The Citadel Takes Second at All-Academy Championships
Charleston, S.C. - The Citadel Wrestling team took home second place at the 17th annual All-Academy Championships on Sunday at McAlister Field House.
The Bulldogs improved on their third place finish a season ago by sending six wrestlers into the finals and taking home individual titles by top-seeded Turtogtokh Luvsandorj at 165 pounds and by second-seeded Kelby Smith at 197 pounds.
The Citadel advanced nine wrestlers in the opening round, the most of any squad to take an early team lead. In the semifinal round, six Bulldogs won to reserve a spot in the finals, while three others rallied into the consolation brackets to advance to the third place championship matches.
Luvsandorj, who is ranked No. 6 in the country, was voted the most outstanding wrestler of the tournament as voted on by the head coaches. He downed Army's Jake Vetter, 5-2 in the championship match after posting an identical score against Merchant Marine's Vincent Renaut in the semifinals. The sophomore now has 34 wins on the season.
Smith, who was the second seed, won all three of his matches by decision including a tight one with Army's Daniel Mills in the semifinals, winning 3-2. In the final match, Smith's late second period takedown proved to be the difference as he ousted Navy's Peter Huntley with a 5-3 win to capture the crown.
Taking second place was Richard Alarcon at 125 pounds, his best finish at this event. Navy's Aaron Kalil proved to be too much for the junior at he fell 10-1 in the championship match. Derek Royster held off a late rally by Air Force's Josh Kreimier in the semifinal to advance, but couldn't fend off top-seeded Daniel Young of Army in the final match.
Also capturing second place was J.C. Oddo at 174, who never recovered from hard takedown by top-seeded Matt DeMichiel of Navy. Justin Sparrow had perhaps one of the most exciting matches of the day in the semifinal round when he took down Air Force's Kazden Ikehara in overtime for the sudden victory win to advance. The Midshipmen's Luke Rebertus was all over the Bulldog in the final though as he fell, 12-1.
Other placers for The Citadel included a third place finish by Pierre Frazile at 157 pounds. He led most of his semifinal match against Army's Jimmy Rafferty, but the Black Knight put in a furious rally to win, 10-9. Frazile then fought through the consolation bracket and defeated Merchant Marine's Dan Twito in the third place match, 3-2. Jordan Dix and Tyler Sim both finished in fourth place at 141 pounds and 133 pounds respectively.
Navy won the overall title for the sixth time in the last seven years for the record 10th team title. The Citadel finished in second, followed by Army and Air Force.
The Citadel Results by Weight Class
125: Richard Alarcon (CIT) fall Robby Zyko (Norwich), 2:15
125: Richard Alarcon (CIT) dec. Travis Coffey (Army), 4-0
125: Aaron Kalil (NAVY) major dec. Richard Alarcon (CIT), 10-1
Alarcon places second
133: Tyler Sim (CIT) dec. Pat Graham (MMA), 8-4
133: Allen Stein (NAVY) dec. Tyler Sim (CIT), 7-3
133: Tyler Sim (CIT) dec. Luke Todd (VMI), 3-1
133: Connor Hanafee (ARMY) dec. Tyler Sim (CIT), 5-2
Sim places fourth
141: Jordan Dix (CIT) pinned James Beshada (MMA), 3:10
141: Dustin Haislip (NAVY) fall Jordan Dix (CIT), 2:30
141: Jordan Dix (CIT) maj. dec. Scott Coull (CGA), 19-7
141: Cole VonOhlen (AFA) med. for. Jordan Dix (CIT)
Dix places fourth
149: Derek Royster (CIT) tech. fall Angel Serrano (CGA), 18-2
149: Derek Royster (CIT) dec. Josh Kreimier (AFA), 9-8
149: Daniel Young (ARMY) major dec. Derek Royster (CIT), 11-0
Royster places second
157: Pierre Frazile (CIT) tech. fall Angel Serrano (CGA), 18-2
157: Jimmy Rafferty (ARMY) dec. Pierre Frazile, 10-9
157: Pierre Frazile (CIT) dec. Andy Snyder (CGA), 3-2
157: Pierre Frazile (CIT) dec. Dan Twitto (MMA), 3-2
Frazile places third
165: Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (CIT) fall Mike Babbin (NOR), 2:14
165: Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (CIT) dec. Vincent Renaut (MMA), 5-2
165: Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (CIT) dec. Jake Vetter (ARMY), 5-2
Luvsandorj wins title
174: J.C. Oddo (CIT) fall Ryan Tompkins (Army), 1:42
174: J.C. Oddo (CIT) dec. Justin Diesel (MMA), 4-2
174: Matt DeMichiel (NAVY) fall J.C. Oddo (CIT), 2:11
Oddo places second
184: Justin Sparrow (CIT) major dec. Mike Gorman (ARMY), 9-0
184: Justin Sparrow (CIT) dec. Kazden Ikehara (AFA), 3-1 SV1
184: Luke Rebertus (NAVY) major dec. Justin Sparrow (CIT), 12-1
Sparrow places second
197: Kelby Smith (CIT) dec. Evan Dill (VMI), 11-4
197: Kelby Smith (CIT) dec. Daniel Mills (ARMY), 3-2
197: Kelby Smith (CIT) dec. Peter Huntley (NAVY), 5-3
Smith wins title
HWT: Jared Erickson (AFA) maj. dec. Luke Johnson (CIT), 12-4
HWT: Luke Johnson (CIT) fall John Manganiello (CGA), 2:50
HWT: Judd Connell (MMA) maj. dec. Luke Johnson (CIT), 10-2
Navy - 117.5
The Citadel - 86.5
Army - 82.5
Air Force - 64
Merchant Marine - 36.5
VMI - 22.5
Coast Guard - 3.5
Norwich - 1.5
The Citadel returns to action on Tuesday, Feb 15 when they travel to Raleigh, N.C for a dual with NC State at 7 p.m. For more information on Bulldog Wrestling, visit CitadelSports.com.
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