Citadel wrestler Turtogtokh Luvsandorj finished off his college career with a sixth-place finish at 165 pounds in the NCAA championships in Oklahoma City, becoming the fourth All-American in program history and the third in the last two years.
The redshirt senior joins Ugi Khishignyam (2013, fourth place), Odie Delaney (2013, seventh) and Dan Thompson (2006, sixth) as the only four Bulldogs to earn All-American status at The Citadel.
"I am very happy for Turtogtokh and I'm very proud of him as he has worked very hard and put in an indescribable amount of preparation," said coach Rob Hjerling. "He gave himself an opportunity to win every match, and it was very nice to see all of the hard work pay off."
The sixth-place finish is the second-best in Citadel history as the Mongolia native closed out his career with a school record 134 wins, including 39 this season. In his four seasons, Luvsandorj earned two Southern Conference titles, made four trips to the NCAA tournament and was tabbed as the league's wrestler of the year twice.
Luvsandorj topped three seeded wrestlers en route to his sixth-place finish - No. 6 Corey Mock (Chattanooga), No. 7 Pierce Harger (Northwestern) and No. 9 Joseph Booth (Hofstra).
NCAA qualifiers Aaron Walker, Matt Frisch and Marshall Haas are all expected to return next season, while Ugi Khishignyam finished his Bulldog career with 64 wins through two seasons and won two SoCon titles at 141 pounds.
"The three younger guys learned a lot this weekend and they are leaving here as better wrestlers and are more prepared mentally for next season," said Hjerling. "Having two sophomores and a freshman out here getting that kind of experience is priceless. They have standards to live up to and records to shoot for and try to break."
Citadel All-American Turtog Luvsandorj finished sixth at 165 pounds at the NcAA wrestling championships. (Russ Pace/The Citadel)×
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