Mocs Finish Sixth at the Reno TOC
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team competed in the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev.,*today.* The Mocs finished sixth overall among the 30 collegiate teams participating.* Junior Jason McCroskey's (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) fourth place finish at 184 led four Mocs who advanced to the medal rounds.*Ranked No. 20 in the nation and seeded No. 5 in the tournament, McCroskey won his first three matches, all by decisions, as he advanced to the semifinals of the main bracket.* There he took on Wyoming's Joe LeBlanc, ranked No. 1 in the nation at 184.* McCroskey lost that match when he was pinned at 1:29.*
In the wrestleback, McCroskey pinned Cal State Fullerton's Todd Noel to advance to the third place match.* There he fell to Buffalo's Jimmy Hamel in a 5-3 decision.* McCroskey improves to 14-6 on the year with five of his losses coming against ranked opponents.*
Senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.), ranked No. 7 in the nation and seeded No. 3 in the tournament, was cruising through the 141 bracket before he was sidelined with a hamstring injury.* He posted three-straight pins to improve to 5-0 on the year before pulling out of the semifinals of the main draw.* He managed a sixth place showing by default.*
Sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) earned a No. 6 seed at 125.* He advanced to the quarters of the main draw before falling to No. 3 seed Trent Sprenkle in a tight 7-6 decision.* He went 2-2 in the wrestleback to finish in sixth place and improve to 14-7 on the year.
Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) fought his way through the consolation brackets to finish sixth at 197.* He lost his second match of the day to Buffalo's Josh Peter 7-6 to put him in the wrestleback.* He posted back-to-back wins to put himself in position for the strong finish.*
Other Mocs who competed in the event include freshman Joe DeAngelo (Mebane, N.C.) at 125, sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) at 149, sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) and junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) at 157, junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) at 165, freshman Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) at 174 and sophomore Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) at 285.*
For complete results from the Reno Tournament of Champions, see a .pdf of the brackets at the top of the page.*
UTC will take a*few weeks off from competition for the Christmas Break.* The Mocs are back on the mat on Jan. 3 when they travel to Ohio University for a 6:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) match with the Bobcats.*
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