Southern Scuffle: Nick Soto in Quarterfinals

UTC Results

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

 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.

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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

UTC Wrestlers Results: 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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