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Table of Contents Quick Facts .......................................................1 Outlook .............................................................2 Roster ...............................................................3 Head Coach Rob Hjerling .................................4 Assistant Coaches.............................................5 2005-06 Bulldogs ........................................ 6-14 The Southern Conference ............................... 15 2006 NCAA Championships ............................ 15 Opponents ................................................. 16-17 2003-04 Results ............................................. 18 Mat Jam 2005 ............................................ 19-20 History ............................................................ 21 Administration ................................................ 22 Facilities ......................................................... 23 Charleston ................................................. 24-25 The Citadel ................................................ 26-28 General Information Location: ..................................... Charleston, S.C. Colors: .............................. Citadel Blue and White Nickname: ................................. Bulldogs, Cadets Founded: ....................................................1842 Enrollment: ................................................1,964 Arena: ...................... McAlister Field House (6,000) Conference: ..........................................Southern National Affiliation: .....................NCAA Division I President: ............... Lt. Gen. John Rosa, USAF Ret. Athletic Director: ............................ Les Robinson Faculty Represenative:Lt. Col. William Sharbrough Sr. Associate AD: .......................... Ray Whiteman Assoc. AD/Development: .......Chuck Beddingfield Assoc. AD/Compliance: ............................... TBA Assoc. AD/Communications: ........ Andy Solomon Assist. AD/Facilities: ..................... Mike Groshon Assist. AD/Event Mgmt: ...............Robby Bennett Sr. Women’s Administrator: .......... Kelly Simpson Dir. of Sports Medicine: .................Andy Clawson Dir. of Media Relations: ...................... Noelle Orr Assoc. Dir. of Media Relations: .......Patrick Walsh Asst. Dir. of Media Relations: .............. Al Buddin Asst. Dir. of Media Relations: ......... Melanie Long Asst. Dir. of Media Relations: ................ Erik Bell Business Manager: ......................... Lynn Meador Coaching Staff Head Coach: .............. Rob Hjerling (American ‘94) Hjerling’s Citadel record (yrs): ......... 48-47-3 (7) Hjerling’s overall record (yrs): ..................Same Assistant Coaches: ...........Jeff Ragan, Marc Hoffer, ......................................................... Joe Privitere Wrestling Office Phone: ................843-953-4865

Wrestling History 2005 Record: ............................................. 5-8-1 2005 SoCon Record: ................2-2-1 (third place) 2005 SoCon Tourney finish: ....................second Starters Returning/Lost: ..............................7/3 Letterwinners Returning/Lost: .................. 11/5 Key Returnees: Sean Markey (141), Levi Duyn (149), Travis Piccard (157), Dan Thompson (165) Top Newcomers: Anthony Easter (125), Mike Fenton (125), Nick Orio (149), Josh Summers (157), Mark Thompson (197) Key Losses: Ryan McClester (133), Keith Clifton (184), Billy Linane (285) Media Relations Wrestling Contact: .............................. Al Buddin Office Phone: .............................. (843) 953-5120 Office Fax: .................................. (843) 953-5058 E-Mail: ...............................2buddinw@citadel.edu Mailing Address: ......................... 171 Moultrie St. .............................................McAlister Field House ......................................... Charleston, S.C. 29409 Web Site: .......................... www.citadelsports.com

Levi Duyn takes an opponent to the mat The 2005-06 Citadel Wrestling media guide was produced by The Citadel’s Media Relations Department. The Guide was written and designed by Al Buddin using Adobe InDesign CS and Adobe PhotoShop CS. Noelle Orr, Melanie Long and Erik Bell provided significant assistance. All photos were provided by Russ Pace. A special thanks is extended to The Citadel Print Shop.

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2005-06 Outlook The 2005-06 campaign will see The Citadel, 2005 Southern Conference tournament runnerup, return four NCAA Qualifiers as well as seven Southern Conference placers. Coach Hjerling’s squad will look to build for the future after placing a strong foundation over the past seven years to re-establish the program as a power in the SoCon. The Bulldog grapplers will be led by seniors Sean Markey (141), Dan Thompson (165), and redshirt junior John Dickerson (184), while senior Travis Piccard (157) and junior Levi Duyn (149) redshirt in hopes of making a run at an All-American season in 2006-07. The Cadets will also welcome graduate transfer Mark Thompson (197) from Duke. Last season Thompson compiled a record of 27-11 and placed second at 197 in the ACC Championship. The Bulldogs also welcome a recruiting class that received honorable mention from W.I.N. Magazine. This group will look to make an immediate impact and will get their share of mat time during the season. Top prospects include Anthony Easter (125), Mike Fenton (125), Nick Orio (149) and Josh Summers (157). Another addition this season is assistant coach Joe Priv2

itere who replaces Ryan Lange on The Citadel’s coaching staff. Privitere, 1999 NCAA D II National Champion who holds the single-season win record at Binghamton (N.Y.), will work with the middle weight classes. The Citadel opens the season with The Citadel Open freshman tournament on Nov. 5. They will also take part in the East Stroudsburg Open, Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Southern Scuffle, Virginia Duals and the All-Academy Championships. The Bulldogs’ dual meet schedule includes seven home contests and opens up on Nov. 12 when they play host to North Carolina State and Newberry on Homecoming weekend. Duke, Campbell, Chattanooga, Appalachian State and Davidson will also make trips to McAlister Field House, while the Cadets will travel to Old Dominion, North Carolina, Greensboro, VMI and Gardner-Webb. The SoCon slate will open up for the Bulldogs when defending Champion Chattanooga comes to town on Jan. 24. The marquee match-up in that contest should be the 141-pound bout between The Citadel’s Sean Markey and Chattanooga’s Mike Keefe, both of whom are nationally ranked going into the season. The future looks bright for The Citadel, which will lose only four wrestlers following this season.


2005-06 Roster Name David Acosta Michael Arias Aaron Brown John Buck Billy Bullwinkel Matt Bullwinkel Darius Caldwell Danny Coleman John Dickerson Levi Duyn Anthony Easter Allen Elliott Mike Fenton Cody Garnett Charlie Hopkins Chris Humphries Sean Markey David Matter Andrew McDonald Derik Neitz Nicholas Orio Travis Piccard Josh Summers Dan Thompson Mark Thompson David Wipperman

Ht. Wt. Class 5-7 141 5-5 133 5-10 Hwt 5-9 Hwt 5-7 133 5-5 141 5-10 174 5-1 125 5-10 184 5-7 149 5-4 125 5-11 174 5-8 125 5-10 133 5-10 125 5-9 157 5-8 141 5-6 149 5-9 133 5-8 157 5-8 149 5-7 157 5-6 157 5-8 165 6-2 197 5-9 165

Year Fr. R/So. So. R/So. R/Fr. R/Fr. R/So. Fr. R/Jr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. R/So. R/Fr. R/Sr. Fr. R/So. Sr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Sr. R/Sr. R/So.

Hometown Simpsonville, S.C. Okmulgee, Okla. Matthews, N.C. Fairview, N.C. Port Richey, Fla. Port Richey, Fla. Swansea, S.C. Cleveland, Tenn. Eaton Rapids, Mich. Venice, Fla. Nitro, W.Va. Fayetteville, N.C. White Marsh, Md. Columbia, S.C. Columbia, S.C. Greer, S.C. Randolph, N.J. Green Cove Springs, Fla. Forest City, Iowa Columbia, S.C. Berlin, N.J. Allendale, Mich. Newcastle, Calif. Howard City, Mich. Moorestown, N.J. Nashville, Tenn.

By Weight Class 125: Danny Coleman Anthony Easter Mike Fenton Charlie Hopkins 133: Michael Arias Billy Bullwinkel Cody Garnett Andrew McDonald 141: David Acosta Matt Bullwinkel Sean Markey 149: Levi Duyn Chris Humphries David Matter Nicholas Orio 157: Derik Neitz Travis Piccard Josh Summers 165: Dan Thompson David Wipperman 174: Darius Caldwell Allen Elliott 184: John Dickerson 197: Mark Thompson Hwt: Aaron Brown John Buck

Bulldog Grapplers By State Six ..................................... South Carolina Four ...............................................Florida Three .................. North Carolina; Michigan Two ....................... New Jersey; Tennessee One................... California; Iowa;Maryland; ............................Oklahoma; West Virginia 3


In 2001-02, the Bulldogs entered numerous tournaments with NCAA powerhouses and also wrestled dual meets versus Top 25 teams. Hjerling led The Citadel to scoring the most points since the SoCon’s 1967 Championship Team and best dual meet record since 1991. The Bulldogs had seven conference placers, five finalists, one SoCon champion and one NCAA qualifier. Rob Hjerling, 2004 Southern Conference Coach of the Year and a 1994 graduate of American University, is in his seventh season as head coach of The Citadel’s wrestling program. Hjerling has an overall record of 48-47-3, and a combined 31-14-1 over the last three seasons. After going 2-11-2 and 1-4 in the SoCon (5th of 6) his first season, Hjerling boosted the Bulldogs to 13-3 and 5-0 in the SoCon (1st of 6) in 2004. Under Hjerling’s Guidance, the 2005 squad placed second in SoCon and sent three wrestlers to the NCAA tournament to mark the sixth time in six seasons that the Bulldogs sent wrestlers to the National Championship and the fifth season with multiple qualifiers. They also had five other wrestlers earn spots on the podium. In 2004 the Bulldogs matched their highest ever winning percentage (.813) on their way to the school’s first SoCon wrestling championship since 1967. Hjerling’s grapplers included four individual conference champions in Ryan McClester (125), Dan Thompson (157), Keith Clifton (174) and Billy Linane (Hwt), all earning automatic bids to the NCAA Championship, while Sean Markey (133) earned one of the league’s at-large bids to bring the total number of Bulldogs in the NCAA’s to five. Hjerling directed the third place 2003 squad to the highest winning percentage, .813, in school history. The Hjerling led group saw two members, Keith Clifton (184) and Billy Linane (Hwt), win SoCon championships, while six others grappled to finish in the top three in the SoCon. With two conference champs and three runners-up, the Bulldogs sent four members of the 2003 team to the NCAA’s in Kansas City.

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The 2003 squad also saw two grapplers make their way into the national rankings. The 133-pound Sean Markey finished the season ranked as high as 18th nationally by The Wrestling Mall, while 149-pound Travis Piccard saw his name make it to 19th late in the season by the same publication.

In 2000-01, there were six conference placers, two conference finalists, one SoCon champion and two NCAA qualifiers. The team was ranked 16th in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25. During his first season (1999-’00) Hjerling had four conference placers, one conference finalist and one NCAA qualifier. The level of competition drastically increased with Hjerling at the helm. The team managed to go 5-15 and 2-3 SoCon (4th of 6). Hjerling came to The Citadel after serving the 1998-99 season as an assistant coach at George Mason University, where he helped the Patriots to a runner-up finish in the Colonial Athletic Association while coaching four NCAA qualifiers. Following Hjerling’s departure, George Mason had one of their best seasons yet, showing the superb recruiting that had been done during Hjerling’s time there. Hjerling spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, American, where he coached five NCAA qualifiers. He got his start in coaching at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, Pa., serving the 1995-96 campaigns as an assistant coach. As a senior at American University, Hjerling posted a 28-4 overall record. In addition, the Lancaster, Pa. native captured the Colonial Athletic Association’s 158pound weight class championship, garnered CAA Most Outstanding Wrestler honors and earned a berth in the NCAA Championships. He completed his wrestling career with 69 victories. Hjerling is married to the former Megan Hoban of Cleveland, Ohio.


Jeff Ragan, a former All-American at Oklahoma State, is in his sixth season as an assistant wrestling coach at The Citadel. Ragan graduated from Oklahoma State in May of 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. A four-year letterman in wrestling, Ragan was a member of three Big XII Conference championship teams while posting an overall record of 101-43. As a senior, the Englewood, Fla. native won 31 matches and captured the Big XII Conference individual crown in the 125-pound weight class and finished sixth at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors. A four-time Big XII AllAcademic Team selection, Ragan was named the Oklahoma State Male Student-Athlete-of-theYear in 2000 and was tabbed to the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Academic AllAmerica team. In addition, he became the 19th wrestler in Oklahoma State history to register 100 career victories. Ragan also was a four-time freestyle All-American. In 1997 he captured a Freestyle Espior National Champion title and became a Junior World Team member, where he placed in the top 10. As a prep star, Ragan posted a 103-5 overall record at Lemon Bay High School, making three finalist appearances and winning a pair of Florida state championships, while earning Outstanding Wrestler honors as a junior and senior. Ragan finished graduate school at The Citadel in December of 2003 and also works in The Citadel’s mathematics department. He is married to the former Andrea Denise Clark. The couple has one daughter named Allie.

Marc Hoffer begins his third season as an assistant coach at The Citadel. Hoffer brings valuable national experience to a Bulldog team poised to make a move on the national scene. Hoffer, the all-time victory leader at American University, was a three-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Champion, as well as a three-time NCAA qualifier. He has two top-12 NCAA Tournament finishes and was ranked as high as fifth among Division I wrestlers. While at American, Hoffer was named the 1999 CAA Wrestler of the Year and was a two-time honoree as CAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler. Hoffer came to The Citadel three seasons ago after competing internationally with the NWCA international team and at the East Regional Olympic Trials.

Joe Privitere, a 2003 graduate of Binghamton University, enters his first year as an assistant coach on The Citadel’s coaching staff after spending the last two seasons as a volunteer in the wrestling room. Privitere, the single season victory leader at Binghamton (38), was a Division II All-American his freshman year as a Bearcat and All-Conference in 2002 and 2003. In addition to his college career, Privitere was also the 1998 High School National Champion, 1999 FILA Greco All-American, 2000 FILA Greco World Team Trial Champion and the 2000 FILA Greco World Silver Medalist. Aside from his coaching duties, Privitere is also a graduate assistant in The Citadel’s Health, Exercise and Sport Science and Intramural Departments. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in health exercise and sport science.

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2004-05: Placed second at the Cornell Body Bar Open ... placed sixth at the Beast of the East … redshirted due to elbow injury.

2001-02: Started and earned a letter at 133 pounds with a record of 2514 with 12 falls ... was the Southern Conference Runner-up at 133 ... placed second at The Citadel Invitational and at the All-Academy Championship ... wrestled to fourth place twice, once at the Navy Classic and once at the UNC Open ... was named to the Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team.

2003-04: Placed second in the Southern Conference Championships at 133 … earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships … notched a record of 35-9 with 22 pins and two tech-falls … finished the season with the second highest pin total in the nation at 133 and the third highest in any weight class … finished third in wins at High School: Posted a career of 115-9 at Ran133. dolph High and was the New Jersey State Runnerup at 130 pounds as a senior ... finished his senior 2 0 0 2 year with 37 wins and only one loss ... Placed fifth 03: Qualiat 125 as a junior in the New Jersey State Chamfied for pionship. the NCAA ChampionPersonal: Born Dec. 20, 1982 ... Son of Thomas ship with and Patty Markey ... majoring in business admina wildcard istration. bid after Year Weight Wins Losses placing 2001-02 133 25 14 second in the SoCon Championships at 133 ... was 133 36 9 a finalist for the Danny Hodge Award ... wrestled 2002-03 133 35 9 to a 36-9 record with 18 pins and one technical 2003-04 2004-05 fall ... his 36 wins was tied for third best in the 133 96 32 nation at 133 pounds ... was the top 133 pounder Total in the nation in falls with 19 which tied him for third in the nation in all weight classes ... won the 133 pound All-Academy Championship title ... was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week for the week of Jan. 29 by defeating two nationally recognized grapplers ... finished tops on the team in winning percentage, 80%, and dual wins, 15. 6


2004-05: Moved up to 165 pounds from 157 … notched a record of 3-11 … earned his second varsity letter. 2003-04: Moved from 149 to 157 ... was a solid back-up at 157 … finished with a record of 4-11 … earned his first varsity letter.

… earned his second varsity letter in two seasons.

2002-03: Was the Southern 2002-03: Won one match in eight tries as a Conferfreshman. ence 157 -pound High School: Finished his Spring Valley High carunner-up reer with 137 wins and 43 losses ... was the 140in 2003 pound South Carolina 4A State Runner-up as a ju... won 31 nior after posting a mark of 39-10 ... finished third matches in the state as a senior and fourth as a sophomore and lost 13 ... was listed as a School Boy All-American. ... total of 31 victories Personal: Born May 21, 1984 ... Son of Tami was good enough to tie for ninth best in the naNeitz ... majoring in criminal justice. tion amongst 157-pounders ... his 31 wins also placed him in the top 10 nationally in wins among Year Weight Wins Losses freshman and was the most wins by a freshman 2002-03 157 1 7 at The Citadel. 2003-04 157 4 11 2004-05 165 3 11 High School: Won 202 matches and lost only three Total 157/65 8 29 in his career at Allendale High ... was the Michigan D3 State Champion three straight years as a sophomore, junior and senior ... went 56-0 as a senior at 152 pounds, 51-0 as a junior at 145 pounds and 50-1 as a sophomore at 140 pounds ... won the NHSCA Open National Champi2004-05: Moved up to 157 pounds from 149 onship his … tallied a record of 35-5 including 11-0 in duals junior year … placed first at the Cornell Body Bar, Southern at the 152 Scuffle, All-Academy Championship and Southern p o u n d Conference Championship … placed second at the weight Beast of the East … defeated fourth ranked Muzafclass and far Abdurakhmanov of American University in the was third first round of the NCAA Championship where he in the advanced to the round of 12. same tournament as 2003-04: Moved down to 149 pounds from 157 a sopho… finished with a record of 29-9, 4-1 SoCon with more ... two pins, three technical falls and seven major dep l a c e d cisions … placed third at the SoCon Championships 7


H i g h School: Won backto-back-toPersonal: Born June 8, 1984 ... son of Jackie and back MichStacie Piccard ... majoring in business administraigan State tion. ChampionYear Weight Wins Losses ships his 2002-03 157 31 13 final three 2003-04 149 29 9 seasons at 2004-05 157 35 5 Tri-County Total 149/57 95 27 High ... won 209 matches as a prep ... went 57-1 as a senior on his way to winning the state title at 145 pounds ... his only loss as a senior was to now fellow Bulldog team2004-05: Moved up to 165 and 174 from 157 … mate Travis Piccard ... was 55-3 as a junior while compiled an overall record of 18-11 … placed third winning the 130-pound Michigan title ... went 48-8 at the All-Academy Championship and the Southern at 112 pounds as a sophomore and won the state Conference title ... placed third as a freshman with a mark of Champion49-3 ... was a second team All-Conference footship. ball performer ... earned All-Conference honors in track twice and qualified for the state champion2004-03: ship meet. Went 2512, 5-0 SoPersonal: Born April 16, 1984 ... son of Michael Con at 157 and Laura Thompson ... majoring in education. pounds … tallied six Year Weight Wins Losses falls, one 2002-03 157 20 9 technical 2003-04 157 25 12 fall and 2004-05 165/74 18 11 five major Total 157/65/74 63 32 decisions … won the SoCon Championship at 157 pounds to earn an NCAA automatic bid. third as a freshman at the AAU Folstyle National Tournament.

2002-03: Finished third in the SoCon at 149 pounds ... won 20 of 29 matches as a freshman ... At Duke: 2004-05: Compiled a record of 27-11 posted five falls tying him for third on the team. with five falls … placed fifth at Beast of the East, fourth at Penn Keystone Classic, third at the West 8


Virginia Open and first at the UNC Pembroke Open … placed second at the ACC Championships.

SoCon at 184 pounds … recorded one pin and three major decisions … placed third at the Southern Conference Championships.

2003-04: Did not wrestle, spent the year focusing on football ... played in every game on the gridiron for the Blue Devils. 2002-03: Went 2-5 overall ... topped Ian Roncoroni (Princeton), 12-1, at the Beast of the East Tournament ... beat Brandon Check (Northern Illinois), 11-8, at the Buckeye Duals. 2001-02: Finished 7-2 in two tournaments ... placed third at the VMI Freshman Tournament ... also a walk-on on the Duke football team.

2002-03: Recorded an 18-19 High School: Earned four letters in wrestling at win-loss Moorestown High School … also lettered in footmark with ball and baseball … All-State and All-County as a one pin ... placed third at the Southern Confersenior … honorable mention All-State as a junior … ence Championship. compiled a career record of 97-21. High School: Had a successful high school caPersonal: Born Aug. 29, 1982 … Son of Richard reer marking a win-loss record of 146-19 ... won and Arlene Thompson … 2005 graduate of Duke the 189-pound Michigan State Division 2 ChamUniversity … father played football at Franklin & pionship as a junior with a 45-2 mark ... placed Marshall and uncle, Tom Thompson, wrestled for third as a senior in the state championship after Princeton … currently pursuing an M.B.A. in the going 50-1 in his College of Graduate and Professional Studies. final season ... as a junior he Year Weight Wins Losses placed third at 2001-02 197 7 2 the AAU Folkstyle 2002-03 197 2 5 World Champion2003-04 ships. 2004-05 197 27 11 Total 197 36 18 Personal: Born June 18, 1983 ... son of Luther and Barbara Dickerson ... majoring in Physical Education. 2004-05: Placed sixth at the East Stroudsburg Open, fourth at the Buffalo Open and first at the Southern Slam … redshirted and did not see regular season action.

Year Weight 2002-03 184 2003-04 184 2004-05 Total 184

Wins 18 15 33

Losses 19 20 39

2003-04: Grappled to a record of 15-20, 1-4 9


Year Weight 2003-04 141 2004-05 149 Total 141/49

Wins 31 23 54

Losses 20 19 39

2004-05: Competed at 149 pounds and finished with a record of 23-19 … placed fourth at the Beast of the East, Southern Scuffle and All Academy Championships … placed first at the SoCon Championships to qualify for his first NCAA Tournament. 2003-04: Wrestled to a record of 31-20, 2-3 SoCon at 141 pounds … notched 13 falls with one tech fall … one of two freshmen to letter and the only freshman to start all season. H i g h School: Capped off prep career with the Florida State C h a m pionship ... placed third as a sophomore in the state tournament ... ranked fourth nationally at 145 pounds by Intermat ... was the 2003 runner-up at the Senior National Finals ... finished his prep career with an undefeated senior campaign, 47-0, and an overall prep record of 110 wins and four losses.

2004-05: Compiled a record of 20-20 between 133 and 141 pounds … placed fourth at the AllAcademy Championships at 141 pounds. 2003-04: Redshirted, did not see any action. H i g h School: Three-time Oklahoma State Champion ... won the state title as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... placed second at state during his junior season ... ranked sixth nationally at 125 pounds and was a two-time Cadet All-American ... recorded only two losses in 126 career prep matches. Personal: Born Aug. 15, 1984 ... son of Pat and Jim Arias ... majoring in business administration.

Personal: Born Aug. 2, 1985 ... son of April and Allen Duyn ... majoring in criminal justice. Year Weight 2004-05 133/41 Total 133/41 10

Wins 20 20

Losses 20 20


2003-04: Placed first at the VMI Keydet Invitational at 184 pounds ... also wrestled in the UNCPembroke Classic and the UNC Rubbermaid Open … redshirted and did not see any dual match action.

2004-05: Wrestled at 197 and 285 pounds … placed second at the VMI Keydet Invitational ... compiled a record of 722. H i g h School: AllState wrestler … 2004 3A North Carolina State Champion at 215 pounds … two-time AllConference performer in football and wrestling … lettered in wrestling and football all four years at Weddington High School.

High School: Placed second in the North Carolina State Tournament his senior campaign and was a four-time state qualifier ... won 26 of 28 matches as a senior ... placed third at the NHSCA Open. Personal: Born June 7, 1985 ... son of Linda and John Buck ... majoring in education. Year Weight 2004-05 174/84 Total 174/84

Wins 6 6

Losses 8 8

2004-05: Wrestled at 174, 184, and 197 pounds … compiled a record of 19-22 … placed fourth at Cornell Body Bar Invitational at 174 … placed third at the SoCon Championships at 197.

2003-04: Earned a record of 1-2 at the West Personal: Born March 28, 1986 … son of Gavin Virginia Open and the UNC Rubbermaid Open … and Pam Brown … majoring in Business Adminis- redshirted during the dual season. tration. High School: Was the 2003 1A/2A South Carolina Year Weight Wins Losses Wrestler of the Year ... three-time South Carolina 2004-05 197/285 7 22 Champion ... won the state title as a sophomore, Total 197/285 7 22 junior and senior ... received honorable-mention rankings from Intermat at 152 pounds ... went undefeated, 36-0, as a senior and tallied an overall career mark of 138-33. Personal: Born Sept. 25, 1985 ... son of Katherine Riley and James Caldwell ... majoring in psychology. 2004-05: Wrestled to a 6-8 record between 174 and 184 pounds … placed first at the VMI Keydet Invitational at 174 pounds.

Year Weight 2004-05 174/84/97 Total 174/84/97

Wins 16 17

Losses 19 21 11


Year Weight 2004-05 125 Total 125

Wins 16 16

Losses 25 25

2004-05: Wrestled in the VMI Keydet Invitational at 125 pounds … had a season record of 0-4. 2003-04: Served as team manager … worked as additional practice partner for lower weights. High School: Lettered four years in wrestling at Hammond High School. Personal: Born Nov. 21, 1983 … son of Truman and Martha Hopkins … majoring in Computer Science. Year Weight 2004-05 125 Total 125

Wins 0 0

Losses 4 4

2004-05: Wrestled to a record of 16-25 at 125 pounds … placed third at VMI Keydet Invitational and SoCon Championship … recorded four pins and one technical fall.

2004-05: Saw limited action … wrestled to a record of 7-8 in open tournaments.

2003-04: Wrestled at the West Virginia Open and the UNC Rubbermaid Open … redshirted durHigh School: Four-time conference champion … ing the dual season. three-time state qualifier … placed eighth at state High School: Placed second as a junior in the championships at 112 pounds in 2003 … placed Tennessee State Tournament and was a threefifth at State Championships at 125 pounds in time qualifier. 2004 … also a three-time All-Conference golfer … lettered four years in wrestling, four years in golf and once in cross country at Forest City High Personal: Born Aug. 27, 1985 ... son of Mary and Tim Wipperman ... majoring in political sciSchool. ence. Year Weight Wins Losses Personal: Born May 26, 1985 … Son of Dennis 2004-05 165 7 8 and Lydia McDonald … majoring in Political SciTotal 165 7 8 ence. 12


member of The Citadel wrestling team … majoring in Civil Engineering.

2004-05: Placed third in the Southern Slam ... also wrestled in the VMI Keydet Invitational … redshirted during the regular season. High School: Three-time state qualifier from 2002-2004 … placed third at state championship at 120 pounds in 2004 … posted a 54-2 record his senior year to lead the state of Florida in wins … three-time All-Pasco County Conference … 2004 Pasco County Wrestler of the Year … placed fifth at the 2003 Pre-Season Nationals … finished high school career with a record of 147-44. Personal: Born April 6, 1986 … son of Bill and Debbie Bullwinkel … twin brother Matt is also a member of The Citadel wrestling team … majoring in Criminal Justice.

2004-05: Placed third at the VMI Keydet Invitational at 133 pounds ... placed fifth at the Edinboro Open ... placed first at Southern Slam … redshirted and did not see any dual action. High School: Three-time state qualifier from 2002-2004 … placed first at state, region and district championships at 130 pounds in 2004 … posted a 52-1 record his senior year … three-time All-Pasco County Conference … 2004 Times Pasco County Wrestler of the Year … placed sixth at the 2003 Pre-Season Nationals … finished high school career with a record of 142-47. Personal: Born April 6, 1986 … Son of Bill and Debbie Bullwinkel … twin brother Billy is also a

2004-05: Wrestled in the VMI Keydet Invitational … redshirted during the regular season. High School: All-Conference performer in 2003 and 2004 … All-Region performer in 2004 … ranked sixth in N.C. in the NCHSAA Super 32 rankings as a senior … lettered four years in wrestling, two years in football and two years in track at Pine Forest High School. Personal: Born Feb. 21, 1986 … Son of Franklin and Flora Elliott … majoring in Electrical Engineering.

2004-05: Placed second at 141 pounds in the VMI Keydet Invitational ... placed fifth at the UNC Pembroke Open ... placed sixth at the Edinboro Open … also wrestled in the Southern Scuffle … redshirted during the dual season. High School: A 2003 and 2004 All-State performer … 2003 and 2004 Region III 3A All-Region performer … 2004 S.C. Wrestler of the Year … undefeated 3A State Champion in 2003 and 2004 … placed third in 2002 3A State Championship … lettered three years in wrestling at Riverside High School … finished high school career with a record of 116-6 and 87 pins. Personal: Born June 16, 1986 … Son of Ben and Kathy Humphries … majoring in Business Administration. 13


The Citadel faces VMI in Murray Barracks in 2003

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The Southern Conference SoCon Quick Facts Founded ...................................... Feb. 26, 1921 Schools ........................................................ 12 First year of Wrestling ............................... 1930 Wrestling Members................ Appalachian State, ..................................Chattanooga, The Citadel, .............................. Davidson, Greensboro, VMI* Headquarters ..........................Spartanburg, S.C. Commissioner ..............................John Iamarino Assoc. Comm./External Affairs........... Geoff Cabe Assoc. Comm./Compliance ................. Doug King Assoc. Comm./Internal Affairs ........... Sue Arakas Asst. Comm./Public Affairs ......... Bryan McGowan Asst. Comm./Mktg and Dev. .............. Pete Moore * Associate Member for wrestling only

The 2006 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will take place March 16-18 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. This will be the 76th installment of the championship tournament and the first time in 14 years that Oklahoma City has hosted the event. The Citadel has taken wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament every year under Head Coach Rob Hjerling. During Hjerling’s tenure, Bulldog grapplers have qualified for the tournament 16 times. Media wishing to cover The Citadel at the NCAA Tournament should contact Al Buddin in the Athletic Media Relations Office at their earliest convenience as press and photography passes for the event are limited.

Three-time NCAA qualifier Ryan McClester wrestles at the 2005 NCAA Championship.

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Air Force Falcons Location ...........................................USAF Academy, Colo. Founded .................................................................. 1954 Enrollment .............................................................. 4,000 Colors........................................................Blue and Silver Arena (capacity) ...................................... East Gymnasium Conference ................................................... Independent Starters Returning/Lost ................................................8/2 Wrestling Contact ................................... Melissa McKeown E-mail ............................... melissa.mckeown@usafa.af.mil Phone .......................................................(719)333-9025

Appalachian State Mountaineers Location ........................................................ Boone, N.C. Founded .................................................................. 1899 Enrollment ............................................................ 14,350 Colors........................................................Black and Gold Arena (capacity) ............................................. Varsity Gym Conference ........................................................ Southern Starters Returning/Lost ............................................... N/A Wrestling Contact .........................................Timothy Love E-mail ............................................tl54865@appstate.edu Phone .......................................................(828)262-2268

Army Black Knights Location .................................................. West Point, N.Y. Founded .................................................................. 1802 Enrollment .............................................................. 4,000 Colors............................................... Black, Gold and Gray Arena (capacity) ................................ Christl Arena (5,043) Conference ............................................................. EIWA Starters Returning/Lost ................................................8/2 Wrestling Contact ................................. Christian Anderson E-mail .................................christian.anderson@usma.edu Phone .......................................................(845)938-6996

Campbell Fighting Camels Location ................................................ Buies Creek, N.C. Founded .................................................................. 1887 Enrollment .............................................................. 9,300 Colors....................................................Orange and Black Arena (capacity) ................................... Carter Gymnasium Conference .......................................................... Colonial Starters Returning/Lost ................................................5/4 Wrestling Contact ......................................Jonathan Albert E-mail .............................................albertj@campbell.edu Phone .......................................................(910)814-4367

Chattanooga Mocs Location ............................................. Chattanooga, Tenn. Founded .................................................................. 1886 Enrollment .............................................................. 8,653 Colors...............................................Navy, Gold and Silver Arena (capacity) ................... Maclellan Gymnasium (3,000) Conference ........................................................ Southern Starters Returning/Lost ................................................7/3 Wrestling Contact ........................................... Jeff Romero E-mail .............................................. jeff-romero@utc.edu Phone .......................................................(423)425-5292

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Coast Guard Bears Location .............................................New London, Conn. Founded .................................................................. 1876 Enrollment .............................................................. 1,000 Colors.............................................. Royal Blue and White Arena (capacity) .....................................Billard Gym (500) Conference ............................................................Pilgrim Starters Returning/Lost ............................................... N/A Wrestling Contact ...................................... Jason Southard E-mail ..........................................jsouthard@cga.uscg.mil Phone .......................................................(860)701-6800

Davidson Wildcats Location .................................................... Davidson, N.C. Founded .................................................................. 1837 Enrollment .............................................................. 1,700 Colors.........................................................Red and Black Arena (capacity) .......................John M. Belk Arena (5,700) Conference ........................................................ Southern Starters Returning/Lost ................................................6/4 Wrestling Contact ........................................... Rick Bender E-mail .......................................... ribender@davidson.edu Phone .......................................................(704)894-2123

Duke Blue Devils Location ......................................................Durham, N.C. Founded .................................................................. 1838 Enrollment .............................................................. 6,092 Colors.............................................. Royal Blue and White Arena (capacity) .............. Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) Conference ..................................................Atlantic Coast Starters Returning/Lost ................................................6/4 Wrestling Contact .......................................... Lee Aldridge E-mail ....................................... laldridge@duaa.duke.edu Phone .......................................................(919)684-8708

Gardner-Webb Bulldogs Location ............................................Boiling Springs, N.C. Founded .................................................................. 1905 Enrollment .............................................................. 3,900 Colors.........................................................Red and Black Arena (capacity) ..... Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center (5,500) Conference ................................................... Independent Starters Returning/Lost ................................................8/2 Wrestling Contact ............................................. Seth Mikel E-mail ..........................................sethmikel@hotmail.com Phone .......................................................(704)406-4355

Merchant Marine Mariners Location ..................................................Kings Point, N.Y. Founded .................................................................. 1943 Enrollment ................................................................. 950 Colors......................................................... Blue and Gray Arena (capacity) ................................. Liebertz Gymnasium Conference ...................................................... Centennial Starters Returning/Lost ............................................... N/A Wrestling Contact ...................................... Tyrone Broxton E-mail ............................................ broxtont@usmma.edu Phone .......................................................(516)773-5455


Newberry Indians Location .................................................... Newberry, S.C. Founded .................................................................. 1828 Enrollment ................................................................. 750 Colors..................................................... Scarlet and Gray Arena (capacity) ...............................Eleazer Arena (1,500) Conference ................................................. South Atlantic Starters Returning/Lost ................................................6/4 Wrestling Contact ..........................................Scott McCain E-mail ....................................scott.mccain@newberry.edu Phone .......................................................(803)321-5667

North Carolina Tar Heels Location ..................................................Chapel Hill, N.C. Founded .................................................................. 1789 Enrollment ............................................................ 25,480 Colors.......................................... Carolina Blue and White Arena (capacity) .............. Charmichael Auditorium (10,800) Conference ..................................................Atlantic Coast Starters Returning/Lost ................................................3/7 Wrestling Contact ........................................... John Martin E-mail ..........................................jmartin@uncaa.unc.edu Phone .......................................................(919)962-0084

UNC-Greensboro Spartans Location .................................................Greensboro, N.C. Founded .................................................................. 1891 Enrollment ............................................................ 14,400 Colors..............................................Gold, White and Navy Arena (capacity) ................................Fleming Gym (2,500) Conference ........................................................ Southern Starters Returning/Lost ................................................7/4 Wrestling Contact ............................................ Chris Jones E-mail ..................................................ctjones@uncg.edu Phone .......................................................(336)334-5615

N.C. State Wolfpack Location .......................................................Raleigh, N.C. Founded .................................................................. 1839 Enrollment .............................................................. 1,250 Colors.............................................Red, White and Yellow Arena (capacity) ...................................... Cocke Hall (700) Conference ........................................................ Southern Starters Returning/Lost ................................................7/3 Wrestling Contact .................................. Christian Hoffman E-mail ............................................... hoffmanjc@vmi.edu Phone .......................................................(540)464-7514

Navy Midshipmen Location .................................................... Annapolis, Md. Founded .................................................................. 1845 Enrollment .............................................................. 4,000 Colors.................................................Navy Blue and Gold Arena (capacity) ....................... Halsey Field House (5,000) Conference ............................................................. EIWA Starters Returning/Lost ................................................7/3 Wrestling Contact ......................................... Chris Forman E-mail ..................................................forman@usna.edu Phone .......................................................(410)293-8774

Old Dominion Monarchs Location ........................................................ Norfolk, Va. Founded .................................................................. 1930 Enrollment ............................................................ 20,105 Colors............................................... State Blue and Silver Arena (capacity) .........................Old Dominion Field House Conference .......................................................... Colonial Starters Returning/Lost ................................................4/6 Wrestling Contact ........................................... Will Foxwell E-mail ................................................. wfoxwell@odu.edu Phone .......................................................(757)683-3374

Penn Quakers Location ..................................................Philadelphia, Pa. Founded .................................................................. 1751 Enrollment ............................................................ 10,500 Colors.......................................................... Red and Blue Arena (capacity) .................................The Palestra (8,700) Conference ..................................................... Ivy League Starters Returning/Lost ................................................3/7 Wrestling Contact ...................................... Heather Palmer E-mail ........................................................................ NA Phone .......................................................(215)898-6129

VMI Keydets Location .....................................................Lexington, Va. Founded .................................................................. 1839 Enrollment .............................................................. 1,250 Colors.............................................Red, White and Yellow Arena (capacity) ...................................... Cocke Hall (700) Conference ........................................................ Southern Starters Returning/Lost ................................................7/3 Wrestling Contact .................................. Christian Hoffman E-mail ............................................... hoffmanjc@vmi.edu Phone .......................................................(540)464-7514

Norwich Location ..................................................... Northfield, Vt. Founded .................................................................... N/A Enrollment .............................................................. 1,700 Colors.....................................................Maroon and Gold Arena (capacity) ......................................................... N/A Conference .........................................................NECCWA Starters Returning/Lost ............................................... N/A Wrestling Contact ............................................ Scott Miller E-mail .............................................. smiller@norwich.edu Phone .......................................................(802)485-2160

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2004-05 Southern Conference Standings SoCon W-L-T Pct. 5-0-0 1.000 4-1-0 .800 2-2-1 .500 2-3-0 .400 1-3-1 .300 0-5-0 .000

Team Chattanooga UNC Greensboro The Citadel VMI Appalachian State Davidson

Overall W-L-T Pct. 14-10-0 .528 12-5-0 .705 5-8-1 .357 6-6-1 .461 8-9-1 .444 8-7-0 .533

Final 2004-05 Individual Statistics 125 Pounds Andrew McDonald Ryan McClester 133 Pounds Ryan McClester Michael Arias 141 Pounds Michael Arias Nolan Roggenkamp 149 Pounds Levi Duyn 157 Pounds Travis Piccard 165 Pounds Braxton Harrison Derik Neitz Dan Thompson 174 Pounds Dan Thompson Darius Caldwell 184 Pounds Keith Clifton Darius Caldwell 197 Pounds Aaron Brown Darius Caldwell 285 Pounds Billy Linane 18

Overall

Pins

Tech Falls

Maj Dec.

Dual

SoCon

16-25 3-2

4 0

1 0

0 0

4-10 0-0

1-4 0-0

21-8 6-10

1 1

2 0

4 0

8-3 1-2

4-1 0-0

7-7 4-9

0 1

0 0

1 0

4-3 1-3

2-1 1-1

23-19

6

1

2

6-8

3-2

35-5

2

5

8

12-0

3-0

2-11 3-11 7-6

0 0 3

1 0 0

0 0 1

1-7 0-3 1-2

0-2 0-1 1-1

11-5 10-14

5 2

0 0

3 1

5-3 1-6

2-1 1-1

11-12 2-3

2 0

2 0

2 1

4-2 1-1

2-0 1-1

6-21 4-1

3 1

0 0

0 2

1-11 1-0

1-3 0-0

17-15

9

0

1

8-5

4-1


The Citadel Places Second at SoCon Tournament McClester, Duyn and Piccard Advance to NCAA Championships Greensboro, N.C. - Senior Ryan McClester (133), sophomore Levi Duyn (149) and junior Travis Piccard (157) each won their respective weight classes and five other Bulldogs placed in the top three in their weight classes, but it was not enough to bring the team title back to Charleston as Chattanooga won the SoCon Wrestling Championships at Mat Jam, March 5, 2005, in front of 1,008 spectators at UNC Greensboro’s Fleming Gym. Chattanooga led all teams with 90 points, The Citadel had 81 to finish second and Greensboro finished third with 77. The Mocs had three champions including the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in Jon Sioredas (165). Chattanooga’s Terry Brands also took home SoCon Coach of the Year honors. The Citadel and Greensboro also had three champions each and Appalachian had one. After a strong showing in the consolation finals, the Bulldogs pulled to within eight points of Chattanooga, 80-72. In the finals, The Citadel got within two points, 83-81, after Travis Piccard’s 157 pound victory, but Chattanooga went up 87-81 when Jon Sioredas secured the team title for the Mocs with his 21-9 major decision over Greensboro’s Mark Ring at 165 pounds. “All of our guys really battled hard,” said coach Rob Hjerling. “ We came in believing we could pull it off (the championship) but we just came up a little short.” “Considering the year we have had and our lack of depth due to injuries we wrestled hard and represented The Citadel well. “We are not content with the second place finish but we are very happy with the way our guys put it on the line. Especially the ones that ended up in the consolation rounds. They hung in and did not pack it up. “All of our seniors, whether or not they started all season, should be proud because they have been a part of this building process to get The Citadel’s wrestling program to a higher level of competition. I am very proud of them.” As the fifth seed, freshman Andrew McDonald opened the day for the Bulldogs when he lost to fourth seed Jeremy Adams from VMI by a 4-0 decision. McDonald

then pinned Davidson’s Patrick Coman at 1:40 in the consolation semifinals. In the consolation finals, McDonald used a late reversal to claim third place with a 2-1 decision in a rematch with VMI’s Jeremy Adams. Senior Ryan McClester advanced to the second round after receiving a bye as the No. 2 seed at 133. In the semifinals, McClester defeated Jim Avola from Davidson, 10-5. In the finals McClester faced Chattanooga’s Josh Keefe. The pair was scoreless through the first period and Keefe started the second in the defensive position. Keefe got on the board first with an escape with 1:29 left in the second. McClester started the third period in the defensive position and escaped 10 seconds in to tie the match at 1-1. That score held and the pair went to overtime. The deadlock held and the match went into the tiebreak with Keefe down for the first frame. McClester rode Keefe for the entire 30 seconds and started down for the second set. McClester escaped six seconds into the final frame and held off a late single leg attempt by Keefe to win his second SoCon title in a row and his third consecutive NCAA bid. At 141 pounds, freshman Michael Arias drew the third seed and beat sixth seeded Matt Leonard from Davidson by a 9-6 decision in the first round. Arias then lost a 2-1 decision to second seeded David Johnson from Greensboro to drop into the consolation bracket. In the consolation semifinals, Arias was pinned by David Metzler from VMI at 2:43. Sophomore Levi Duyn was seeded third at 149 pounds and defeated Davidson’s sixth seeded Benjamin Graham in the first round with a 13-4 major decision. Duyn scored a takedown as time expired in overtime in the semifinals to defeat second seeded Sam Alvarenga from VMI, 4-2. In the finals, Duyn faced Eric Burns from Appalachian State. Burns scored a takedown to go ahead first, but Duyn escaped three seconds later to trail 2-1. Duyn scoed a takedown of his own and added two back points. He added three more back points and ended the first period ahead 82. Burns chose the down position to start the second. Duyn turned Burns for two back points but burns got a reversal and cut the margin to six, 10-4. Duyn then escaped with 45 seconds left in the period to go up, 11-4. Duyn scored another takedown with 10 seconds left and finshed the second period up, 13-4. Duyn chose neutral to start the third period and Burns

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secured a takedown with a minute remaining in the match but could not turn Duyn over and the Bulldog earned his first SoCon Championship and NCAA bid with a 13-6 decision. Junior Travis Piccard took a first round bye as the top seed at 157 pounds and then scored a 16-6 major decision over VMI’s Chris Hardy to advance to the finals. In the championship match, Piccard faced Chattanooga’s Jake Yost. Yost secured the first points of the match 35 seconds into the first period to go up, 2-0. Piccard escaped 40 seconds later to, trail 2-1. Yost started the second period in the down position and added another point with an escape with 49 seconds left in the second. Piccard secured a takedown at the end of the second and the pair went into the third frame tied, 3-3. Piccard started the final period in the defensive position and snuck out the back door for a reversal to go up, 5-3. Yost escaped to bring the score within one, 5-4, with 1:15 left. Yost got in on a single leg shot with 30 seconds left but could not secure the takedown before the pair went out of bounds with six seconds left. Piccard won the match by a 5-4 decision for his first SoCon Championship and first NCAA bid. Junior Braxton Harrison was seeded fifth at 165 pounds. He lost in the first round by a 13-5 major decision to Ajay Foreman, the fourth seed from Appalachian State. In the consolation semifinals, Harrison lost to Tommy Cunningham from VMI, 8-2. The third seed at 174 pounds, junior Dan Thompson defeated sixth seeded Dustin McCabe from VMI by a 13-8 decision in the first round. In the semifinals, Thompson fell to Greensboro’s Joe Lowe at 6:56. In the consolation semifinals, Thompson earned a 9-0 major decision over Corey Pendergrass from Appalachian to advance to the consolation finals. Thompson pinned Davidson’s Trebor Clavette at 2:13 to place third overall. Senior Keith Clifton, 184 pounds, took a third seed into the first round where he pinned sixth-seeded Morgan Koukopoulos of Davidson in 23 seconds. Clifton then lost a 5-1 decision to Appalachian’s second ranked Sean McIntosh. In the consolation semifinals, Clifton secured a spot in the third place match with a 16-0 technical fall over Jeff Sale from VMI at 6:37. Clifton placed third when he defeated Greensboro’s Scott Fisher, 8-2, in the consolation final. Freshman Darius Caldwell, the fourth seed at 197 pounds, opened action with a first round fall over fifth

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seeded Jayson Powers from Davidson in 1:17. In the semifinal match, Caldwell was pinned at 6:17 by top seeded Daren Burns from Greensboro. In the consolation semifinals, Caldwell defeated VMI’s John Burton with a 9-1 major decision. Caldwell beat Appalachian’s Rocky Richey in the consolation final, 5-3. The redshirt freshman placed third in only his fifth 197-pound match of the season. Senior heavyweight Billy Linane took a number two seed and a bye into the second round where he beat third seed Wes Taylor from Chattanooga, 10-5, to advance to the finals. In the championship match, Linane squared off against top-seeded Ruebon Daniels from Appalachian State. The pair grappled to a 0-0 tie through the first period. Linane took the defensive position to start the second and Daniels rode him for the entire period. The third period started with Daniels in the defensive position, but he escaped 13 seconds in to go up, 1-0. Daniels added a takedown with 50 seconds left to go up, 3-0, but Linane escaped with 40 left to score his only point. Daniels added a riding time point and won the championship with a 4-1 decision.

Team Scores: 1. Chattanooga (90), 2. The Citadel (81), 3.UNC Greensboro (77), 4. Appalachian State (57.5), 5. Davidson (30.5), 6. VMI (23.5) Individual Results 125 - J. Kemmerer (UNCG) dec M. Pitts (UTC), 4-2 133 - R. McClester (Cit) dec J. Keefe (UTC), 2-1; tb1 141 - M. Keefe (UTC) dec D. Johnson (UNCG), 15-8 149 - L. Duyn (Cit) dec E. Burns (ASU), 13-6 157 - T. Piccard (Cit) dec J. Yost (UTC), 5-4 165 - J. Sioredas (UTC) maj dec M. Ring (UNCG), 219 174 - J. Lowe (UNCG) dec D. Peterson (UTC), 11-8 184 - J. Davis (UTC) dec S. McIntosh (ASU), 7-6 197 - D. Burns (UNCG) maj dec J. Ward (UTC), 9-0 285 - R. Daniels (ASU) dec B. Linane (Cit), 4-1 At Large Bids: M. Pitts, UTC (125); J. Keefe, UTC (133); J. Jones, ASU (141)


SoCon Individual Champions 123-pound weight class 1967 - Howard Metzgar 1968 - John Wood 1969 - John Wood 125-pound weight class 2004 - Ryan McClester 126-pound weight class 1986 - Trey Bennett 1990 - John Jones 1993 - Allan Smith

142-pound weight class 1970 - John Childress 145-pound weight class 1966 - Ed Steers 1967 - Ed Steers 1968 - Ed Steers 147-pound weight class 1962 - Jeff Hartsell 1964 - Bruce Schwanda 1965 - Bruce Schwanda

130-pound weight class 1963 - Jose Barcelo

149-pound weight class 2002 - Wayne Watts 2005 - Levi Duyn

133-pound weight class 2005 - Ryan McClester

150-pound weight class 1979 - Walt Fingar

134-pound weight class 1982 - Fitz Johnson 1985 - Mitch Fuller

152-pound weight class 1967 - Pat Conard 1969 - Tom Bull

157-pound weight class 1961 - Jeff Hartsell 2004 - Dan Thompson 2005 - Travis Piccard 158-pound weight class 1976 - Mike Regner 1979 - Rich Boland 1986 - Clay Ogden 1988 - Clay Ogden 160-pound weight class 1966 - Steve Rothstein 1967 - Steve Rothstein 165-pound weight class 1999 - Tim Ritchie 167-pound weight class 1966 - Mike Armstrong 1967 - Mike Armstrong 1978 - Garth Hinckle 1983 - Eric Williams

1993 - Rob Reaves 1995 - Rob Reaves 174-pound weight class 2001 - Mike Regner II 2004 - Keith Clifton 177-pound weight class 1984 - Robert Wyndham 184-pound weight class 2003 - Keith Clifton 190-pound weight class 1970 - Tom Williams 1994 - Vince Crum Heavyweight 1980 - Chuck Pinta 1981 - Chuck Pinta 1982 Chuck Pinta 1983 - Jim Ettari 2003 - Billy Linane 2004 - Billy nane

The Citadel, SoCon and National Superlatives 1967 Southern Conference Champions The Citadel 80; West Virginia 69; Davidson 56; VMI 46; William & Mary 19; East Carolina 15

SoCon Tournament Outstanding Wrestler 1961 - Jeff Hartsell 1962 - Jeff Hartsell 1963 - Jose Barcelo 1964 - Bruce Schwanda 1967 - Ed Steers 1969 - John Wood 1976 - Mike Regner 1988 - Clay Ogden SoCon Coach of the Year 2004 - Rob Hjerling

Jeff Hartsell

Ed Steers

SoCon Wrestler of the Year 2004 - Ryan McClester The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Jim Ettari ‘83* Jack Huddle ‘51* Bush Peebles ‘39* Mike Regner ‘76 Orville Rogers ‘38* Bruce Schwanda ‘65 Ed Steers ‘68 Cosmo Tocci ‘80* *Denotes multiple sport athlete

2004 Southern Conference Champions The Citadel 89; Chattanooga 79; VMI 65; Appalachian State 51.5; Greensboro 49.5; Davidson 10 NWCA All-Academic Team 2001 - Jon Gross 2002 - Wayne Watts 2003 - Vince Bartges 2004 - Keith Clifton 2004 - Ryan McClester 2005 - Keith Clifton 2005 - Ryan McClester

Keith Clifton

Ryan McClester

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Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa President Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa was born in Springfield, Ill., Sept. 28, 1951. After graduating high school in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1969, he was recruited to play football at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. While at The Citadel Rosa was starting Bulldog quarterback in 1970 and went on to earn three varsity letters in football. He graduated from The Citadel in 1973 with a degree in business administration and was awarded a commission in the Air Force. A command fighter pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, Rosa enjoyed an illustrious 32-year career in the Air Force. Among his career highlights, he was stationed in Lossiemouth, Scotland, as an American exchange officer flying the Jaguar for the Royal Air Force. He has commanded at squadron, group and wing levels at air bases in South Korea, Idaho, South Carolina, New Mexico and Georgia. He served as inspector general for Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii and commandant of The Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. As deputy director for operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., he was in charge of the National Military Command Center and served as the military spokesman for the Pentagon when U.S. troops were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002. In July 2003, he was named superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in September of that year, he was promoted to lieutenant general. Rosa holds a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. He is a graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. And he has studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He has flown the A-7, A-10, Hunter and Jaguar aircraft, F-16, F-117A, HH-60G and HC-130. On Jan. 3, 2006, Rosa returned to The Citadel where he serves as 19th president. He is married to Donna Kangeter, a Charleston native. They have two sons, Jonathan and Brad (’03), and a grandson, Michael Bradley, who is the son of Jonathan and his wife, Elisha.

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Les Robinson Director of Athletics At a school where leadership is taught and duty is part of the curriculum, The Citadel has the right person to lead its Department of Athletics in Les Robinson. A virtual Who’s Who in intercollegiate athletics and one of the region’s most sought-after speakers, Robinson begins his sixth year as the Director of Athletics. Possessing more than four decades of college athletic experience to his credit, Robinson, who also served as athletics director and basketball coach at North Carolina State and East Tennessee State, is only the fifth athletics director in Citadel history. He served as the Bulldogs’ basketball coach from 1974-85, having spent the five previous seasons as an assistant coach. In his first five years leading The Citadel’s athletics program, Robinson’s skills as a proven fundraiser have already benefited The Citadel Brigadier Foundation. During the past five years, the school witnessed the opening of the Altman Athletic Center at Johnson Hagood Stadium and the addition to McAlister Field House for women’s athletics. The Citadel, under Robinson’s guidance, has hosted the Southern Conference cross-country championships, the first two rounds of the women’s basketball championships, the men’s and women’s tennis championships and the baseball tournament. A 1965 graduate of N.C. State, Robinson served five years as a Bulldog assistant coach under Dick Campbell and George Hill, and eventually spent 11 seasons as The Citadel’s head basketball coach from 1974-85. He directed the 1978-79 and 1984-85 teams to 20 and 18 victories, respectively. Robinson was named the Southern Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 1979 and was tabbed South Carolina’s Coach-of-the-Year in 1979 and 1985. Following his tenure at The Citadel, Robinson became the head basketball coach at East Tennessee State, where he coached the Buccaneers for five years increasing their win total (7-14-20-27) each year. The West Virginia native remains the only coach in Southern Conference men’s basketball history to earn league coach-of-the-year honors at two different schools, and he ranks fifth on the conference’s list of basketball wins. Robinson concluded a six-year term serving on the prestigious NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, one of the NCAA’s most influential committees. The Committee is responsible for site selection for each round of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championships. Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education and recreation from N.C. State in 1965 and added a master’s degree in education and guidance from Western Carolina in 1969. Robinson is married to the former Barbara Simon of St. Albans, W.Va. The Robinsons, who have maintained a home on Sullivan’s Island since coaching at The Citadel, have four children and seven grandchildren.


McAlister Field House Originally constructed in 1939 and renovated in 1989, McAlister Field House serves as the home of The Citadel’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling programs. The facility, which also houses the athletic department’s administrative offices along with locker rooms for the basketball and baseball teams, has a seating capacity of 6,000. When built in 1939, the facility was referred to as “The Citadel Armory,” and seated 4,500 for basketball games. In 2001, The Citadel annexed a women’s facility onto McAlister Field House. The women’s wing is home to offices and locker rooms for the women’s volleyball and soccer teams. Top to bottom, McAlister Field House is one of the top basketball, volleyball and wrestling arenas in the region for both participants and fans. Even though 6,000 fans can pack into McAlister Field House for a basketball game, no fan is further than 24 rows away from the court. In addition, consession stands and restroom facilities are located on both the first and second floors. With the seats pulled back, there are three full-size basketball and volleyball courts for practice. During inclement weather, The Citadel’s baseball, football, tennis and track teams use the facility. The Citadel has hosted three 6,000-fan “sellout” crowds in basketball since the building’s renovation in 1989, including games with Duke (1989), South Carolina (1997) and College of Charleston (1999). In January of 1998, 2002 and 2005, The Citadel and McAlister Field House hosted the annual All-Academy

Wrestling Championships. McAlister Field House served as the host arena of the 2002 and 2003 Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Championships and is scheduled for the 2004 tournament. McAlister Field House has also hosted such entertainment acts as Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, Bob Hope, Kenny Rogers and Patti LaBelle. Events that have utilized the multi-purpose building include WCW Wrestling, Charleston Cup Gymnastics Championships, Special Olympics, Moja Arts Festival Activities, Rotary/Red Cross Roundball High School Basketball Classic and assorted high school and college graduation ceremonies. A brand new floor was put in during the spring of 2001 and exhibits the new southern Conference Logo and “Spike,” the logo of The Citadel athletics.

Vandiver Hall Coaches’ offices, locker rooms and the Bulldogs’ wrestling room are all located in Vandiver Hall. Vandiver Hall was built in 1991 and is a multipurpose athletic complex.

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