Penn State Sends Five to Scuffle Finals

| January 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Penn State went 5-1 in the semifinal round to extend its team lead at the Southern Scuffle Tournament.

Advancing to the finals for the Nittany Lions were Nico Megaludis (125), James Vollrath (157), David Taylor (165), Ed Ruth (184), and Quentin Wright (197).

Megaludis defeated Nahshon Garrett of Cornell 3-1 and will face Lewistown’s own Matt Snyder (Virginia) in the finals.

Vollrath, wrestling in place of Dylan Alton, advanced to the finals with a 2-1 overtime upset of Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer, ranked No. 8 in the nation. Vollrath will take on Virginia’s Jedd Moore in the finals.

Taylor, ranked second in the nation, breezed into the finals with a 10-0 major over third-ranked Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State. Taylor will meet top-seeded Kyle Dake (Cornell) in the most anticipated finals match of the tournament.

Top-ranked Ed Ruth cruised to an 11-0 major over Mike Larson of Missouri and will face former State College wrestler Steve Bosak of Cornell in the finals. Another meeting of No. 1 vs. No. 2.

Wright got to the finals with a 9-5 decision over Minnesota’s Scott Schiller. The former BEA grappler hooks up with Jake Meredith (Arizona State) in the finals.

At 174, Matt Brown came up short in his bid for the finals, losing by fall in 4:06 to Minnesota’s Logan Storley.

Penn State leads the team race with 150.5 points, followed by Oklahoma State (130) and Minnesota (127.5)

Here are the pairings for the Southern Scuffle Finals tonight at 6 pm:

125:
No. 2 Nico Megaludis (Penn State) vs. No. 8 Matt Snyder (Virginia)

133:
No. 5 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) vs. No. 8 Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State)

141:
No. 9 Mike Nevinger (Cornell) vs. No. 4 Khishignyam Undrakhbayar (The Citadel)

149:
No. 1 Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 5 Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)

157:
James Vollrath (Penn State) vs. No. 16 Jedd Moore (Virginia)

165:
No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) vs. No. 2 David Taylor (Penn State)

174:
No. 1 Chris Perry (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 4 Logan Storley (Minnesota)

184:
No. 1 Ed Ruth (Penn State) vs. No. 2 Steve Bosak (Cornell)

197:
No. 3 Quentin Wright (Penn State) vs. No. 8 Jake Meredith (Arizona State)

285:
No. 1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) vs. No. 2 Dom Bradley (Missouri)

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