Chattanooga seniors Dean Pavlou and Niko Brown led the Mocs at the opening day of the 2013 Southern Scuffle, presented by Defense Soap. Both advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective weight classes in the tournament at McKenzie Arena.
Top-ranked Penn States leads the team scores with 102.0 points and has six wrestlers in the main draw semifinals. No. 3 Minnesota is second with 94 points, followed by No. 2 Oklahoma State (89.5), No. 8 Cornell (84.5) and No. 6 Missouri (75.0). The Mocs have four wrestlers still alive and are currently in 13 place with 25 points.
Pavlou opened with an 11-3 major decision over Ohio’s Kagan Squire, and the senior from Cleveland, Tenn., followed that with a 6-3 decision against American’s Tom Page. Pavlou later defeated Penn State’s Bryan Pearsall, before suffering a 10-0 loss to Cornell’s Michael Nevinger.
Pavlou will face unattached Zachary Beitz in the consolations tomorrow.
Brown stretched his win streak to 13 matches before suffering a 7-5 loss to Arizona State’s nith-ranked Jake Meredith. His wins came against Duke’s Michael Chapman (10-2) and Cornell’s William George (3-1 OT). Brown will face Cornell’s Jace Bennett in the backdraw.
Sophomore Nick Soto, who entered the tournament ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation, opened competition with an overtime win over Virginia’s Nick Hermann (8-5), but lost in overtime to Old Dominion’s Rob Deutsch (3-1). He’s still alive in the consolations after capturing two wins in the backdraw.
Sophomore Kevin Malone is the other Mocs still alive in Wednesday’s action. He fell to Penn State’s 15th-ranked Jimmy Lawson (5-1) in the round of 16, but bounced back in the consolations. He defeated Air Force’s Bentley Alsup (3-2) and scored a 5-3 win over North Carolina’s Mike Kosoy.
Wednesday’s matches at McKenzie Arena begin at 9 a.m. — doors open at 8. The semifinals begin at 11 a.m., while the finals and medals matches will all begin at 6 p.m.