Nittany Lions lead Southern Scuffle

The Penn State and Lock Haven wrestling teams each started competition at the Southern Scuffle in Chatta­nooga, Tenn., on Monday.

The Nittany Lions picked up nearly 40 wins on the first day and moved out to a large lead in the team race. Penn State pushed eight wrestlers into this morning’s semifinals at seven different weights. The Nittany Lions are looking for their seventh Southern Scuffle title, having won six in a row before not competing at the event last year. Penn State had 101 team points with Northern Iowa in second with 81.5 and Lehigh in third at 68.

Zain Retherford at 149 pounds rolled through day one, posting a 3-0 mark with two pins and a tech fall. The Lion senior’s performance has him set for today’s semifinals. Bo Nickal at 184 pounds was a perfect 3-0 on the day as well, getting three first period pins at 0:56, 1:34 and 1:09 to move into today’s semifinals. Penn State posted a 36-14 record on day one, with nine majors, three techs and 14 pins.

Lock Haven’s Chance Marsteller led the way as he went 3-0 and earned a spot in today’s 165-pound semifinals. Kyle Shoop and Thomas Haines joined Marsteller in the quarterfinals in the their respective weight classes, but both dropped their quarterfinal bouts. All three LHU wrestlers will be back in action tomorrow on day two of Southern Scuffle. Marsteller, who is 22-0 on the season, will meet No. 2 seed Bryce Steiret of Northern Iowa in the today’s semifinals. Lock Haven is 10th overall in the team standings with 36.5 points after day one action.