Cleveland State Set for Prestigious Southern Scuffle

Cleveland State Set for Prestigious Southern Scuffle

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State University wrestling team will continue its season, and kick off the 2017 calendar year, by competing in one of the most prestigious in-season tournaments on the collegiate wrestling calendar, as the Vikings participate in the Southern Scuffle Jan. 1-2.

The event, which is hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will have action beginning at 10:00 a.m. both Sunday and Monday. A full schedule for both days is available by clicking here. Live scoring and interactive brackets are available through FloArena by clicking here. Live video ($) is available through Flowrestling by clicking here.

This year's Southern Scuffle features 23 Division I teams, including 10 that are nationally ranked according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today poll. The loaded field includes 25 All-Americans, three NCAA champions and 72 athletes currently ranked in the top 20, including three that sit at the top spot in their weight class.

Cleveland State has nearly all of its starters heading to the event, as 12 Vikings are entered in the field. Terrell Grant (133), Evan Cheek (141), Grant Turnmire (157), John Vaughn (165), Devon Pingel (174), Nick Corba (184), Collin Kelly (197) and Michael Furbee (285) are each the lone CSU entry at their weight class. Both Spencer Dusi and John Martin are entered for the Vikings at 125 while the veteran duo of RJ LaBeef and Nick Montgomery is entered at 149.

Cheek leads the Vikings with 13 wins on the season and also tops the squad with nine bonus-point victories. He is coming off a third-place showing at the Cleveland State Open last time out with four wins, twice winning by fall. Pingel has posted 12 victories in his initial collegiate campaign to date while Corba owns an 11-3 mark. True freshman Collin Kelly tallied the first three victories of his collegiate career at the Cleveland State Open and placed sixth at the event.

This is the 14th consecutive season that the Southern Scuffle has been contested although the event was originally held in Greensboro, N.C. This is the sixth consecutive season that Cleveland State has traveled to the event, as it has competed every year since the event moved to the Volunteer State. Both Corba and Martin won a pair of matches at the 2016 Southern Scuffle. Montgomery also owns a victory at the event in his career.

This is the final non-dual action for the Vikings of the regular season as well as their final competition of any type before beginning conference action. CSU will open Eastern Wrestling League competition Sunday, Jan. 15, at George Mason.