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Flames Finish 2010 in Greensboro
The Southern Scuffle will act as the Flames final competition for the 2010 calendar year, as the squad will travel to Greensboro, N.C., to compete in the two-day tournament Wednesday and Thursday, inside the Special Events Center of the Greensboro Coliseum. The event will also be Liberty's final tournament-style event of the regular season.
Head Coach Jesse Castro's squad is coming off a solid performance in Reno at the Tournament of Champions. The Flames finished in 16th place in the 30-team field, accumulating 40.5 team points behind fourth and sixth-place finishes from Scott Clymer (149 pounds) and Chad Porter (165 pounds).
The Flames are competing in the UNC Greensboro-hosted event for the fourth consecutive year, and look to build upon the success from the past two years at the Southern Scuffle. After finishing 24th out of 29 teams in 2007, the program has posted 16th place finishes in the 2008 and 2009 versions of the event, where the field included 31 teams each year.
Last year Frankie Gayeski placed fourth in the event to lead the squad, while Christian Smith was Liberty's highest placewinner in 2008 with a seventh-place showing.
In its eighth year, the Southern Scuffle will once again feature numerous top-ranked programs, including No. 1 Cornell, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Penn State, No 13 Oregon State, No. 15 Michigan and No. 23 Kent State, as ranked in the latest NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll.
In a field of nearly 600 individual grapplers, the field contains 63 wrestlers who are inside of InterMat's most recent top 20 rankings. Four weight classes will include the No. 1 ranked grappler, including 149 pounds, where 2010 NCAA Champion Kyle Dake of Cornell will try to claim another championship at the Southern Scuffle after winning last year's title at 141 pounds.
The 149-pound weight class is looked upon by many as being the most exciting, as Dake could end up meeting NC State's Darrion Caldwell, who was the 2009 NCAA Champion.
Cornell is looking for its third consecutive team title at the Southern Scuffle and enters the event with six ranked competitors.
Liberty's upperclassmen will once again be looked upon for leadership at this tournament, especially from those who have competed multiple times in Greensboro.
After nabbing fourth-place finishes at the Keystone Classic (Nov. 21) and the Reno Tournament of Champions (Dec. 19), redshirt junior Scott Clymer will look to place for the third time this season at 149 pounds, as he competes in the Southern Scuffle for the fourth time. Clymer posted 2-2 records in his freshman and redshirt sophomore campaigns, while going 0-2 when he redshirted in 2008. Clymer currently leads the Flames in victories, with 11 overall wins on the year.
Pantaleo holds a 5-4 record in two years of competition in Greensboro, and would be taking to the mats for the first time in over a month, after facing an injury in the Keystone Classic.
Colon has posted 2-2 records in each showing at the Southern Scuffle, and comes to the tournament winning five of his last seven bouts.
After placing sixth at the Reno Tournament of Champions, Porter will look to improve upon his past experience. The redshirt senior has competed two times in this event, posting a 2-4 mark.
Fellow redshirt senior Josh Pelletier competed in the Southern Scuffle last year for the first time, and posted a 4-2 record. Pelletier comes into the event after missing the Reno Tournament of Champions, yet is still tied for second on the team with 10 overall victories.
For Liberty fans looking to follow the Flames progress through the Southern Scuffle, updates will be available in a variety of ways. Host UNC Greensboro will have live video available through Spartan All-Access. More information is available by following the link at the top of the page.
LibertyFlames.com coverage will include live coverage from Greensboro, including Twitter updates as well as blog coverage throughout the day.
Fans wishing to track Liberty Athletics' coverage via twitter will need to "follow" the LibertyFlames Twitter page by clicking here or the link at the top of the page.
A link to the blog will be provided prior to the event, and will be ongoing through the tournament. Look for coverage to begin between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday and around 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Liberty's Probable Participants at the Southern Scuffle:
125 – Robert Jillard, Joel Stafford
133 – T. J. Mitchell
141 – Kurtis Becker (Unattached), Seth Hicks, Joey Montgomery
149 – Gabe Bird (Unattached), Scott Clymer, Eric Reger
157 – Rich Bushby, Julian Colon, Peter Crawford (Unattached), Justin Krop
165 – Chad Porter, Eli Sanchez
174 – Marcus Nielson
184 – No Entrant
197 – Aaron Thompson
HWT – Josh Pelletier, Andrew Wilson (Unattached)
Wednesday, December 29
7:45 am - Weigh-ins & Skin check
10:00 am - 64-man Championship (10 mats - 500 wrestlers)
11:30 am - 32-man Championship
1:45 pm - 1st Round of Wrestle-backs
3:45 pm - 16-man Championship & 2nd Round of Wrestle-backs
6:00 pm - 3rd Round of Wrestle-backs
7:00 pm - Free Wrestling Clinic (for all high school, middle/youth wrestlers and coaches)
Thursday, December 30
7:45 am - Weigh-ins & Skin check
9:00 am - Quarterfinals & 4th Round of Wrestle-backs
10:30 am - 5th Round of Wrestle-backs
11:30 am - Semifinals & 6th Round of Wrestle-backs
1:00 pm - 7th Round of Wrestle-backs
2:00 pm - Medal Rounds (3rd-8th)
3:00 pm - High School Dual Matches
5:30 pm - Championship Finals
Teams competing at the 2010 Southern Scuffle:
No. 1 Cornell
No. 23 Kent State
No. 15 Michigan
No. 3 Minnesota
No. 13 Oregon State
No. 4 Penn State
Individuals ranked in the latest InterMat rankings:
7. Zach Sanders – Minnesota
9. Nic Bedelyon – Kent State
11. Garret Frey – Princeton
13. Frank Perelli – Cornell
14. Ben Kjar – Utah Valley
15. Steve Bonanno – Hofstra
16. Frank Martelotti – Penn State
18. Aaron Kalil – Navy
20. Jason Lara – Oregon State
4. Lou Ruggirello – Hofstra
9. Rollie Peterkin – Penn
12. Flint Ray – Utah Valley
14. Kelly Kubec – Oregon State
17. Fred Santaite – NC State
18. Joe Stanzione – Cornell
19. Zac Stevens – Michigan
1. Kellen Russell – Michigan
2. Mike Thorn – Minnesota
9. Andrew Alton – Penn State
10. Cole Von Ohlen – U.S. Air Force Academy
11. Mike Mangrum – Oregon State
14. Germane Lindsey - Ohio
18. Matt Bonson – Lock Haven
1. Kyle Dake – Cornell
6. Frank Molinaro – Penn State
10. Kurt Kinser – Indiana
14. Ivan Lopouchanski – UNC Greensboro
15. Torsten Gillespie - Edinboro
19. Justin Accordino - Hofstra
3. David Taylor – Penn State
7. Bryce Saddoris – Navy
9. Paul Young – Indiana
4. Justin Kerber – Cornell
6. P.J. Gillespie – Hofstra
7. Cody Yohn – Minnesota
17. Gabe Burak – Penn
1. Mack Lewnes – Cornell
2. Chris Henrich – Virginia
6. Colby Covington – Oregon State
8. Scott Glasser - Minnesota
10. Ed Ruth – Penn State
15. Ryan Patrovich – Hofstra
2. Chris Honeycutt – Edinboro
3. Steve Bosak – Cornell
8. Kevin Steinhaus – Minnesota
15. Luke Rebertus – Navy
17. Jon Fausey – Virginia
18. Nate Graham – Bloomsburg
20. Austin Trotman – Appalachian State
1. Dustin Kilgore – Kent State
2. Cam Simaz – Cornell
5. Sonny Yohn – Minnesota
6. Cayle Byers – George Mason
7. Micah Burak – Penn
14. Matt Powless – Indiana
15. Anthony Biondo – Michigan
6. Cam Wade – Penn State
7. Ben Apland – Michigan
9. Tony Nelson – Minnesota
12. Clayton Jack – Oregon State
13. Brandon Barlow – Kent State
19. Peter Sturgeon – UNC Greensboro
20. Ricky Alcala – Indiana