The Citadel’s Dazjon Casto has won three matches at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, and is one victory away from becoming the Bulldogs’ fifth All-American in that sport.
A senior who graduated from Fort Dorchester High School, Casto entered the NCAA championships with a record of 22-7, a No. 22 national seed and the SoCon title at 157 pounds.
He will take on No. 17 Hunter Willets of Oregon State on Friday night (March 18), with a top-eight finish and All-America spot on the line.
Casto earned that berth with a second-round pin of No. 14 seed Jake Keating of Virginia on Friday afternoon.
He pulled an upset of No. 11 seed Austin Connor of North Carolina by 8-2 in the opening round, then fell to No. 6 Jared Franek of North Dakota State by 10-0 in the second round. Connor was the NCAA champ at 149 pounds last year.
Moving to the consolation bracket, Casto knocked off No. 28 Brady Connor of Virginia Tech by 3-1 before his pin of Keating.
At Fort Dorchester, Casto was 39-0 and won a state championship as a senior, and also was an All-Lowcountry defensive back in football.
The Citadel’s Michael McAleavey entered the NCAAs as the No. 28 seed at 285 pounds, and lost to No. 5 Wyatt Hendrickson of Air Force and No. 21 Tyrie Houghton of N.C. State.
The Citadel has had four All-Americans in wrestling: Dan Thompson (2006), Odie Delaney (2013), Ugi Khishignyam (2013) and Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (2014).
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