The Citadel wrestling squad usually hosts duals in McAlister Field House on the Charleston, S.C., campus. But on Nov. 11 the Bulldogs faced Arizona State at the 3rd Battalion’s Law Barracks for an afternoon encounter — outside. It wasn’t quite the 1960 Olympics in Rome, but it was certainly a change of pace for those involved.
“It’s the first time we’ve been able to do it in November,” said Bulldog head coach Rob Hjerling, in his 14th season with the program. “It’s something we always talk about, especially when we have those stretches of really nice weather. Every time we have brought it up with our administration, there has not been an issue.
“And when we’ve approached other programs about doing it they always look forward to it. I think as far as weather goes we had the best weekend of November [for the Arizona State dual]. It’s the third time we’ve done it and something we are going to try and keep on the schedule.”
The Sun Devils won the dual 42-6. Ugi Khishignyam’s pin at 141 pounds gave the hosts their only points on a 73-degree day.
“We didn’t have a good day of competition, so that kind of took some of the fun out of it,” Hjerling added. “But I think, overall, everyone enjoyed it.”
Wrestlers generally compete from November to March with the power located above the Mason-Dixon Line. But who knows, maybe someday, like the National Hockey League, Iowa and Minnesota or Penn State and Oklahoma State might square off inside Fenway Park or Wrigley Field.
• Top of the list: With three dual wins on Saturday at the Bison Quad in Fargo, N.D., J Robinson became Minnesota’s all-time leader at 394, passing Wally Johnson. In 27 years with the program, Robinson, who has coached the Gophers to three NCAA titles, is 394-129-4. Robinson, a 1969 Oklahoma State graduate, took over in Minneapolis in 1986 after a successful stint as an assistant on the Iowa staff. On Saturday, the Gophers outscored Eastern Michigan, North Dakota State and Itasca Community College 97-16. UM now has 900 all-time wins, only the sixth program to reach that total.
• Moving around: Iowa senior Grant Gambrall was an All-American in 2011 at 184 pounds, winning 25 matches. As a junior, an injury-filled campaign saw him finish 12-12 mainly at 197 pounds with a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Gambrall, now a 174-pounder for the Hawkeyes, is off to a 4-1 start with an early loss to Virginia’s Jon Fausey on Nov. 16. Iowa is 5-0 to start the 2012-13 campaign.
Two-time NCAA champion Matt McDonough of Iowa moved his win streak to 33 with a pair of victories during the weekend. A senior 125-pounder, he is 105-4 for his career. … Old Dominion opened the season with losses of 35-(-)1 to Missouri and 29-9 to Purdue on Nov. 10. On Sunday, the Monarchs beat Iowa State 22-13 in Ames. Monarch 157-pounder John Nicholson, who picked up a dual-clinching major decision at 157 pounds, wrestled for the first time as a collegian in his home state. Iowa State is 13-24 in duals since the start of the 2010-11 season. They host Iowa on Saturday. … Ohio State, Cornell, and Missouri lead a strong field at the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this weekend. Cornell won the team title by 39.5 points in 2011. … Oklahoma State and Minnesota face off in Minneapolis on Sunday. One of the highlight bouts was expected to be at 149 pounds, where 2011 NCAA champion Jordan Oliver of OSU was set to meet 2012 NCAA finalist Dylan Ness. Oliver, for breaking team rules, was suspended by head coach John Smith for the Sunday dual with Penn and may not return immediately according to Smith. Ness has been injured and is yet to suit up for the Gophers. … Oregon State’s Scott Sakaguchi, an All-American in 2012, knocked off 2011 All-American Jason Chamberlain of Boise State at 149 pounds in the Beavers’ win against Boise last Friday. … Cornell beat Central Michigan and Oklahoma to highlight the annual Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., on Saturday. … On the always-fluid realignment front, Rutgers and Maryland, it was announced last week, will join the Big Ten Conference. Maryland was a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1952, while Rutgers has wrestled in the EIWA since 1950. Northern Iowa and Missouri, which is now a member of the non-wrestling SEC, joined the MAC for wrestling.