Penn State Wins Third Straight Scuffle

Record Crowds See Nittany Lion Wrestlers Triumph

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - by B.B. Branton
Penn State's Nic Megaludis  beat Virginia's Matt Snyder to help Penn State win the Southern Scuffle team title.
Penn State's Nic Megaludis beat Virginia's Matt Snyder to help Penn State win the Southern Scuffle team title.
- photo by Greg Davick

With a two-day record crowd (5,399) showing its support for collegiate wrestling, Penn State let it be known why it’s the best team in the land, NCAA champs battled it out for bragging rights in seven weight classes and 10 young men walked out of McKenzie Arena Wednesday night with the label of Southern Scuffle champion.

The Nittany Lions of coach Cael Sanderson had three individual winners and outpointed runner-up Oklahoma State by 20 points, 178.

5 – 158.

Missouri took third (147.5), followed by Minnesota (139.5) and Cornell (136) for the top five spots in the 24-team field. Host Chattanooga was 14th with 31.5 points and one medalist in senior Dean Pavlou (141, 7th).

“The wrestling community turned out for a great two days of national-caliber collegiate wrestling and I feel the wrestlers and coaches from 23 out-of-town schools left here knowing that the Scuffle continues to get better each year,” said UTC head coach Heath Eslinger.

“With NCAA champions battling each other in two different finals and high-level wrestling from the opening whistle on Tuesday morning to the last medal match at 285 on Wednesday night, no doubt the fans got their money’s worth.”

Penn State champions were Nic Megaludis (125), Ed Ruth (184) and Quentin Wright (197), while Oklahoma State individual winners were Jon Morrison (133), Jordan Oliver (149) and Chris Perry (174).

NCAA Match-ups: At 165, 3-time NCAA champ Kyle Dake needed a late third period reverse to beat NCAA champ David Taylor (Penn State), 3-2. Dake won his fourth Southern Scuffle first place medal at four different weight classes.

 At 184, Penn State’s Ed Ruth gained his third Scuffle title with a 6-3 win against NCAA champ Steven Bosak (Cornell).

UTC Medalist: Senior Dean Pavlou took seventh at 141 as the former Bradley Central two-time state champ defeated Bryan Pearsall of Penn State, 4-2, for seventh place.

“I beat him in my second match on Tuesday and it is a little weird having to beat the same guy twice in two days, but it was great for me to end the tournament with a win,” said Pavlou.

“Hopefully this will give me some momentum going into Sunday’s home match with Illinois.”

UTC’s Next Match: Sun. Jan 6 – vs. Illinois  …. 2 p.m. at Maclellan Gym.

Winning Streaks: Penn State’s third straight Scuffle title equals Cornell’s three-peat, 2008-09-10 … Cornell and Penn State shared the 2010 team championship ….

Cornell senior Kyle Dake has now won 55 straight matches over three years … he has not lost since late in his sophomore season.

Outstanding Wrestler: Oklahoma State’s Jordan Oliver won his 100th career match in the 149-pound finals …. Oliver’s five wins were one pin, two tech falls, a major and regular decision.

Record Attendance: The 2013 Scuffle set a Day 1 record (2,543) and a Day 2 record (2,856) for a 5,399 total …. Last year’s total was 4,373.

The Voice: Chattanooga Central head coach and Scuffle emcee John Lennon kept the fans informed of matches, results, start times of various sessions and interesting facts on a myriad of wrestlers.

Hospitality: Kudos to the UTC wrestling parents and wrestling alums for hosting an excellent hospitality room for coaches, workers and media.

Media Coverage: broadcast the matches live for two days and all results were posted on … Penn State and Oklahoma State had radio broadcasts of their wrestlers matches.

Looking to 2016 Olympics: Seniors Kyle Dake (Cornell, 165) and Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State, 149) plan to stay at their respective schools after graduating in the spring and train for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2016.

2012 Champs That Prevailed:  Kyle Dake (Cornell,165) won his fourth straight ... Ed Ruth (Penn State, 184) won his third straight .. Quentin Wright (Penn State, 197) won his second ... 



125- No.1 Nic Megaludis (Penn State) vs.No.3 Matt Snyder (Virginia)

Meg had opening takedown and Snyder had reverse and 2-pt NF … 4-4 after one … Meg takes down for second … Meg escapes  5-4 …  Snyder neutral for third … Meg gets ankle pick and t.d. 7-4 …

Final: No.1 Nic Megaludis (Penn State)dec. No,3 Matt Snyder, 7-4

3rd: Nashon Garrett (Cornell) major dec. Josh Matinez (Air Force) 17-5

5th: Jerome Robinson (Old Dominion) dec.  Rob Deutsch (Old Dominion), 4-2

7th: Eric Montoya (Campbell) dec. David Terao (American), SV-3  4-2


133 – No.1 Chris Dardanes (Minn.) vs.   No.3 Jon Morrison (Okla State)

No score … 2nd - Dardanes takes down … Dar gets escape, 1-0 …  Morrison down for third … escapes 1-1 … warning (1) Morrison … Morrison t.d. 3-1 ... Dardanes escapes late  but not enough 

FINAL: No.3  Jon Morrison (Okla State) dec. No.1 Chris Dardanes (Minn.),3-2

3rd: No.2 Nick McCormick (Missouri) pinned James Gulibon (Unattached), 4:44

5th: No.4 George DiCamillo (Virginia) forfeit win (by Zach Watson (Unatt)

7th: Mark Grey (Unatt) dec. Jordan Thome (Army), 2-0


141 - No.1 Michael Nevinger (Cornell A-A) vs.  No.2 Undrakhb Khishignyam (The Citadel)

No score … Khishignyam down for second … reverse, 2-0 … Nevinger escape, 2-1 …  Nevinger neutral for third … Nevinger gains t.d . for 3-2 lead in final :30 after almost giving up t.d. ..

Final: No.1 Michael Nevinger Cornell) def. No.2 Undrakhb Khishignyam(The Citadel), 3-2

3rd: No.4 Nick Dardanes (Minn)  dec. Chris Mecate (Old Dominion), 10-4

5th: Connor Hanafee (Army) dec. Julian Felkert (Okla State), 7-4

Note: Earned His Medal - Hanafee (6-2) lost his first match then won five straight (2 in SV) in consos …. then a loss to Mecate and another win for 5th

7th: Dean Pavlou (UTC) dec. Bryan Pearsall (Penn State), 3-2

Pavlou beat Pearsall twice at the Scuffle …


149 – No.1 Jordan Oliver (Okla. State) vs. No.3 Cole VanOhlen (Air Force)

Oliver playing take ‘em down , lrt ‘em up …  leads 10-5 in second … ends with a major, 21-8

FINAL: No.1 Jordan Oliver (Okla State) major dec. No.3 Cole VanOhlen (Air Force), 21-8

3rd: James English (Penn State) dec. Drake Houdashelt (Missouri), 5-2

5th: No.2 Dylan Ness (Minn) dec. Chris Villalonga (Cornell) Medical Forfeit

7th: Luke Frey (Penn State) dec. Dustin Walraven (South Dakota State), 4-3

Walraven lost first match on Friday, then won five straight (2, 1-pointers) to make medal round


157 - No.5 James Vollrath (Penn State) vs. No.2 Jedd Moore (Virginia)

No score first period … Vollrath escape for 1-0 … Moore escape in third, 1-1 … Moore all but had t.d. on edge but no … Moore had leg on edge but no … OT …. This time he gets the t.d. on edge  3-1

FINAL: No.2 Jedd Moore (UVa) dec. No.5 James Vollrath (Penn State), 3-1 SV

3rd: No.1 Alex Dieringer (Okla State) dec. Kyle Bradley (Missouri), 3-2

5th: Daniel Zilverberg (Minn) dec.  Spartak Chino (Ohio), 11-8

7th: Robert Burg (Navy) dec. Matt Frisch (The Citadel), 7-6


165 – No.1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) vs. No.2 David Taylor (Penn State) – Two NCAA Champs

Good Flurry from the whistle, but nothing … back to center .. then they did hand fighting for remaining of period ….

2nd period … Taylor defers … Dake down … Dake stands, stalemate … Taylor riding for :50 then back to center … Dake turns in on him but stalemate … :49 left in second … Dake escapes :25  1-0 …

RT (1:35 for Taylor) …. Third… Taylor down … Dake throws in legs… Taylor reverses on edge for 2-1 lead and crowd is roaring …

1:04 remaining and RT ... Dake is down ... tumbling reverse out of bounds  for 3-2 … Penn State fans vocally doubt the call … Taylor rolls but no escape … :27 …  Dake wins 3-2 because Taylor’s minute advantage of riding time has run out by one second … otherwise they go overtime ….   

Questionable call on Dake’s reverse going out of bounds in third period ...  fans will talk about this one until they meet again probably in NCAAs final ... 55 straight wins for Dake …

FINAL: No.1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) dec. David Taylor (Penn State), 3-2

3rd: No.3 Tyler Caldwell (Okla State) def. Nick Sulzer (Virginia), 5-2

5th: Zach Toal (Missouri) pinned Zachary Strickland (App State), 2:12

7th: Cody Yohn (Minn) def. Harrison Hightower (Ohio), 5-2


174 - No.1 Chris Perry (Okla. State) vs. No.2 Logan Storley (Minn.)

Match tied 6-6 late, but Perry has riding time ….

FINAL: No.1 Chris Perry (OKla State) def. No.2 Logan Storley (Minn), 7-6 on r.t.

3rd: Matt Brown (Penn State) dec.  Jon Fausey (Virginia ), 10-3

5th: Todd Porter (Missouri) def.  Blake Stauffer (Ariz State) Medical Forfeit

7th: Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Marshall Peppelman (Cornell), 4-1


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

Ruth gains opening t.d., 2-0 … Bosak escape, 2-1 … Ruth a second t.d 4-1 … 2nd – Ruth takes down …

Quick reverse 6-1 … escape Bosak 6-2 … 3rd – Bosak down … escape 6-3 …

FINAL: No.1 Ed Ruth (Penn State) dec. No.2 Steve Bosak (Cornell), 6-3

3rd: No.3 Kevin Steinhaus (Minn) dec. No.4 Mike Larson (Missouri),  7-3

5th: Chris Chionuma (Okla State) dec. Kevin Radford (Ariz. State), 9-3

7th:  John Eblen (Missouri) dec. Mason  Bailey (Navy),  SV-1 6-3

Eblen beat Mason twice


197 – No.1 Quentin Wright (Penn State) vs. No.3 Jake Meredith (Ariz. State)

2-2 after two ... Meredith down for third …  Wright gets cradle for pin at 1:27 of third

FINAL: No.1 Quentin Wright (Penn State) pinned No.3 Jake Meredith (Ariz. State), 5:32

3rd: No.2 Brent Haynes (Missouri) dec. Phillip Wellington (Ohio), 4-3

5th: Scott Schiller (Minn.) dec. Conner Hartmann (Duke), 8-3

7th: Jace Bennett (Cornell) dec. Joshua Mohr (Air Force), 9-3


285 – No.1 Tony Nelson (Minn.) vs. No.2 Dominique Bradley (Missouri)

1-1 after regulation … OT … neutral but no takedown … Brown escapes … then rides out for title … Nelson was awarded escape at buzzer ... but officials conferred and point was taken off the board …

FINAL: No.2 Dominique Bradley (Missouri) dec. No.1 Tony Nelson (Minn). SV-1  2-1

3rd:  No.4 Nick Gwiazdowski (Unatt) def. No.3 Alan Gelogaev (Okla State) Medical Forfeit

5th: Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) def. Andrew Delaney (The Citadel) Medical Forfeit

7th: James Lawson (Penn State) pinned Levi Cooper (Ariz State), 6:11


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