Seeking to defend its 2012 Southern Scuffle championship, defending NCAA champion Penn State slipped into the Scuffle wrestling lead at McKenzie Arena, scoring 48.5 points to snare a one-point lead over Oklahoma State through today’s championship round of 16.
The Nittany Lions are without two of their nationally ranked wrestlers, both carrying No. 5 seeds. The two, 149-pound Andrew Alton and 157-pound Dylan Alton, weighed in this morning, but each did so knowing he had been suspended from the team for violation of team rules.
The host University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has two wrestlers in tonight’s quarterfinals: 141-pound Dean Pavlou and 197-pound Niko Brown.
Missouri goes into the quarterfinals in third place, followed by Minnesota, Cornell, Virginia, Air Force, Army, Arizona State and Navy. UTC is 11th with 22.5 points, 1.5 out of a 10th-place tie.
Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...