Top 3 Wrestling Teams From Last Year Will Compete in Mocs Southern Scuffle

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announced the field for the 2018 Southern Scuffle, presented by Compound Clothing today. The return of NCAA Champion Penn State, along with a host of other top programs, continue the tradition of excellence at the Jan. 1-2 event.

Representatives from nine teams who finished in the top 25 at last year’s NCAA Tournament are making their way to Chattanooga for the New Year’s event.

The Nitnany Lions lead this group that includes Ohio State (2), Oklahoma State (3), Michigan (10), Lehigh (12), Virginia (15), N.C. State (17), Northern Iowa (18) and Stanford (24). The Buckeyes, Cowboys, Wolverines and Wolfpack are all sending partial teams to this year’s Scuffle.

Individually, there could be as many as seven individual NCAA Champions on the mat. Over 70 of the competitors qualified for last year’s NCAA Tournament, while 21 were All-Americans.

“This is going to be another great year for the Scuffle,” stated UTC head coach Heath Eslinger. “Once again, we are really excited about the field and the quality of competition we are bringing to Chattanooga.

“Our partnerships with Compound Clothing, the Chattanooga Sports Committee and FloWrestling have all helped make this the best in-season wrestling tournament in the country, and we are working to make sure we continue that with this year’s event.”

Flowrestling will live stream every match of the tournament for the sixth year in a row. The Scuffle is also utilizing FloArena software for the second year. FloArena is the most complete and turnkey event management software in the market, allowing wrestling tournament and dual meet organizers to offer real-time scoring updates across multiple mats simultaneously. FloArena archives every match instantly and links those matches to the brackets.

Tickets for the 2018 Southern Scuffle go on sale Nov. 1. However, you can get the best seats today by purchasing a season ticket for UTC wrestling. Those include the home duals against Virginia Tech, Ohio, SIUE, Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb in Maclellan Gym.

Daily admission is $35 for reserved seats, $20 for general admission and $10 for youth general admission. All-session passes are $60 for reserved, $35 for general admission and $15 for youth. Tickets can be purchased online on or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627). Group rates are also available by contacting Barry Kamen at (423) 425-5740.

2018 Southern Scuffle Participants
Team Finish at the 2017 NCAA Tournament
Penn State 1
Ohio State* 2
Oklahoma State* 3
Michigan* 10
Lehigh 12
Virginia 15
N.C. State* 17
Northern Iowa 18
Stanford 24
Appalachian State 26
Navy 31
Duke 32
Cleveland State 44
Lock Haven 44
Gardner-Webb 47
Northern Colorado 47
Cal State Bakersfield 53
Drexel 53
Utah Valley 53
George Mason 62
The Citadel 66
Chattanooga 69
Air Force

*Denotes partial team participation.

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