NCAA Wrestling: Nation's Best Compete in Greensboro's Southern Scuffle

Jesse L. Medford@JesseMedfordContributor IDecember 28, 2009

General view of a wrestling match between the University of Michigan Wolverines and Northwestern University Wildcats.
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Seven of the nation's top 25 collegiate wrestling teams will be among the 30 teams competing in the Southern Scuffle December 29 and 30 at North Carolina's Greensboro Coliseum. These seven include the two most recent champions, Cornell (2008) and Minnesota (2007).

More than 400 wrestlers are going to be competing in the two-day tournament.

Fifty-three wrestlers are ranked in the top 20 in their weights.

Two individual NCAA Champions are competing: 125-pound Troy Nickerson (senior) of Cornell and 165-pound Jarrod King (sixth year senior) of Edinboro.

Duke's Konrad Dudziak (fifth year senior) is the nation's top-ranked heavyweight.

At least two ranked individuals are in each group. The 125-pound weight group includes six of the top seven wrestlers in the country.

Seven other 2009 All-Americans are in the Southern Scuffle.

The ranked teams making the trip are No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Cornell, No. 12 Indiana, No. 13 Kent State, No. 16 Edinboro, No. 23 Virginia, No. 24 Old Dominion.

The rest of the teams represented at this year's Southern Scuffle are Air Force, Appalachian State, Army, Bloomsburg, Boston University, Cal State Bakersfield, Campbell, The Citadel, Duke, Gardner-Webb, George Mason, Hofstra, Liberty, Lock Haven, Michigan, Navy, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio, Penn, Princeton, Sacred Heart, and host UNC Greensboro.

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