In Annapolis, Md., The Citadel’s Turtogtokh Luvsandorj won five straight matches en route to winning the 174-pound bracket, while Joaquin Marquez took third place and Marshall Haas sixth as the Bulldogs Wrestling team finished 10th at the Navy Classic.
Luvsandorj plowed through his competition, allowing no more than three points in his final three decisions to earn the title. The Mongolia native opened the day with a 23-7 technical fall over Franklin & Marshall’s Colin Lahiff and continued to roll in the second round with a 17-6 major decision over West Virginia’s Christian Chirico.
The redshirt senior cruised to a 9-2 win over Jason Allen (Ohio) in the quarterfinals and earned another 7-3 win over Wisconsin’s Scott Liegel to lift him into the championship bout against Mountaineer grappler Bubba Scheffel.
Luvsandorj completed his day with 5-2 win over Scheffel, improving his season mark to 8-1.
Marquez, who took second place at the Hokie Open earlier this season, won his first two bouts by fall at 2:30 and decision (7-0), respectively, before dropping an 11-6 decision to Wisconsin’s Ryan Taylor.
The 125-pounder won his next two bouts over Kent State’s Alfredo Gray (11-5) and Cleveland State’s Dan King (7-0) to secure third place.
Haas won his opening-round bout over Navy’s Lukas Schaefer by a 9-2 decision before dropping to the consolation bracket following a loss by fall to Bucknell’s Tyler Lester.
The 197-pounder collected two wins by decisions over West Virginia’s Leonardo Trinidade (5-3) and Princeton’s Daniel Santoro (4-0) before dropping two matches to fall to sixth place.
The Bulldogs finished the day in 10th place with 59.5 points. Wisconsin earned the team title with 164 points, followed by host Navy (106.5).
The Citadel will take a week off of competition before returning to the mats on Dec. 6-7 in Las Vegas, Nev., for the nationally-renowned Cliff Keen Invitational.
Swimming and diving
After posting two new school records on the first two days, the College of Charleston women’s swimmers finished the weekend by winning the Wingate Fall Frenzy in Charlotte.
The Cougars posted a team score of 1492, besting second-place Gardner-Webb by 95 points. The Charleston men nearly pulled off a Cougars sweep, but finished just three points behind Queens University of Charlotte, 1443½-1440½.
Senior Sarah Boyle concluded her outstanding weekend with a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:02.98.
Charleston took a pair of third-place finishes in the 1650 free and the 200 butterfly. Rachel Mulligan posted a time of 17:35.80 in the 1650, while Maly Taylor swam 2:04.64 in the 200 fly. Taylor Hollingsworth posted a ninth-place time in 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:24.39.
CofC racked up big points in the 100 freestyle, taking second through fifth place. Sarah Graif led the foursome with a second-place time of 50.70. She was followed by Jayme Groth (51.30), Meredith Smith (52.32) and Mary Frances Babrowicz (52.38).
In the 400 free relay, Charleston placed second with a time of 3:28.29, posted by Babrowicz, Smith, Groth and Graif.
On the men’s side, Pablo Ortiz won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:51.06. Alex Wood took fourth place in the 100 freestyle (46.08) and Jake Gregory also posted a fourth-place finish in the 1650 free (16:08.25).
The Cougars had strong finishes in the 200 backstroke, led by Cason Brown’s time of 1:50.16, good for fourth place. Elijah Bohon took sixth place in 1:51.59.
The Charleston men’s relay squad of Dave Sherrier, Tad Spence, Greg Karel and Alex Wood placed second with a time of 3:03.54.
In diving action at Georgia Tech, Megan Norton took 19th in the one-meter prelims with a score of 181.25. Nicole DeMarco posted a score of 151.60.
The Cougars will not resume action until 2014 when UNCW comes to the Stern Center for Senior Day on Jan. 11.
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