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Mocs Defeat The Citadel 26-6
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team put on a dominating performance in front of a big crowd at Maclellan Gym this afternoon.* The Mocs had little trouble defeating The Citadel 26-6 in Southern Conference action, improving to 7-9 on the year and 1-0 in league play.* Over 600 fans showed up to watch the Mocs win their 31st SoCon match in a row.* UTC has won six-straight SoCon regular season titles and 18-straight league contests at home.* Chattanooga has not dropped a SoCon match since 2004 and has not lost in conference action at home since 2003.*
"It is an important win for us," stated head coach Heath Eslinger.* "Every win from here on out is super-important.* We've had a grueling schedule and we won every close match today.* That's why we have a tough schedule, to get guys ready to win those matches.* They are as good a team as any in our conference, so it is a big deal."*
In a scheduling quirk, this was the last SoCon bout of the season for the Bulldogs and the first for the Mocs.* The Citadel came in with a little swagger, sporting a 3-1 league mark.* The Bulldogs were the last team in the league to defeat UTC back on Feb. 14, 2004, in Charleston, S.C., and were hoping to repeat that performance today.*
Action began at 149 where sophomore Alex Hudson (Marietta, Ga.) scored a 10-5 decision over Derek Royster to give the Mocs a 3-0 lead.*
It was low-scoring affair between sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Pierre Frazile at 157.* Both managed just one escape for most of the match.* With time winding down, Frazile seemed to let up and prepare for overtime.* Condon pounced on the opening and scored a winning takedown just before the final horn.* His 3-1 win moved him to 18-6 on the year and gave Chattanooga a 6-0 lead.*
The next two matches were going to be tough ones for the Mocs as both opponents had 20+ wins. *At 165, junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) took the mat against No. 8 Turotgtokh Luvsandorj.* Luvsandorj was 29-6 on the year and was looking for bonus points.* However, Waddell fought him off for the entire match and kept it close in the 9-4 loss.*
Junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) was going for his first win in four matches at 174, facing J.C. Oddo who was 20-7 on the year.* Trailing 2-1 with seconds left, Wright scored a reversal to take a 3-2 lead, sending the big crowd into a frenzy.* Oddo escaped before the horn and the match went into overtime.*
With the crowd on their feet, Wright shot out on the opening whistle and tallied the winning takedown seconds into sudden victory time.* Wright's win gave UTC a 9-3 lead and took all of the wind out of the Bulldog's sails.*
Junior Jason McCroskey followed that up with an 8-2 decision over Justin Sparrow at 175.* It was McCroskey's team-leading 18th win of the year to go against seven losses.*
Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) improved to 15-7 with his 5-3 decision over Kelby Smith at 197.* Sophomore Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) scored the first bonus points with a 10-2 major decision over Luke Johnson at heavyweight.*
Sophomore Prescot Garner (West Linn, Ore.) and senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) rounded out the scoring for the Mocs with wins at 125 and 141, respectively.* Cleveland, ranked No. 8 in the nation, posted an 11-1 major decision over Jordan Dix to move to 7-0 on the year.*
Chattanooga hits the road next weekend for a pair of huge matches at UNC Greensboro and Appalachian State.* The Mocs hope to get back a pair of starters who were out for the match against The Citadel.* Junior Demetrius Johnson is still trying to get into the lineup at 133 for the first time this year.* He is recovering from offseason knee surgery.* Senior heavyweight Matt Lettner was also out with a foot injury.*
UTC visits the Spartans on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) and travel to Boone, N.C. to take on the Mountaineers on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2:00 p.m. *The Mocs are back home on Sunday, Feb. 13, hosting Davidson in Maclellan Gym at 2:00 p.m.
Chattanooga 26 - The Citadel 6
Maclellan Gym - Chattanooga Tenn.
Sunday - Jan. 30, 2011
149:* Alex Hudson (UTC) - Dec. 10-5 - Derek Royster (The Citadel) - UTC 3-0
157:* Josh Condon (UTC) - Dec. 3-1 - Pierre Frazile (The Citadel) - UTC 6-0
165:* No. 8 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (The Citadel) - Dec. 9-4 - Dan Waddell (UTC) - UTC 6-3
174:* Brandon Wright (UTC) - Dec. 5-3 (OT) - James Oddo - (The Citadel) - UTC 9-3
184:* Jason McCroskey (UTC) - Dec. 8-2 - Justin Sparrow (The Citadel) - UTC 12-3
197:* Niko Brown (UTC) - Dec. 5-3 - Kelby Smith (The Citadel) - UTC 15-3
285:* Robert Prigmore (UTC) - Maj. Dec. 10-2 - Luke Johnson (The Citadel) - UTC 19-3
125:* Prescott Garner (UTC) - Dec. 9-8 - Richard Alarcon (The Citadel) - UTC 22-3
133:* Tyler Sim (The Citadel) - Dec. 7-4 - Adam Wilson (UTC) - UTC 22-6
141:* No. 8 Cody Cleveland (UTC) - Maj. Dec. 11-1 - Jordan Dix (The Citadel) - UTC 26-6
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