The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team is back on the road following final exams this weekend.* The Mocs travel to Stanford on Friday, Dec. 17 and compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 19.*This is the Mocs' first trip to the Farm as they take on the Cardinal for the first time.* Match time is set for 9:30 p.m. (E.D.T.).* UTC will then begin its trip back East with a stop in Reno, Nev.* The Tournament of Champions is an all day event that includes representatives from 28 collegiate teams.*

Chattanooga is 4-5 on the season and will close out the calendar year with the upcoming West Coast swing.* There is no live video or online scoring for this weekend's events.* Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for complete updates and results when available.* Fans can also follow the Mocs on the wrestling Twitter page, http://twitter.com/utcwrestling, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/utcwrestling.*

CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUPS
125: Prescott Garner (So. - 10-4) ? Joe DeAngelo (Fr. - 3-2)
133: Prescott Garner (So. - 10-4) ? Joe DeAngelo (Fr. - 3-2)
141: No. 7 Cody Cleveland (Sr. - 2-0)
149: Dean Pavlou (So. - 7-7)
157: Josh Condon (So. - 10-2) ? Dan Waddell (Jr. - 6-4)
165: Brandon Wright (Jr. - 3-3)
174: Levi Clemons (Fr. - 5-9)
184: No. 20 Jason McCroskey (Jr. - 9-4)
197: Niko Brown (So. - 8-4)
285: Robert Prigmore (So. - 2-3)

2008 All-American Cody Cleveland is back in the lineup this weekend.* The senior from Tullahoma, Tenn., is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation at 141 and is 2-0 on the year.*

Sophomores Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) are tied for the most wins on the team with 10 each.* Condon is 10-2 at 157, including a 5-1 mark in dual meets.* He injured his knee in his last match at the ACC Challenge on Nov. 21 but is back healthy.*

Junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga., Tenn.) is also making the trip and could compete at 157.* Waddell is returning to form after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.* The former Southern Conference Champion is 4-3 at 157 and 2-1 at 165.*

Garner has a 10-4 record at 125 against one of the toughest schedules in the country.* Three of his four losses have come against wrestlers ranked in the top-10 in the nation.* He also has a win over Virginia Tech's Jarrod Garnett who was No. 10 in the country at the time of their match.*

The tough slate will continue this week as Garner is set to face the Cardinal's No. 10 Ryan Mango.* Mango is 10-1 on the season. Freshman Joe DeAngelo (Mebane, N.C.) is also making the trip and could slide into the 125 match, moving Garner up to 133 for the first time.* DeAngelo is 3-2 on the year with all five matches coming at 125.*

Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) continues his solid season at 197 with an 8-4 record.* He is set to face 10th-ranked Zach Giesen on Friday.*

Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) brings a No. 20 national ranking at 184 into the weekend.* He is 9-4 on the year.* All four of his losses have been to opponents ranked in the top-12 at the time of the match.*

Senior Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) is recovering from a stress fracture in his ankle and will not make the trip.* That opens the door for sophomore Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) to move up to 285.* He is 2-3 on the year, but has only competed at 197.***

Sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) is taking the 149 slot while junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) and freshman Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) are in the lineup at 165 and 174, respectively.*

STANFORD PROBABLE LINEUP
125: No. 10 Ryan Mango (So. - 10-1)
133: Justin Paulsen (Sr. - 0-0) ? Matt Sencenbaugh (So. - 5-7)
141: Jordan Gray (Fr. - 3-8)
149: Timmy Boone (So. - 6-6)
157: Mike Kent (So. - 8-2) ? Garrett Schaner (Fr. ? 3-6)
165: Lucas Espericueta (Sr. - 6-4)
174: No. 4 Nick Amuchastegui (Jr. - 7-0)
184: Dan Scherer (Fr. - 6-5) ? Spence Patrick (So. - 3-3)
197: No. 10 Zack Giesen (Sr. - 4-0)
285: Alan Yen (Fr. - 4-4)

The Cardinal is 2-5 and dropped all four matches at the Northeast Duals in Albany, N.Y., on Nov. 27.* Stanford has wins over Cal State Bakersfield (23-10) and Cal State Fullerton (29-11).* They dropped their season opener to Northwestern (16-18) and have lost four straight to Rutgers (13-18), American (10-31), Binghampton (13-22) and Penn (7-31).**

The Reno Tournament of Champions is a collegiate invitational that started in 1994.* It bills itself as the "Toughest Tournament in the USA."* This year's event includes student-athletes from

Chattanooga, Adams State, Appalachian State, Arizona State, Boise State, Buffalo, Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, Clackamas, Embry-Riddle, Great Falls, Hastings, Liberty, Montana State, MSU Mankato, Navy, North Carolina, North Dakota State University, Northern Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, South Dakota State, Southern Oregon, Stanford, SW Oregon, West Virginia and Wyoming.*

For more information on the Reno TOC, including a full schedule, visit http://www.rtoc.net/.*

MOCS INK TOP-25 RECRUITING CLASS
The Mocs have inked one of the top-25 early-season recruiting classes according to Wrestling Insider News (WIN) magazine.* Chattanooga received its top-25 ranking thanks to four prep wrestlers who signed National Letters of Intent in November.* This group is highlighted by three high school state champions, including Marvin Lopez (Cleveland, Tenn.), William Kennedy (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.) and also includes Fairfield, Ohio, native Austin Sams.*

MOCS PICKED 2ND IN THE SOCON POLLS
Despite carrying a six-year, 30-match SoCon duals win streak into the season the Mocs were picked second in the preseason polls behind UNC Greensboro. UTC earned two first-place votes and 21 points overall in the balloting.* UNCG took the top spot with four first place votes and 23 points.* The Mocs are followed by Appalachian State (16), The Citadel (16), VMI (8) and Davidson (6).*

Chattanooga also had three preseason all-conference wrestlers on the squad, including two-time SoCon champion Cody Cleveland at 141 pounds. Cleveland, the SoCon champion at 141 and Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler in both 2008 and '09 as well as the 2009 SoCon Co-Wrestler of the Year, missed the majority of last season with an injury.* Chattanooga's Dean Pavlou (149) and Dan Waddell (157) were also voted to the preseason all-league team.




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