Wrestling Gears Up For Southern Scuffle

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn wrestling team returns to action this week with its participation in the Southern Scuffle, which is taking place Tuesday and Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C. UNC-Greensboro will host the 31-team event at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

The Scuffle begins Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., with championship matches taking place Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

This year's Scuffle field includes 53 wrestlers who are ranked in the latest InterMat rankings, including four of the 10 wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the nation at their respective weight classes. The team title also figures to be a fierce battle as the field is composed of seven teams who are ranked in the top 25, led by No. 5 Minnesota, No. 8 Cornell, No. 13 Indiana, No. 18 Virginia, No. 19 Kent State, No. 20 Edinboro and No. 23 Old Dominion.

"This is a good tournament and will help expose our team to some of the highest level of competition in the country," said Penn head coach Rob Eiter. "Any time you can wrestle top-level competition, you have to. The goal for the team is to compete hard for two days and get on top of the podium."

The event will be broadcast on UNCG's Spartan All-Access.

Penn Competitors at Southern Scuffle
133 - Bryan Ortenzio, Zack Ellis
141 - Zack Kemmerer
149 - Cesar Grajales, Troy Hernandez
157 - Matt Dragon
165 - Gabriel Burak, Tom Timothy
184 - Harrison Cook, Cory Beaver
HWT - Tyler Blakely

The field is listed below in alphabetical order:
Air Force
Appalachian State
Army
Bloomsburg
Boston University
Cal State Bakersfield
Campbell
The Citadel
#8 Cornell
Duke
#20 Edinboro
Gardner-Webb
George Mason
Hofstra
#13 Indiana
#19 Kent State
Liberty
Lock Haven
Michigan
#5 Minnesota
Navy
North Carolina
North Carolina State
Ohio
#23 Old Dominion
Penn
Princeton
Sacred Heart
UNC Greensboro
#18 Virginia

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The Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA) has announced the reinstatement of Rollie Peterkin, Cesar Grajales and Matt Dragon to the wrestling program.