By Chandler Morrison, Staff Writer —
Penn State took home its seventh Southern Scuffle title in eight years Tuesday night as seven Nittany Lions faced off in championship bouts with six bringing home individual titles.
The Nittany Lions finished with 197 team points, which was one shy of tying the Southern Scuffle record set by Oklahoma State last season. Northern Iowa (127 points), Lehigh (102 points), Navy (87 points) and Duke (80 points) rounded out the top five finishers.
Penn State swept the Most Outstanding Wrestler-Gregorian Award duo as Shakur Rasheed was voted Most Outstanding by media and coaches in the 197-pound weight class, and Jason Nolf had the most pins in the least amount of time over the duration of the tournament in the 157-pound bracket.
Chattanooga finished 11th with 51 points and three placers, just above Southern Conference rival Appalachian State who took 12th in the annual tournament.
The finals matchup included four pins and an overtime bout as national powerhouses such as Oklahoma State, Michigan, Penn State, Duke and Lehigh made their individual statements in preparation for the NCAA National Tournament in March.
The Southern Scuffle is billed as one of the top three events in collegiate wrestling with a lot of champions going on to win the National Championship in the same year. And seven times, a Southern Scuffle Final has had a sequel in the NCAA Tournament. And with Penn State the victors in this year’s tournament, they’re sure to place high, if not win, the National Duals meet.