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.
At 157 pounds, The Citadel's Aaron Walker, a redshirt freshman from San Antonio, knocked off No. 15 seed Cody Pack of San Diego State by fall at 5:25 of the match.
Turtog Luvsandorj, the two-time Southern Conference wrestler of the year, is seeded No. 11 at 165 pounds and opened with a 7-4 win over Dakoa Friesth of Wyoming.
Defending All-American Ugi Khishignyam, unseeded this year at 141 pounds, had to face No. 3 seed Zain Retherford of Penn State in the first round and lost by 5-0. He'll have to fight his way through the wrestleback rounds to repeat as an All-American.
The Bulldogs' Marshall Haas lost by fall to No. 12 Taylor Meeks of Oregon State in the first round at 197 pounds.
Freshman Thai Thompson won her first collegiate singles match as the College of Charleston women's tennis team swept Savannah State, 7-0, in the nightcap of its Thursday doubleheader at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
Thompson claimed a 6-1, 6-0 straight-set victory over Bria Burrows at No. 6 singles. As a team, CofC gave up only five games throughout the singles and doubles lines.
CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo earlier claimed his 600th career victory (men's and women's tennis combined) in a 7-0 shutout of Towson (6-5).
The Cougars (12-6) are now on a six-match win streak and have not allowed a point in their last three matches.
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