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Appalachian State University wrestling finished 14th of 23 in the 2017 Southern Scuffle to begin the new year. Matt Zovistoski placed seventh at 149, going 6-2 overall.
Courtesy: UT-Chattanooga Athletics
Zovistoski Leads App State in Southern Scuffle
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Monday 01/02/2017 (ET)
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Appalachian State University wrestling had three wrestlers battle for placing in the Southern Scuffle to start the new year, with sophomore Matt Zovistoski placing seventh in the 149-pound weight class. 

Against a field of 23, the 17th-ranked Mountaineers (7-2, 3-0 Southern Conference) finished with a team score of 36 to end the two-day event 14th overall, the second-highest representative of the SoCon with the host team Mocs placing just three spots higher.

Zovistoski led all Mountaineers with a 6-2 record, getting key wins against Alex Butler of Missouri, Joe Oliva of Penn State and Nick Montgomery of Cleveland State. The sophomore also faced two SoCon opponents on the day, going 2-0 against The Citadel and Campbell.

Also competing for placement was freshman Colby Smith, who went 3-3 on the event, getting wins against Marshall Brown of NC State, Korbin Myers of Edinboro and Cole Baumgartner of Duke. Senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette also battled for placement, finishing 3-2 over the two days, getting wins against Sam Breese of Edinboro and Cory Daniel of North Carolina, while also getting a pin against Jordan Karst of Utah Valley.

With the three victories at the Southern Scuffle, Dejournette eclipsed the 120-win mark for his career. He currently ranks third in program history for wins behind All-Americans Kyle Blevins (‘08-’12 – 124) and Austin Trotman (‘07-’12 – 129).

Junior Forrest Przybysz finished 3-2 overall, defeating Quentin Perez of Campbell and Cameron Harrell of Virginia before getting an 8-6 sudden victory decision over Isaiah Patton of Northern Iowa.

Sophomore Irvin Enriquez took down A.J. Vindici of Penn State with a huge 17-8 major decision before pinning Chase Call of Utah Valley in 2:56 to finish 2-2 overall. Junior Nick Kee also finished even for the open, getting an 8-4 decision over Christopher Pfarr of Minnesota and a 12-2 major decision over Michael Billingsley of Air Force. 

Also helping Appalachian with wins was junior David Peters-Logue who downed Elijah Kerr-Brown for the second time this season in a 5-2 decision. Sophomore Randall Diabe was able to take down Duke’s Tyler Patrick in a close, 3-1 decision, while Demetreus Kostis made his debut of the season, getting a victory over Cody Lambert of Navy with a 6-1 decision.

The Mountaineers will return home to Varsity Gym on Jan. 8 when they host SoCon foe The Citadel, as well as Clarion in a Sunday doubleheader. The action begins at 2 p.m.

John Erneste (Missouri) pinned Demetreus Kostis (APP), 4:25
Demetreus Kostis (APP) def. Cody Lambert (Navy), 6-1 dec.
Korbin Myers (Edinboro) def. Demetreus Kostis (APP), 7-6 dec.
Demetreus Kostis (APP) finished 1-2

No. 7 Colby Smith (APP) def. Marshall Brown (NC State), 15-1 maj. dec.
No. 7 Colby Smith (APP) def. Korbin Myers (Edinboro), 5-3 dec.
No. 2 Scott Parker (Lehigh) def. No. 7 Colby Smith (APP), 12-8 maj. dec.
No. 7 Colby Smith (APP) def. Cole Baumgartner (Duke), 8-2 dec.
No. 3 Kevin Devoy (Drexel) def. No. 7 Colby Smith (APP), 10-4 dec.
Korbin Myers (Edinboro) def. Colby Smith (APP), 7-4 dec. (7th Place)
Colby Smith (APP) finished 3-3

No. 6 Matt Manley (Missouri) pinned Irvin Enriquez (APP), 3:21
Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. A.J. Vindici (Penn State), 17-8 maj. dec.
Irvin Enriquez (APP) pinned Chase Call (Utah Valley), 2:56
Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 3-2 dec.
Irvin Enriquez finished 2-2

Kennedy Monday (Unat. North Carolina) def. Miller Clark (APP), 4-2 dec.
Dylanger Potter (Chattanooga) def. Miller Clark (APP), 9-1 maj. dec.
Miller Clark (APP) finished 0-2

No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Alex Butler (Missouri), 4-0 dec.
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Joe Oliva (Penn State), 3-1 dec./S-V
Nick Montgomery (Cleveland State) pinned No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP), 1:37
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Ben Barton (Campbell), 7-2 dec.
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Cortlandt Schuyler (Lehigh), 4-3 dec.
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Ty Buckiso (The Citadel), 3-1 dec./S-V
No. 4 Laike Gardner (Lehigh) def. No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP), MD 16-4
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Nick Montgomery (Cleveland State), 8-3 dec. (7th place)
Matt Zovistoski (APP) finished 6-2 for 7th place at 149

No. 1 Joe Smith (Oklahoma State) def. Angel Najar (APP), 11-3 maj. dec.
Phyllip Deloach (Missouri) def. Angel Najar (APP), 6-3 dec.
Angel Najar (APP) finished 0-2

No. 4 Jake Short (Minnesota) def. Laken Cooke (APP), 6-2 dec.
Ryan Mosley (Gardner-Webb) def. Laken Cooke (APP), 13-2 maj. dec.
Laken Cooke (APP) finished 0-2

Chase Delande (Edinboro) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 9-0 maj. dec.
Taylor Simaz (Cornell) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 8-3 dec.
Gavin Londoff (APP) finished 0-2

No. 1 Elliot Lewis (Missouri) pinned Elliott Raiford (APP), 2:40
John Weiss (Campbell) def. Elliott Raiford (APP), 12-1 maj. dec.
Elliott Raiford finished 0-2

Keilan Torres (Northern Colorado) pinned Forrest Przybysz (APP), 1:43
Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Quetin Perez (Campbell), 6-3 dec.
Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Cameron Harrell (Virginia), 14-3 maj. dec.
Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Isaiah Patton (Northern Iowa), 8-6 dec./S-V
Cole Walter (Lehigh) def. Forrest Przybysz (APP), 3-2 dec.
Forrest Przybysz (APP) finished 3-2

Nick Kee (APP) def. Christopher Pfarr (Minnesota), 8-4 dec.
No. 5 Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) pinned Nick Kee (APP), 6:51
Nick Kee (APP) def. Michael Billingsley (Air Force), 12-2 maj. dec.
S. Mappes (Chattanooga) def. Nick Kee (APP), 6-4 dec./S-V
Nick Kee (APP) finished 2-2

Max Dean (Unat. Finger Lakes Prep) def. David Peters-Logue (APP), 8-6 dec.
David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Elijah Kerr-Brown (North Carolina), 5-2 dec.
Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) def. David Peters-Logue (APP), 3-2 dec.
David Peters-Logue (APP) finished 1-2

Randall Diabe (APP) def. Tyler Patrick (Duke), 3-1 dec.
No. 2 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 15-0 TF
D.J. Smith (Chattanooga) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 3-1 dec.
Randall Diabe (APP) finished 1-2

No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Sam Breese (Edinboro), 12-2 maj. dec.
No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP) pinned Jordan Karst (Utah Valley), 3:27
No. 5 Jackob Kasper (Duke) def. No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP), 9-7 dec.
No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Cory Daniel (North Carolina), 12-5 dec.
No. 7 Billy Miller (Edinboro) def. No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP), 7-3 dec. (7th place)
Denzel Dejournette (APP) finished 3-2

No. 3 Nathan Butler (Stanford) def. Cary Miller (APP), 6-1 dec.
Dustin Dennison (Utah Valley) def. Cary Miller (APP), 12-4 maj. dec.
Cary Miller (APP) finished 0-2

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