Junir Nick Soto.
Courtesy: Dale Rutemeyer
Soto Meets Thorn in Third-Place Match
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Chattanooga Mocs junior Nick Soto battles for third-place tonight in the Southern Scuffle in McKenzie Arena. Soto finished second at 133 in the 2012 event and looks to add to his already impressive resume this year.

He faces Minnesota's David Thorn, a 2013 All-American. Thorn, who finished third in the 2012 event, is no stranger to the Spring Hill, Fla., native. The two tangled in the quarterfinals in 2012 and again this year splitting thier matchups.

Soto captured the 2012 match 5-1. Thorn was a 10-2 winner this morning. He is the No. 3 seed and ranked No. 10 in the country, while Soto is the No. 6 seed and his is 15th nationally.

Soto followed his loss to Thorn this morning with an 8-2 triumph over the No. 5 seed Shelton Mack of Pittsburgh, the 12th-ranked 133-pounder in the nation. Missouri's Matt Manley was a 4-1 victim before Soto used a takedown with 20 seconds remaining in his match with Joe Roth for a thrilling 6-5 win over the fourth seeded and 11th-ranked senior from Central Michigan.

Final round matches start at 7 p.m.
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