Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker to Tar Heels, 19-18
Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Citadel Wrestling team saw a familiar sight on Wednesday night at Carmichael Arena. Similar to Tuesday night in Raleigh against NC State, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 12-0 lead, only to see North Carolina rally to win six of the final eight matches to squeeze out a win, 19-18.
The Bulldogs (7-12) saw d?j? vu early as junior Richard Alarcon began the match with a pin at 125 pounds over UNC's Jake Corrill at the 2:37 mark near the end of the first period. At 133 pounds, redshirt senior Tyler Sim once again picked up a forfeit win as The Citadel went in front, 12-0.
The Tar Heels (9-9-1) then ripped off three straight wins via decision, beginning at 141 pounds when Jordan Dix lost another tough match. North Carolina's Mike Rappo edged the sophomore, 10-8, to get the Tar Heels on the board. UNC's Nick Stabile then scored a win over redshirt senior Derek Royster, 7-3, at 149 pounds.
Freshman 157-pounder Corey Mock was then able to get a win when he defeated junior Pierre Frazile, 3-0. After getting upset in Raleigh on Tuesday night, No. 8 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj got back on track by defeating Tar Heel senior Thomas Scotton for the third time in the last two years with a 3-1 decision at 165 pounds to put the Bulldogs in front, 15-9.
Standing in once again for J.C. Oddo at 174 pounds, Kenneth Radford was overwhelmed by UNC's Thomas Ferguson who registered a 12-4 major decision over the freshman. Redshirt junior Justin Sparrow then scored another win over an ACC opponent when he pulled out a 6-5 decision over the Tar Heels' Antonio Giorgio at 184 pounds to boost The Citadel team lead to 18-13.
North Carolina would then win both of the final two matches by decision to complete the comeback win as Zac Bennett handed junior Kelby Smith his first loss of the month at 197 pounds with a 4-1 decision. UNC's Andre Petroski then defeated freshman Josh Tuck at heavyweight, 11-5.
North Carolina 19, The Citadel 18
125 - Richard Alarcon (CIT) pins Jake Corrill (UNC), 2:37
133 - Tyler Sim (CIT) wins by forfeit
141 - Mike Rappo (UNC) dec. Jordan Dix (CIT), 10-8
149 - Nick Stabile (UNC) dec. Derek Royster (CIT), 7-3
157 - Corey Mock (UNC) dec. Pierre Frazile (CIT), 3-0
165 - #8 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (CIT) dec. Thomas Scotton (UNC), 3-1
174 - Thomas Ferguson (UNC) major dec. Kenneth Radford (CIT), 12-4
184 - Justin Sparrow (CIT) dec. Antonio Giorgio (UNC), 6-5
197 - Zac Bennett (UNC) dec. Kelby Smith (CIT), 4-1
HWT - Andre Petroski (UNC) dec. Josh Tuck (CIT), 11-5
The Citadel will conclude their regular season schedule on Saturday night when they host Gardner-Webb at McAlister Field House at 7 p.m. For more information on Bulldog Wrestling, visit CitadelSports.com.