Southern Scuffle

Southern Scuffle

The Penn State wrestling team rung in the New Year with their fourth straight win at the annual Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, TN. The two-day event highlighted PSU’s impressive all-around team as they faced Oklahoma State, Missouri, Minnesota, and Cornell. Penn State’s overall winning score was 189.0 points, Oklahoma State came in second, and Minnesota followed them.

11 of the 17 Penn State competitors placed in their events. Starting with weight class 125, Nico Megadulis placed second with a record of 5-1, his only loss against No. 1 seed Nashon Garrett from Cornell. Jimmy Gulibon, 133, also scored a second place medal with the same 5-1 record, his loss to No.1 Jon Morrison from Oklahoma State. Jordan Conaway, also 133, placed 6th with a 4-3 record. Freshman Zain Retherford dominated the 144-weight class, taking the first place title at 5-0. Luke Frey placed 8th at 149 lbs. and a record of 5-3.

David Taylor, 165, won his third straight Southern Scuffle title with a major win over Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell, cael sandersonranked No. 2 behind Taylor. Matt Brown, 174, took a bittersweet second place at 5-1, his only loss to Chris Perry who is No.2 from Oklahoma State. Ed Ruth, 184, also surprisingly placed 2nd after a loss to No. 7 Gabe Dean from Cornell. Morgan McIntosh, 197, took 4th place after losing twice to Missouri’s J’Den Cox ranked No. 14. Finishing up the weekend with the 285-weight class, Jimmy Lawson placed 3rd, his only loss to No.1 Tony Nelson from Minnesota. Fellow heavyweight Jon Gingrich placed 6th.

After nearly a month, Penn State returns home Sunday, January 12th as they host Purdue in Rec Hall. The match begins at 2 p.m. and is sold out, for standing room only information contact the athletic ticket office.