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11/1/15 Limestone Saints Shine at The Citadel Open

Postby Allen Brown » Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:42 am

By Mike Sanders, Director of Social and Digital Media

Saints Shine at Season Opening Citadel Open

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Freshman Raekwon Reggler (Hialeah, Fla.) finished the day in second place at 174 lbs to lead the Limestone College wrestling team at the Citadel Open held on Sunday, November 1. The Blue and Gold were able to finish the event with five wrestlers placing in the top-three of their respective weight classes.

Reggler opened the day on a bye in the first round before he was able to pin his first competition of the day, South Florida's Josh Jefferies, just 58 seconds into the third period of the match. That sent him to the quarterfinals where he earned a tight 6-5 decision over Brewton-Parker's Muhammad Ansari.

His semifinal matchup was a similar story with Reggler able to earn a more comfortable 8-5 decision over an unattached wrestler sending him to the 174 lb final. That's where the freshman's stellar run would come to a halt as he dropped a tight 3-1 decision to an unattached wrestler from the Citadel to secure a second place finish.

Redshirt Senior Terrence Dugay (Fayetteville, N.C.) had similar success in the 141 lb division. After his first round bye he was able to fall on the positive side of a 7-5 decision over an unattached wrestler from UNC Pembroke before he picked up a 6-1 decision in the quarterfinals over UNC-P's Chad Hoff.

A 12-1 major decision loss sent him down to the wrestleback where his first match up was against a fellow Saint in redshirt-sophomore Kendrich Portorreal (Land O' Lakes, Fla.). Dugay put down his teammate with an 8-3 decision to move to the third place bout. He continued his success into that match using steady footwork and patience to pick up a 5-3 decision and a third place finish.

Reggler was not the only one to have success at 174 lbs as junior Matthew Ostermiller (Hartland, Mich.) was able to earn his way to a third place finish. After earning a 12-3 major decision in the first round and a close-knit 3-2 decision in the second round, Ostermiller was able to pin Central Florida's Tarce Woxberg in just over two minutes to advance to the semifinals.

A small setback in the semis found Ostermiller in the consolation ladder against Central Florida's Michael Seymour. Matthew made quick work of his second UCF competitor of the day pinning Seymour in just one minute and forty seconds.

In the third place match-up Ostermiller found himself up against Shorter's Kade Kitchens, who had spent most of his day in the wrestleback. Ostermiller secured his third place finish with his third pin of the day, just :38 into the third period.

Freshman Matthew Rudy (Summerville, S.C.) had a stellar day in his first meet in the Blue and Gold picking up a third place finish at 197. After a first round by and a second round pin of Mikhail Bukay in 4:40, Rudy picked up his second win of the day with a 6-2 decision over Austin Price. In the semifinals, Rudy found himself on the losing side of a 6-2 decision to eventual champion Tyler Johnson.

In his first matchup in the consolation ladder, Rudy earned a hard fought 2-0 decision over Ryan Ashley that moved him into the third place match and setup a rematch against Austin Price. An almost identical 7-2 decision over Price allowed Rudy to secure his first third place tournament finish of his collegiate career.

Spending most of his time in the wrestleback portion of the heavyweight category, sophomore Cody VandeLinde was able to secure a third place finish with a four-match win streak. VandeLinde started his day in the second round with a close 12-11 decision over Gardner-Webb's Tristan Majors; but, a 6-3 setback decision against Brewton-Parker's Bucky Dennis sent him to the lower portion of the bracket.

That's when VandeLinde got to work. He started his comeback with a 7-3 decision over Spartanburg Methodist's Onassis Williams. Cody then earned his first pin of the day, taking down Greensboro College's Thomas Propst in a minute and 22 seconds. Florida A&M's Rickey Carter proved to be the toughest task for VandeLinde to overcome pushing the match to a second overtime period before he was able to earn the 5-3 decision to move to the third place matchup.

Standing in his way was Brewton-Parker's Marshawn Knight. VandeLinde avenged his earlier loss to a B-P wrestler and took home the third place finish with a 3-1 decision to round out a successful meet for the Blue and Gold.

The Saints return to the mat next weekend as they travel to Blacksburg, Va. to take part in the Hokie Open. First match is set for 9:00 a.m.
Allen Brown


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