Citadel claims 2 All-Americans

Citadel wrestler Ugi Khishignyam (above) and teammate Odie Delaney both earned All-America honors today at the NCAA Championships. (photo provided by Russ Pace)

The Citadel’s wrestling program dates back at least to the 1930s. In the last 80 or so years, only one Bulldog wrestler had claimed All-America status.

On Friday, two Citadel wrestlers earned the right to call themselves All-Americans at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Heavyweight Odie Delaney, a redshirt senior, assured himself of a top eight finish and All-America honors with three consolation bracket victories, including a pin of third-seeded Chad Hanke of Oregon State on Friday night.

Earlier, No. 6 seed Ugi Khishignyam made the semifinals at 141 pounds, becoming the first Citadel wrestler to advance that far in the NCAA Championships and also locking up All-America honors.

Previously, only Dan Thompson in 2006 had been named an All-American from The Citadel.

Khishingnyam, a redshirt freshman from Mongolia, lost in the semifinals by 4-0 to No. 2 seed and undefeated Kendric Maple of Oklahoma on Friday night.

Delaney lost by 9-1 to Pitt’s Zac Thomusseit late Friday night and will wrestle for seventh place today. Khishingnyam could finish as high as third.