Penn State has 11 wrestlers advance to semifinals at Southern Scuffle; LHU has 3 advance

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – After the first day of the 2019 Southern Scuffle, Penn State stood tall with 11 semifinalists at nine weights and sit in first place overall. Lock Haven was tied for third and had three wrestlers advance to the semifinals as well in Luke Werner (125 pounds), Kyle Shoop (141) and No. 3 Chance Marstellar (165). The Southern Scuffle continues in Chattanooga today for Day 2 of the tournament.


Penn State had two wrestlers notch milestones as senior Bo Nickal joined the 100-wins club by picking up three wins – all by fall – to hit the 100 career mark. He enters the second day of the Scuffle with an impressive 100-3 record. Senior Jason Nolf tied the Penn State record for falls in a career thanks to two pins to increase his total to 3, tied with David Taylor, Josh Moore and District 4 alum Zain Retherford.

True freshman Roman Bravo-Young was solid on day one of the Scuffle, becoming Penn State’s first semifinalist with a 3-0 day at 133. Redshirt freshman Brady Berge, ranked No. 10 at 149, rolled through the first day of the Scuffle, going 4-0. Sophomore Bo Pipher had an outstanding first day at the Scuffle as well, as he opened by rolling over No. 14 Dan Reed of Columbia, posting a 16-0 tech fall at the 3:00 mark. He added wins over Chase Straw of Iowa State and Ben Anderson of Duke to advance to the semifinals.

PSU junior Vincenzo Joseph, ranked No. 1 at 165, went 3-0 at 165. Junior Mark Hall, ranked No. 1 at 174, sailed into the semifinals with three bonus wins. Senior Shakur Rasheed, ranked No. 3 at 184, also advanced to the semifinals.

Nickal, ranked No. 1 at 197, picked up three wins on three pins to earn his 100th career victory at Penn State and punch his ticket to the semifinals. Nickal pinned North Carolina State’s Tyrie Houghton (3:49) and Lock Haven’s Luke McGonigal (1:34) to advance to the quarters. He then picked up win 100 with a third straight fall, this one over Josh Roetman of Navy at the 1:47 mark. Senior Anthony Cassar, ranked No. 5 at 285, went 3-0 on day one.

Redshirt freshman Jarod Verkleeren went 2-1 on day one. Redshirt freshman Mason Manville had a strong first day at 165 as he won his first two bouts, a major and a 6-2 win over Navy’s Tanner Skidgel, to move to the quarterfinals where he met No. 3 Chance Marsteller of Lock Haven. Manville battled the ranked Bald Eagle tough but lost 4-2 and will continue in consolation action tomorrow.

Wrestling unattached, true freshman Brody Teske took to the mat for the first time this season at 125 and began his tournament with two solid wins (6-3 and 4-3 decisions) to advance to the quarterfinals.

Sophomore Devin Schnupp opened up his tournament with a strong major over Drexel’s Antonio Mininno at 125 but lost to No. 17 Rico Montoya of Northern Colorado in the second round. He then battled Navy’s Aslan Kilic tough before losing a close 7-6 decision to end the tournament with a 1-2 mark.


The trio of Werner (125), Shoop (141) and No. 3 Marsteller (165) highlighted a tremendous Day 1 showing for the No. 14 Bald Eagles as the prestigious two-day Southern Scuffle. In all, Lock Haven sent five into the quarterfinals. Joining Werner, Shoop and Marsteller in the quarterfinals was DJ Fehlman and Thomas Haines, at 141 and 285, respectively.

Werner and Shoop were both 3-0 on the day. Marsteller, the No. 2 seed at 165, was 2-0.

Fehlman was 2-1 and his loss in the 141-pound quarterfinals moved him into the consolation round today. Haines was 2-1 at 285 and his loss tonight in the quarters pushed him into the consolation round as well.

Both Jared Siegrist and Austin Bell are 3-1 at 174 pounds and both will be back in action again in the consolation rounds. True-freshman Luke McGonigal is 3-1 and advanced to the consolations round at 197 pounds. The strong efforts from Siegrist, Bell and McGonigal capped what was an-around solid day for Lock Haven.

Werner, unseeded at 125, opened Day 1 action with a solid 4-1 win over Benny Gomez. In the Round of 16, he edged Navy’s Jacob Allen, 10-9 to earn his spot in the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Werner put on a clinic and earned the 15-0 tech fall over Penn State’s Brody Teske. In today’s semifinals, Werner will meet No. 1 seed Nick Piccinni of Oklahoma State.

Shoop, the No. 5 seed at 141, opened tournament action in true-Shoop fashion as he recorded a second-period tech fall. He shut out Owen Lamb of Northern Colorado, 15-0 (TF, 4:07) in the Round of 32. Shoop advanced to the quarterfinals with a thrilling 15-9 victory over Duke’s Josh Finesilver in the Round of 16. In the quarterfinals, Shoop won by medical forfeit over Ian Parker, the No. 4 seed from Iowa State. Shoop will wrestle Penn State’s Nick Lee, the No. 1 seed, today in the semifinals.

Marsteller, the No. 2 seed at 165, earned a bye into the Round of 16 where he opened the tournament in a dominating way. Marsteller, the nation’s third-ranked 165-pounder, picked up a second-period tech fall over Billy Higgins (Northern Colorado) at the 3:57 mark (TF, 16-1). In the quarterfinals, Marsteller downed Penn State’s Manson Manville, 4-2. Manville tied the bout at 1-1 in the third with an escape, but Marsteller sealed the win with a last-minute takedown, before adding on a riding-time point. Marsteller will take on No. 3 seed Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State in the semifinals.

Fehlman, opened the day with a 16-3 major decision over Angelo Martinoni (CSU-Bakersfield). Fehlman followed it up with a hard-fought win in the Round of 16, as he edged out Chris Debien of Chattanooga, 6-5. In the quarterfinals, he lost to No. 3 seed Nick Gill of Navy, 9-6.

Haines, ranked No. 10 nationally and the Southern Scuffle’s No. 6 seed at 285, opened the day with a workmanlike 5-0 win over Columbia’s Dan Herman. In the Round of 16, Haines picked up a quick fall, pinning Stanford’s David Showunmi just one minute into the bout. In the quarterfinals, Haines fell to No. 3 seed Derek White of Oklahoma State.