SoCon announces wrestler of the week
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 12/05/2018
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The Citadel's Sawyer Root
Courtesy: The Citadel

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Citadel’s Sawyer Root has been named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week for all competition from Nov. 28-Dec. 4, the league office announced Wednesday.

The senior went 4-2 this past weekend at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, beating two ranked opponents. Root’s first victory came against No. 12 nationally-ranked Corey Griego of Oregon State, who was seeded third in the tournament. The Saint Cloud, Florida, native took the match with a decision of 4-0 after tallying a takedown, an escape and a point for riding time over the two-time PAC 12 champion. He then took down No. 15 nationally-ranked Jake Woodley of Oklahoma by a final decision of 6-1. His other two wins came against Sage Mosco of American University and Pac-12 placer and NCAA qualifier, Tom Lane of Cal Poly.

Root becomes the first Bulldog to defeat two top-fifteen ranked opponents on the same day. He improves to 12-8 on the year.

Root and the Bulldogs return to the mat for the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nevada, on Dec. 20.

2018-19 SoCon Wrestlers of the Week

Nov. 7        Fabian Gutierrez, Chattanooga

Nov. 14       Angel Najar, Appalachian State

Nov. 21       Andrew Morgan, Campbell

Nov. 27       Randall Diabe, Appalachian State

Dec. 5        Sawyer Root, The Citadel

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