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Mocs' Johnson takes fourth at UTC's Southern Scuffle

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CHATTANOOGA, TN  (gomocs.com) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrapped up another outstanding Defense Soap & Flips Wrestling Southern Scuffle in McKenzie Arena Saturday night. Penn State won its fifth straight title with 183 points, while the Mocs placed 20th in the loaded field.

"Fantastic event, stated head coach Hearth Eslinger. "I think it's the best event we've put on here in Chattanooga. I just think the more the machine goes and the more oil we put on it, things just run smoothly. Good attendance and great wrestling, which makes for a great atmosphere. From the smallest detail to the major things, it was an absolutely phenomenal event."
 
UTC junior Jared Johnson had a strong showing with a fourth place finish at heavyweight. Ranked No. 14 in the nation heading into the tournament, he did better than his No. 6 seed at 285.
 
Johnson opened the day with a loss in the quarterfinals against Appalachian State's No. 13 Denzel Dejournette. He gave up an escape in the second and lost the riding time point for the 0-2 margin.
 
Johnson followed with a 4-0 decision against West Virginia's A.J. Vizcarrondo in the sixth round of wrestlebacks and a 4-3 decision against Edinboro's William Miller in the blood round.   

He had another big win in the consolation semifinals with a 5-2 decision over Cleveland State's 12th-ranked Riley Shaw. That put him in the third place match against sixth-ranked Michael Kroells of Minnesota. He battled hard against Kroells before falling 5-2.
 
"I thought Jared Johnson at heavyweight had a great performance," added Eslinger. "He had a stellar performance, and that's why he was wrestling. He's winning matches against the best guys in the country and its close matches."
 
"That's a matter of consistency. When you can win four or five close matches in a row, you're showing guys that you can be on the podium in the tournament. Anybody can win one good match, but to win four or five is tough"
 
Some of the other action included an early win from senior John Lampe at 184. He defeated Michigan's Ben Ralston with a 13-4 major decision in the fourth round of consos. He was knocked out in the next round by Stanford's Garet Krohn (5-3).
 
Junior Sean Mappes looked to be cruising in his match against Wyoming's Ben Stroh. However, Stroh was able to get the pin in the final minute and score a win.
 
Freshman Kamaal Shakur looked good with an early takedown in his match against Penn State's No. 3 ranked and top-seeded Jason Nolf. He eventually gave up a fall and was knocked out of the backdraw by Lehigh's Drew Longo.
 
The top-ranked Nittnany Lions beat out No. 2 Oklahoma State (158) in the team race. Lehigh was third with 104.5 points, followed by Cornell (98.5) and North Carolina (97.5)
 
Another great crowd was at the finals and total attendance for day two at the Southern Scuffle was 3,172. It marks the third year in a row with 3,000+ on the second day of competition.

Scuffle Attendance in Chattanooga
Jan. 2, 2014 – 3,436
Jan. 2, 2015 – 3,320
Jan. 2, 2016 – 3,172
Jan. 1, 2014 – 2,894
Jan. 2, 2013 – 2,856
Jan. 1, 2015 – 2,805
Jan. 1, 2016 – 2,670
Jan. 1, 2013 – 2,543
Jan. 1, 2012 – 2,210
Jan. 2, 2012 – 2,163
 
The Mocs are right back at it next weekend, traveling to Hampton Virginia for the Virginia Duals. Action takes place Jan. 8-9 at the Hampton Coliseum. Be sure to check GoMocs.com for any live links or follow the Mocs on twitter @utcwrestling.
 
Southern Scuffle Results for Chattanooga – Day 2
141
Michael Pongracz
            Zac Hall (Michigan) – L-D, 5-8

149
Roman Boylen
            Christopher Vassar (Gardner Webb) – L-Fall (1:44)
157
Kamaal Shakur
            No. 3 Jason Nolf (Penn State) – L-Fall (5:45)
            Drew Longo (Lehigh) – L-D, 11-14

174
Barrett Walthall
            Fox Baldwin (Virginia) – L-D, 6-9
Sean Mappes
            Ben Stroh (Wyoming) – L-Fall (6:20)
184
John Lampe
            Ben Ralston (Michigan) – W-MD, 13-4
            Garet Krohn (Stanford) – L-D, 3-5

197
Scottie Boykin
            Sam Wheeler (Cleveland State) – W-D, 9-3
285
Jared Johnson – 4th Place
            No. 13 Denzel Dejournette (Appalachian State) – L-D, 0-2
            A.J. Vizcarrondo (West Virginia) – W-D, 4-0
            William Miller (Edinboro) – W-D, 4-3
            No. 12 Riley Shaw (Cleveland State) – W-D, 5-2
            No. 6 Michael Kroells (Minnesota) – L-D, 3-5
Individual Champions
125 – Nico Megaludis – Penn State
133 – Nahshon Garrett – Cornell
141 – Dean Heil – Oklahoma State
149 – Zain Retherford – Penn State
157 – Jason Nolf – Penn State
165 – Alex Dieringer – Oklahoma State
174 – Bo Nickal – Penn State
184 – Gabe Dean – Cornell
197 – Morgan McIntosh – Penn State
285 – Austin Marsden – Oklahoma State
Most Outstanding Wrestler
Bo Nickal – Penn State (174)
Team Scores
1. Penn State - 183
2. Oklahoma State - 158
3. Lehigh - 104.5
4. Cornell - 98.5
5. North Carolina - 97.5
6. Minnesota - 79.5
7. West Virginia - 76.5
8. Central Michigan - 65.5
9. Stanford - 59.5
10. Penn - 56.5
11. Virginia - 53.5
12. Duke - 43.5
13. Appalachian State - 40.5
14. Campbell - 38.5
15. Edinboro - 37.5
16. Air Force - 37
17. Navy - 35.5
18. Army - 32.5
19. Drexel - 32
20. Chattanooga - 31.5
21. Wyoming - 29.5
22. Gardner Webb - 28.5
23. Northern Colorado - 26.5
24. Michigan State - 24.5
25. Cleveland State - 20
26. The Citadel - 19
27. Cal Poly - 16
28. Michigan - 8
29. Utah Valley - 0

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