Mocs Wrestler Brayden Palmer Falls in Southern Scuffle Finals to 3 Time All American


CHATTANOOGA—Chattanooga Mocs sophomore Brayden Palmer’s run at 133 came to an end in the Southern Scuffle, presented by Compound Sportswear. He lost in the Championship tilt to Oklahoma State 3-time All-American and NCAA Finalist Daton Fix. 

Fix claimed a 7-3 decision. Palmer battled but couldn’t get the reverse or takedown he needed to pressure Fix in the third period. He takes confidence in his performance despite the loss. 

“(Daton) is a really tough opponent,” Palmer shared. “I felt there were a couple of positions I could have been better in that could’ve put me in a spot where I could win. It just lets me know that I’m not that far off.” 

That was evident in the afternoon semis. He pinned No. 21 Aaron Negao in 2:36. After giving up an early takedown, Palmer got the reverse and then worked his way into the perfect position. 

“I got the reversal and then the cradle pretty quickly,” he continued. “That’s probably my top move. I locked it up and knew that was it. I was pretty happy to get off the mat there because I’ve been sick all week.” 

It’s just the second time the Mocs had a finalist with the first also coming at 133. Nick Soto made his way to the 2012 final losing a 7-2 decision to Cristop Dardanes of Minnesota. For Palmer, he ended an 11-match win streak putting his Scuffle ledger at 11-2. 

“i had a lot of fun,” Palmer concluded. “It was a great atmosphere being in front of the home crowd. Would’ve loved to win it, but came up against a tough opponent, but I had fun. 

Logan Andrew just missed on reaching the medal stand. He lost a 2-0 decision to Stanford’s Peter Ming by virtue of a second period escape for Ming and then more than 1:00 of riding time for the Cardinal.



  1. Oklahoma State: 181
  2. North Dakota State: 144.5
  3. Missouri: 125
  4. Stanford: 105.5
  5. Minnesota: 96



125: #10 Matt Ramos (Purdue) 4-3 dec. over #14 Noah Surtin (Missouri)

133: #2 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) 7-3 dec. over #27 Brayden Palmer (Chattanooga)

141: #3 Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado) 8-4 dec. over #4 Allan Hart (Missouri)

149: Kellyn March (North Dakota State) 5-3 SV dec. over #21 Victor Voinovich (Oklahoma State)

157: #4 Jared Franek (North Dakota State) 2-2 TB2 dec. over #3 Kendall Coleman (Purdue)

165: #2 Shane Griffith (Stanford) #12 3-2 dec. over Mikey Caliendo (North Dakota State)

174: #4 Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State) 12-7 dec. over Peyton Mocco (Missouri)

184: #14 Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State) Deanthony Parker, Jr. (N.C. State)

197: #28 Owen Pentz (North Dakota State) medical forfeit over (early 2nd period) #16 Louie Deprez (Binghamton)

285: #8 Zach Elam (Missouri) 5-0 dec. over #33 Cory Day (Binghamton)

Rankings per Intermat


Most Outstanding Wrestler: 141, Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado)

Gorrarian Award (Most Pins in Shortest Cumulative Time): 141, 3 pins (13:34), Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado)



Jan. 6: at VMI

Jan. 13: West Virginia, 7 p.m.

Jan. 21: Davidson, 7 p.m.

Match-by-Match Mocs Results

125: Logan Ashton

#16 Stevo Poulin (N. Colorado), MD, L, 2-13

Reid Nelson (Little Rock), Dec., L, 0-4


133: Brayden Palmer

Conner Quinn (Maryland), MD, W, 8-0

McGwire Midkiff (N.D. St.), Dec., W, 3-1

#16 Ramazan Attasauov (Iowa St.), Dec., W, 7-4

#21 Aaron Nagao (Minnesota), Fall, W, 2:36

(Championship) #2 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State), Dec., L, 3-7


141: Blake Boarman

Collin Gerardi (Va Tech), MD, L, 1-13

Teague Travis (Oklahoma St.), Fall, L, 5:00


141: Dayne Dalrymple

Dylan Chappell (Bucknell), MD, L, 0-8

Kyren Butler (Virginia), Dec., L, 1-4


141: Eli Knight

#25 Darren Miller (Bucknell), TF, L, 3-18

Andrew Bloemhof (Oklahoma St.), Fall, 1:27


141: Franco Valdes

#4 Allen Hart (Missouri), Fall, L, 4:31

Jayden Gomez (Little Rock), Dec., L, 1-3


149: Noah Castillo

Blaine Brenner (Minnesota), Dec., L, 3-8

Nate Pulliam (Missouri), Dec., W, 2-0

Grant Lundy (Chattanooga), Med. For., L


149: Grant Lundy

#23 Quinn Kinner (Rider), Fall, L, 4:22

Jaden Reynolds (Purdue), Dec., W, 6-3

#30 Noah Castillo (Chattanooga), Med. For., W

Marcos Polanco (Minnesota), Dec., L, 5-9


149: Matthew Williams

Theo Cha (Minnesota), Dec., L, 3-5

#16 Jaden Abas (Stanford), TF, L, 3-18


157: Lincoln Heck

Luke Mechler (Oklahoma St.), Dec., W, 6-5

Vinny Zerbian (N. Colorado), MD, L, 1-9

Tim Stapleton (Minnesota), Dec., W, 6-4

Andrew Huddleston (Iowa St.), Dec., L, 6-10


157: Jackson Hurst

Nathan Moore (N. Colorado), Dec., L, 2-3

Jason Kraisser (Iowa St.), Dec., L, 5-7


165: Kamdyn Munro

Baylor Fernandes (N. Colorado), Dec., L, 2-6

Chase Barlow (Bucknell), Dec., W, 8-4

Gaetano Console (Duke), Fall, W, 0:58

Dimitri Gamkrelidze (Binghamton), Dec., L, 3-9


165: Thomas Sell

Hunter Garvin (Stanford), Dec., L, 12-18

William Ebert (Binghamton), Dec., L, 10-13


174: Sergio Desiante

Andrew Berryesa (N. Colorado), Dec., L, 3-8

Brody Baumann (Purdue), MD, L, 5-16


174: Bryce Keckley

#21 Julien Broderson (Iowa St.), TF, L, 3-18

Jordan Florence (Va Tech), MD, L, 3-13


184: Ben Bumgarner

Gavin Stika (Oklahoma St.), Fall, L, 2:26

Brook Byers (Stanford), MD, L, 4-14


184: Landon Lewis

#22 Sean Harman (Missouri), MD, L, 6-18

Luke Chakonis (Duke), Fall, L, 4:48


184: Matthew Waddell

Kyle Haas (Oklahoma St.), Dec., L, 4-9

Jacob Hansen (CSUB), Dec., W, 9-3

Sam Fisher (Va Tech), Dec., L, 1-3


197: Jake Boyd

#29 Michial Foy (Minnesota), Dec., L, 0-1

Ty Lukens (Little Rock), Dec., W, 2-0

Carson Floyd (App St.), Dec., L, 1-3 SV


197: Logan Webster

Brayden Ray (Duke), Dec., L, 5-6

Ty Lukens (Little Rock), Fall, L, 0:26


285: Logan Andrew

Juan Mora (N.D. St.), Dec., L, 1-3 SV-1

Jake Andrews (CSUB), Dec., W, 6-2

Apollo Gothard (Little Rock), Dec., W, 3-1

Peter Ming (Stanford), Dec., L, 0-2

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