Jan. 1, 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -
Junior Chandler Smith (165 pounds) and sophomore Austin Wilding (197) each advanced to the Round of 16 in their respective consolation brackets during Wednesday's action at the Southern Scuffle at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena.
After day one, Army stands tied in 31st place out of 34 schools at the Southern Scuffle. Smith went 2-1 in the 165 pound field, while Wilding posted a 1-1 mark at 197 pounds.
After taking a major decision setback to Minnesota's Danny Zilverberg, who ranks 17th at 165 pounds in Intermat's national poll, Smith collected a 6-4 decision over Nick Becker of Central Michigan in the opening round of the 165 pound consolation bracket. Smith topped Duke's Marcus Cain, 6-3, in his next bout to earn the chance to continue competition on Thursday.
Wilding began his day in the 197 pound field by pinning Hofstra's Zeal McGrew to become the only Black Knight to win his opening match. The sophomore fell by major decision to Minnesota's Scott Schiller, the top-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, and will look to win his first bout in the consolation field tomorrow.
Seniors Paul Hancock (157) and Ryan Tompkins (184) also picked up wins in the tournament, each finishing 1-2 in their respective brackets.
Hancock fell by technical fall to No. 2 Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State in his opening bout, but rallied back for a 7-6 win over The Citadel's Aaron Walker in his next match-up. Hancock's tournament came to an end after his second match in the consolation bracket though, as he was pinned by Cole Sheptock from Pittsburgh.
Tompkins dropped a major decision to Oregon State's Austin Morehead to begin competition in the 184 pound field before pinning Dominick Vetell of Appalachian State in his initial bout in the consolation bracket. Tompkins faced Chattanooga's John Lampe in his next match, but slipped to a narrow 3-2 setback to finish the day 1-2.
Smith and Wilding will continue competition for a chance to place in Southern Scuffle when tournament action resumes on Thursday.