14 PA Natives Earn Medals at The Southern Scuffle

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Jordan Oliver 149 lbs. Photo By Greg Davick of the Chattanoogan.com

In Chattanooga, Tennessee former Pennsylvania wrestlers competed in the prestigious Southern Scuffle with four (4) Keystone State grapplers earning Championship Titles. Past NCAA Champions Jordan Oliver, Ed Ruth and Quinton Wright all earned titles in addition to 2012 NCAA runner-up Nico Megaludis.

Sophomore Nico Megaludis (Franklin Regional) of Penn State won the 125 lbs. Championship over PA Native Matt Snyder (Lewistown) of Virginia with an (8-4) decision in the finals. At 133 lbs. true freshman Jimmy Gulibon (Derry Area) of Penn State had an impressive tournament finishing in fourth place. Gulibon, who won four (4) PIAA State Championships , defeated Nationally ranked wrestler George DiCamillo by major decision (13-5). At 141 lbs. Penn State senior Bryan Pearsall (Warwick) finished in eighth place for the Nittany Lions.

Former 3x PIAA State Champion Jordan Oliver (Easton Area) has been dominating the competition at 149 lbs. this season  a year after falling in the NCAA finals at 133 lbs. As a sophomore Oliver won the 133 lbs. NCAA Division I title for Oklahoma State and will be looking for his second Championship in 2013. At the Southern Scuffle Oliver’s closest match was a (12-6) decision over James English as the senior recorded one fall, two tech-falls, and a major decision in the finals. Penn State’s James English (Central York) went on to finish in third place after falling to Oliver. English was granted a sixth year of eligibility last month after spending two seasons sidelined by injures. Also placing at 149 lbs. was Penn State’s Luke Frey (Montoursville Area) who finished in seventh place. At 157 lbs. Penn State redshirt junior James Vollrath (Council Rock South) upset #1 seed Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State (Ranked #8 in the Nation at 157 lbs. by Intermat) to advance to the finals. There Vollrath lost (3-1) in sudden victory to Virginia’s Jedd Moore (Ranked #16 in the Nation at 157 lbs. by Intermat). Also placing at 157 lbs. was Navy’s Bobby Burg (Mercersburg Academy) who finished in seventh place.

Competing at 174 lbs. Virginia’s Jon Fausey (Line Mountain) turned out a solid performance to place in fourth place while former 3x PIAA State Champion and Cornell’s sophomore Marshall Peppelman (Central Dauphin) finished in eighth place. In a battle of 2012 NCAA Division I National Champions Penn State’s Ed Ruth (Susquehanna Township) faced off with Cornell’s Steve Bosak (State College Area) at 184 lbs. Bosak was the 2012 NCAA Champion at 184 lbs. last season while Ruth was a 2012 NCAA Champion at 174 lbs. Despite wrestling up a weight class from last season Ruth has continued his dominance at 184 lbs. Ruth topped Bosak with a (7-3) decision in a battle of two of PA’s top wrestlers. At 197 lbs. Penn State senior Quinton Wright (Bald Eagle Area), a 2011 NCAA National Champion, was able to earn a fall over Arizona State’s Jake Meredith (Ranked #8 in the Nation at 197 lbs. by Intermat) for the Championship title.


Southern Scuffle – 125
1st Place – Nicholas Megaludis of Penn State
2nd Place – Matt Snyder of Virginia
3rd Place – Nahshon Garrett of Cornell
4th Place – Josh Martinez of Air Force
5th Place – Jerome Robinson of Old Dominion
6th Place – Rob Deutsch of Old Dominion
7th Place – Eric Montoya of Campbell
8th Place – David Terao of American

1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State) won by decision over Matt Snyder (Virginia) (Dec 8-4)
Southern Scuffle – 133
1st Place – Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State
2nd Place – Christopher Dardanes of Minnesota
3rd Place – Nathan McCormick of Missouri
4th Place – James Gulibon of Penn State
5th Place – George DiCamillo of Virginia
6th Place – Zach Watson of Virginia
7th Place – Mark Grey of Unattached
8th Place – Jordan Thome of Army

3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Nathan McCormick (Missouri) won by pin over James Gulibon (Penn State) (Pin 4:44)

Southern Scuffle – 141
1st Place – Michael Nevinger of Cornell
2nd Place – Undrakhbayar Khishignyam of The Citadel
3rd Place – Nick Dardanes of Minnesota
4th Place – Chris Mecate of Old Dominion
5th Place – Connor Hanafee of Army
6th Place – Julian Feikert of Oklahoma State
7th Place – Dean Pavlou of Chattanooga
8th Place – Bryan Pearsall of Penn State

7th Place Match
7th Place Match – Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga) won by decision over Bryan Pearsall (Penn State) (Dec 4-2)

Southern Scuffle – 149
1st Place – Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State
2nd Place – Cole VonOhlen of Air Force
3rd Place – James English of Penn State
4th Place – Drake Houdashelt of Missouri
5th Place – Christopher Villalonga of Cornell
6th Place – Dylan Ness of Minnesota
7th Place – Luke Frey of Penn State
8th Place – Dustin Walraven of South Dakota State

1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) won by major decision over Cole VonOhlen (Air Force) (Maj 21-8)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – James English (Penn State) won by decision over Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) (Dec 5-2)
7th Place Match
7th Place Match – Luke Frey (Penn State) won by decision over Dustin Walraven (South Dakota State) (Dec 4-3)

Southern Scuffle – 157
1st Place – Jedd Moore of Virginia
2nd Place – James Vollrath of Penn State
3rd Place – Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State
4th Place – Kyle Bradley of Missouri
5th Place – Daniel Zilverberg of Minnesota
6th Place – Spartak Chino of Ohio
7th Place – Robert Burg of Navy
8th Place – Matthew Frisch of The Citadel

1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Jedd Moore (Virginia) won in sudden victory over James Vollrath (Penn State) (SV-1 3-1)
7th Place Match
7th Place Match – Robert Burg (Navy) won by decision over Matthew Frisch (The Citadel) (Dec 7-6)

Southern Scuffle – 165
1st Place – Kyle Dake of Cornell
2nd Place – David Taylor of Penn State
3rd Place – Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State
4th Place – Nick Sulzer of Virginia
5th Place – Zach Toal of Missouri
6th Place – Zachary Strickland of Appalachian State
7th Place – Cody Yohn of Minnesota
8th Place – Harrison Hightower of Ohio


Southern Scuffle – 174
1st Place – Chris Perry of Oklahoma State
2nd Place – Logan Storley of Minnesota
3rd Place – Mathew Brown of Penn State
4th Place – Jon Fausey of Virginia
5th Place – Todd Porter of Missouri
6th Place – Blake Stauffer of Arizona State
7th Place – Cody Walters of Ohio
8th Place – Marshall Peppelman of Cornell 

3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Mathew Brown (Penn State) won by decision over Jon Fausey (Virginia) (Dec 10-3)
7th Place Match
7th Place Match – Cody Walters (Ohio ) won by decision over Marshall Peppelman (Cornell) (Dec 4-1)

Southern Scuffle – 184
1st Place – Edward Ruth of Penn State
2nd Place – Steve Bosak of Cornell 
3rd Place – Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota
4th Place – Mike Larson of Missouri
5th Place – Chris Chionuma of Oklahoma State
6th Place – Kevin Radford of Arizona State
7th Place – John Eblen of Missouri
8th Place – Mason Bailey of Navy

1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Edward Ruth (Penn State) won by decision over Steve Bosak (Cornell ) (Dec 7-3)

Southern Scuffle – 197
1st Place – Quentin Wright of Penn State
2nd Place – Jake Meredith of Arizona State
3rd Place – Brent Haynes of Missouri
4th Place – Phillip Wellington of Ohio
5th Place – Scott Schiller of Minnesota
6th Place – Conner Hartmann of Duke
7th Place – Jace Bennett of Cornell
8th Place – Joshua Mohr of Air Force

1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Quentin Wright (Penn State) won by pin over Jake Meredith (Arizona State) (Pin 5:34)

Southern Scuffle – 285
1st Place – Dominque Bradley of Missouri
2nd Place – Anthony Nelson of Minnesota
3rd Place – Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State
4th Place – Alan Gelogaev of Oklahoma State
5th Place – Jeremy Johnson of Ohio
6th Place – Andrew Delaney of The Citadel
7th Place – James Lawson of Penn State
8th Place – Levi Cooper of Arizona State


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