Stanford Set to Compete in Southern Scuffle

Dec. 27, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team will see its last action of 2006 at the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, NC this weekend. The event, hosted by UNC Greensboro, will take place Dec. 29 and 30 at the Greensboro Coliseum's Special Events Center. Friday's action gets underway at 10 a.m., while Saturday's action starts at 9 a.m. The Championship Finals are set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Twelve Cardinal wrestlers will compete in the event, led by No. 7 Tanner Gardner at 125 pounds. The Berryton, Kans. native topped defending Pac-10 Champion Chad Mendes of Cal Poly last week to claim the 125-pound title at the Reno Tournament of Champions. The junior seeks his third top finish of the season at the Southern Scuffle. Juniors Josh Zupancic (157 pounds) and Scott Loescher (165 pounds) are also coming off of top-three finishes in Reno last week. Gardner is seeded second at 125 pounds, while Zupancic is seeded fifth at 157 pounds. Brian Perry (165 pounds) and Luke Feist (174 pounds) are also among the 12 seeded wrestlers in their respective weight classes.

'I'm excited to have us in this competition,' said Head Coach Kerry McCoy. 'I've heard good things about it. It will be a great test and should help us build momentum for the rest of the season.'

Among the 32 teams participating in the 2006 edition of the tournament, eight are currently ranked in the Top 25. The elite field includes top-ranked Missouri as well as No. 2 Minnesota, the two-time defending Southern Scuffle Champion. Other ranked teams slated for the event this year are No. 12 Edinboro, No. 13 Cornell, No. 18 Chattanooga, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 23 Lehigh and No. 24 Pittsburgh.

The rosters of those 32 teams also contain close to 70 individuals that are currently ranked. Four individuals hold the top spot in their respective weight classes. Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota at 149 pounds, Ben Askren of Missouri at 174 pounds, Max Askren of Missouri at 197 pounds and Cole Konrad of Minnesota at heavyweight are the top-ranked wrestler in their weight classes. Troy Nickerson of Cornell at 125 pounds, Matt Keller of Chattanooga at 133 pounds, and Roger Kish of Minnesota at 184 pounds all sit in the No. 2 spot.

A live webcast of the event, which will include insight from several wrestlers and coaches, is available through UNCGSpartans.com and SouthernScuffle.com. Fans can purchase the two days of webcast for $9.95 by clicking on the Spartan All Access logo on the right side of both pages. Live results will also be available throughout the tournament at SouthernScuffle.com.

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