The Citadel wrestling team took home second place at the 17th annual All-Academy Championships on Sunday at McAlister Field House.
The Bulldogs improved on their third-place finish a season ago by sending six wrestlers into the finals and taking home individual titles by top-seeded Turtogtokh Luvsandorj at 165 pounds and second-seeded Kelby Smith at 197 pounds.
The Citadel advanced nine wrestlers in the opening round -- the most of any squad -- to take an early team lead. In the semifinal round, six Bulldogs won to reserve a spot in the finals, while three others rallied into the consolation brackets to advance to the third-place championship matches.
Luvsandorj, who is ranked No. 6 in the country, was voted the most outstanding wrestler of the tournament as voted on by the head coaches. He downed Army's Jake Vetter, 5-2 in the championship match after posting an identical score against Merchant Marine's Vincent Renaut in the semi- finals. The sophomore now has 34 wins on the season.
Smith won all three of his matches by decision, including a tight one with Army's Daniel Mills in the semifinals, winning 3-2. In the final match, Smith's late second period takedown proved to be the difference as he ousted Navy's Peter Huntley with a 5-3 win to capture the crown.
Navy, 117.5; The Citadel, 86.5; Army, 82.5; Air Force, 64; Merchant Marine, 36.5; VMI, 22.5; Coast Guard, 3.5; Norwich, 1.5.
The College of Charleston women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to North Carolina State at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
The Wolfpack (3-1) swept the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead in the dual match. The Cougars (0-3), who were playing under faster conditions indoors, won 26 of the 73 games in singles play.
Sophomore Christin Newman fell in straight sets to Sanaa Bhambri, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 1 line, while N.C. State's Tatiana Illova clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over junior Caroline Newman at No. 3.
The College of Charleston equestrian team finished in fifth place but still came away with a solid lead in the regional points standings Saturday at the Miami Horse Show on the grounds of the Plantation Equestrian Center.
The Cougars had four individual class winners and finished just six points behind the first place team, Central Florida.
Charleston returns to competition March. 5 as the team hosts the Cougar Invitational.