Citadel wrestlers won three of their first five matches in the early going Thursday at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The 3-2 start was highlighted by an upset scored by the Bulldogs’ Matt Frisch, a redshirt sophomore from Oxford, Mich. He shocked No. 2 seed Nick Dardanes (32-5) of Minnesota by an 8-5 decision.
Citadel wrestler Ugi Khishignyam captured the hearts of Bulldog fans last season, when he and Odie Delaney became just the second and third All-Americans in school history.
Khishignyam, a native of Mongolia, finished third in the 141-pound weight class at the NCAA Wrestling Championships last March, the best finish ever for a Citadel wrestler. His big smile and sunny outlook were easy to like.
Citadel wrestling had a great day Friday, when heavyweight Odie Delaney and 141-pounder Ugi Khishignyam both made All-America at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Delaney pinned Oregon State’s Chan Hanke on Friday night to clinch a top eight finish, and can place as high as seventh in Saturday’s medal round. Ugi became the first Citadel wrestler to make the semifinals and can place as high as third. They became the second and third wrestlers in school history to make All-America.
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