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Tegray Scales Translates His Wrestling Skills to the Gridiron

Tegray Scales once had a wish.

If the Indiana linebacker had it his way, he would’ve been a two-sport star in college.

That was Scales at Colerain High School in Cincinnati, where he earned scholarship offers on the football field, while also generating statewide acclaim on the wrestling mat.

In a former life, Scales was one of the most decorated wrestlers in Ohio, qualifying for states three times and finishing second at 195 pounds as a high school senior in 2014.

“What people don’t know is I would’ve wrestled in college if they had a weight class in between 197 (pounds) and heavyweight,” Scales said. “But I’m 225 and I’m not wrestling heavyweight (at 285).”

Even so, there’s a place for Scales’ wrestling prowess on IU’s football team. The moves and the mindset that fueled him to standout performances on the mat have transferred to the gridiron, where Scales leads the Hoosiers into Saturday’s matchup with Charleston Southern one week after authoring one of the best games of his career.

Scales set a new career high with three sacks during last Saturday’s 45-14 loss at Penn State, posting the fourth multi-sack performance of his four-year career.

He also led all Hoosiers with 11 tackles, including seven solo stops while contributing to a solid IU defensive showing that slowed Heisman hopeful Saquon Barkley and kept Indiana within reasonable striking distance after an ugly, error-riddled start.

“How is he so effective? There’s no wasted motion,” IU coach Tom Allen said. “His footwork is clean. He doesn’t take false steps. We’re big in that everything we do is flow driven.”

Scales credits his wrestling experience for his balance, footwork, quick hands and goal-driven mentality.

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