December 2003

Citadel wrestlers place in top six in national tournament
By Kevin Rhodes
Associate Director of Media Relations

The Citadel wrestling team had three grapplers place in the top-six at the Reno Tournament of Champions on December 18 in Reno, Nevada. Junior Ryan McClester placed fourth in the 125-pound weight class, while sophomore Travis Piccard and freshman Levi Duyn both placed sixth at 149-pounds and 141-pounds, respectively.

As a team, the Bulldogs finished in ninth place out of 20 participating teams.

Junior Ryan McClester took home fourth place in the 125-pound weight class at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

McClester, who is ranked as high as 12th nationally by the Amateur Wrestling News, placed fourth with a 3-2 record. He lost to Clarion's Peter Derstin in the consolation match. Piccard, a native of Allendale, Michigan, finished in sixth place after having to medically forfeit in the semifinals after recording a 2-1 record in the tournament. Duyn, who also placed sixth along with Piccard, went 3-3 and lost to Steve Esparza of Cal Poly in the medal round.

"The guys gave a strong effort," stated coach Rob Hjerling. "I am disappointed because as a team we didn't compete to our ability, but this is a good gauge for us to see where we have to be come conference and nationals in March."

Other notables included junior Sean Markey, who is ranked as high as 12th nationally by the Amateur Wrestling News at 133-pounds, and Keith Clifton, who is the 15th ranked 174-pounder by Intermat, both finished 2-2. Fellow junior Billy Linane, the 20th best heavyweight according to Amateur Wrestling News, was forced to withdraw from the tournament after an injury caused him to forfeit his second match. Lone senior Jordan Everett, ranked 20th at 197 by Wrestling Mall, finished at 2-2 as well.

The Bulldogs will return home for the Holiday Break before traveling to Greensboro to compete in the Southern Scuffle on Sunday, December 28 and Monday December 29. Hjerling's squad will be back at home on January 20th as the host Anderson at 7 pm in McAlister Field House.