DURHAM, N.C.—Five Blue Devil wrestlers are among the Southern Scuffle preseeds as announced Saturday. The pair of Jacob Kasper and Mitch Finesilver led the way as No. 2 seeds at heavyweight and 157 pounds. The 2018 Southern Scuffle, presented by Compound Sportswear, opens Jan. 1 at 10 a.m., at McKenzie Arena.
Senior 125-pounder Thayer Atkins is the No. 8 seed and among two ACC wrestlers in the top eight. Rookies Josh Finesilver and Matt Finesilver come in at No. 7 at 133 and No. 8 at 174, respectively, to round out the preseeded Blue Devils.
Kasper is the reigning heavyweight champion, while Mitch took seventh last season at 149 pounds. Penn State’s Nick Nevills is the top seed at heavyweight and is ranked third nationally. Nevills edged Kasper in the Keystone Classic final, while Kasper defeated the Nittany Lion heavyweight in last year’s NCAA Championships.
At 157 pounds, top-ranked Jason Nolf is the No. 1 seed. Mitch owns a victory over No. 5 seed Paul Fox of Stanford at last year’s Southern Scuffle.
The brackets will be released through FloArena closer to the start of the action. Tickets and hospitality passes are on sale now on TheSouthernScuffle.com, but if you can't make it, you can watch it live on Flowrestling. The PPV video feed is also available on Roku and AppleTV.
125 1. Darian Cruz - Lehigh 2. Jay Schwarm - Northern Iowa 3. Daton Fix - Oklahoma State (UNA) 4. Louie Hayes - Virginia 5. Gabe Townsell - Stanford 6. Sergio Mendez – Cal State Bakersfield 7. Alonzo Allen - Chattanooga 8. Thayer Atkins - Duke
133 1. Scott Parker - Lehigh 2. Jack Mueller - Virginia 3. Austin DeSanto - Drexel 4. Corey Keener - Penn State 5. Rico Montoya - Northern Colorado 6. Cole Manley - Virginia Tech (UNA) 7. Josh Finesilver - Duke 8. Colby Smith – (UNA)
157 1. Jason Nolf - Penn State 2. Mitch Finesliver - Duke 3. Ian Brown - Lehigh 4. Alex Mossing - Air Force 5. Paul Fox - Stanford 6. Coleman Hammond – Cal State Bakersfield 7. Zack Davis - Navy 8. Tyler Marinelli - Gardner Webb
174 1. Mark Hall- Penn State 2. Jordan Kutler- Lehigh 3. Taylor Lujan- Northern Iowa 4. Jadaen Bernstein- Navy 5. Keaton Subjeck- Stanford 6. Will Schany- Virginia 7. Forest Przybysz- Appalachian State 8. Matt Finesilver- Duke
285 1. Nick Nevills - Penn State 2. Jacob Kasper - Duke 3. Mike Hughes - Hofstra 4. Jordan Wood - Lehigh 5. Nathan Butler - Stanford 6. Thomas Haines - Lock Haven 7. Demetrius Thomas – (UNA) 8. Michael Boykin - North Carolina State