SPARTANBURG — The Citadel’s Aaron Walker was named the Southern Conference wrestler of the month for January, the league announced Monday.
Walker finished 11-2 over the course of the month, posting a perfect 4-0 SoCon mark and a 6-0 dual record. He finished with bonus points in seven of his 11 wins.
Walker opened his month with a fifth-place finish in the 157-pound bracket at the Defense Soaps & Flips Wrestling Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2, topping a pair of ranked wrestlers at the event.
The sophomore from San Antonio opened the Southern Scuffle with a pin and a major decision before topping 2014 All-American Mitch Minotti of Lehigh by an 8-1 score. Walker then pinned No. 8 Dylan Alton of Penn State in 6:24 before dropping a close 4-2 decision to No. 2 James Green of Nebraska.
Another close loss dropped him to the fifth-place match where Walker dominated No. 12 Russell Parsons of Army to the tune of a 20-5 technical fall. That win was the first of seven straight to finish the month, as Walker collected two wins at the Virginia Duals, including a major decision over Division II No. 4 Chase White of Nebraska-Kearney, before picking up four SoCon wins.
Oliver Reynolds was named assistant coach for men’s and women’s tennis at the College of Charleston.
Reynolds joins the Cougars from The Citadel, where after serving as an assistant under Kemper Baker for the 2012 season, he was promoted to interim head coach at age 24.
The Citadel rifle team posted a score of 2,247 to finish third out of six teams at the SEARC 6 meet over the weekend in Milledgeville, Ga.
The competition included only air rifle shooting on paper targets, resulting in lower than average scores. The Bulldogs will be using electronic targets at home on Feb. 21-22 when they host an NCAA Qualifier and NRA Sectional at the Inouye Marksmanship Center.
North Georgia, the host school for Saturday’s meet, won with 2,305 points, followed by Wofford with 2,252. Trailing The Citadel were Georgia Southern (2,214), Georgia Military College (2,201) and Clemson (2,183).
Robert Jackson paced the Bulldogs individually with a score of 575, good for a tie for fourth overall.
Charleston Southern moved its season opener on Friday to a 4 p.m. first pitch against Chicago State at CSU Ballpark. Saturday’s start is also set for 4 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. start on Sunday in the series finale.
CSU was 30-26 last season and opens its seventh season under head coach Stuart Lake. Chicago State was 18-38 in 2014.