UTC junior and No.6 seed Nick Soto used a reverse and a third period escape to defeat Brian Crutchmer (Okla State), 3-2 to advance to Thursday morning's championship quarterfinals (9 a.m.)
Soto advances to the quarterfinals for the second time in three years and will face No.3 seed David Thorn.
Re-Match: Soto dec. Thorn in 2012 Scuffle semis.
In the first period, Soto did an excellent job of countering a Crutchmer takedown attempt for a 0-0 score at the end of one.
Soto reversed in the second for a 2-0 advantage, but Crutchmer (10-9) chose neutral to start the third period and tied the match with a takedown.
Soto was able to escape for a 3-2 lead and then held off the Cowboy down the stretch for the win.
11 Straight Wins: The Moc junior has an 11-match win streak heading into the quarterfinals ... he also advanced to the quarters in 2012 on the way to a second place finish.
Attendance Record: 2, 894 ... A Southern Scuffle single day record ...
Former record: Day 1 in 2013 2,544
Consolation Round 3 -
125 - Tylr Dorrell (Oklahoma State) pinned Byron Smith (UTC), 3:57
141 - Mike Pongraz (UTC) major dec. Xaviel Ramos (Duke), 12-3
149 - Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) major dec. Austin Sams (UTC), 13-4
149 - Shawn Greevy (UTC) dec. Gerald McGinty (Air Force), 7-3
157 - Tristan Warner (Old Dominion) dec. Michael Hooker (UTC), 4-0
157 - Brandon Kingsley (Minnesota) pinned Alex Hudson (UTC), 1:55
165 - Alex Elder (Oregon State) pinned Trey Stavrum (UTC), 2:11
174 - Levi Clemons (UTC) dec. Eric Des Lauriers (Boston U.), 8-1
174 - Johnny Watson (Navy) dec. Barrett Walthall (UTC), 9-2
184 - John Lampe (UTC) dec. Ryan Tompkins (Army), 3-2
184 - Devin Hightower (Air Force) major dec. Devaunje Franklin Smith (UTC), 9-0
197 - Scottie Boykin (UTC) major dec. Bryce Barnes (Army), 19-7
Afternoon Consolation Matches: (2nd Round)
Nine UTC wrestlers competed in Wed. afternoon consolation matches.
141- Mike Pongracz won his second round consolation match, defeating Quentin Leadbeter (Navy), 3-1.
149 - Shawn Greevy majored Nick Montgomery (Cleveland State), 13-5
157 - Michael Hooker dec. Andrew Romanchik (Unattached, Ohio),5-3
157 - Alex Hudson dec. Nick Hall (Appalachian State), 5-2
165 - Trey Stavrum received a bye and will wrestler during the early evening session
174 - Levi Clemons dec. Samson Imonode (Army), 7-1
174- Barrett Walthall received a bye
184 -John Lamp dec. Ira Dent (UTC), 8-7
197 - Scottie Boykin tech. fall Cole Breigel (N. Colorado) 16-1
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