Last Updated - November 27, 2012 8:09 GMT
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.