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2022 Southern Scuffle semifinal pairings set, all No. 1 and No. 2 seeds still alive, Missouri extends team lead

by Joe Wedra, USA Wrestling

Photo of Chattanooga’s Fabian Gutierrez by Sam Janicki

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The Sunday semifinals at the 2022 Southern Scuffle are set as Saturday night featured an entertaining round of quarterfinal bouts. Missouri (83.5 points) extended its lead in the team race and has seven semifinalists. North Dakota State is in second place with 61.5 points, while Michigan State is in third with 61 points.

Leading the way for Missouri is a pair of 157-pound semifinalists – Jarrett Jacques and Brock Mauller. Tiger standouts Keegan O’Toole (165) and Rocky Elam (197) also will compete for a chance to make the finals tomorrow afternoon.

North Dakota State has three wrestlers in the semifinals – Jared Franek (157), Luke Weber (165) and Brandon Metz (285).

For Michigan State, Rayvon Foley (133), Chase Saldate (157) and Cam Caffey (197) all have punched tickets to the semis.

Iowa’s Drake Ayala picked up the first upset of the session with an impressive 9-3 win over Missouri’s Noah Surtin, the third seed in the bracket. Surtin is ranked No. 13 by FloWrestling. Ayala will wrestle Minnesota’s No. 2 Pat McKee tomorrow.

Iowa has three others in the semifinals – Cullan Schriever (133), Brennan Swafford (174) and Aaron Costello (285).

Maryland’s sixth-seeded Kyle Cochran (184) is onto the semifinals after a strong showing on Saturday. Cochran knocked off Missouri’s third-seeded Jeremiah Kent, 5-0 in the quarters. He’ll match up against Virginia Tech standout Hunter Bolen in tomorrow’s semifinals.

Tomorrow, wrestling begins at 11:00 a.m. with consolation action. The semifinals begin at 1:00 p.m., with the finals and medal matches taking place at 7:00 p.m.

All results can be found on FloArena.


At Chattanooga, Tennessee • Jan. 1

Semifinal pairings


Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) vs. Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga)

Drake Ayala (Iowa) vs. Pat McKee (Minnesota)


Rayvon Foley (Michigan State) vs. Cullan Schriever (Iowa)

Aaron Nagao (Minnesota) vs. Codi Russell (App State)


Clay Carlson (South Dakota State) vs. Allan Hart (Missouri)

Real Woods (Stanford) vs. Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado)


Josh Finesilver (Duke) vs. Victor Voinovich (Oklahoma State)

Alex Madrigal (George Mason) vs. Josh Edmond (Missouri)


Brock Mauller (Missouri) vs. Chase Saldate (Michigan State)

Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) vs. Jared Franek (North Dakota State)


Keegan O’Toole (Missouri) vs. Will Formato (Appalachian State)

Peyton Hall (West Virginia) vs. Luke Weber (North Dakota State)


Matt Finesilver (Duke) vs. Peyton Mocco (Missouri)

Brennan Swafford (Iowa) vs. Cade DeVos (South Dakota State)


Jonathan Loew (Cornell) vs. Isaiah Salazar (Minnesota)

Kyle Cochran (Maryland) vs. Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech)


Rocky Elam (Missouri) vs. Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State)

Cam Caffey (Michigan State) vs. Michael Beard (Penn State)


Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) vs. Brandon Metz (North Dakota State)

Aaron Costello (Iowa) vs. Lewis Fernandes (Cornell)

Quarterfinal results


Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) maj. dec. Eddie Ventresca (Virginia Tech), 8-0

Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga) dec. Caleb Smith (Appalachian State), 8-6

Drake Ayala (Iowa) dec. Noah Surtin (Missouri), 9-3

Pat McKee (Minnesota) maj. dec. Tristan Daugherty (Buffalo), 9-1


Rayvon Foley (Michigan State) dec. Dom Lajoie (Cornell), 9-3

Cullan Schriever (Iowa) dec. Derek Spann (Buffalo), 3-2

Aaron Nagao (Minnesota) fall Trey Crawford (Missouri), 0:56

Codi Russell (App State) dec. Brandon Meredith (Penn State), 9-2


Clay Carlson (South Dakota State) dec. Quinn Kinner (Rider), 9-4

Allan Hart (Missouri) fall Wyatt Henson (Iowa), 6:35

Real Woods (Stanford) dec. Ethen Miller (Maryland), 3-1

Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado) maj. dec. Jordan Hamdan (Michigan State), 10-1


Josh Finesilver (Duke) dec. Cody Chittum (Unattached), 8-3

Victor Voinovich (Oklahoma State) dec. Zach Price (South Dakota State), 5-3

Alex Madrigal (George Mason) dec. Chris Sandoval (Northern Colorado), 9-5

Josh Edmond (Missouri) dec. John Arceri (Buffalo), 8-5


Brock Mauller (Missouri) dec. Alex Hornfeck (West Virginia), 7-4

Chase Saldate (Michigan State) maj. dec. Joe Lee (Penn State), 9-1

Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) dec. Hunter Richard (Cornell), 8-6

Jared Franek (North Dakota State) dec. Dazjon Casto (The Citadel), 5-3


Keegan O’Toole (Missouri) dec. Clay Carlson (Minnesota), 11-4

Will Formato (Appalachian State) dec. Thomas Bullard (NC State), 3-2

Peyton Hall (West Virginia) dec. Patrick Kennedy (Iowa), 6-4

Luke Weber (North Dakota State) dec. RJ Mosley (Gardner Webb), 2-1


Matt Finesilver (Duke) dec. Bailee O’Reilly (Minnesota), 8-0

Peyton Mocco (Missouri) dec. Tyler Eischens (Stanford), 5-2

Brennan Swafford (Iowa) dec. Riley Habisch (North Dakota State), 9-6

Cade DeVos (South Dakota State) maj. dec. Albert Urias (Cal State Bakersfield), 13-4


Jonathan Loew (Cornell) dec. Gavin Sitka (Oklahoma State), 8-2

Isaiah Salazar (Minnesota) dec. Layne Malczewski (Michigan State), 11-9

Kyle Cochran (Maryland) dec. Jeremiah Kent (Missouri), 5-0

Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) dec. DeAnthony Parker Jr. (North Dakota State), 9-2


Rocky Elam (Missouri) tech fall Nick Casperson (South Dakota State), 17-2 4:04

Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State) dec. Garrett Joles (Minnesota), 6-1

Cam Caffey (Michigan State) dec. Alan Clothier (Northern Colorado), 6-2

Michael Beard (Penn State) dec. Jaxon Smith (Maryland), 9-4


Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) tech fall Zach Schrader (Maryland), 19-1 4:00

Brandon Metz (North Dakota State) dec. Tyrie Houghton (NC State), 5-2

Aaron Costello (Iowa) dec. Hunter Catka (Virginia Tech), 3-1

Lewis Fernandes (Cornell) dec. Michael McAleavey (Citadel), 8-2

Team scores after day one

1. Missouri, 83.5

2. North Dakota State, 61.5

3. Michigan State, 61

4. South Dakota State, 58

5. West Virginia, 47.5

6. Cornell, 44.5

7. Appalachian State, 43

8. Minnesota, 41

9. Duke, 35.5

10. Chattanooga, 34

11. Stanford, 33

12. (tie) Iowa and Maryland, 26

14. Penn State (25)

15. Northern Colorado, 23.5
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