Southern Scuffle XI: UTC's Soto Falls in Quarters

Champinship Finals - 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 02, 2014 - by B.b. Branton

UTC's Nick Soto lost his championship quarterfinal match this morning to Minnesota's David Thorn (No.3 seed), 10-2 in the Southern Scuffle XI in McKenzie Arena.

Soto (No.6) had beaten Thorn in the Scuffle semis two years ago on the way to a second place finish.

Soto is now one win from the medal rounds and could have a re-match with Stanford's Ryan Mango (No.2 seed) who are in the same half of the consolation bracket.

Soto beat Mango (who also lost in the quarters) 15-8, on Dec. 20 at Stanford when Mango was ranked No.1 in the nation.

This is the second time in a decade that a UTC wrestler has beaten a No.1 ranked D-I wrestler.

Josh Keefe (133) beat defending NCAA champion and No.1 ranked Johnny Thompson of Oklahoma State, 11-9, on Nov. 14, 2003 in Stillwater, Okla.

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


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