Nick Soto gains Southern Scuffle finals

Nick Soto gains Southern Scuffle finals

January 2nd, 2012 by Ward Gossett in Local - Breaking News

UTC'a Nick Soto, left, stays on the offensive to defeat No. 4 seed Jamie Franco, right, of Hofstra, in a 133-pound quarterfinal match at McKenzie Arena Sunday.

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

Nick Soto advanced to tonight's Southern Scuffle finals with a 5-1 overtime victory over top-seeded David Thorn of Minnesota.

Thorn, a sophomore, is currently ranked fifth nationally.

The two fought to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation. Soto got a three-point near-fall in the second overtime period and then secured the win with an escape in the third period.

It is Soto's second win over a nationally-ranked opponent. He bested fourth-ranked B.J. Futrell of Illinois on Dec. 18, 8-2.

The championship finals begin at 6 p.m. at McKenzie Arena.

For more on the Southern Scuffle, see Wednesday's editions of the Times Free Press.