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.
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