Sykora and Weber Advance to Southern Scuffle Semifinals

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – North Dakota State 133-pounder Cam Sykora and 157 Luke Weber advanced to the semifinals during the first day of the 2020 Southern Scuffle, presented by Compound Sportswear, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in McKenzie Arena. Seven NDSU wrestlers are still alive in the consolation bracket.

North Dakota State is second in the team standings with 63 points. Oklahoma State is first with 70 points, NC State is third with 61.5 points, and Rider and Stanford are tied for fourth with 61 points.

The Southern Scuffle continues at 9 a.m. Central Time on Thursday, Jan. 2, with the fifth round of consolation, while the championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. The consolation semifinals are scheduled to begin at approximately 1 p.m., while the championship finals and medal matches will start at 6 p.m.

Sykora, a redshirt senior from Wheaton, Minn., entered as the No. 2 seed at 133 pounds. He opened with a 16-1 tech fall at 4:14 over Justin Patrick of Cleveland State, followed with a 15-3 major decision over Navy’s Casey Cobb and finished with his first pin of the season at 4:03 over Chandler Olson of Drexel. With the three wins, Sykora improved to 6-1 on the season including four tech falls.

Weber, a redshirt junior from Forsyth, Mont., posted a 4-0 record during the opening day including a pair of pins over Hunter Costa of Davidson at 5:44 and Oregon State’s Hunter Willits at 1:45. He posted a 12-1 major decision over AJ Burkhart of Lehigh. Weber earned a 5-4 decision over Matt Zovistoski. Zovistoski recorded a takedown to take a 4-3 lead in the third, but Weber notched an escape and gained a point on riding time.

NDSU has seven wrestlers still kicking in the consolation bracket – 149 Jaden Van Maanen (6-7 overall, 5-1 Southern Scuffle), 157 Jared Franek (13-5, 3-1), 174 Lorenzo De La Riva (3-4, 2-1), 184 Noah Cressell (8-4, 3-1), 197 Cordell Eaton (7-4, 3-1), 285 Brandon Metz (13-3, 2-1) and 285 Dan Stibral (8-3, 2-1).

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North Dakota State at the Southern Scuffle (1-1-2020)

125 McGwire Midkiff
Overall: 6-3 / Southern Scuffle: 1-1
Wednesday, Jan. 1
W major dec Zurich Storm (Campbell), MD 12-1
L fall Sam Latona (Virginia Tech), 0:18
medical forfeit Joe Thomas (West Virginia), MFF

133 Cam Sykora
Overall: 6-1 / Southern Scuffle: 3-0
W tech fall Justin Patrick (Cleveland State), TF 16-1 4:14
W major dec Casey Cobb (Navy), MD 15-3
W fall Chandler Olson (Drexel), 4:03

141 Sawyer Degen
Overall: 9-6 / Southern Scuffle: 2-2
W dec Brandon Bright (Gardner-Webb), 8-2
L fall #11 Real Woods (Stanford), 0:33
W major dec David Loniewski (Davidson), MD 14-3
L dec Anthony Brito (Appalachian State), 3-2

141 Dylan Droegemueller
Overall: 9-4 / Southern Scuffle: 1-2
L dec #15 Grant Willits (Oregon State), 9-3
W dec Tyler Williams (Drexel), 8-5
L dec Cody Trybus (Navy), 5-2

149 Jaden Van Maanen
Overall: 6-7 / Southern Scuffle: 5-1
W fall Dallas Bulsak (Pitt), 6:35
L major dec #16 Requir van der Merwe (Stanford), MD 17-5
W fall Luke Kemerer (Pitt), 6:37
W fall Kyle Prewitt (Arkansas-Little Rock), 1:19
W dec #31 Matt Grippi (NC State), 7-4
W dec Brevin Balmaceda (Oklahoma State) ,4-1

157 Jared Franek
Overall: 13-5 / Southern Scuffle: 3-1
W major dec Chris Barker (Binghamton), MD 8-0
W dec Evan Schenk (Gardner-Webb), 7-1
W major dec Robert Kanniard (Rutgers), MD 12-3
L major dec #2 Hayden Hidlay (NC State), MD 12-2

157 Luke Weber
Overall: 10-5 / Southern Scuffle: 4-0
W fall Hunter Costa (Davidson), 5:44
W major dec AJ Burkhart (Lehigh), MD 12-1
W dec Matt Zovistoski (Appalachian State), 5-4
W fall Hunter Willits (Oregon State), 1:45

165 Austin Brenner
Overall: 8-5 / Southern Scuffle: 2-2
L dec Evan Barczak (Drexel), 10-4
W dec Hunter Kernan (Pitt), 10-5
W major dec Joe Casey (Rider), MD 14-5
L fall Randy Meneweather (Air Force), 1:32

174 Lorenzo De La Riva
Overall: 3-4 / Southern Scuffle: 2-1
W fall A.J. Alford (Citadel), 5:24
W dec Joe Smith (Oklahoma State), 7-2
L major dec #27 Gregg Harvey (Pitt), MD 8-0

184 Noah Cressell
Overall: 8-4 / Southern Scuffle: 3-1
L dec Chris Kober (Campbell), 8-5
W dec Dylan Ammerman (Lehigh), 7-5
W fall #28 Cory Hazel (Lock Haven), 1:29
W dec Jha’Quan Anderson (Gardner-Webb), 3-0

184 TJ Pottinger
Overall: 7-7 / Southern Scuffle: 2-2
L major dec Lou Deprez (Binghamton), MD 10-1
W major dec Bryan Martin (Rider), MD 10-2
W tiebreaker-2 Deandre Nassar (Cleveland State), 3-1 TB-2
L fall #31 Anthony Montalvo (Oklahoma State), 5:10

197 Cordell Eaton
Overall: 7-4 / Southern Scuffle: 3-1
L dec Jacob Cardenas (Finger Lakes), 8-1
W dec Dom Ducharme (Cal State-Bakersfield), 8-3
W dec Jacob Koser (Navy), 7-3
W dec Rodney Jones (Chattanooga), 4-2

285 Brandon Metz
Overall: 13-3 / Southern Scuffle: 2-1
W major dec Michael Burchell (Appalachian State), MD 11-3
W fall Joe Doyle (Binghamton), 2:08
L major dec Dalton Robertson (Northern Colorado), MD 14-3

285 Dan Stibral
Overall: 8-3 / Southern Scuffle: 2-1
W dec Grayson Walthall (Chattanooga), 2-0
W dec Jamarcus Grant (Oregon State), 6-4
L major dec #20 Cary Miller (Appalachian State), MD 8-0

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