Junior Brian Bokoski advanced at the Southern Scuffle Tuesday.
Junior Brian Bokoski advanced at the Southern Scuffle Tuesday.
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Bokoski Advances At Southern Scuffle
Release: 01/01/2013

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Junior Brian Bokoski advanced to Wednesday action at the Southern Scuffle on Tuesday in Chattanooga, Tenn. with a 3-1 day on the mat. The Tar Heel backups accumulated 12 team points to place 21st after day one. 

Carolina sent 13 wrestlers to Chattanooga for the annual event.

Junior Brian Bokoski advanced to Wednesday action with a 3-1 performance on Tuesday. Bokoski opened with a 9-1 major decision against Austin Miller before dropping to the wrestleback bracket with a 10-5 decision setback against Air Force's Josh Martinez.

Bokoski bounced back with a pair of wins to stay alive in the tournament. Bokoski majored Corey Hodowanic of Minnesota by a 14-5 margin before shutting out Dale Boyd of Missouri with a 7-0 decision. The Minooka, Ill, native will face No. 20 David Terao of American to open competition on Wednesday.

Freshman Jake Reinemund went 0-2 on the day as he was pinned in his opening match by Dominic Parisi of Appalachian State in 1:39. Reinemund was knocked out by Ares Carpio of Arizona State who claimed a 12-2 major decision.

Sophomore Pat Owens posted a 2-2 mark on Tuesday thanks to a narrow overtime decision and a medical forfeit. Owens dropped a 4-1 decision to South Dakota's Brance Simms to open the day before narrowly beating Esteban Gomez-Rivera of American, 4-2 in extra time. A medical forfeit over The Citadel's Aaron Hansen preceded a 9-4 decision setback against Virginia's Zach Watson.

Redshirt Luke Mario was 1-2 with a medical forfeit win on Tuesday. Mario was downed 19-4 by James Gulibon of Penn State before advancing on a medical forfeit over Brandon Gambucci of Duke. Mario wrapped up competition with a 15-4 major decision loss against Brance Simms.

Redshirt Matt Williams went 0-2 suffering an 11-0 major decision loss to Old Dominion's Scott Festejo before dropping an 8-3 decision to Dylan Hyder of Air Force. 

Freshman Cody Ross opened the day by falling in the final seconds of the opening period to Nick Flannery of Cleveland State before having his day ended by Eric Wilson of Missouri who claimed a 5-2 decision.

Joe Moon drew No. 4 Undrakhb Khishigny of the Citadel in his opening bout and battled to a 9-7 decision setback. Moon was then knocked out of the tournament by Tanner Hough of Duke in a 2-0 decision.

Derek Golner was 2-2 on Tuesday with a major decision. Golner claimed a 4-3 decision against Trevor Wiest of Missouri to open the day before losing a 7-3 decision to No. 17 Chris Villalonga of Cornell. Golner responded with an 8-0 major decision against American's Brad Mutchnik before bowing out in a narrow 7-6 decision versus Mutchnik's teammate Kevin Tao.

Freshman Robert Henderson started out the Southern Scuffle in a big way with a pin of Gabe Gadner of Campbell in the dying seconds of the first period. Henderson then was pinned by No. 18 Drake Houdashelt of Missouri in 3:39 to drop him to the consolation bracket. Alex Cisneros ended Henderson's day with a 15-1 major decision.

Redshirt Ryan Harrington was 1-2 on Tuesday with a 3-2 decision against Cornell's Chris Dowdy to start the tournament before dropping a 6-5 decision against Penn State's James Vollrath and a 9-3 decision to Spartak Chino of Ohio.

Chris Mears was bested by Mitchell Polkowske of Northern Coloradon by a 21-4 margin in his first bout before dropping a 7-2 decision to Dyllan Cottrell of Appalachian State.

Redshirt Scott Marmoll drew a tough task as he faced No. 12 Zach Toal of Missouri in his first bout as Toal claimed an 11-3 major decision. Marmoll was then pinned by Harrison Hightower of Ohio in 1:59 to end the freshman's touranment.

Freshman Jake Barnhart was 0-2 on the day with a 6-1 decision loss against Stephen Snyder of Army before falling to Kevin Innis of Boston University in an 8-2 decision.

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