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Mocs Fall at Stanford, 20-17
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team dropped a hard-fought match at Stanford 20-17 tonight.* The Mocs fell behind early and could not complete the comeback in the loss.* UTC drops to 4-6 on the year while the Cardinal improves to 3-5 overall.Chattanooga got in an early 9-0 hole after giving up a decision and a fall in the first two matches.* Action began at 165 with junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) falling to Lucas Espericueta 9-6.* Freshman Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) was pinned less than two minutes into his 174 match with fourth-ranked Nick Amuchastegui.*
The Mocs then reeled off three straight wins, starting with junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) at 184.* The 20th-ranked McCroskey posted a 2-0 decision over Spence Patrick to close the gap in the team score to 9-3.* He scored an escape and riding time to get the low-scoring win, improving to 10-4 on the year. **
Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) scored bonus points with his 15-3 major decision at 197.* That made the team score 9-7 for the Cardinal.* Brown is now 9-4, with wins in five of his last six matches.*
Sophomore Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) was the surprise of the event.* He competes a 197, but moved up to heavyweight to replace injured starting senior Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.).* Prigmore gave the Mocs the lead at 11-9 with his 11-0 major decision shutout against Stanford's Alan Yen.*
Stanford took the next two matches, beginning with No. 10 Ryan Mango's 15-8 win over sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) at 125.* Garner actually trailed just 8-7 before he was outscored 7-1 down the stretch.* The Cardinal regained the lead, 12-11, and did not let it go the rest of the way.*
UTC's final win came at 141 when senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) posted a 9-2 decision.* Ranked No. 7 in the nation, Cleveland improved to 3-0 on the year, closing the team gap to 16-14 in favor of Stanford.*
With two matches left, sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) needed to post some points in his 149 match.* However, he gave up a major decision to Timmy Boone, giving the Cardinal a 20-14 lead with one match left.*
Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) needed to pin Mike Kent at 157 to give UTC a tie.* He did post a 7-4 decision, but that could not make up the difference.** The final score stood 20-17 in favor of Stanford.* It was Condon's team-leading 11th win of the year against just two losses.*
The Mocs will now travel to Reno, Nev., for the Reno Tournament of Champions.* The all day event is set for Sunday, Dec. 19.* Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for updates.* Fans can also follow the Mocs on the wrestling Twitter page, www.twitter.com/utcwrestling, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/utcwrestling.*
Stanford 20, UT-Chattanooga 17
165: Lucas Espericueta (Stanford) - Dec. 9-6 - Brandon Wright (UTC) - Stanford 3-0
174: No. 4 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) - Fall 1:27 - Levi Clemons (UTC) - Stanford 9-0
184: Jason McCroskey (UTC) - Dec. 2-0 - Spence Patrick (Stanford) - Stanford 9-3
197: Niko Brown (UTC) - MD 15-3 - Dan Scherer (Stanford) - Stanford 9-7
HWT: Robert Prigmore (UTC) - MD 11-0 - Alan Yen (Stanford) - UTC 11-9
125: No. 10 Ryan Mango (Stanford) - Dec. 15-8 - Prescott Garner (UTC) - Stanford 12-11
133: Justin Paulsen (Stanford) - MD 13-5 - Joe DeAngelo (UTC) - Stanford 16-11
141: No. 7 Cody Cleveland (UTC) - Dec. 9-2 - Jordan Gray (Stanford) - Stanford 16-14
149: Timmy Boone (Stanford) - MD 11-3 - Dean Pavlou (UTC) - Stanford 20-14
157: Josh Condon (UTC) - Dec 7-4 - Mike Kent (Stanford) - Stanford 20-17
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