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Mocs Clinch Tie for SoCon Title
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team wrapped up no worse than a tie for its seventh-straight Southern Conference regular season title with a 41-3 win over Davidson today. The Mocs improve to 10-9 overall and are 4-0 in the SoCon after their 34th-consecutive league win. Davidson (5-11, 0-4 SoCon) started off the day in a big hole, forfeiting the first two matches at 157 and 165 as the Mocs jumped out to a 12-0 lead. Junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) remained undefeated in SoCon action at 4-0 after his 14-7 win over Donald Patrick at 174.*
Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) increased the lead to 21-0 when he pinned Ike Crews at the 1:10 mark. Another forfeit by the Wildcats at 197 and Chattanooga went up 27-0.*
Davidson finally got on the board in the heavyweight match. Mocs sophomore Robert Prigmore (Westlake, Texas) has been wrestling up a weight due to an injury to senior Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.). He gave up a lot of size to Wildcat Charlie Wolf, but put out an excellent effort. Prigmore took the match to overtime before falling 4-1.*
Sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore) put the match away with his 12-1 major decision over Matt Zarth at 125. The next two contests were tough ones for UTC, beginning with junior Demetrius Johnson's (Memphis, Tenn.) 133 bout with Alex Radsky. Johnson is just returning to form following an offseason knee injury and was hitting the mat for just the third time this season. Radsky was tops on the Wildcat squad with a 23-7 record. Johnson came away with a tough 5-3 win.*
Senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.), ranked No. 9 at 141, also had a tough battle against Vitaly Radsky. He needed a late takedown to post a 5-3 decision and move to 10-0 on the year. Sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) closed out the afternoon with his 15-6 major decision over Scott Ray.*
The Mocs conclude the 2010-11 season next weekend when they host VMI on Senior Day. Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) at Maclellan Gym on Sunday, Feb. 20.*
Chattanooga 41 - Davidson 3
Maclellan Gym - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sunday - Feb. 13, 2011
157: Josh Condon (UTC) won by forfeit - UTC 6-0
165: Daniel Waddell (UTC) won by forfeit - UTC 12-0
174: Brandon Wright (UTC) - Dec. 14-7 - Donald Patrick (Davidson) - 15-0
184: Jason McCroskey (UTC) - Fall 1:10 - Ike Crews (Davidson) - 21-0
197: Niko Brown (UTC) won by forfeit - UTC 27-0
285: Charlie Wolf (Davidson) - Dec. 4-1 - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - UTC 27-3
125: Prescott Garner (UTC) - MD 12-1 - Matt Zarth (Davidson) - UTC 31-3
133: Demetrius Johnson (UTC) - Dec. 5-3 - Alex Radsky (Davidson) - UTC 34-3
141: No. 9 Cody Cleveland (UTC) - Dec. 5-3 - Vitaly Radsky (Davidson) - UTC 37-3
149: Dean Pavlou (UTC) - MD 15-6 - Scott Ray (Davidson) - UTC 41-3
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