Piccard Leads The Citadel to Third Place at Cornell Invitational

Nov. 21, 2004

Ithaca, NY - Junior Travis Piccard captured first place in the 157-pound weight class and six others placed as The Citadel earned 105 team points to capture third place at the Cornell/Body Bar Invitational Saturday at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

The team title went to sixth ranked Michigan with 139.5 points, while host school and 12th ranked Cornell finished second with 131 points. The Citadel defeated 19th ranked Edinboro (99), Army (94), Virginia (66), Drexel (59.5), Maryland (33), Davidson (25.5), Sacred Heart (21), and Ithaca (19.5).

Piccard scored a 10-5 victory over Cornell's John Cholish in the final round to earn the championship. Piccard posted a 4-0 mark for the tournament after receiving a first round bye.

Seniors Ryan McClester (133) and Sean Markey (141) each earned second place finishes in their respective weight classes. McClester went 3-1 with his lone loss coming in the final round to Cornell's Travis Lee by a 15-3 major decision, while Markey went 4-1 and lost the final round when Edinboro's Ron Doppeleuer pinned him at the 2:36 mark.


At 125 pounds, junior Brad Ragan took third place with a 12-9 decision over Drexel's Dan Stewart in the consolation final. The win gave Ragan a record of 4-1 for the tournament.

In the 174-pound weight class, freshman Darius Caldwell bounced back from a first round loss and won four straight matches before Cornell's Luke Hogle defeated him in the consolation final with a fall at 3:25. Caldwell finished the tournament with a record of 4-2.

Junior Dan Thompson went 3-2 at 165 pounds and pinned Ithaca's Mark Israel at the 2:10 mark in the fifth place match, while Senior Keith Clifton went 1-3 with a first round bye in the 184-pound weight class and lost by medical forfeit to Army's Charles Martin in the fifth place match.

The Bulldogs will return to action on December 3 when they will participate in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, NV.

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Junior Travis Piccard won the 157-pound title at the Cornell Body Bar Invitational.
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