Kent, Thomas Shine at Southern Scuffle

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – If the Southern Scuffle is designed to be a tournament which tests your mettle and can potentially announce your presence on the national stage, 174 pounder Casey Kent took advantage of that opportunity en route to a third place finish. Teammate Lorenzo Thomas, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, finished in fourth place.

As a team, Penn finished 10th out of 28 teams with 56.5 points.

In the consolation semifinals, No. 10 seeded Kent rallied from a third period deficit against Cornell’s Brian Realbuto – the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the No. 1 wrestler in the country. Kent reversed the 2015 national finalist to his back in the final minute, scoring six points for an 8-5 win.

Kent’s win over No. 1 Realbuto is the first win for a Quaker over the nation’s top-ranked wrestler since Micah Burak defeated Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore at this same event in 2010.

After his loss in the quarterfinals, Kent was almost untouchable. He concluded his run to third with a 10-0 major decision over Oklahoma State’s Chandler Rodgers, the eight seed in the tournament. Kent dominated the first period, scoring a takedown and adding four nearfall points while accumulating 2:51 of riding time.

Not to be outdone, No. 3 seed Lorenzo Thomas had a similarly exciting match in the consolation semifinals, rallying from an early 8-0 deficit to pummel Oklahoma State’s No. 8 seed Jordan Rodgers, 24-10. A big move from Rodgers in the first period caught Thomas off guard, but he was able to escape and get back in the match with a takedown before the end of the first frame. In the second period, Thomas opened up for 11 points, and he added 10 more in the third frame.

In the third place match, he had a lead on No. 5 seed Mat Miller of Navy late, but a takedown in the third period and then two sets of two-point nearfall for Miller in the final 0:30 gave the win to the Midshipman, 10-7. The takedown was questionable, as the lead official originally ruled a sequence to have been out of bounds, but after a conference with his assistant two points were credited to Miller. With no replay in the consolation bracket, Penn was unable to challenge.

The finishes for Kent and Thomas are the highest by a Quaker at the Southern Scuffle since Micah Burak was fourth at 197 pounds in 2010. For Thomas he placed at the Scuffle for the second time in his career, surpassing his sixth place finish in 2014. This is Kent’s first podium finish at the Southern Scuffle.

Lorenzo Thomas made quick work of Oklahoma State’s Nolan Boyd in the quarterfinals, pinning the No. 6 seed – and national No. 18 – in 2:42. Thomas was ahead 2-1 at the time, and packed up Boyd during a scramble for the fall – his third of the season and 22nd of his career.

In the semifinals, Thomas was edged by No. 2 seed – and national No. 4 – Nate Brown of Lehigh, 5-3. Brown had takedowns in the first two periods, and those were enough to stave off comeback attempts from Thomas in the third period. Twice, Lorenzo appeared to be close to a takedown on the edge, but he was unable to get either call to go in his favor – either on the mat or via video review.

No. 10 seed Casey Kent fell to No. 2 seed –and national No. 2 – Kyle Crutchmer of Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals, 11-5. The returning All-American had the better of some upper body situations in the third period, turning a 4-3 lead into the final score.

Kent would rally in the Round of 12 for a 16-0 technical fall over Minnesota’s Nick Wanzek. Kent needed just one takedown to lead to the tech fall, piling up four sets of nearfall to earn his place on the podium.

It was more of the same for Kent in his consolation quarterfinal match. He pounced on West Virginia’s Ross Renzi early, and piled up four sets of nearfall en route to a 18-0 technical fall in the first period.

May Bethea, Ray Bethea, C.J. Cobb, Brooks Martino, Frank Mattiace, and Caleb Richardson each advanced to Day Two, but fell short of the podium.

The Quakers are in dual meet action for the first time on January 10, hosting No. 10 Lehigh in an EIWA battle at The Palestra at 1 p.m.

133 - #7 Caleb Richardson

First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Tony Recco (Edinboro), 20-5
Third Round: lost to Keegan Moore (West Virginia), 5-2
Consolation Third Round: def. Alfredo Gray (Cleveland State), 15-7
Consolation Fourth Round: lost to Tyler Ziegler (Gardner-Webb), 4-2 (SV2)

141 – Marc Mastropietro
First Round: bye
Second Round: lost to #4 Tommy Thorn (Minnesota), 3-1
Consolation Second Round: lost to Jayce Carr (Cleveland St.), 3-2

141 – A.J. Vindici
First Round: lost to Tyler Buckiso (The Citadel), 5-2
Consolation First Round: lost to A.C. Headlee (North Carolina), 15-4

149 - #3 C.J. Cobb
First Round: def. Nick Montgomery (Cleveland State), 12-4
Second Round: def. Alex Mossing (Air Force), 3-2
Third Round: lost to Mitch Finesilver (Duke), 10-6
Consolation Third Round: lost to Timmy Box (Northern Colorado), 9-6

157 – May Bethea
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Larry Early III (Minnesota), 11-7
Third Round: lost to #4 Mitch Minotti (Lehigh), 2-0
Consolation Third Round: lost to Jack Clark (North Carolina), 3-2

157 – Brooks Martino
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to #5 Dylan Cottrell (West Virginia), 4-1
Consolation Second Round: Advanced via medical forfeit
Consolation Third Round: Advanced via medical forfeit
Consolation Fourth: lost to Drew Longo (Lehigh), 9-5

165 – Ray Bethea
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Christian Maroni (Gardner-Webb), 5-2
Third Round: lost to #1 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State), 20-0
Consolation Third Round: def. Andrew Mendel (Army West Point), 8-3
Consolation Fourth Round: lost to Garrett Hammond (Penn State), FALL 2:42

174 - #10 Casey Kent (Third Place)
First Round: def. Alex Schenk (Duke), 4-0
Second Round: def. Barnett Walthall (UT-Chattanooga), 10-4
Third Round: def. #7 Ben Stroh (Wyoming), 12-0
Quarterfinals: lost to #2 Kyle Crutchmer (Oklahoma State), 11-5
Round of 12: def. Nick Wanzek (Minnesota), 16-0 (2:53)
Consolation Quarterfinals: def. Ross Renzi (West Virginia), 18-0 (3:00)
Consolation Semifinals: def. #1 Brian Realbuto (Cornell), 8-5
Third Place Match: def. #8 Chandler Rodgers (Oklahoma State), 10-0

184 - #3 Lorenzo Thomas (Fourth Place)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Anthony McLaughlin (Air Force), 9-1
Third Round: def. Garret Krohn (Stanford), 5-2
Quarterfinals: def. #6 Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State), FALL 2:46
Semifinals: lost to #2 Nate Brown (Lehigh), 5-3
Consolation Semifinals: def. #8 Jordan Rodgers (Oklahoma State), 24-10
Third Place Match: lost to #5 Mat Miller (Navy), 10-7

184 – Joe Heyob
First Round: lost to Hunter Gamble (Gardner-Webb), 7-4
Consolation First Round: def. Samson Imonode (Army West Point), 4-3
Consolation Second Round: def. Robert Stevenson (Minnesota), 15-4
Consolation Third Round: lost to Jakob Sheffel (West Virginia), 13-9

197 – Frank Mattiace
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Jacob Cooper (Michigan State), 11-2
Third Round: lost to #2 Conner Hartmann (Duke), 5-1
Consolation Third Round: lost to Trent Noon (Northern Colorado), 2-0

285 – Patrik Garren
First Round: def. Connor Tolley (UT-Chattanooga), 6-4
Second Round: lost to #5 Riley Shaw (Cleveland State), 5-3
Consolation Third Round: lost to Boyce Cornwell (Gardner Webb), 12-2


Download: Scuffle Brackets.pdf