The Citadel Bulldogs wrestling
|The Citdadel Bulldogs|
|University||The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina|
|Head Coach||Rob Hjerling (16th year)|
|Arena||McAlister Field House
|Colors||Blue and White
|Conference Tournament Championships|
The Citadel Bulldogs wrestling team represents The Citadel of Charleston, South Carolina. The squad is coached by Rob Hjerling who is in his 16th season as head coach of The Citadel’s wrestling program. The Bulldogs are members of the Southern Conference and have been conference champions in 1967 and 2004.
The Bulldog wrestling team has made 14 NCAA championship team appearances, recently placing the highest in school history at 20th in the final 2013 NCAA Wrestling Team Championship standings. Vandiver Hall is the practice facility on campus for the wrestling team, while McAlister Field House hosts home dual meets and tournaments, also located on campus. The Citadel has also hosted outdoor matches three times, using the quadrangle within one of the open-air barracks. The most recent such event was a loss to Arizona State on November 11, 2012.
Four Bulldogs have placed in the top 8 of their weight class to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship. Dan Thompson was the first to earn the honor, earning a 7th place finish at 165 lb in 2006. In 2013, Ugi Khishignyam finished 4th at 141 lb while teammate Odie Delaney finished 7th at heavyweight. In 2014, five Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA Championship, with Turtog Luvsandorj earning All-American status with a 6th place finish at 165 lbs.
Coach Hjerling is a 1994 graduate of American University. He was named the Southern Conference's most outstanding collegiate wrestling coach in 2004. Hjerling has an overall record of 112–111–4 and has coached 33 NCAA qualifiers and produced the 4 All-Americans at the Citadel. Prior to coming to The Citadel he was an assistant coach for the George Mason Patriots and American Eagles. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Hjerling is assisted by Jeff Ragan, Evan Sola, and Keegan Mueller.
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