Junior Nick Soto in action in the opening round of the 2014 Southern Scuffle.
Courtesy: Dale Rutemeyer
Scuffle Action Well Underway

Action is well underway at the 2014 Southern Scuffle, presented by Defense Soap and Flips Wrestling.  There were a number of seeded wrestlers scratched, along with a few upsets, but most of the top competitors are still in the main draw. 

Links for TrackWrestling’s live scoring and FloWrestling’s live video are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.  Here are few notes from the morning action.

The Southern Scuffle offered lower level reserved seating for the first time this year, and as expected it quickly sold out.  For those familiar with McKenzie Arena, the Gold Circle is quickly filling up and today’s numbers could top last year’s Day 1 total.  Both sections of lower level sideline seats will be available for tomorrow’s finals. 

New Rankings = Seven No. 1s in the Field
Intermat posted an updated top-20 individual ranking for each class today.  Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett moved into No. 1 at 125, as did Oklahoma State’s Jon Morrison at 133.  That gives the Scuffle field, seven of the 10 top-ranked wrestlers in nation.  The other five are Minnesota’s Nick Dardanes (149), Scott Schiller (197) and Tony Nelson (285) and Penn State’s David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (184). 

Early Upsets
125 – Old Dominion junior Jerome Robinson placed sixth at last year’s Scuffle, but was upset in his first match against teammate Brandon Jesse in an 8-4 decision.

149 – Oregon State’s No. 5 seed and 2013 All-American Scott Sakaguci lost in the second round to Penn State’s Zachary Beitz (10-4). 

149 – Navy’s No. 8 seed Raymond Borja lost in the second round to Ohio’s Cullen Cummings (Dec. 5-1) who is competing unattached.

184 – Oklahoma State’s Nathan Boyd, seeded 11th, lost a 15-9 decision in the opening round to Duke’s Jacob Kasper.

Seeds Scratched
Below are the top guys who were scratched from action prior to weigh-ins:

125:  No. 7 Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina)
133:  No. 10 James Hudson (Hofstra)
165:  No. 5 Corey Mock (Chattanooga)
174:  No. 6 Mike Ottinger (Central Michigan)
174:  No. 7 Mathew Miller (Navy)
184:  No. 4 Max Thomusseit (Pittsburgh)
197:  No. 4 Daniel Mitchell (American)

Chattanooga junior Corey Mock came into the Scuffle with an 18-0 record and an opportunity to take on the top competitors in the country.  Unfortunately, he is sidelined with the flu and unable to compete. 

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