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Interesting match up on ESPN2 with Ohio State against a very improved North Carolina State come Jan 6. I might have to have a look at that one:rolleyes:


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No.1 Penn State Dominates Day One of Southern Scuffle

Nickal notches 100th career win, Nolf ties career pin record

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.; January 1, 2019 – No. 1 Penn State (4-0, 0-0 B1G) is standing tall after the first day of the 2019 Southern Scuffle, presented by Compound Sportswear, in Chattanooga, Tenn.  Head coach Cael Sanderson's Nittany Lions sit in first place and have 11 semifinalists at nine weights.  The two-day event continues tomorrow, Jan. 2, in UT-Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena.
 
Two Lions notched milestone wins on day one. Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas) became the newest member of the Nittany Lion 100-wins club on day one.  He picked up three wins (all by fall) to hit the 100 career win mark.  Nickal enters tomorrow's second day of the Southern Scuffle with a 100-3 career record. Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.) tied the Penn State record for falls in a career with two pins as well. He has 53 now, tied with Zain Retherford, David Taylor and Josh Moore. He needs one more to own the record alone.
 
True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.), ranked No. 15 at 133, was solid on day one of the Scuffle, becoming Penn State's first semifinalist with a 3-0 day at 133.  Bravo-Young downed Stanford's Dalton Young 4-3, Lehigh's Nick Farro 4-1 and Virginia Tech's Collin Gerardi 8-6 (sv) to move into tomorrow's semifinal round. Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, went 4-0 on the first day, getting a pin in the first round and then reeling off three straight impressive majors.  He majored Pitt's Cole Matthews 11-3 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals tomorrow.
 
Redshirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 10 at 149, rolled through the first day of the Scuffle, going 4-0.  He had two majors and moved into the semifinals with a strong 4-3 win over No. 17 Jared Prince of Navy in the quarterfinals. Nolf, ranked No. 1 at 157, went 3-0 on day one and tied the Penn State all-time pins list (53) with two quick pins. He then majored Oklahoma State's Jonce Blaylock in the quarters to move into tomorrow's semifinals.
 
Sophomore Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) had an outstanding first day at the Scuffle.  He opened up his tournament by rolling over No. 14 Dan Reed of Columbia, posting a 16-0 tech fall at the 3:00 mark.  He added wins over Chase Straw of Iowa State and Ben Anderson of Duke to advance to the semifinals. Junior Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, went 3-0 at 165.  He opened his tournament with two pins, his seventh and eighth of the year, and then downed Stanford's Shane Griffith in the quarterfinals to advance to tomorrow's semis.
 
Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 1 at 174, sailed into the semifinals with three bonus wins.  He notched two tech falls by a combined 39-9 in his first two bouts and then majored Iowa State's Marcus Coleman 14-4 in the quarterfinals.  Hall's 3-0 day moves him into tomorrow's semifinal round. Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 3 at 184, also advanced to the semifinals.  He went 2-0 officially, both major decisions over Joel Shapiro of Iowa State and Hunter Yeargan of Ohio in the quarterfinals. Rasheed also picked up a 12-2 major over non-collegiate wrestler Jonathan Loew, a result that does not count as a win or a loss, nor for any stats or team records.
 
Nickal, ranked No. 1 at 197, picked up three wins on three pins to earn his 100th career victory at Penn State and punch his ticket to the semifinals. Nickal pinned North Carolina State's Tyrie Houghton (3:49) and Lock Haven's Luke McGonigal (1:34) to advance to the quarters.  He then picked up win 100 with a third straight fall, this one over Josh Roetman of Navy at the 1:47 mark. Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 285, went 3-0 on day one, getting three dominating majors over wrestlers from Ohio, Rider and Iowa State to advance to the semifinals tomorrow. Senior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.) also went 3-0 on day one at 285.  Nevills was strong, posting a pin, a tech fall and a 7-1 win over No. 17 Joey Goodhart of Drexel in the quarters to move to the semifinals.
 
Redshirt freshman Jarod Verkleeren (Greensburg, Pa.) went 2-1 on day one.  He advanced to the quarterfinals with a first round tech fall and a major in the second round.  In the quarterfinals, he lost a close 3-2 decision to No. 12 Kaden Gfeller of Oklahoma State and will continue in consos tomorrow.  Redshirt freshman Mason Manville (Lorton, Va.) had a strong first day at 165. Manville won his first two bouts, a major and a 6-2 win over Navy's Tanner Skidgel, to move to the quarterfinals where he met No. 3 Chance Marsteller of Lock Haven.  Manville battled the ranked Bald Eagle tough but lost 4-2 and will continue in consolation action tomorrow.
 
 
Wrestling unattached, true freshman Brody Teske (Duncombe, Iowa) took to the mat for the first time this season at 125 and began his tournament with two solid wins (6-3 and 4-3 decisions) to advance to the quarterfinals.  He lost to Lock Haven's Luke Werner in the quarters, falling into consolation action tomorrow.
 
Sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) opened up his tournament with a strong major over Drexel's Antonio Mininno at 125 but lost to No. 17 Rico Montoya of Northern Colorado in the second round.  He then battled Navy's Aslan Kilic tough before losing a close 7-6 decision to end the tournament with a 1-2 mark. Sophomore Luke Gardner (Pottsville, Pa.) competed at 149, dropping two close decisions to bow out of the tournament. Junior Dominic Giannangeli (Murrysville, Pa.) wrestled at 141, dropping a couple tough decisions.  He did pick up a victory against a non-collegiate entry but the win does not count towards his record.  Junior Francisco Bisono (Hauppauge, N.Y.) competed at 184, dropping both his matches, including a tough 6-4 (sv) decision to Oklahoma State's Bear Hughes in consolation action.
 
The Nittany Lions lead the team race after the first day with 121.5 points while Oklahoma State is second with 111.5. Iowa State and Lock Haven are tied for third with 60.0 each. Penn State went 41-11 on day one, including a 30-8 first session and an 11-3 second session.  The Nittany Lions totaled 29 bonus point wins off 15 majors, five technical falls and nine pins.
 
Action continues starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the consolation action followed by the semifinals.  Penn State is looking to win its eighth Southern Scuffle title in its last eight trips to the event. The Nittany Lions are 4-0 in dual meets to date and, after tomorrow's Scuffle finale, will open up Big Ten action at Northwestern on Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and home against Wisconsin on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. in Rec Hall.
 
Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest. This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.
 
2019 Southern Scuffle
January 1, 2019 – McKenzie Arena – Chattanooga, Tenn.
 
TEAM STANDINGS (Top 3)
1: PENN STATE – 121.5
2: Oklahoma State – 111.5
3: Iowa State – 60.0
3: Lock Haven – 60.0
 
Weight-by-weight agate (rankings listed InterMat as of 12/25/18)
 
 
125: Devin Schnupp, So.
Rd. 1: Antonio Mininno, Drexel – W, 13-5 maj.
Rd. 2: #17 Rico Montoya, Northern Colorado – L, 0-17 (TF; 4:12)
Cn. 3: Aslan Kilic, Navy – L, 6-7 dec.
 
Devin Schnupp took on Drexel's Antonio Mininno in the first round at 125 and dominated him to the tune of a 13-5 major decision.  He then met No. 17 Rico Montoya of Northern Colorado in the round of 16 and dropped a 17-0 tech fall.  Schnupp lost 7-6 to Aslan Kilic of Navy to end his tournament with a 1-2 mark.
 
125: Brody Teske, Fr. (UNATTACHED)
Rd. 1: Paxton Rosen, Campbell – W, 6-3 dec.
Rd. 2: Shakur Laney, Ohio – W, 4-3 dec.
Qtrs: Luke Werner, Lock Haven – L, 0-15 (TF; 5:33)
Cn. 4: tomorrow
 
Wrestling unattached, Brody Teske made his season debut at 125 against Paxton Rosen of Campbell and posted a strong 6-3 win, including a full third period ride and 2:36 in riding time.  He took on Ohio's Shakur Laney in the next round and used a late takedown to post a 4-3 win to advance to the quarterfinals.  Teske took on Lock Haven's Luke Werner in the quarters and lost a 15-0 bout to drop into consolation action.
 
133: #15 Roman Bravo-Young, Fr.
Rd. 1: Dalton Young, Stanford – W, 4-3 dec.
Rd. 2: Nick  Farro, Lehigh – W, 4-1 dec.
Qtrs: Collin Gerardi, Virginia Tech – W, 8-6 (sv)
Semis: tomorrow
 
Roman Bravo-Young met Stanford's Dalton Young in the first round at 133 and notched a hard-fought 4-3 win.  In the second round, he met Lehigh's Nick Farro and used a third period takedown and rideout to notch a 4-1 win to move into the quarterfinals.  Bravo-Young met Virginia Tech's Collin Gerardi in the quarters and battled his way to a hard-fought 8-6 (sv) win to advance to the semifinals.
 
141: #4 Nick Lee, So.
Rd. 1: Julian Flores, Drexel – WBF (4:14)
Rd. 2: Carmine Ciotti, Edinboro – W, 15-4 maj.
Rd. 3: Aiden Murphy, Chattanooga – W, 12-4 maj.
Qtrs: Cole Matthews, Pittsburgh – W, 11-3 maj.
Semis: tomorrow
 
Nick Lee met Julian Flores of Drexel in the first round at 141 and picked up a second period pin at the 4:14 mark.  He took on Edinboro's Carmine Ciotti in the next round and rolled to a 15-4 major decision.  Lee then majored Aiden Murphy of Chattanooga, 12-4, in the third round to advance to the quarterfinals.  In the quarters, he took on Pitt's Cole Matthews and made if a 4-0 first day with his third major, this one an 11-3 win. 
 
141: Dominic Giannangeli, Jr.
Rd. 1: Anthony Sparacio, Binghamton – L, 4-7 dec.
Cn. 1: Connor Ward, NON-COL – W, 7-2 dec.
Cn. 2: Carmine Ciotti, Edinboro – L, 0-6
 
Dominic Giannangeli faced off against Binghamton's Anthony Sparacio in the opening round at 141. Giannangeli dropped a close 7-4 decision and slid into the consolation bracket where he downed Connor Ward, a non-collegiate entry, 7-2 (the victory does not count as results against non-collegiate competition are not wins or losses).  In the next consolation round, dropped a tough 6-0 decision to Edinboro's Carmine Ciotti to bow out of the tournament.
 
149: #10 Brady Berge, Fr.
Rd. 1: Frankie Gissendanner, Rider – W, 12-4 maj.
Rd. 2: Dusty Hone, Oklahoma State – W, 4-2 dec.
Rd. 3: Alec Hagan, Ohio – W, 12-3 maj.
Qtrs: #17 Jared Prince, Navy – W, 4-3 dec.
Semis: tomorrow
 
Brady Berge took on Frankie Gissendanner of Rider in round one at 149 and posted a strong 12-4 major decision.  He then downed Oklahoma State's Dusty Hone 4-2 to move into the third round, where he dominated Ohio's Alec Hagan, rolling to a 12-3 major decision.  Berge took on No. 17 Jared Prince of Navy in the quarterfinals and notched a late takedown to secure a 4-3 win and advance to the semifinals.
 
149: Jarod Verkleeren, Fr.
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: Wyatt Sladek, Campbell – W, 24-9 (TF; 4:40)
Rd. 3: Alec Opsal, Air Force – W, 17-6 maj.
Qtrs: #12 Kaden Gfeller, Oklahoma State – L, 2-3
Cn 4: tomorrow
 
Jarod Verkleeren had a first round bye and then battled Campbell's Wyatt Sladek in the first round at 149. He dominated that bout, rolling to a 24-9 technical fall at the 4:40 mark.  In the third round, majored Alec Opsal of Air Force to move into the quarterfinals.  He met No. 12 Kaden Gfeller of Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals and lost a hard-fought 3-2 decision. 
 
149: Luke Gardner, Fr.
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State – L, 3-6 dec.
Cn. 1: bye
Cn. 2: Gary Dinmore, Rider – L, 4-6 dec.
 
Luke Gardner had a first round bye at 149 and then dropped a tough 6-3 decision to Matt Zovistoski of Appalachian State in the second round.  He received a bye in the first round of consolation action and then bowed out of the tournament after a hard-fought 6-4 loss to Rider's Gary Dinmore.
 
 
157: #1 Jason Nolf, Sr.
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: Jared Hill, Stanford – WBF (1:21)
Rd. 3: William Formato, Appalachian State – WBF (4:07)
Qtrs: Jonce Blaylock, Oklahoma State – W, 21-7 maj. dec.
Semis: tomorrow
 
Jason Nolf had a first round bye at 157 and then took on Jared Hill off Stanford in the first round. He pinned Hill in just 1:21, moving into the third round and one fall shy of tying Penn State's all-time pin record. He tied the record in the next round, pinning William Formato of Appalachian State at the 4:07 mark.  The fall was the 53rd of his Lion career, tying Zain Retherford, David Taylor and Josh Moore for the top spot on the all-time list.  He then majored Oklahoma State's Jonce Blaylock 21-7 to move into the semifinal round.
 
157: Bo Pipher, So.
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: #14 Dan Reed, Columbia – W, 16-0 (TF; 3:00)
Rd. 3: Chase Straw, Iowa State – W, 5-3 dec.
Qtrs: Ben Anderson, Duke – W, 5-3 dec.
Semis: tomorrow
 
Bo Pipher and a first round bye and then met No. 14 Dan Reed of Columbia in the second round at 157. Pipher put on a show, throwing Reed early for six points and then turning him three more times, including a final four-count as the first period ended to post a 16-0 technical fall over the ranked grappler at the 3:00 mark.  Pipher then topped Iowa State's Chase Straw 5-3 to move into the quarterfinals where he took on Ben Anderson of Duke.  Pipher continued his strong tourney with a 5-3 win over Anderson to move into the semifinals.
 
165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph, Jr.
Rd. 1: Michael Ferree, Campbell – WBF (2:07)
Rd. 2: Joey Mazzarra, North Carolina State – WBF (4:40)
Qtrs: Shane Griffith, Stanford – W, 6-4 dec.
Semis: tomorrow
 
Vincenzo Joseph took on Campbell's Michale Ferree in round one at 165 and after reeling off six early takedowns, finished off the match with a pin at the 2:07 mark to move into the second round.  He made it two straight pins to start the day by pinning North Carolina State's Joey Mazzarra at the 4:40 mark to move into the quarterfinals.  Joseph met Shane Griffith of Stanford in the quarters and won 6-4 to move into the semifinals.
 
165: Mason Manville, Fr.
Rd. 1: Trey Watson, Chattanooga – W, 12-3 maj.
Rd. 2: Tanner Skidgel, Navy – W, 6-2 dec.
Qtrs: #3 Chance Marsteller, Lock Haven – L, 2-4 dec.
Cn. 4: tomorrow
 
Mason Manville met Chattanooga's Trey Watson in the opening round at 165. Manville dominated Watson, posting a 12-3 major decision, to move into the second round.  He controlled Navy's Tanner Skidgel, posting a 6-2 major, to move into the quarterfinals where he met No. 3 Chance Marsteller of Lock Haven.  Manville dropped a tough 2-4 decision and moved into consolation action.
 
174: #1 Mark Hall
Rd. 1: Logan Stanley, Ohio – W, 17-2 (TF; 6:07)
Rd. 2: Cody Hughes, Virginia Tech – W, 22-7 (TF; 6:36)
Qtrs: Marcus Coleman, Iowa State – W, 14-4 maj.
Semis: tomorrow
 
Mark Hall met Ohio's Logan Stanley in round one at 174 and rolled to a 17-2 technical fall at the 6:07 mark.  In the next round, Hall dominated Cody Hughes of Virginia Tech, rolling to a second straight tech fall, 22-7 at the 6:36 mark.  The win advanced him to the quarterfinals where he notched a strong 14-4 major over Iowa State's Marcus Coleman.
 
184: #3 Shakur Rasheed, Sr.
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: Jonathan Loew, NON-COL (does not count on record) – W, 12-2 maj. dec.
Rd. 3: Joel Shapiro, Iowa State – W, 13-1 maj.
Qtrs: Hunter Yeargan, Ohio – W, 11-0 maj.
Semis: tomorrow
 
Shakur Rasheed had a first round bye at 184 and then met a non-collegiate wrestler, Jonathan Loew, in the second round.  Rasheed got the 12-2 major, but the result does not count as a win or major for his stats nor the team's.  Rasheed majored Joel Shapiro of Iowa State in the second round, picking up his first official win of the tourney to move into the quarterfinals.  Rasheed met Ohio's Hunter Yeargan in the quarters and shutout the Bearcat with an 11-0 major.
 
184: Francisco Bisono, Jr.
Rd. 1: Chris Weiler, Lehigh – L, 6-15 maj.
Cn. 1: Bear Hughes, Oklahoma State – L, 4-6 (sv)
 
Francisco Bisono met Lehigh's Chris Weiler in the first round at 184 and dropped a 15-6 major decision.  In his first consolation bout, he took Oklahoma State's Bear Hughes to sudden victory before dropping a tough 6-4 (sv) bout.  He ended his tournament with an 0-2 mark.
 
197: #1 Bo Nickal, Sr.
Rd. 1: Tyrie Houghton, North Carolina State – WBF (3:49)
Rd. 2: Luke McGonigal, Lock Haven – WBF (1:34)
Qtrs: Josh Roetman, Navy – WBF (1:47)
Semis: tomorrow
 
Bo Nickal took on North Carolina State's Tyrie Houghton in the opening round at 197. Nickal rolled out to a big early lead and then finished off the bout with a pin at the 3:49 mark.  In the next round, he notched his 99th career win with yet another pin (the 47th of his career).  He pinned Lock Haven's Luke McGonigal at the 1:34 mark to move into the quarterfinals. Nickal picked up the 100thwin of his career in the quarterfinals by pinning Navy's Josh Roetman at the 1:47 mark to move into the semifinals.
 
285: #5 Anthony Cassar, Sr.
Rd. 1: Jordan Earnest, Ohio – W, 18-4 maj.
Rd. 2: Ryan Cloud, Rider – W, 16-4 maj.
Qtrs: Gannon Gremmel, Iowa State – W, 16-5 maj.
Semis: tomorrow
 
Anthony Cassar met Ohio's Jordan Earnest in the opening round at 285.  He dominated the match, posting an 18-4 major decision with over 4:00 in riding time, to move into the second round. Cassar used a strong third period to break away to a 16-4 major over Rider's Ryan Cloud and advanced to the quarterfinals where he met Iowa State's Gannon Gremmel. Cassar dominated Gremmel, rolling to a 16-5 major to advance to the semifinals.
 
285: Nick Nevills, Sr.
Rd. 1: James Brady, Rider – WBF (4:09)
Rd. 2: John Borst, Virginia Tech – W, 20-5 (TF; 7:00)
Qtrs: #17 Joey Goodhart, Drexel – W, 7-1 dec.
 
Nick Nevills met James Brady of Rider in the first round at 285 and dominated the bout, rolling out to a 13-0 lead before ending the bout with a pin at the 4:09 mark.  He posted a second straight tech fall after that, roaring to a 20-5 TF at the 7:00 mark over John Borst of Virginia Tech. The win moved Nevills into the quarterfinals where he met No. 17 Joey Goodhart of Drexel.  Nevills dominated the ranked Drexel wrestler, posting a strong 7-1 win to advance to the semifinals.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Since the Penn State football team laid an egg, I thought everyone might enjoy reading about a magnificent dominating performance. I was very impressed with Berge, Nicky Lee and Roman Bravo-Young, Also red shirt freshman Brody Teske looked good until he ran into the kid from Lock Haven. It's on to the semi-finals today and hopefully a team championship...good job so far guys:yahoo:


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The finals match-ups with Penn State competing in 7 of 10 weight classes:

 

125: #4 Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State) vs Rico Montoya (Northern Colorado)

133: #6 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) vs #9 Austin Gomez (Iowa State) 

141: #4 Nick Lee (Penn State) vs Real Woods (Stanford)

149: #6 Mitch Finesilver (Duke) vs #12 Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State) 

157: #1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) vs Bo Pipher (Penn State) 

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) vs #4 Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven)

174: #1 Mark Hall (Penn State) vs #8 Joe Smith (Oklahoma State) 

184: #7 Shakur Rasheed (Penn State) vs Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech)

197: #1 Bo Nickal (Penn State) vs  #9 Nathan Traxler (Stanford)

285: #3 Anthony Cassar (Penn State) vs Derek White (Oklahoma State)


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While we are competing in 7 weight classes, we actually have 8 wrestlers in the finals! Both wrestlers at 157 lbs. are Penn Staters:D


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Nittany Lions Win 2019 Southern Scuffle

Nickal OW, Lions crown six champs, Nolf now the lone all-time PSU pin leader

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.; January 2, 2019 – No. 1 Penn State (4-0, 0-0 B1G) won the 2019 Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.  Head coach Cael Sanderson's Nittany Lions won the team title with a tournament record scoring total to outdistance second place Oklahoma State. The championship is Penn State's eighth in its last eight trips to the tournament. The two-day event started yesterday and concluded tonight in UT-Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena.
 
The Nittany Lions rolled to the team title thanks to crowning six champions.  One of those champions became Penn State's all-time pins leader in the process of winning his title and another pinned his way to the crown and another Outstanding Wrestler Award.  Twelve of Penn State's 18 entrants at the event placed.  The Nittany Lions' team point total of 216.5 is a new Southern Scuffle record as well, crushing the old mark of 198.0 held by Oklahoma State (Penn State had 197.0 during last year's title run). There have been 15 Southern Scuffle's held. Penn State has won it eight times.
 
Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, won his first Southern Scuffle Championships.  He met Lock Haven's Kyle Shoop in the semis and dominated the Bald Eagle veteran, rolling to an 18-4 major decision to advance to the Scuffle finals.  In the finals, he met talented Stanford redshirt Real Woods and came away with a hard-fought 6-3 win the title.  Lee went 4-0 with a pin and four majors to claim the crown.
 
Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, won his third Southern Scuffle title.  He pinned Stanford's Dom Mandarino in the semifinals at the 5:22 mark. The fall was the 54th of Nolf's career, setting a new Penn State all-time record for career pins (breaking the old mark of 53 held by Zain Retherford, David Taylor and Josh Moore). He moved into the finals where he met sophomore teammate Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.).
 
Pipher, wrestling unseeded, advanced to the finals by pinning Ohio's Zac Carson at the 6:21 mark, advancing to the finals with his fourth straight win of the tournament.  In the finals, Nolf ended the match quickly, rolling up three four-point near falls to post a 16-1 technical fall at the 2:11 mark.  Nolf ends the tourney with a 5-0 record with three pins a tech and a major.  He leaves Chattanooga with a new school-record 54 career pins and 99 career wins. Pipher was outstanding at 157, going 4-1 with a tech and a pin to reach the finals and placed second as an unseeded grappler. Pipher started his outstanding tournament run yesterday with a tech fall over the nation's 16th-ranked wrestler.
 
Junior Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, won his second straight Scuffle crown.  He dominated No. 20 Jesse Dellavecchia of Rider in the semifinals, rolling to a 15-5 major decision to advance to the Scuffle championship.  In the finals, he met No. 3 Chance Marsteller of Lock Haven the top-ranked Lion battled his way to a 6-5 win for the title.  Joseph went 5-0 with a major and two pins during his tournament run.
 
Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 1 at 174, brought home his third straight Scuffle title.  He took on No. 19 Matt Finesilver of Duke in the semifinals and dominated the Blue Devil, rolling to a 6-0 win with nearly 4:00 of riding time.  He took on Oklahoma State's Joe Smith in the finals and won a thrilling battle with the two-time All-American Cowboy.  Hall and Smith were tied 1-1 late when Hall nailed a quick takedown and immediately locked up a cradle for two quick near fall points, all with less than :20 in the bout. Hall's late fireworks gave him the 5-1 win and his third Southern Scuffle championship.  Hall went 5-0 during the tournament with a major and two tech falls.
 
Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 3 at 184, won his second Scuffle crown and his first at 184.  He made quick work of No. 17 Sam Colbray of Iowa State in the semifinals, pinning the Cyclone in just 0:45 to advance to the finals.  Rasheed, last year's Scuffle champ and OW at 197, met Virginia Tech's Hunter Bolen in the championship finals and walked away with a solid 4-1 win.  The victory game Rasheed his second straight Scuffle crown. Rasheed went 4-0 overall with two majors and a pin.  He also had a win over a non-collegiate grappler, which does not count towards his record.
 
Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, pinned his way to his third Scuffle title.  Fresh off winning his 100th career bout to cap off day one, Nickal continued his torrid pace, pinning No. 15 Tom Sleigh of Virginia Tech in the semifinals to start day two.  Nickal's fourth fall in as many matches came at the 1:12 mark and moved the Lion senior into the Scuffle finals where he met Stanford's Nathan Traxler.  Nickal completed the quest to pin his way to the Scuffle title by getting the fall over Traxler at the 2:09 mark, winning his third Scuffle title.  Nickal went 5-0, all pins, with four in the first period and one in the second.  He leaves Chattanooga with 102 career victories and 50 career pins. Nickal also won his second Scuffle Outstanding Wrestler honor as well as the Gorriaran Award for most pins in the least time (five in 10:32).
 
Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 285, advanced to the Scuffle finals and placed second.  He met No. 16 Matt Voss of George Mason in the semifinals and controlled the action from start to finish, posting a 14-6 major, his fourth in as many bouts, to move to the 2019 Scuffle title bout.  In the finals, he met No. 3 Derek White of Oklahoma State and could not overcome a first period White takedown, dropping a hard-fought 3-2 decision to the third-ranked Cowboy.  Cassar went 4-1 in his first Scuffle at 285 with four majors, taking second place.
 
True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.), ranked No. 15 at 133, took third at his first Southern Scuffle.  He faced No. 10 Austin Gomez of Iowa State in the semifinals and opened up a big lead with a dominant first period.  However, leading 8-3 in the second, the Lion true freshman got caught on the edge of the mat and turned for a fast pin at the 3:57 mark.  Bravo-Young rebound with a strong 11-4 win over Stanford's Mason Pengilly in the conso semis and then dominated No. 20 Sean Nickell of Cal Bakersfield in the third place match, rolling to a 10-1 major.  Bravo-Young went 5-1 and placed third as the third seed.
 
Redshirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 10 at 149, placed third at 285 as well.  The Lion freshman met No. 6 Mitch Finesilver in the semifinals and, while notching the only takedown of the bout, dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision on riding time.  Berge faced yet another top ten foe in the consolation semis and was outstanding, posting a 7-4 win over No. 7 Jarrett Degan of Iowa State. The win propelled him into the third place bout where he downed Requir Van der Merwe of Stanford 5-2 for the bronze.  Berge, the fourth-seed, went 6-1 with two majors to finish third at his first Scuffle appearance.
 
Senior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.) worked his way to a third place finish at the Scuffle.  He met Oklahoma State's Derek White, ranked No. 3 nationally, in the semifinals and lost a hard-fought 4-0 decision.  He moved to the consolation semifinals where dominated No. 7 Billy Miller of Virginia Tech, controlling the bout from the start and posting an 8-0 major.  He took on No. 16 Matt Voss of George Mason for third and posted a 2-1 win.  Nevills ended his tournament with a 5-1 mark, including a major, a tech and a fall.
 
Redshirt freshman Mason Manville (Lorton, Va.) placed at 165 as well, taking seventh as an unseeded wrestler.  Manville dominated Columbia's Laurence Kosoy 7-2 in his first conso bout on day two, guaranteeing a place at the Scuffle.  He then dropped a hard-fought 8-7 decision to Duke Zach Finesilver in the consolation quarterfinals.  He took on Tanner Skidgel of Navy in the seventh place bout and earned an 8-4 win.  Manville posted a 4-2 mark with a major during his Scuffle weekend.
 
Redshirt freshman Jarod Verkleeren (Greensburg, Pa.) went 2-2 at 149.  He met Appalachian State's Matt Zovistoski in his first consolation bout of day two and, while leading by one late, gave up a late takedown and then a fall with just one second left to end his tournament. Unattached true freshman Brody Teske (Duncombe, Iowa) went 2-1 on day one, losing in the quarterfinals.  The first-year 125-pounder took a medical forfeit (not a loss) in his first consolation bout and did not compete on day two.
 
Sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) went 1-2 with a major at 125 for Penn State.  Sophomore 149-pounder Luke Gardner(Pottsville, Pa.), junior 141-pounder Dominic Giannangeli (Murrysville, Pa.) and junior 184-pounder Francisco Bisono (Hauppauge, N.Y.) all competed during day one of the event as well.
 
Penn State won the team title with 216.5 points, a new Southern Scuffle team scoring record.  The Nittany Lions went 63-18 overall, including day one's 41-11 mark.  Penn State collected 40 bonus wins off 20 majors, six tech falls and 14 pins.  The Nittany Lions won their eighth Scuffle title in their last eight trips to the event and set a new tournament scoring record (216.5).
 
Penn State has had the tournament's last four Outstanding Wrestlers: Bo Nickal in 2016, Mark Hall in 2017, Shakur Rasheed in 2018 and Nickal again this year.  Ed Ruth (2010) and David Taylor (2012) have also won Scuffle OW honors. Nickal's Gorriaran Award is Penn State's second straight as well. Jason Nolf won last year's Gorriaran as well.
 
Nickal leaves Chattanooga with 102 career wins, the newest member of Penn State's 100-win club.  His five pins give him 50 for his career, fifth all-time at Penn State. Teammate Jason Nolf is Penn State's new all-time leader in falls, breaking the record here in Chattanooga.  Nolf now has 54 pins for his career.  He also has 99 wins, one shy of joining Nickal in the 100-win club. Rasheed now has 26 career pins, tied for 20th all-time at Penn State.  Hall, while winning his Scuffle title without a pin, is 18th all-time in falls at Penn State with 28. Joseph, with two pins at the Scuffle, has eight pins this year, more than he had in the previous two seasons combined.
 
The Nittany Lions are 4-0 in dual meets to date and return to action in nine days when they will open up Big Ten action at Northwestern on Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m. (Eastern), 7 p.m. (Central).  Penn State returns to Rec Hall two days later against Wisconsin on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.
 
Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest. This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.
 
2019 Southern Scuffle
January 2, 2019 – McKenzie Arena – Chattanooga, Tenn.
 
TEAM STANDINGS (Top 3 – FINAL)
1: PENN STATE – 216.5
2: Oklahoma State – 188.5
3: Iowa State – 104.0
 

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