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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The Ohio wrestling team claimed eighth place with 54.5 points at the 2019 Southern Scuffle presented by Compound Sportswear, with the two-day tournament wrapping up today at McKenzie Arena.
In his first action of the 2018-19 season, Kelly produced a top-four finish. After advancing courtesy of a medical forfeit by Oklahoma State redshirt junior Kaid Brock, Kelly moved on to the consolation bracket semifinals thanks for a 3-2 decision win over Lock Haven redshirt junior DJ Fehlman. Kelly earned a spot in the third-place bout by pinning redshirt junior Kyle Shoop in 2:49. He finished fourth after narrow 3-2 loss by decision to Navy senior Nicholas Gill.
Carson suffered a tough 7-5 loss by decision to Penn State sophomore Bo Pipher in the semifinals but responded with a 3-2 victory by decision over redshirt senior Jonce Blaylock to earn a spot in the third-place bout. He finished fourth after a close 12-10 defeat by decision to Stanford sophomore Dominick Mandarino.
In addition to Carson and Kelly, four other wrestlers advanced to day two of the Southern Scuffle -- redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) at 125 pounds, redshirt sophomore Nick Vestal (Wilmington, Ohio) at 157 pounds, freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) at 165 pounds and junior Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) at 184 pounds.
Penn State won the 2019 Southern Scuffle with a tournament-record 216.5 points.
Ohio will begin the Mid-American Conference portion of its 2019 slate on Friday, Jan. 11, playing host to six-time defending league champion Missouri in a 7 p.m. ET showdown at the Convocation Center in Athens. The Bobcats will continue to celebrate 100 years of wrestling at Ohio, welcoming back MAC champions from the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s. The matchup between the Bobcats and the Tigers will be streamed live on ESPN+.