Mocs Travel to Missouri for Final Non-Conference Action
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team rounds out its non-conference schedule on the road this weekend when it travels to Missouri for a pair of dual matches.* The Mocs are set to face Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and No. 20 Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 15.* Action begins at 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) between the Mocs and Cougars in Columbia, Mo.* Chattanooga faces the host Tigers at 3:00 p.m.* The SIUE match is a late addition to the Mocs' schedule, giving Chattanooga one more out-of-league opponent before opening the Southern Conference schedule against The Citadel on Jan. 30.*
UTC is currently 5-8 overall after dropping a pair of matches at the Virginia Duals last weekend.* UTC narrowly missed an upset against No. 18 Arizona State in the event.* The two teams were tied at 18 heading into the final match before the Sun Devils were able to pull out the win.* The Mocs also fell to Rider 33-10 in Hampton, Va.*
Chattanooga opens action on Saturday with the Cougars.* SIUE is 2-9 on the year with wins against Gardner-Webb and South Dakota State.* They defeated the Bulldogs 21-17 on Jan. 9 at the Indiana Duals.* The Mocs have also faced GWU this season, posting a 29-9 win in Boiling Springs, N.C., on Nov. 20.
UTC is 1-5 all time against the Cougars, but these two teams have not met since 1988.* Chattanooga scored its only victory in the series in that match, winning 31-11.***
Missouri brings a 12-5 record and a No. 20 national ranking.* Saturday's action is part of the annual Beauty and the Beast celebration at Missouri that partners wrestling matches with a home gymnastics event.* Live scoring will be available for the match with MU and link is available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.**
The Tigers are coming off a fifth place finish at the NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, last weekend.* They posted wins over two top-6 teams on the last day of the event, including a 21-19 win over No. 2 Oklahoma State and a 21-12 victory against No. 6 Boise State.
Chattanooga is 2-7 all time against Missouri, including a 24-14 loss in Maclellan Gym on Jan. 16, 2010. Juniors Jason McCroskey and Demetrius Johnson and sophomores Josh Condon and Dean Pavlou all posted wins in last year's meeting.* Missouri boasts seven ranked individual wrestlers and will be another tough test for the Mocs.*
CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Prescott Garner (So. - 14-9)
133: Adam Wilson (Fr. - 0-3)
141: Shawn Greevy (Fr. - 6-4)
149: Dean Pavlou (So. - 9-10)
157: Josh Condon (So. - 16-6) ? Kelly Felix (Sr. - 0-0)
165: Dan Waddell (Jr. - 10-7)
174: Brandon Wright (Jr. - 4-9) ? Levi Clemons (Fr. - 6-12)
184: Jason McCroskey (Jr. - 17-6)
197: Niko Brown (So. - 14-7) ? Robert Prigmore (So. - 5-6)
285: Matt Lettner (Sr. - 6-10)
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-EDWARDSVILLE PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Kris Treat (So. - 0-2)
133: John Petrov (Fr. - 2-7)
141: Lawrence Blackful III (Fr. - 1-10) ? Nick Capozzoli (Fr. - 2-6)
149: Derrick Pousson (Jr. - 6-12)
157: Kyle Lowman (So. - 0-5)
165: Gabe Hocum (Fr. - 6-11)
174: Michael Dace (Jr. - 2-2)
184: Deshoun White (Fr. - 2-9)
197: Robert Cooney (So. - 5-11)
285: David Devine Jr. (So. - 8-9)
NO. 20 MISSOURI PROBABLE LINEUP
125: No. 9 Alan Waters (Fr. - 32-2)
133: Nathan McCormick (So. - 15-11)
141: No. 12 Todd Schavrien (Sr. - 20-4)
149: Kyle Bradley (Fr. - 10-10)
157: Nick Gregoris (So. - 14-7)
165: No. 12 Zach Toal (Fr. - 16-7)
174: No. 20 Dorian Henderson (Jr. - 16-6) ? Patrick Wright (Jr. - 18-11)
184: No. 15 Mike Larson (So. - 18-8)
197: No. 12 Brent Haynes (So. - 22-5)
285: No. 6 Dom Bradley (Jr. - 17-3)
Sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) holds down the leadoff spot at 125.* He is currently 14-9 on the year and 7-4 in dual matches.* He sat out the Virginia Duals with an illness, but is back in the lineup this week.* Four of Garner's nine losses have come to opponents ranked in the top-10.*
Garner's tough schedule continues as he faces a match-up with another top-10 opponent in Missouri's Alan Waters.* Waters is ranked No. 9 in the nation with a 32-2 record.*
Freshman Adam Wilson (Atlanta, Ga.) made his collegiate debut at Ohio on Jan. 3.* He fought hard before falling in a 7-1 decision.* He is still looking for his first win at 0-3 on the year.
Junior Demetrius Johnson has been out all season with a knee injury, but is close to getting back to form.* Look for him to return to the lineup against The Citadel on Jan. 30.*
Freshman Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) remains in the lineup at 141.* Chattanooga's eighth-ranked senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) is still out with the hamstring injury he suffered in the Reno TOC.* Cleveland is expected to be out of the lineup until at least The Citadel match on Jan. 30.***
Greevy is currently 6-4 on the year, including a match-clinching 13-0 victory at Ohio on Jan. 3.* He will have another tough outing against Missouri's No. 12 Todd Schavrien.
Sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) will hold down the 149 class this weekend.* He is currently 9-10 on the year.* He posted a 10-2 major decision over Brandon West in last year's meeting with Missouri.* He is expected to face Tiger freshman Kyle Bradley this weekend.* He will also have to take on Cougar junior Derrick Puosson in the bout with SIUE.*****
Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) and junior Kelly Felix (Franklin, Tenn.) will both make the trip at 157.* Condon is second on the team with 16 wins against six losses.* Last year, he upset No. 16 Patrick Wright 2-1 in overtime, but will face sophomore Nick Gregoris this weekend.*
Junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga., Tenn.) has moved up to 165 where he is 4-2.* He is 10-7 overall and 6-5 at 157.* The former SoCon Champ is returning to form after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.*
Waddell will have a tough task against No. 12 Zach Toal of Missouri.** He will also go against one of the Cougars' top wrestlers in freshman Gabe Hocum.***
Junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) has bumped up to 174 where he is competing with freshman Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) for the starting spot.* Wright is 4-9 overall and 0-3 at 174.* Clemons is 6-12 on the season with all of his action at 174.* Whoever takes the mat against Missouri will be going against either No. 20 Dorian Henderson or Patrick Wright.*
Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) has been in and out of the top-20 at 184 this season.* He is unranked this week, despite wins in eight of his last 10 matches.* McCroskey leads the team with a 17-6 overall mark and is 10-3 in duals.
McCroskey scored a 12-1 major decision over Todd Porter in last year's match with Missouri.* He is expected to face No. 15 Mike Larsen this weekend. *
Sophomores Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) are both on the trip at 197.* Brown is off to a 14-7 start, but was out of the lineup at the Virginia Duals with a strained rib cage.* He could be back on the mat this weekend.* Prigmore stepped in last weekend and went 1-1.* He is 5-6 overall and 3-4 at 197.* No. 12 Brent Haynes is set to represent the Tigers at 197.*
Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) has recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out of the California swing.* The senior heavyweight is 6-10 overall, but has lost four straight matches.** Lettner might have the toughest task of the day.* First he faces SIUE junior David Devine.* Devine's eight wins leads the Cougars.* Then he will have to take on Missouri's sixth-ranked Dom Bradley in the second match.*
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.
IT'S ALL IN THE NAME
On first reference, it is acceptable to refer to us as the "University of Tennessee at Chattanooga".* After that, we prefer to be called "Chattanooga" or "UTC". Our nickname is "Mocs".
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