Falcons with a Strong First Day at the Southern Scuffle
Jan. 1, 2018

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Chattanooga, Tenn. – Air Force concluded the first day of action at the Southern Scuffle with five wrestlers advancing to day-two action. Isaac Jimenez shocked the collegiate wrestling world as he defeated No. 2 Scott Parker, an All-American from Lehigh, in sudden victory overtime, 8-6, in the opening round of action. Jimenez was one-of-three Falcons to upend ranked opponents in the first round.

Jimenez continued his momentum into his next match, posting a fall (6:50) over Scott Kiyono (Virginia).  In his quarter-finals match, Jimenez took on eighth-seeded Colby Smith wrestling unattached out of Missouri.  Jimenez went down early on the scorecard and was unable to rally to a victory, dropping the match, 9-4.

Tony DeCesare (125), Garrett O’Shea (141), Alex Mossing (157) and Anthony McLaughlin (197) all advanced to the second day alongside Jimenez. Jimenez, Mossing and McLaughlin will compete in the first consolation round of eight, while DeCesare and O’Shea will compete in the second consolation of eight. All five can place with a win in their opening matches of day two.

DeCesare dropped his opening match to the seventh-seeded Alonzo Allen (Chattanooga), but battled back with two decision wins in the consolation bracket to secure his spot in the second day of action. O’Shea recorded four decision victories on the day, winning his opening match in the round of 64 and three more in the consolation bracket.

Fourth-seeded Mossing opened his day with a pair of decision victories as he advanced to the quarter-finals where he met with fifth-seeded Paul Fox (Stanford).  Mossing and Fox battled it out for the second time this season; the Falcon bested the nationally-ranked Stanford wrestler in the Reno Tournament of Champions just a couple of weeks prior to the Scuffle.  Fox took the opportunity to get even in the quarter-finals bout, topping Mossing, 6-1.

McLaughlin had an exceptional showing in the first day of action as he upended seven-seed Chris Weiler (Lehigh), 9-6, in the first round.  McLaughlin followed up with a bonus point victory over Matt McCuthcheon (Penn State) as he wrestled the Nittany Lion to a medical forfeit in the third period.  In his quarter-finals bout, McLaughlin met with No. 14 Matt Williams (CSU Bakersfield).  McLaughlin controlled the action for the majority of the match, holding the lead until a third-period surge by Williams led to a takedown in the waning seconds of the match, propelling the Roadrunner to a 7-4 decision victory.

Other highlights on the day included Dane Robbins’ upending of No. 13 Ronnie Perry (Lock Haven), 4-3, in the first round. Robbins concluded the day and tournament at 1-2. Sophomore 141-pounder Alec Opsal and freshman 157-pounder Parker Simington posted a major decision apiece in their 2-2 performances. Junior 165-pounder Alex Lopouchanski recorded a fall (2:31) in his opening consolation match.  Lopouchanski concluded the tournament at 1-2.

The five remaining Falcons will continue action Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. ET.



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