Citadel wrestlers dominate Davidson

The Citadel wresting team garnered eight wins, including three by major decision, to close out the 2014-15 home slate with a dominating 36-9 victory over Southern Conference foe Davidson on Wednesday night at McAlister Field House.

The Bulldogs, who honored seniors Jack Duane, Jared Hemmings, R.J. Hicks, Joaquin Marquez and Kenneth Radford prior to the match, earned their fifth win at home while improving to 7-5 overall and 5-2 in league action. Meanwhile, Davidson slipped to 6-14 overall and 1-5 in the conference.

Opening with the 125-pound match, The Citadel quickly took a 6-0 lead as Marquez won by forfeit. Davidson’s Anthony Elias responded with a win by fall in the 133-pound bout when he took down Clarence Arrington at the 5:26 mark to knot the match at 6-6.

The Bulldogs controlled the remainder of the match from that point forward as they collected a 9-1 major decision in the 141 classification match between Tyler Buckiso and the Wildcats’ Dustin Runzo.

In the 149-pound meeting, Matt Frisch came away with a win by fall at the 4:05 mark over James McCord to push the Dogs’ lead to 22-6.

The Citadel’s Aaron Walker continued the domination with another win by fall, this time at the 2:51 point, as he posted a win over Alex Palinsky.

Radford added to the lead with a decision against Patrick Devlin in the 165-pound match, improving the score to 25-6 with four matches left.

Davidson’s Nathaniel Powers briefly halted The Citadel’s winning streak with a 12-5 decision over Will Connell in the 174-pound bout. However, The Citadel returned to its previous form with an 8-0 major decision victory by Hemmings in the 184-pound match with Ryan Devlin.

Marshall Haas pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to 32-9 with an 8-5 decision in his meeting with Ian Solcz in the 197-pound match.

The final team points of the night were tallied by Joe Bexley, who posted a 10-1 major decision over Ed Isola in the heavyweight battle.