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Mocs Use a Strong Comeback to Defeat UNC Greensboro 20-18
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team scored a hard-fought 20-18 win at UNC Greensboro this afternoon.* The Mocs trailed 15-5 in the match, but a late pin by junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) capped a 15-0 run that gave Chattanooga its 32nd straight regular season Southern Conference win. The Mocs improved to 8-9 overall and 2-0 in the SoCon.* The Spartans were the preseason pick to win the league and could have wrapped up no worse than a tie for first with a victory today.* However, UNCG drops to 5-9 on the year and 3-1 in the SoCon.*
The Spartans jumped out to a 9-0 lead with wins in each of the first three matches.* The event started with the heavyweights, so senior Cody Cleveland's (Tullahoma, Tenn.) 141 match was fourth on the list.* He made a statement with a 17-2 technical fall against Michael Crowley.* That pulled the score to 9-5.*
Eight-ranked Ivan Lopouchanski put the Spartans back up 15-5 with his pin over the Mocs' Alex Hudson (Marietta, Ga.) at 149.* Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) started the turnaround for the Mocs with his 8-6 decision over Justin Rice at 157.*
Junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) followed that up with a 6-4 win at 165.* Waddell was trailing 4-0 before running off six straight points.* Junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) had his hands full at 174, facing two-time SoCon Champion Bryon Sigmon.* Wright squeaked out a 3-2 win to pull the team score to 15-14 with two matches left.*
That pitted the 19th-ranked McCroskey against Elija Adams at 184.* McCroskey put Adams on his back at the 2:45 mark and gave the Mocs a 20-15 lead.* Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) fought off Caylor Williams at 197 before losing 7-3.*
Chattanooga continues its two-game road trip tomorrow at Appalachian State.* The Mocs will face the Mountaineers at 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.).* Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for a full recap.*
Chattanooga 20 - UNC Greensboro 18
285: Peter Sturgeon (UNCG) - Dec. 5-2 - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - UNCG 3-0
125: Manny Ramirez (UNCG) - Dec. 7-6 - Prescott Garner (UTC) - UNCG 6-0
133: Jamel Johnson (UNCG) - Dec. 4-2 - Demetrius Johnson (UTC) - UNCG 9-0
141: No. 9 Cody Cleveland (UTC) - Tech. Fall 17-2 - Michael Crowley (UNCG) - UNCG 9-5
149: No. 8 Ivan Lopouchanski (UNCG) - Fall 4:14 - Alex Hudson (UTC) - UNCG - 15-5
157: Josh Condon (UTC) - Dec. 8-6 - Justin Rice (UNCG) - UNCG 15-8
165: Dan Waddell (UTC) - Dec. 6-4 - Brett Miller (UNCG) - UNCG 15-11
174: Brandon Wright (UTC) - Dec. 3-2 - Byron Sigmon (UNCG) - UNCG 15-14
184: No. 19 Jason McCroskey (UTC) - Fall 2:45 - Elijah Adams (UNCG) - UTC 20-15
197: Caylor Williams (UNCG) - Dec. 7-3 - Niko Brown (UTC) - UTC 20-18
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