Citadel All-Americans Ugi Khishignyam and Odie Delaney finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in their weight classes at the NCAA wrestling championships.
Khishignyam pinned North Carolina’s Evan Henderson today to advance to the third-place match in the 141-pound division. There, he lost by 12-4 to top-seeded Hunter Stieber of Ohio State to place fourth, the highest finish ever for a Citadel wrestler.
The redshirt freshman from Mongolia ends his season with a record of 42-6, and beat the Nos. 3 and 5 seeds at the NCAAs in Des Moines, Iowa.
Delaney won three matches Friday and today pinned Iowa State’s Matthew Bradley to claim seventh in the heavyweight division. The redshirt senior finished his career with 125 victories, tied with Sean Markey for the most in school history.
Matt Frisch also qualified for the NCAAs and went 0-2 at 157 pounds. Delaney and Khishignyam are the second and third wrestlers in Citadel history to make All-American, joining Dan Thompson (2006).