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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team put on another dominating performance against Davidson this afternoon.* The Mocs defeated the Wildcats 37-7 to improve to 8-6 overall and 4-0 in SoCon action.* Davidson drops to 6-10 and 1-4 in league duals. UTC was up 6-0 before the match started with Davidson forfeiting at 125.* Anthony Elias started with an impressive major decision win over Mocs' freshman Marvin Lopez (Cleveland, Tenn.).* That cut the lead to 6-4, but that was as close as the Wildcats could get.
Senior Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) followed with a pin at 141 and junior Alex Hudson (Marietta, Ga.) scored a major decision win at 149.* Sophomore Trey Stavrum (Chattanooga, Tenn.) gave UTC a 19-4 lead with his 6-0 shutout over Nathaniel Powers at 157.*
Freshman Parker Smith (Franklin, Tenn.) came off the bench at 165 for his first action in a collegiate dual.* Listed as a 157-pounder, he moved up to 165 and was leading 7-6 late in his match with Christopher Cirenza.* A takedown and two back points before the final horn gave Cirenza at 10-8 decision.
That was all the points the Wildcats could muster as Chattanooga improved to 23-0 in the series.* Freshman John Lampe (Fairdale, Ky.), senior Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) and sophomore Kevin Malone all won at 174, 184 and heavyweight, respectively.* Davidson forfeited again at 197.
Malone posted his third pin of the year, this time at the 1:06 mark against Jordan Ownbey.* Prigmore won another tight one, 2-1 over Donald Patrick.* Each of Prigmore's last three bouts have been one-point decisions and he has wins in two of those nail-biters.*
Head coach Heath Eslinger improves to 42-28 in four seasons with the Mocs.* The UTC alum is one win away from tying his coach, Mark Leen (1996-01), for No. 4 on Chattanooga's all-time wins list.*
The Mocs are back in action Feb. 23 when they host three matches in Maclellan Gym.* Action begins at 10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) on Saturday, Feb. 16, when VMI and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville meet in a neutral match.* The Mocs then face VMI at Noon followed by SIUE at 2:00 p.m.* Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com.*
Chattanooga 37 - Davidson 7
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 - Maclellan Gym - Chattanooga, Tenn.
125:* Nick Soto (Chattanooga) - Forfeit - UTC 6-0
133:* Anthony Elias (Davidson) - MD 13-3 - Marvin Lopez (Chattanooga) - UTC 6-4
141:* Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga) - Fall 1:11 - Sejiro Littleton (Davidson) - 12-4
149:* Alex Hudson (Chattanooga) - MD 13-1 - Kevin Birmingham (Davidson) - 16-4
157:* Trey Stavrum (Chattanooga) - Dec. 6-0 - Nathaniel Powers (Davidson) - 19-4
165:* Christopher Cirenza (Davidson) - Dec. 10-8 - Parker Smith (Chattanooga) - 19-7
174:* John Lampe (Chattanooga) - Dec. 9-3 - Ian Solcz (Davidson) - 22-7
184:* Robert Prigmore (Chattanooga) - Dec. 2-1 - Donald Patrick (Davidson) - 25-7
197:* Niko Brown (Chattanooga) - Forfeit - UTC 31-7
285:* Kevin Malone (Chattanooga) - Fall 1:06 - Jordan Ownbey (Davidson) - UTC 37-7