The Citadel Stumbles at No. 24 NC State, 28-18
Raleigh, N.C. - The Citadel Wrestling team jumped out to an early lead on Tuesday night, but NC State won five consecutive matches to comeback for the win, 28-18, at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Bulldogs (7-11) got off to a strong start as junior Richard Alarcon pinned NC State's Pedram Rahmatabadi in the third period at the 6:23 mark at 125 pounds. Redshirt senior Tyler Sim then picked up an easy win via forfeit at 133 pounds as The Citadel took an early 12-0 team lead.
The Wolfpack (9-9) would counter quickly by winning the next five matches. At 141 pounds, a late reversal by NC State's Darius Little on sophomore Jordan Dix gave the Wolfpack their first win of the day, 9-7. No. 1 Darrion Caldwell then had no problem at 149 pounds as he pinned redshirt senior Derek Royster at the 2:14 mark.
At 157 pounds, Colton Palmer's late takedown in the third period was the difference as he downed junior Pierre Frazile, 3-1. The stunner of the evening came at 165 pounds as NC State's Nijel Jones shocked No. 6 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj by pinning the sophomore at the 6:00 mark to give the Wolfpack an 18-12 team lead.
Filling in for J.C. Oddo at 174 pounds was freshman Kenneth Radford, who was pinned at the 6:54 mark by NC State's Quinton Godley to continue the Wolfpack momentum. Redshirt junior Justin Sparrow got The Citadel back on the board at 184 pounds as he took care of NC State's Pat Carey with three takedowns in an 8-3 win.
Junior Kelby Smith continued his hot month of February following a title at the All-Academy Championships with a 7-0 win over KaRonne Jones at 197 pounds while freshman Luke Johnson was downed by NC State's Eloheim Palma at heavyweight, 16-6.
NC State 28, The Citadel 18
125: Richard Alarcon (CIT) pinned Pedram Rahmatabadi (NCST), 6:23
133: Tyler Sim (CIT) wins via forefit
141: Darrius Little (NCST) dec. Jordan Dix (CIT), 8-7
149: #1 Darrion Caldwell (NCST) pinned Derek Royster (CIT), 2:14
157: Colton Palmer (NCST) dec. Pierre Frazile (CIT), 3-1
165: Nijel Jones (NCST) pinned #6 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (CIT), 6:00
174: Quinton Godley (NCST) pinned Kenneth Radford (CIT), 6:54
184: Justin Sparrow (CIT) dec. Pat Carey (NCST), 8-3
197: Kelby Smith (CIT) dec. KaRonne Jones (NCST), 7-0
HWT: Eloheim Palma (NCST) Luke Johnson (CIT)
The Bulldogs will head just down the road to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. A full recap and agate of action will be posted after the dual. For more information on Bulldog Wrestling, visit CitadelSports.com.