CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel Wrestling team dropped a pair of home duals this Saturday, Jan. 19 against Hofstra and Northern Illinois University. Sawyer Root was the lone Bulldog to pick up a win in each matchup.
The Citadel 11, Hofstra 26
The Bulldogs started the first dual of the day with freshman Dazjon Casto in the 165-pound weight class. Despite starting out 0-2, Casto could secure a takedown and then tallied a trio of escapes to push his lead to one. With 40 seconds remaining, he would secure the win with take down against Mauriello.
Kyle Kretzer went scoreless in the first period to Hofstra's Ricky Stamm and would receive the first point of the match up when Stamm was penalized for an illegal hook. Stamm battled back to record a takedown in the last 30 seconds of the third period to earn three points for the Pride.
Sawyer Root took on Nezar Haddad in the 197-pound weight class. The pair wrestled last year where Root took a 6-1 decision. Haddad started the first period with a takedown but Root would battle back to tally three points and head into the third with a two-point advantage. With an additional minute of riding time, Root picked up his 24thwin on the year.
The Pride held a 20-point lead heading into the final matchup of the day where Rian Burris would take on Ryan Burkert. Burris got off to a strong start recording two near falls and a reversal in the first period. He would pour on the points in the second period tallying 13 points to record a technical fall.
The Citadel fell to Hofstra by a final score of 11-26 before heading into a ten-minute intermission.
The Citadel 3, Northern Illinois 42
In the second dual of the day, the Bulldogs faced off against the 4-6 Northern Illinois Huskies.
The 'Dogs would drop the first three matches to the Huskies before picking up a victory on behalf of Sawyer Root. Root went down 2-0 early on a takedown by Max Ihry but would battle back in the first period to record an escape and takedown. The match came down to the third period where Root racked up 2 minutes and thirty seconds of riding time, securing three points for the Bulldogs.
Rian Burris would drop the final match of the night by an 8-4 decision despite recording four escapes.
The Citadel couldn't battle back and NIU would take the dual by a final score of 42-3.
The Bulldogs will return to action this Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. as they host Gardner-Webb to open Southern Conference play.