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TOM’s College Wrestler of the Week – Jan. 8th, 2018

Shakur Rasheed, Penn State

If you had asked about the battle to start for Penn State at 197 pounds before the Southern Scuffle, most fans would have discussed the pros and cons of Anthony Cassar versus Matt McCutcheon. The hardcore Nittany Lion fan may have also mentioned Shakur Rasheed, though the former 165 who was competing at 174 just last season seemed an undersized wildcard at best. In Chattanooga, Rasheed let everyone know that he is more than just a quality backup. When McCutcheon went down injured and Cassar lost a controversial semi-final to Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa), it was up to the two-time New York state champion to ensure the 197-pound trophy came back to Happy Valley. His road wasn’t easy, he had to beat then 18th ranked Jacob Seely (Northern Colorado) just to reach the quarters, which he did, 12-2, but over his final three matches, Rasheed staked his claim as one of the most dangerous wrestlers around. He needed a total of just 1:54 to dispatch three consecutive ranked opponents, decking Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga) in 27 seconds, Matt Williams (CSU Bakersfield) in 41, and getting a little revenge for his teammate by ending the title tilt against Holschlag in just 46 seconds, locking up a cradle each time. For earning a 2018 Southern Scuffle title in dominating fashion, Shakur Rasheed of Penn State is TOM’s College Wrestler of the Week! We caught up with him after the tournament.

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