Jan. 2, 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Competition came to an end for a pair of Army wrestlers in the final day of the Southern Scuffle on Thursday at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena.
Junior Chandler Smith (165 pounds) and sophomore Austin Wilding (197) competed in the Round of 16 in their respective consolation brackets after advancing on Wednesday. Smith went 2-1 in yesterday's action, picking up victories over Central Michigan's Nick Becker and Duke's Marcus Cain.
On Thursday, Smith faced Michael Moreno from Iowa State, the No. 6 wrestler at 165 pounds according to Intermat's national poll. Despite staying close, Smith ultimately fell to Moreno by a count of 7-2, eliminating him from the tournament.
Wilding pinned Hofstra's Zeal McGrew in his first match on Wednesday before suffering a loss by major decision to No. 1 Scott Schiller of Minnesota. On Thursday, Wilding was bested in the 197-pound consolation bracket by Oklahoma State's Darnell Bortz, 6-0.
Army collected eight points to finish 33rd out of 34 schools at the Southern Scuffle. Penn State took first with 189 points, Oklahoma State was second with 164.5 points and Minnesota placed third with 161 points. Cornell (114.5) and Missouri (102.5) rounded out the top five.
Army returns to the mat on Sunday, Jan. 12, when it competes in the Boston Duals at Boston University's Case Gym. The Black Knights will face Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) rivals Brown, Boston University and Harvard in dual matches.