The Citadel starts 1-0 in SoCon with win over Gardner-Webb

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Citadel Wrestling took down Southern Conference opponent Gardner-Webb this Wednesday and improved to 1-0 in the SoCon for the first time since 2015.

With the experimental NCAA rule allowing weight classes to be chosen in an alternating manner by head coaches, the final weight class lineup was as followes:

133 lbs.
125 lbs.
149 lbs.
174 lbs.
141 lbs.
197 lbs.
184 lbs.
285 lbs.
165 lbs.
157 lbs.

The Citadel 30, Gardner-Webb 12

The Citadel started out the match with a 12-point lead after Gardner-Webb was forced to forfeit their two lightest weight classes.

At 149 pounds, Chon Porter started out with a takedown two minutes into the first period. He would record two near-falls in the third period racking up eight points and finishing with a 16-3 major decision.

Sawyer Root routed Gardner Webb in the 197-pound weight class by recording a major decision (22-8) over JT Trautman, extending his winning streak to four matches.

Martin Duane started off his match by recording a takedown only 20 seconds in over Chase Emory. He later recorded an additional takedown and secured the match with a point due to riding time. Duane improves to 6-12 on the year and picked up his first Southern Conference win as a Bulldog.

Heavyweight, Michael McAleavey recorded a trio of takedowns and a reversal to edge out a win over Jeffery Linker. McAleavey finished the match with a 9-5 decision to extend the Citadel lead to 27-9.

In the final match of the night, Rian Burris completed a comeback to defeat Evan Schenk by a final score of 7-4. Burris improves to 19-11 on the year and picks up his fifth win in the last seven matches.

"We are really happy that we were able to get a conference win under our belt at home. I think it will give us some confidence heading into the All-Academy Championship this weekend. We are closer to getting our starting lineup complete and in the weeks coming up, it will be good to have a few days of rest for the team to recuperate," said head coach Rob Hjerling.

The Bulldogs will return to action this Saturday, Jan. 26 as they travel to Northfield, Vermont for the All Academy Championships.

133 - Charles Kearney (CIT) won by forfeit
125 - Anthony New (CIT) won by forfeit
149 - Selwyn Porter (CIT) def. Austin Reames (GWU) MD 16-3
174 - Kyle Homet (GWU) def. Kyle Kretzer (CIT) Dec. 9-6
141 - Blake Mulkey (GWU) won by forfeit
197 - Sawyer Root (CIT) def. JT Trautman (GWU) MD 22-8
184 - Martin Duane (CIT) def. Chase Emory (GWU) MD 11-2
285 - Michael McAleavey (CIT) def. Jeffery Linker (GWU) Dec. 9-5
165 - Tyler Marinelli (GWU) def. Dazjon Casto (CIT) Dec. 6-0
157 - Rian Burris (CIT) def. Evan Schenk (GWU) Dec. 7-4


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