Penn State wins Southern Scuffle

Penn State rolled through the finals of the 2018 Southern Scuffle at Tennessee-Chattanooga, crowning six champions, to win the team title with 197.0 points as the college wrestling tournament ended Tuesday. Penn State’s title was its seventh in its last seven trips as the Nittany Lions won six straight before not participating in last year’s event.

The Lions crowned champions at six champions, going 6-1 in the finals. Penn State also claimed top two team awards, Most Pins in Least Time and Outstanding Wrestler.  Northern Iowa took second with 127.0 and Lehigh was third with 102.0.

For Lock Haven, Chance Marsteller placed third at 165 pounds and was one of three placewinners.

PSU senior Zain Retherford, ranked No. 1 at 149, continued his Scuffle pin parade by taking care of No. 19 Sam Krivus of Virginia.  Retherford opened up an early lead and then turned the Cavalier for his third pin in four Scuffle wins, this one coming at the 1:53 mark.  Retherford’s semi win moved him into the finals where met Campbell’s Josh Heil.  Retherford completed a superb tournament and clinched his third Southern Scuffle crown with a fall at the 4:39 mark, wrapping up a 5-0 tournament with four pins and a tech fall.  He leaves Chattanooga with a 14-0 record, including 11 pins.

Other Penn State champions were Jason Nolf at 157, Vincenzo Joseph at 165, Mark Hall at 174, Bo Nickal at 184, and Shakur Rasheed at 197. True freshman Nick Lee was a runner-up wrestling unattached at 141.

Rasheed, who pinned Northern Iowa’s Jacob Holschag in 46 seconds with his third straight quick cradle and who beat three straight ranked wrestlers to reach the finals, was named Outstanding Wrestler.

Other PSU placewinners were Anthony Cassar (third at 197), Nick Nevills (fourth at 285), and Jarod Verkleeren (seventh at 149, unattached). 

Also for Lock Haven, Kyle Shoop was fourth at 141 and Thomas Haines was sixth at 285 as LHU finished 10th with 64.5 points in the school’s first Southern Scuffle since 2010.

Marsteller, the No. 3 seed, was edged 3-2 in the semifinals by No. 2 seed Bryce Steiert, a two-time NCAA qualifier. The two were tied 0-0 after the first period and from there Marsteller pushed the pace, but just couldn’t find a takedown. The loss snapped Marsteller’s undefeated run as he’d opened the season with 22 straight wins.

In the consolation semifinals, Marsteller bounced back in a big way and cruised past Ebed Jarrell (Drexel), 10-5 to earn a spot in the third-place bout. Marsteller locked up with a familiar face in the third-place bout as he met No. 6 seed Mekhi Lewis of Virginia Tech. Yesterday, Marsteller downed Lewis 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

This time, Marsteller once again came out on top in the bout with Lewis. Marsteller, ranked No. 8, used a late takedown and downed Lewis 6-4 for third place. Marsteller finished the Scuffle at 5-1 and he’s now 24-1 this season.

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