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Five Things I Learned from the 2020 Southern Scuffle

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After the ball drops at midnight on January 1st, it only means one thing, right? Ok, aside from it being the New York, it’s also time for the Southern Scuffle. Chattanooga has played host to the event since 2012 and it serves as the final of the Big Three (Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands) regular-season tournaments. Scuffle mainstay Oklahoma State reeled in the team title with 116 points and one champion, outdistancing themselves from NC State by seven points. The team received a bit of boost from the return of two starters who had yet to compete. Even with the Cowboys win, one of the main storylines from the tournament was a team that unexpectedly had three champions. We’ll talk more about that team and more in the five things I learned at the 2020 Southern Scuffle. 

1) The Scuffle isn’t the same, but is that a bad thing?

Let’s get this out of the way from the get-go, the 2020 version of the Southern Scuffle isn’t the same tournament that we saw is say….2016. That competition featured six wrestlers (Nico Megaludis, Nahshon Garrett, Dean Heil, Zain Retherford, Alex Dieringer, Gabe Dean) who would go on to capture NCAA titles just over two months later, along with the top two teams in the country (Penn State/Oklahoma State) and another that finished in the top-seven (Cornell). A week social media has featured people with “hot takes” commenting on the quality and depth of the Scuffle. Again, you’re right. The tournament’s of yesteryear (or four years ago) dwarf the 2020 competition. Is this a bad thing, though?

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