Pokes Open New Year at Southern Scuffle

Dec. 30, 2015


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The University of Wyoming wrestling team will celebrate New Year's Day in Chattanooga, Tenn. at the annual Southern Scuffle host by Chattanooga. The event will run all day Friday and all day Saturday at the McKenzie Arena. The Pokes are coming off a strong finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions with three individual champions in junior Drew Templeman (125 pounds), sophomore Bryce Meredith (141 pounds) and senior Tanner Harms (285 pounds).

A Look at Wyoming

A quartet of Cowboys find themselves in the national rankings. Templeman is ranked 15th by Intermat Wrestling. Templeman is also ranked 15th by FloWrestling and his highest ranking of 14th by Amateur Wrestling News. Meredith is ranked 15th by Intermat Wrestling and ranked 12th by Flowrestling. He is ranked 13th by Amateur Wrestling News. Harms is ranked 16th by Intermat Wrestling. Harms moved into the FloWrestling ranking coming in ranked 18th and also ranks 18th by Amateur Wrestling News. Junior Benjamin Stroh is ranked 18th at 174 pounds by Flowrestling.

After a strong weekend that included an individual title at the Reno Tournament of Champions, Wyoming 285-pounder Harms was named the Big 12 Conference Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 22. He joins Meredith as Cowboys who have earned Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors.

A Look at Southern Scuffle

For the second time in the event's 13-year history, Wyoming will compete in the Southern Scuffle. The 30-team field attracts some of the best talent in the nation. This season's tournament includes numerous teams ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches' Poll, including top-ranked Penn State.

Last Season at Southern Scuffle

A group of three sophomores from a season ago went a combined 2-4 en route to elimination in the final day of the Southern Scuffle, including 133-pounder Templeman (0-1), 141-pounder Cole Mendenhall (2-1) and 184-pounder Stroh, who was 0-2. Mendenhall and Stroh each were in the round of 12, but bowed out with close losses. Harms went 1-1 on the final day, falling in a close 3-2 decision to Stanford's Nathan Butler to cap his day.