10 Reasons To Attend the Southern Scuffle

Jan.1-2 at McKenzie Arena

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

A great way for wrestling fans to welcome in the New Year is to attend the 10th annual Southern Scuffle today and Wednesday at the UTC McKenzie Arena.

#1 – Strong Team Race … the nation’s top three school’s – Penn State, Oklahoma State and Minnesota – should lead the battle for the team title.

Penn State edged Minnesota for the Scuffle title last January and is the two-time defending NCAA champ.

Oklahoma State, the greatest college wrestling program ever, has won 34 NCAA titles

#2 – Support UTC Wrestling – a great national stage on which UTC wrestlers have a chance to shine … coach Heath Eslinger was pro-active in bringing the Scuffle to Chattanooga and a great opportunity for fans nationwide to visit Chattanooga

#3 – Kyle Dake (Cornell, 165) – what an opportunity this side of attending the NCAA tourney to see one of the best college wrestlers ever ... 3x NCAA champ with 51-match win steak prior to today

#4 – 7 NCAA Champions and 24 All-Americans

#5 – Great Ticket Prices - General Admission - $15 adult ...$5 student  each day

#6 – watch Kyle Dake (Cornell, 165) wrestle … Dake should face either No.2 seed David Taylor (2012 NCAA champ) or No.3 seed Tyler Caldwell in Wednesday night’s final ... Dake has beaten both this season.

#7 – Four UTC Coaches in Attendance …  current head coach Heath Eslinger … his predecessor, Chris Bono is in town coaching South Dakota State … his predecessor, Mark Leen, will be in the stands cheering on Virginia wresters as his son, Jordan Leen, is a UVa assistant coach … former Mocs coach Jim Morgan will also be on hand.

#8 – Olympic Gold Medalists in the Coaches chairs … head coaches Cael Sanderson (Penn State) and John Smith (Oklahoma State) are former Olympic gold medalists

#9 -Chattanooga as a Destination City … with a vibrant downtown and riverfront - a good variety of restaurants and hotels and The Aquarium – plus Northgate and Hamilton Malls, and several tourist attractions makes Chattanooga an excellent destination city with a rich high school, college and international wrestling heritage.

#10 – Watch Kyle Dake (Cornell, 165) wrestle five times without buying a ticket to the NCAAs

contact B.B. Branton at William.branton@comcast.net


PHOTOS: Lookouts Celebrate Winning Second-Half Title

Four weeks ago, no one would have expected the Lookouts would be even close to winning the second-half title. An 11-game winning streak put them into the race and when they swept the Tennessee Smokies Sunday they had concluded an incredible comeback. The Smokies were still in a position to win before Chris O'Brien's pinch-hit triple plated Corey Seager and O'Koyea Dickson with ... (click for more)

Willerson, Georgia Northwestern Ready For 2014 Golf Season

Most second-year college golf programs are too busy laying a foundation to concern themselves too much with results. Jared Willerson isn’t thinking that way. In fact, the head coach of the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats is thinking in complete opposite terms when he talks about his team’s goals for the 2014-2015 season. “I don’t think I’m being unrealistic ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)