CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Michigan State wrestling team wrapped up action the Southern Scuffle on Saturday inside McKenzie Arena. The elite two-day, 31-team tournament was hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The Spartans finished 24th in the team standings with 24.5 points.
Junior 133-pounder Garth Yenter led the Spartans with a seventh-place finish after going 4-1 on the second day of the tournament in the consolation bracket. Yenter pinned Edinboro’s Anthony Rivera in 2:03 to start his day, then won in decisions over Ben Lamantia of Michigan, 6-1, and Zachary Davis of Navy, 4-2. Yenter lost in the seventh round of consolation action, 5-0, to Campbell’s Nathan Kraisser, but bounced back in the seventh-place match to top Minnesota’s Sam Brancale, 9-5.
Sophomore Javier Gasca just missed out on placing at 141 pounds. Gasca, who reached the round of 16 in the championship bracket on Friday, went 2-1 on Saturday to finish the tournament with a 4-2 record. He defeated Mike Longo of Appalachian State, 10-5, and Zah Finesilver of Duke, 8-7, before getting eliminated by Kade Moss of Penn State, 3-2.
Mitch Rogaliner (125) pounds and Dimitrus Renfroe (heavyweight) both lost in their first matches of the day in the consolation bracket. Rogaliner dropped a 7-3 decision to Connor Schram of Stanford, while Renfroe lost by major decision, 12-4, to Virginia’s Ethan Hayes.
The Spartans return to action Friday, Jan. 8 to take on Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey, at 6:30 p.m.