Sykora Places Second at Southern Scuffle, Six Bison Finish in Top Eight

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Cam Sykora placed second at 133 pounds to lead a group of six North Dakota State wrestlers in the top eight at the 2020 Southern Scuffle, presented by Compound Sportswear, on Thursday, Jan. 2, in McKenzie Arena.

North Dakota State finished fifth in the team standings with 92.5 points. Oklahoma State won with 116 points, NC State placed second with 109 points, Stanford was third with 99.5 points and Pitt was fourth with 93 points.

NDSU (3-2, 0-0 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host Wyoming (2-4, 1-0 #Big12WR) in a Big 12 Conference dual at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, in Scheels Center.

It was an impressive effort for Sykora, a redshirt senior from Wheaton, Minn., who won his first four matches before being sidetracked by Sammy Alvarez. Alvarez knocked top-seed Micky Phillippi of Pitt in the semifinals.

Sykora, who was the No. 2 seed, led 2-1 after the first period and 3-1 early in the second before Alvarez recorded a takedown to tie the score with 39-seconds left in the period. Alvarez came up with a takedown with 44-seconds left in the third for the win. Sykora finished the Southern Scuffle with a 4-1 record including a pair of tech falls to push his season total to five and career total to 38. His record is 7-2 this season.\

NDSU had a pair of heavyweights, redshirt sophomore Brandon Metz and Dan Stibral, finish in the top eight. Metz finished fourth, dropping a 6-0 decision to top-seed Demetrius Thomas of Pitt. Metz, who improved to 16-4 overall, finished the tournament with a 5-2 record including three pins. One of the pins came after Metz was on his back and turned over The Citadel’s Michael Aleavey in Thursday’s first match. Stibral finished eight after going 3-3 at the tournament and is 9-5 overall.

Weber, a redshirt junior from Forsyth, Montana, bounced back from a pair of losses to nationally-ranked opponents to place fifth at 157 pounds. He defeated Hunter Willits of Oregon State for the second time over the weekend by the score of 3-0. Weber went 5-2 and improved to 11-7 on the season Fellow 157, West Fargo’s Jared Franek rallied back to place seventh. He also went 5-2 and stands 15-6 this winter.

Redshirt sophomore 149-pounder Jaden Van Maanen went the distance to place eighth at the Southern Scuffle. He compiled a 6-3 record including three pins. Van Maanen improved to 7-9 overall.

2020 Southern Scuffle Results

North Dakota State at the Southern Scuffle (1-2-2020)

133 Cam Sykora
Overall: 7-2 / Southern Scuffle: 4-1, 2nd Place
at Southern Scuffle (1-2-20)
W tech fall #29 Devan Turner (Oregon State), TF 19-1 4:43
L dec #15 Sammy Alvarez (Rutgers), 5-4

at Southern Scuffle (1-1-20)
W tech fall Justin Patrick (Cleveland State), TF 16-1 4:14
W major dec Casey Cobb (Navy), MD 15-3
W injury default Chandler Olson (Drexel), INJ 5-1 4:03

149 Jaden Van Maanen
Overall: 7-9 / Southern Scuffle: 6-3, 8th Place
at Southern Scuffle (1-2-20)
W medical forfeit AJ Leitten (NC State), MFF
L major dec #16 Requir van der Merwe (Stanford), MD 10-1
L dec Jason Kraisser (Campbell), 7-5

at Southern Scuffle (1-1-20)
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: 15-6 / Southern Scuffle: 5-2, 7th Place
at Southern Scuffle (1-2-20)
W dec Tyler Eischens (Stanford), 10-4
L dec #28 Matt Zovistoski (Appalachian State), 4-1
W dec Michael Vanbrill (Rutgers), 7-2

at Southern Scuffle (1-1-20)
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: 11-7 / Southern Scuffle: 5-2, 5th Place
at Southern Scuffle (1-2-20)
L dec #6 Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider), 8-2
L dec #28 Matt Zovistoski (Appalachian State), 7-6
W dec Hunter Willits (Oregon State), 3-0

at Southern Scuffle (1-1-20)
W fall Hunter Costa (Davidson), 5:44
W major dec AJ Burkhart (Lehigh), MD 12-1
W dec #28 Matt Zovistoski (Appalachian State), 5-4
W fall Hunter Willits (Oregon State), 1:45

174 Lorenzo De La Riva
Overall: 3-5 / Southern Scuffle: 2-2
at Southern Scuffle (1-2-20)
L dec Jake Logan (Lehigh), 8-7

at Southern Scuffle (1-1-20)
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: 8-5 / Southern Scuffle: 3-2
at Southern Scuffle (1-2-20)
L fall David Key (Naval Academy Prep), 4:16

at Southern Scuffle (1-1-20)
L dec Chris Kober (Campbell), 8-5
W dec Dylan Ammerman (Lehigh), 7-5
W fall #28 Corey Hazel (Lock Haven), 1:29
W dec Jha’Quan Anderson (Gardner-Webb), 3-0

197 Cordell Eaton
Overall: 7-5 / Southern Scuffle: 3-2
at Southern Scuffle (1-2-20)
L major dec #11 Nick Reenan (NC State), MD 18-7

at Southern Scuffle (1-1-20)
L dec Jacob Cardenas (Finger Lakes RTC), 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: 16-4 / Southern Scuffle: 5-2, 4th Place
at Southern Scuffle (1-2-20)
W fall Michael McAleavey (Citadel), 3:00
W dec Deonte Wilson (NC State), 3-2
W fall #20 Cary Miller (Appalachian State), 2:17
L dec #10 Demetrius Thomas (Pitt), 6-0

at Southern Scuffle (1-1-20)
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: 9-5 / Southern Scuffle: 3-3, 7th Place
at Southern Scuffle (1-2-20)
W dec Owen Trephan (NC State), 4-0
L dec Lewis Fernandes (Finger Lakes RTC), 3-0
L dec Deonte Wilson (NC State), 5-2

at Southern Scuffle (1-1-20)
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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