Tuesday, September 24, 2013
- by B.B. Branton
"Hands down this is the strongest field in the history of the Southern Scuffle. When you have NCAA champion Penn State, plus Oklahoma State, Cornell, Minnesota and Missouri in one tournament, it’s the best in-season college wrestling tournament in the nation.
-- Chattanooga wrestling coach Heath Eslinger
Synonymous with greatness, the 2014 Southern Scuffle offers wrestling fans in Chattanooga, the South and across the nation the best collegiate wrestling in country.
For two days (Jan. 1-2, 2014, the best teams and individual will square off at McKenzie Arena on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campu for the right to be crowned Southern Scuffle champions.
Two-time Scuffle and NCAA champion Penn State leads the field, while Oklahoma State, Minnesota, and Cornell are among the premier teams looking to make a run at the team title.
Sponsored by Defense Soap and Flips Wrestling, the Scuffle offers wrestling fans a mini-NCAA tournament as four NCAA champions, eight finalists and 34 All-Americans are scheduled to be in the field.
Live Streaming: FloWrestling will broadcast the matches via live streaming.
NCAA Champs: The four are Penn State’s David Taylor and Ed Ruth, Minnesota’s Tony Nelson (285) and Chris Perry of Oklahoma State will take on all comers.
Ruth has 73 straight wins and has not lost a college match since the NCAA quarterfinals as a sophomore, while Taylor (career: 106-3) won the NCAAs in 2012 and earned a bronze medal at the World University Games this past summer.
Nelson was 38-1 last year, while Perry was 40-2.
“Holding the Scuffle in the Southeast offers fans in this part of the country easy access to tremendous college wrestling,” said Chattanooga wrestling coach Heath Eslinger.
“The wrestling community in Chattanooga and throughout the region has really gotten behind what we are trying to do with the Scuffle and I think it shows in the type of experience we are providing for the student-athletes and the spectator. It is our goal to continue to improve the Scuffle and make it bigger and better each year.”
Tickets for the 2014 Southern Scuffle go on sale on Oct. 1. Daily admission is $15 for adults and $5 for youth. Tickets can be purchased online on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).
Mocs Upcoming Matches:
Sat. Oct. 26 - Blue-Gold Match at First Tennessee Pavilion at Finley Stadium
Fri. Nov. 8 (Maclellan Gym)
4 p.m. - Wisconsin vs. Cumberland
5:30 p.m. - UTC vs. Cumberland
7 p.m. - UTC vs. Wisconsin
2014 Southern Scuffle Participants (by finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships)
1. Penn State
2. Oklahoma State
8. Oregon State
11. Iowa State
18. Central Michigan
20. The Citadel
22. North Carolina
24. Kent State
38. Air Force
41. Arizona State
49. Appalachian State
60. Old Dominion
63. N.C. State
66. Cleveland State
66. South Dakota State
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