Nicholson Knocks Off No. 7 Sanders to Win Southern Scuffle Title

December 30, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 30, 2010

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - No. 4 James Nicholson scored a first period takedown of No. 7 Zach Sanders of Minnesota and held on for a 4-2 victory and claim the 125 pound championship at the Southern Scuffle.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Nicholson was dominant in the two-day event, giving up no more than two points in his five victories. He beat No. 20 Jason Lara of Oregon State 8-1 in the semifinals before dispatching Sanders in the finals.

"James was impressive winning the Southern Scuffle in dominating fashion," head coach Steve Martin said. "He is by far the biggest 125 pounder in the country."

Kyle Hutter took fourth place at 133 pounds while Joey Metzler earned a sixth place finish at 149.

Senior Kyle Hutter (133) made a run to the semifinals before falling to No. 9 Rollie Peterkin of Pennsylvania, 6-4. The senior defeated No. 19 Zac Stevens 4-1 to reach the final four. Hutter Came back from the loss to beat Edinboro's Aaron Schopp 11-6. He lost a hard fought 3-2 overtime decision to Oregon State's Garrett Drucker to take fourth.

Metzler dropped a 9-4 decision to No. 14 Ivan Lopouchanski of UNC Greensboro to take sixth place. Metzler (149) knocked off his second-straight ranked wrestler this morning, beating Lopouchanski of 5-4. He defeated No. 10 Kurt Kinser of Indiana 2-1 in his previous match. Metzler fell in the semifinals to No. 1 Kyle Dake of Cornell, 7-0. Metzler dropped an 11-6 decision to Scott Sakaguchi and now moves to the fifth place match where he will once again face Lopouchanski.

"Joey had an awesome performance in beating two top twenty opponents that he had previously lost to earlier in the season," Martin said.

Brennen Brumley won his first match in the consolation bracket at 141 with a first period pin over Army's John Belanger. He lost his next match 5-1 to Augustus Sako of Virginia. Brumley finished the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Chad Lowman lost his first match at 157 to No. 9 Paul Young of Indiana 11-2. He came back with a strong 16-0 tech. fall over VMI's Nicholas Emison before falling to Liberty's Julian Colon in his next match, 7-3.

Senior Dan Rivera went 2-2 overall, dropping his first match before pinning Eli Sanchez of Liberty in the first period. He beat VMI's Joeseph 2-1 in overtime before falling to Bloomsburg's Josh Veltre, 6-3.

Tristan Warner wrestled Byron Sigmon of UNCG for the second time this season, and for the second time wrestled into overtime, falling 3-1. He came back with a 9-3 triumph over Chris Hrunka of Edinboro and a 5-2 win over VMI's Matt Brock. He fell 4-0 to Justin Zeerip of Michigan.

Jacob Henderson picked up a 5-3 win over Indiana's Tanner Kriss before bowing out with a 5-2 loss to Navy's Greg Prioleau. Grant Chapman also earned a win with a 4-2 win over Daniel Miller, also of Navy, before losing to James Payne of UNC, 8-6.

"Our young team has a whole continues to improve and will be a force to be reckoned with in March," Martin added."