Charleston, S.C. – Head wrestling coach Rob Hjerling announces the addition of eight athletes to The
Citadel’s wrestling team. The new grapplers come to the Bulldog wrestling room with impressive stats
and look to make an impact.
“I am very excited about this upcoming season. The new guys we have coming in, combined with our
current athletes should make up an impressive squad. Like last years class of recruits, the new cadetstudent-
athletes will have an opportunity to make an impact right away. I am very pleased with the our
quality of athletes and the positive attitudes they bring to the team,” stated Hjerling.
The new crop of wrestlers consist of seven state placers including three state champions and two High
School All-Americans spread out over eight weight classes. These eight athletes include Richard
Alarcon, David Ivashchenko, Pierre Frazile, Weston Newton, Alex Croasmum, Kelby Smith, Odie Delaney
and Bobby Jones.
Alarcon wrestled 119 in high school where he was a three-time California state qualifier. He concluded is
high school career with a fourth place finish at the state meet and an eighth place finish at NHSCA Senior
National, earning him High School All-American honors. Alarcon is projected to wrestle at the 125-pound
weight class for the Bulldogs.
Ivanshchenko hails from South Park, Pa. where he wrestled at the 135-pound weight class in high school
and look to drop down slightly to be a 133 pounder for the Bulldogs. He earned All-State honors placing
seventh at the state meet.
Adding depth to the 141-pound weight class for the Bulldogs is Charlotte, Fla. native, Farzile. He was a
three-time state placer for the sunshine state. Following Farzile is a projected 149-pound grappler from
Eastside, S.C. Newton was a South Carolina high school State Champion.
Croasmum with be providing mid-western talent to the roster for the 2008-09 season. He is an Ohio state
placer that is transferring in to The Citadel from Edinboro. Croasmum is expected to contribute at the
157-pound weight class.
Kelby Smith and Odie Delaney are the second and third high school state champions respectively to join
the Bulldogs this season. Smith comes to The Citadel from Wesleyan. Ga. and is projected to wrestle at
either 184 or 197 pounds for the Bulldogs. Delaney is slated as a 197 pounder from South Walton, Fla.
who earned High School All-American honors.
Rounding out the 2008 recruits is The Citadel second grappler from Eastside, S.C., Bobby Jones. He is
expected to add solid depth for the Bulldogs at heavyweight.