The 2014 Southern Scuffle wrapped last night in Chatanooga, TN and the biggest news in the wrestling world right now is what Lowell, Michigan native Gabe Dean, knocking off 2x NCAA Champ Ed Ruth of Penn State to win the 184lb title.
Dean, who was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, ended Ruth's 84 match win streak with a 7-4 victory. The Cornell freshman came out firing in the first period scoring the first takedown on a deep single leg. Ruth escaped and answered back with his own takedown, but Dean followed with an escape of his own to tie the match at 3-3 going into the 2nd period.
In the 2nd stanza Dean scored a stalling point and an escape while Ruth amassed a minute and half of riding time. The 3rd period was all Dean as he rode out Ruth long enough to erase the riding the time before surrendering an escape that narrowed the score to 5-4, but sealed the deal with another takedown in the final minute to score the huge win.
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Dean also scored a big semifinal win over #4 ranked Minnesota All-American Kevin Steinhaus before knocking off Ruth.
For our article on Gabe Dean from December, see here.
CMU RECAP: Roth, Smith, Horan place for CMU
Central Michigan was the lone Michigan squad at the Scuffle, finishing 13th in the team standings with 3 individual placewinners.
Joe Roth finished 5th at 133lbs with a a 5-2 record. Roth suffered a close 3-2 loss to top ranked Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State in the semifinals and dropped a close 6-5 decision to #15 Nick Soto of Chatanooga in the consi semis.
Zach Horan had a strong showing at 141lbs with his lone loss coming to #2 ranked Zain Retherford of Penn State 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Horan bounced back with a big win over #12 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State to advance to the Top 8 but defaulted out to finish 7th.
Luke Smith entered the tournament unranked at 157lbs but knocked off two ranked opponents over the course of the tournament. He won 11-4 over #18 Tristan Warner of Old Dominion in the first round and then beate #6 Kyle Bradley of Missouri in the 7th place match. Smith's two losses came to #2 ranked Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) and #13 RJ Pena (Oregon State).
For a full recap of the Chippewas, click here.
MI NATIVE RECAP: Weatherspoon finishes 5th
A strong contingent of MI natives competeting for out-of-state instutions put on a show this weekend as well, led by Napolean native Lelund Weatherspoon who finished 5th at 174lbs for Iowa State.
Unranked Weatherspoon scored a 4-2 win over #20 Mike England of Missouri to advance to the quarterfinals before dropping a 10-2 md to #2 Chris Perry of Oklahoma State.
Weatherspoon rattled off a pair of close wins before falling to #5 ranked Logan Storley of Minnesota in the Consi Semis. He then won by med. forfeit over teammate Tanner Weatherman, ranked #14, to finish 5th.
Two other Michigan natives had strong showings, but fell a match from placing with a loss in the round of 12.
Matt Frisch of The Citadel (Oxford) was 3-2 at 149lbs, falling 5-3 to #10 ranked Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State in the round of 12.
Kevin Beazley of Old Dominion (Detroit Catholic Central) fell a round short of placing at 197lbs, but not without scoring a huge 3-2 win over #6 Taylor Meeks of Oregon State along the way.
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