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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (5-0, 1-0 B1G) rolled through the finals of the 2018 Southern Scuffle, crowning six champions, to win the team title with 197.0 points. Penn State’s title was its seventh in its last seven trips as the Nittany Lions won six straight before not participating in last year’s event.
The Lions crowned champions at six champions, going 6-1 in the finals. Penn State also claimed top two team awards, Most Pins in Least Time and Outstanding Wrestler. Northern Iowa took second with 127.0 and Lehigh was third with 102.0.
Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, continued his Scuffle pin parade by taking care of No. 19 Sam Krivus of Virginia. Retherford opened up an early lead and then turned the Cavalier for his third pin in four Scuffle wins, this one coming at the 1:53 mark. Retherford’s semi win moved him into the finals where met Campbell’s Josh Heil. Retherford completed a superb tournament and clinched his third Southern Scuffle crown with a fall at the 4:39 mark, wrapping up a 5-0 tournament with four pins and a tech fall. He leaves Chattanooga with a 14-0 record, including 11 pins.
Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, dazzled the Scuffle crowd with a semifinal pin over Stanford’s Paul Fox, using his legs to take him to his back, adjusting once and getting the pin at the 3:42 mark, it was his third pin in four bouts with the fourth being a forfeit victory. Nolf met No. 10 Mitch Finesilver of Duke in the finals and ended the bout quickly. The Lion earned his second Scuffle title by hitting a fast headlock and pinning Finesilver at the 0:51 mark. Nolf went 5-0 with four pins and a forfeit victory to earn the title. He is now 14-0 with 12 pins. Nolf’s performance garnered him the Most Pins in Least Time Award.
Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, dominated No. 19 Gordon Wolf of Lehigh in the semifinals, using a bevy of turns to post a 19-3 technical fall at the 5:53 mark. Joseph’s strong win moved him into the finals, where he took on second seeded Bryce Steiert of Northern Iowa. Joseph rolled his way to an 8-0 major decision, using a strong full ride and back points in the third period to clinch the win. The victory gave Joseph his first Scuffle crown as the Lion went 5-0 with a pin, two techs and a major. Joseph heads back to Happy Valley with a 9-0 record.
Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, moved into the finals with a strong 4-0 win over No. 8 Jadaen Bernstein of Navy in the semis, using a second period rideout and a late takedown to post the win. Hal then dominated No. 5 Jordan Kutler of Lehigh in the finals, rolling up 2:31 in riding time and posting a 4-0 win. The victory gave Hall his second straight Scuffle crown as he went 5-0 with two pins and major this time around. Hall leaves Chattanooga with a 15-0 record with 7 pins.
Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, put on a takedown flurry in the third period of his 12-4 major of North Carolina State’s Nick Reenan in the semis. The late surge moved the Nittany Lion junior into the finals on the back of three pins and a major. He then capped off a perfect Scuffle run with a dominant 10-2 major over No. 10 Drew Foster of Northern Iowa in the finals, including 1:36 in riding time. Nickal went 5-0 with three pins and two majors. He leaves Chattanooga with a 14-0 mark including eight pins.
Junior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), making a splash at 197 for Penn State, continued to dominate a ranked field. The Nittany Lion became Penn State’s seventh finalist by pinning No. 14 Matt Williams of CSU Bakersfield in just 0:41. The victory was his third straight over a ranked foe and sent Rasheed to the finals with four wins (two pins, two majors). He met Holschlag in the finals and made it three straight quick cradles. Rasheed caught Holschlag and pinned him at the 0:46 mark to earn his first Scuffle title and end his tournament with a 5-0 mark, including three pins (all in under a minute) and two majors. Rasheed improved his overall mark to 12-2 over the weekend with nine pins. Rasheed was honored as the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler as well.
True freshman Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), wrestling unattached at 141, took on No. 7 Josh Alber of Northern Iowa in the semifinals. Lee brought the Scuffle crowd to its feet by pinning Alber late in the bout. Lee, leading 5-4 in the final seconds, was not content with a decision and used a power throw to toss Alber to his back and get the fall at the 6:51 mark. The win moved the Lion into the finals where he met Oklahoma State’s Kaden Gfeller in the finals and led 7-4 midway through the second when he got caught and reversed. Gfeller then turned Lee to his back and worked for over a minute before getting the pin at the 4:50 mark. Lee’s outstanding 4-1 run and Scuffle runner-up finish included two pins, a tech and a major. The true freshman is now 14-3 as an unattached grappler.
Sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 9 at 197, appeared to have a win and a trip to the finals in hand with a late takedown of Northern Iowa’s Jacob Holschlag. But the officials decided to undo the takedown, erasing Cassar’s 7-4 win and send the bout to overtime where Holschlag countered a Cassar shot for a 6-4 (sv) win. Cassar rebounded with a 9-7 (sv) win over No. 15 Scottie Boykin of Chattanooga in the conso semis and then beat Stephen Loiseau of Drexel for the second time in the tournament, 4-1, for third place. Cassar’s 4-1 performance has him leaving the Scuffle with a 12-2 record.
Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 3 at 285, opened up day two with a major decision in his first consolation bout and then received a medical forfeit win in the conso quarterfinals. Nevills downed No. 7 Mike Hughes of Hofstra in the consolation semifinals but finished fourth after dropping a 2-0 decision to No. 11 Nathan Butler in the third place match. Nevills went 5-2 at this year’s Scuffle and leaves Chattanooga with a 15-2 overall mark.
Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.), ranked No. 18 at 133, lost his only match of the day, a 7-0 decision to CSU Bakersfield’s Sean Nickell. Keener ended his tournament with a 3-2 record, with all three victories coming by major decisions. Keener leaves the Scuffle with a 9-2 overall record, taking his first losses as a Nittany Lion here in Chattanooga.
True freshman Jarod Verkleeren (Greensburg, Pa.), wrestling unattached at 149, rebounded from a quarterfinal loss last night to win his first consolation bout and move into the conso quarters. He took on No. 6 Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa and led late before dropping a hard fought 5-3 decision. He downed Chattanooga’s Roman Boylan 2-1 in the seventh place bout, going 4-2 in his first Scuffle.
Seven Nittany Lions concluded action yesterday on day one. Redshirt freshman Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) went 0-2 at 125. Junior George Carpenter (Chapel Hill, N.C.) went 1-2 at 133. Junior Jered Cortez (Carol Stream, Ill.), ranked No. 15 at 141, went 3-0 but was injured at the end of his third win of the tournament and did not continue. He leaves Chattanooga with an 11-1 overall record. Redshirt freshman Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) went 0-2 at 149. Sophomore Francisco Bisono (Hauppauge, N.Y.) went 0-2 at 174. Senior Matt McCutcheon (Apollo, Pa.) went 1-1 at 197, taking an injury default loss in his second bout and bowing out of the tourney. Redshirt freshman Alex Nicholas (Allentown, Pa.) went 1-2 at 285.
Penn State posted a 56-19 overall record with 22 pins, four techs and 12 majors. Retherford becomes the tenth three-time Scuffle champion and the third Nittany Lion (joining PSU greats Ed Ruth and David Taylor on the illustrious list). Retherford now has 11 pins for the season, 47 for his career (third all-time at Penn State); Nolf has 12 this year and 41 for his career (fourth all-time); Nickal has eight this year and 33 for his career (ninth all-time) and Hall has seven this year and 19 for his career (nearing PSU’s top 20). Rasheed has nine pins this season and 17 for his career as well.
Penn State hits the road for two Big Ten road duals in its next action, visiting Michigan on Friday, Jan. 12, for a 9 p.m. dual and Michigan State on Sunday, Jan. 14, for a 1 p.m. tilt. The Nittany Lions’ next home dual is a Big Ten battle against Purdue in Rec Hall on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. With all home dual meets sold out, a limited number of Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets are available to select Rec Hall duals based on availability. Call 1-800-NITTANY for information or to purchase tickets.
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2018 Southern Scuffle – FINAL Team Standings (Top 3): January 2, 2018 – Chattanooga, Tenn.
1: PENN STATE – 197.0 2: Northern Iowa – 127.0 3: Lehigh --- 102.0
WEIGHT BY WEIGHT AGATE:
125: Devin Schnupp
Rd. 1: Bye
Rd. 2: Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga – L, 8-14 maj.
Cn. 2: Fabian Gutierrez, Chattanooga – L, 6-8 dec.
Schnupp received a first round bye and the dropped a 14-8 major to Chattanooga’s Alonzo Allen in the second round. He moved into consolation action where he lost a hard-fought 8-6 decision to Chattanooga’s Fabian Gutierrez, going 0-2 on the day for Penn State.
133: #18 Corey Keener (4th seed)
Rd. 1: Wade Cummings, Chattanooga – W, 12-1 maj.
Rd. 2: Gary Wayne Harding, Oklahoma State – L, 0-7 dec.
Cn. 2: George Carpenter, Penn State – W, 10-2 maj.
Cn. 3: Rudy Yates, Northern Iowa – W, 10-2 maj.
Cn. 4: Sean Nickell, CSU Bakersfield – L, 0-7 dec.
Keener started the tournament strong, rolling to a 12-1 major decision over Chattanooga’s Wade Cummings. He then suffered his first loss as a Nittany Lion, dropping a 7-0 decision to Oklahoma State’s Gary Wayne Harding. Keener handed teammate George Carpenter a 10-2 major defeat in his first conso bout and then majored Northern Iowa’s Rudy Yates 10-2 to round out day one with a 3-1 mark, all by major decision. Keener’s second day at the Scuffle was short lived as the Lion senior dropped a 7-0 decision to CSU Bakersfield’s Sean Nickell, ending his tournament run with a 3-2 mark.
133: George Carpenter
Rd. 1: Durbin Lloren, Utah Valley – L, 1-11 maj.
Cn. 1: Brandon Bright, Gardner Webb – W, 9-0 maj.
Cn. 2: #18 Corey Keener, Penn State – L, 2-10 maj.
Carpenter lost an 11-1 major to Utah Valley’s Durbin Lloren in the opening round, falling to consolation action. He then majored Gardner Webb’s Brandon Bright 9-0 with over 5:00 in riding time to move into the second round of consolation action. He took on teammate Keener in his next consolation bout and dropped a 10-2 major, bowing out of the tournament with a 1-2 mark.
141: #15 Jered Cortez (3rd seed)
PT: Franco Valdes, Chattanooga – W, forfeit
Rd. 1: Alec Opsal, Air Force – W, 8-6 dec.
Rd. 2: Owen Lamb, Northern Colorado – W, 6-3 dec.
Cortez picked up a forfeit victory in his pigtail bout to start the tournament. He then met Air Force’s Alec Opsal in the first round and posted an 8-6 decision. He moved to 3-0 with a 6-3 win over Owen Lamb of Northern Colorado in the second round but was injured late in the match. While hanging on for the victory, the Lion was unable to continue in the tournament and ended the tournament with a 3-0 mark (Cortez took medical forfeits, not losses, bowing out of the tournament).
141: Nick Lee (unattached – 5th seed)
Rd. 1: Garrett O’Shea, Air Force – W, 18-3 (TF; 4:55)
Rd. 2: Evan Cheek, Cleveland State – WBF (2:58)
Qtrs: Russell Rohlfing, CS-Bakersfield – W, 15-5 maj.
Semis: #7 Josh Alber, Northern Iowa – WBF (6:51)
Finals: Kaden Gfeller, Oklahoma State – LBF (4:50)
Lee, wrestling unattached, began his tournament with a dominant 18-3 technical fall over Air Force’s Garrett O’Shea (4:55). He then posted a late first period pin of Cleveland State’s Evan Cheek, getting the fall at the 2:58 mark. Lee moved into the semifinals with a 15-5 major over CS-Bakersfield’s Russell Rohlfing in the quarterfinals, ending his day with a 3-0 mark. He brought the Scuffle crowd to its feet in the semifinals. Leading 5-4 late but not content, Lee used a power throw to pin No. 7 Josh Alber of Northern Iowa at the 6:51 mark to advance to the finals. Lee met Oklahoma State’s Kaden Gfeller in the finals and led 7-4 midway through the second when he got caught and reversed. Gfeller then turned Lee to his back and worked for over a minute before getting the pin at the 4:50 mark. Lee’s outstanding 4-1 run and Scuffle runner-up finish included two pins, a tech and a major.
149: #1 Zain Retherford (1st seed)
Rd. 1: Brandon Leynaud, Duke – WBF (1:20)
Rd. 2: Jon Mele, Lehigh – WBF (4:21)
Qtrs: Jamal Morris, North Carolina State -- W, 15-0 (TF; 5:43)
Semis: #19 Sam Krivus, Virginia – WBF (1:53)
Finals: Josh Heil, Campbell – WBF (4:39)
Retherford picked up his eighth pin of the year in the first round, pinning Duke’s Brandon Leynaud at the 1:20 mark to get things started. He then pinned Lehigh’s Jon Mele at the 4:21 mark in the second period, notching his 45th career pin as a Nittany Lion. He then posted a dominant 15-0 tech fall over North Carolina’s Jamal Morris in the quarterfinals to finish day one with a 3-0 mark. He made it three pins in four outings by getting a first period fall over No. 19 Sam Krivus in the semifinals. Retherford then secured his third Southern Scuffle title by pinning Campbell’s Josh Heil at the 4:39 mark. Retherford went 5-0 with four pins.
149: Jarod Verkleeren (unattached)
Rd. 1: Jake Keating, Virginia – W, 16-5 maj.
Rd. 2: Kalani Tonge, CS-Bakersfield – W, 11-4 dec.
Qtrs: Jered Prince, Navy – L, 5-8 dec.
Cn 4: Evan Barczak, Drexel – W, 6-4 dec.
Cn Q: #6 Max Thomsen, Northern Iowa – L, 3-5 dec.
7th Place: Roman Boylan, Chattanooga – W, 2-1 dec.
Verkleeren, wrestling unattached, opened up his tournament with an impressive 16-5 major over Virginia’s Jake Keating. The true freshman then downed CS-Bakersfield’s Kalani Tonge 11-4 to move on. The true freshman dropped a hard-fought 8-5 decision to Navy’s Jared Prince in the quarterfinals, going 2-1 on day one. Verkleeren opened up day two with a 6-4 win over Drexel’s Evan Barczak and then dropped a tough 5-3 decision to No. 6 Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa in the consolation quarterfinals. He downed Chattanooga’s Roman Boylan 2-1 to take seventh place. Verkleeren went 4-2 with a major to take seventh.
149: Bo Pipher
Rd. 1: Ty Buckiso, The Citadel – L, 1-10 maj. dec.
Cn. 1: Tejon Anthony, George Mason – L, 2-3 dec.
Pipher dropped a 10-1 major to The Citadel’s Ty Buckiso in the opening round, sliding down to consolation action. Pipher lost 3-2 to George Mason’s Tejon Anthony, ending his tournament with an 0-2 mark.
157: #1 Jason Nolf (1st seed)
Rd. 1: Bryce Reddington, George Mason – W, forfeit
Rd. 2: Cam Coy, Virginia – WBF (4:35)
Qtrs: Tyler Marinelli, Gardner Webb – WBF (1:43)
Semis: Paul Fox, Stanford – WBF (3:42)
Finals: #10 Mitch Finesilver, Duke – WBF (0:51)
Nolf received a forfeit victory over George Mason’s Bryce Reddington in the opening round and then pinned Virginia’s Cam Coy at the 4:35 mark in his first live action of the day. Nolf picked up his second pin of the day in the quarterfinals, getting the fall over Gardner Webb’s Tyler Marinelli at the 1:43 mark. Nolf posted a 3-0 first day with two pins. Nolf dazzled the crowd with a semifinal pin of Stanford’s Paul Fox, using his legs to take the Cardinal to his back, adjusting once and getting the pin at the 3:42 mark. He took on No. 10 Mitch Finesilver of Duke in the finals and made short work of the Blue Devil, hitting a vicious headlock early and getting the pin at the 0:51 mark. Nolf’s 5-0 run including four pins earned him his second Scuffle title.
165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph (1st seed)
Rd. 1: Michael Elliot, Appalachian State – WBF (3:22)
Rd. 2: Zach Finesilver, Duke – W, 19-4 (TF; 5:11)
Qtrs: Ebed Jarrell, Drexel – W, 10-7 dec.
Semis: #19 Gordon Wolf, Lehigh – W, 19-3 (TF; 5:53)
Finals: Bryce Steiert, Northern Iowa – W, 8-0 maj.
Joseph, returning to live action for the first time since November, opened up the tournament with a fall, pinning Michael Elliot of Appalachian State at the 3:22 mark. He then dominated Duke’s Zach Finesilver, rolling to a 19-4 tech fall at the 5:11 mark to move into the quarterfinals. Joseph fought off a strong effort from Drexel’s Ebed Jarrell to post a 10-7 win, going 3-0 on the day and moving into the semifinals. Joseph dominated No. 19 Gordon Wolf of Lehigh in the semifinals, rolling to a 19-3 technical fall at the 5:53 mark to move into the finals. He took on second seeded Bryce Steiert of Northern Iowa in the finals and rolled his way to an 8-0 major decision. The victory gave Joseph his first Scuffle crown as the Lion went 5-0 with a pin, two techs and a major.
174: #2 Mark Hall (1st seed)
Rd. 1: Evan Schenk, Gardner Webb – WBF (0:55)
Rd. 2: Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech – WBF (0:35)
Qtrs: Matt Finesilver, Duke – W, 12-3 maj.
Semis: #8 Jadaen Bernstein, Navy – W, 4-0 dec.
Finals: #5 Jordan Kutler, Lehigh – W, 4-0 dec.
Hall, who wrestled unattached at the Scuffle last year and won the 174 pound title and OW award, opened up his title defense with a quick pin (0:55) of Gardner Webb’s Evan Schenk. He needed less time against Virginia Tech’s Hunter Bolen, using a head lock and throw to put the Hokie to his back for a first period pin at the 0:35 mark. Hall dominated Duke’s Matt Finesilver in the quarters, rolling to a 12-3 major to go 3-0 with two pins and a major on day one. Hall used a second period rideout and a late takedown to post a strong 4-0 win over No. 8 Jadaen Bernstein of Navy in the semifinals. He then dominated No. 5 Jordan Kutler of Lehigh in the finals, rolling up 2:31 in riding time and posting a 4-0 win. The victory gave Hall his second straight Scuffle crown as he went 5-0 with two pins and major this time around.
174: Francisco Bisono
Rd. 1: #17 Forrest Przybysz, Appalachian State – L, 7-18 maj.
Cn. 1: Hestin Lamons, Oklahoma State – L, 4-5 dec.
Bisono met 17th-ranked Forrest Przybysz in the opening round and lost an 18-7 major. He bowed out of the tournament with a hard-fought 5-4 loss to Oklahoma State’s Hestin Lamons, going 0-2 at this year’s event.
184: #1 Bo Nickal (1st seed)
Rd. 1: Nick Mosco, North Carolina – WBF (0:56)
Rd. 2: Austin Flores, Stanford – WBF (1:34)
Qtrs: Sam Smeltzer, Virginia Tech – WBF (1:09)
Semis: Nick Reenan, North Carolina State – W, 12-4 maj.
Finals: #10 Drew Foster, Northern Iowa – W, 10-2 maj.
Nickal continued his torrid start to the season with another fast fall, this pin coming at the 0:56 mark over North Carolina’s Nick Mosco. Nickal followed that pin up with another first period fall, getting the call at the 1:34 mark against Stanford’s Austin Flores. Nickal made it three for three on first period pins with a fall over Virginia Tech’s Sam Smeltzer at the 1:09 mark to move into the semifinals. Nickal dominated North Carolina State’s Nick Reenan in the semis. He rolled to a 12-4 major with over 3:00 in riding time, using a flurry of late takedowns to post the major. He capped off a perfect Scuffle run with a dominant 10-2 major over No. 10 Drew Foster of Iowa, including 1:36 in riding time, to earn his second Southern Scuffle crown. Nickal went 5-0 with three pins and two majors.
197: #9 Anthony Cassar (1st seed)
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: Tristan Sponseller, Lock Haven – W, 13-10 dec.
Qtrs: Stephen Loiseau, Drexel – W, 4-1 dec.
Semis: Jacob Holschlag, Northern Iowa – L, 4-6 (sv) dec.
Cn. S: #15 Scottie Boykin, Chattanooga – W, 9-7 (sv) dec.
3rd: Stephen Loiseau, Drexel – W, 4-1 dec.
Cassar received a first round bye and shook off the rust of a long wait with a 13-10 decision over Lock Haven’s Tristan Sponseller in the second round. The win moved the Lion sophomore into the quarterfinals where he posted a 4-1 win over Stephen Loiseau of Drexel, advancing to the semifinals with a 2-0 first day. Cassar had a 7-4 victory in the semifinals overturned by the officials after a lengthy review on a takedown and riding time point. The overturned late call led to sudden victory where Holschlag countered a Cassar shot for a takedown and a 6-4 (sv) win. The loss dropped Cassar into the conso semifinals where he picked up his own sudden victory win, a 9-7 (sv) decision over No. 15 Scottie Boykin of Chattanooga. Cassar took on Loiseau for third place and beat him a second time by an identical 4-1 score. Cassar went 4-1 to place third at the Scuffle this year.
197: Matt McCutcheon
Rd. 1: Ben Stacey, Chattanooga – WBF (5:40)
Rd. 2: Anthony McLaughlin, Air Force – L, inj. def.
McCutcheon opened up the Scuffle with a pin, getting a third period fall over Chattanooga’s Ben Stacey at the 5:40 mark. McCutcheon was battling Air Force’s Anthony McLaughlin late in the third when the Lion called for an injury timeout, could not continue, and took an injury default loss. McCutcheon went 1-1 with a pin at this year’s Scuffle.
197: Shakur Rasheed
Rd. 1: Anthony Perrine, Gardner Webb – W, 12-3 maj.
Rd. 2: #18 Jacob Seely, Northern Colorado – W, 12-2 maj.
Qtrs: #15 Scottie Boykin, Chattanooga – WBF (0:27)
Semis: #14 Matt Williams, CSU Bakersfield – WBF (0:41)
Finals: Jacob Holschlag, Northern Iowa – WBF (0:46)
Rasheed opened up his tournament with a strong 12-3 major over Gardner Webb’s Anthony Perrine. He then dominated No. 18 Jacob Seely, the tournament’s sixth seed, in a 12-2 major decision to advance to the quarterfinals. Rasheed then downed his second straight ranked opponent, this one in fast fashion as the Lion junior pinned No. 15 Scottie Boykin of Chattanooga at the 0:27 mark to move into the semifinals with a 3-0 first day. Rasheed continued his dominance over ranked wrestlers, this time pinning No. 14 Matt Williams of CSU Bakersfield in just 0:41 to move into the finals. He then capped off his Scuffle title performance with a third straight first period cradle. This time he caught UNI’s Jacob Holschlag at the 0:46 mark to win his first Scuffle crown. Rasheed went 5-0 with three pins (all in under a minute) and two majors.
285: #3 Nick Nevills (1st seed)
Rd. 1: Price Jackson, Gardner Webb – WBF (1:42)
Rd. 2: Tyler Love, Virginia – W, 3-0 dec.
Qtrs: Mike Boykin, North Carolina State – L, 3-4 dec.
Cn. 4: Matt Voss, George Mason – W, 11-2 maj.
Cn. Q: #12 Jordan Wood, Lehigh – W, med. forf.
Cn. S: #7 Mike Hughes, Hofstra – W, 4-1 dec.
3rd: #11 Nathan Butler, Stanford – L, 0-2 dec.
Nevills picked up a quick first period pin in his first bout, getting the fall over Gardner Webb’s Price Jackson at the 1:42 mark. He used a third period takedown to ice a 3-0 win over Virginia’s Tyler Love in the second round, moving into the quarterfinals. Nevills slipped into a reversal in the third period to drop a 4-3 decision to North Carolina State’s Mike Boykin, going 2-1 on day one. He rebounded with an 11-2 major over George Mason’s Matt Voss to start day two’s consolation action and then received a medical forfeit victory in the consolation quarters. He took care of No. 7 Mike Hughes 4-1 in the conso semis but lost 2-0 to No. 11 Nathan Butler of Stanford in the third place match. Nevills posted a 5-2 mark overall.
285: Alex Nicholas
Rd. 1: Joey Goodhart, Drexel – L, 0-15 (TF; 5:00)
Cn. 1: Bubby Scherer, Virginia – W, 9-6 dec.
Cn. 2: Dustin Dennison, Utah Valley – L, 2-15 maj.
Nicholas dropped a 15-0 technical fall to Drexel’s Joey Goodhart to open up his Scuffle action. In consolation action, he picked up his first collegiate victory with a 9-6 decision over Virginia’s Bubby Scherer. His tournament ended with a 15-2 major loss to Utah Valley’s Dustin Dennison.