No. 1 Penn State clinches sixth straight title at 2016 Southern Scuffle
The following four placing teams didn’t even come close to the Nittany Lion powerhouse: 2. Oklahoma State (158.0), 3. Lehigh (104.5), 4. Cornell (98.5) and 5. North Carolina (97.5).
The Nittany Lions claimed first-place titles in five weight classes and had five additional wrestlers place in the tournament. The team posted a 59-20 record at the end of the tournament and 35 of those wins earned bonus points.
Senior No. 6 Jordan Conaway placed second at 133 with an upset win in the semifinals over Virginia’s No. 4 George DiCamillo, but a big major decision loss in the finals against Cornell’s No. 1 Nashon Garrett.
A familiar name didn’t make the podium this year, Penn State’s No. 6 141-pounder Jimmy Gulibon. After a first round bye, Gulibon fell to a surprising loss to Lehigh’s backup 141-wrestler, Cortland Schuyler and again in the consolation rounds against Michigan’s Zac Hall.
Sophomore No. 1 Zain Retherford finished his 149 weight class finals in style with a pin to take the title. Senior No. 1 Morgan McIntosh also added two pins on his way to a first place title at 197.
But the most exciting upset win of the tournament came in at 174. Penn State redshirt freshman No. 5 Bo Nickal faced Cornell’s No. 1 Brian Realbuto in the semifinals. The previously unbeaten Realbuto couldn’t handle Nickal’s dominant wrestling style and the Nittany Lion advanced to the finals with a 14-7 win.
In Nickal’s 6-0 record at the Scuffle he added two tech falls and a major and was named the 2016 Southern Scuffle Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Penn State prepares for a road trip to Indiana this weekend to face two Big Ten teams. On Friday at 7 p.m. the Nittany Lions face Purdue and then finish the weekend against Indiana on Sunday at 1 p.m.
PLACING BY WEIGHT CLASS:
1ST PLACE: #4 Nico Megaludis, 5-0 overall
2ND PLACE: #6 Jordan Conaway, 4-1 overall
8TH PLACE: Kade Moss, 4-3 overall
1ST PLACE: #1 Zain Retherford, 5-0 overall
1ST PLACE: #3 Jason Nolf, 5-0 overall
5TH PLACE: Zack Beitz, 6-2 overall
5TH PLACE: #18 Geno Morelli, 5-2 overall
7TH PLACE: Garett Hammond, 5-2 overall
1ST PLACE: #5 Bo Nickal, 6-0 overall
1ST PLACE: #1 Morgan McIntosh, 5-0 overall