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WVU Wrestling finishes Southern Scuffle with two runner-up’s

The West Virginia University wrestling team had a pair of runner-up finishes in the 2022 Southern Scuffle this past weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in redshirt senior Killian Cardinale and sophomore Peyton Hall.

The Mountaineers finished their weekend in seventh place with 69.5 overall points while five different Big 12 schools finished the day in the top 10 of the Southern Scuffle tournament.

No. 7 Cardinale fell to No. 9 Pat McKee of Minnesota in the championship round of the 125-pound weight class on a medical default after beating no. 21 Fabian Gutierrez of Chattanooga University in the semi-final round, 9-4.

The victory over McKee included a single leg spin around for a two-point takedown as well as reversal and another takedown for two more points for a 6-1 advantage. Cardinale then finished the semifinal round with a five point lead after one more takedown later in the round.

Cardinale also defeated Malik Hardy of the Citadel, Baylor Shunk of Penn State and Virginia Tech’s Eddie Ventresca before taking on Gutierrez and McKee in the final two rounds.

No. 12 Hall faced off against No. 3 Keegan O’Toole of Missouri in the championship round falling by a final score of 13-4. O’Keefe was able to get a takedown on Hall before scoring four points in a row in the final round of the 165-pound weight class.

Hall defeated four different wrestlers before reaching the championship round with O’Toole first knocking off Appalachian State’s Will Miller, then Jake Null of NC State, Patrick Kennedy of UA-Iowa and North Dakotah State’s No. 7 Luke Weber. The largest margins of those victories came in a Hall 13-5 beatdown of Weber in the semi-final round.

The matchup between Hall and Weber saw the Mountaineer go up 8-2 at the end of the first period following a reversal before a four point run for Hall. The sophomore then proceeded to record a takedown in the second period and a reversal in the third period to take the eight point decision over Weber, 13-5.

The Mountaineers will now travel to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on Binghamton on Sunday, January 9 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Cassell Coliseum.

Photo by WVU Athletics

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