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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The Ohio wrestling team is in eighth place with 36.5 points after the opening day of the 2019 Southern Scuffle presented by Compound Sportswear, which took place today at McKenzie Arena.
Six Bobcats advanced to the second day of the Southern Scuffle. Redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) is in the semifinals of the championship bracket at 157 pounds while five other Ohio wrestlers are still alive in the consolation bracket -- redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) at 125 pounds, senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) at 141 pounds, redshirt sophomore Nick Vestal (Wilmington, Ohio) at 157 pounds, freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) at 165 pounds and junior Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) at 184 pounds.
Carson pinned Drexel sophomore Felix Belga in 5:00 in the round of 64 to start the day and followed the fall up with a 9-3 decision win over Campbell freshman Alex Rivera, a 3-2 decision win over Air Force senior Alex Mossing and a 7-5 decision win over No. 2-seeded Paul Fox of Stanford. Carson will take on Penn State sophomore Bo Pipher in the semis.
Laney opened things up with a 12-5 decision win over Duke freshman Arien Leigh. After dropping a 4-3 decision to Penn State freshman Brody Teske, Laney picked up an 11-3 major decision victory over Duke sophomore Harrison Campbell and an 8-3 decision win over Navy freshman Jacob Allen in the consolation bracket.
In his 2018-19 season debut, Kelly pinned Campbell freshman Joshua Scott in 48 seconds. Kelly was sent to the consolation bracket after losing to Pitt freshman Cole Matthews by fall in 6:52 but responded with an 8-2 decision win over Rider sophomore Travis Layton and a 12-5 decision win over CSU Bakersfield freshman Angelo Martinoni.
After falling to CSU Bakersfield junior Wyatt Gerl by an 8-4 decision, Vestal bounced back in the consolation bracket with an 8-3 decision win over Edinboro redshirt freshman Tim Suter, a 5-4 decision win over Navy sophomore Scout Skidgel, a 4-0 decision win over Northern Colorado sophomore Jordan Robison and a 9-2 decision win over Gardner Webb sophomore Evan Schenk.
Yinger began the day with an 11-5 decision win over Campbell freshman Cameron Pine but was pinned by Oklahoma State redshirt senior Chandler Rogers. He responded by pinning Northern Colorado redshirt sophomore Macoy Flanagan in 1:47 and earning a 10-2 major decision victory over freshman Sebastian Collazo of The Citadel in the consolation bracket.
Yeargan made it to the championship bracket quarterfinals courtesy of a 5-4 decision win over Columbia sophomore Brian Bonino and a 10-2 major decision victory over Chattanooga junior Dominic Lampe but lost by an 11-0 major decision to Penn State senior Shakur Rasheed.
The final day of the Southern Scuffle will get underway at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday (Jan. 2). Every match of the Southern Scuffle can be followed live via Flowrestling, the live streaming home for the 2019 Southern Scuffle. Get the FloSports iOS app today in the App Store to watch the event live and on-the-go. Download the FloSports App on iOS, Roku, and Apple TV 4 to watch Southern Scuffle across all screens. Live scoring and interactive brackets are also available through FloArena.