The Citadel’s wrestling program dates back at least to the 1930s. In the last 80 or so years, only one Bulldog wrestler had claimed All-America status.
On Friday, two Citadel wrestlers earned the right to call themselves All-Americans at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Heavyweight Odie Delaney, a redshirt senior, assured himself of a top eight finish and All-America honors with three consolation bracket victories, including a pin of third-seeded Chad Hanke of Oregon State on Friday night.
Earlier, No. 6 seed Ugi Khishignyam made the semifinals at 141 pounds, becoming the first Citadel wrestler to advance that far in the NCAA Championships and also locking up All-America honors.
Previously, only Dan Thompson in 2006 had been named an All-American from The Citadel.
Khishingnyam, a redshirt freshman from Mongolia, lost in the semifinals by 4-0 to No. 2 seed and undefeated Kendric Maple of Oklahoma on Friday night.
Delaney lost by 9-1 to Pitt’s Zac Thomusseit late Friday night and will wrestle for seventh place today. Khishingnyam could finish as high as third.