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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team can grab a share of the 2013 Southern Conference regular season title with a pair of wins this weekend.* The Mocs host VMI and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in a tri-meet on Saturday, Feb. 23.* Action begins at 10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) with three straight matches in Maclellan Gym. SIUE and VMI get things started early with their 10:00 a.m. dual.* The Mocs will then take on VMI at Noon and SIUE at 2:00 p.m.
The Mocs will wrap up the regular season on Monday night when they host Campbell in Maclellan Gym.* Start time for that match has moved up one hour to 6:00 p.m.*
Tickets
Tickets are $5 for the match and available at the gate or on GoMocs.com.* Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
LIVE STATS
Live scoring and a MocsVision broadcast are available for all three matches.* Links for both are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.*
CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP:
125:* No. 17 Nick Soto (So. - 21-6)
133:* Marvin Lopez (Fr. - 9-10) / Alex Ward (Fr. 6-4)
141:* Dean Pavlou (Sr. - 19-11)
149:* Alex Hudson (Jr. - 9-7)
157:* Trey Stavrum (So. - 9-14)
165:* Josh Condon (Sr. - 6-5)
174:* John Lampe (Fr. - 10-10) / Sean Mappes (Fr. - 6-2)
184:* Robert Prigmore (Sr. - 8-12)
197:* No. 18 Niko Brown (Sr. - 24-3)
285:* Kevin Malone (So. - 14-8)
Head Coach:* Heath Eslinger (42-28 - 4th Year)
The Mocs are 8-6 on the year, and 4-0 in SoCon action.* The league wins were against Davidson (37-7), at Appalachian State (29-9), at Gardner-Webb (40-6) and against The Citadel (22-20).* UTC also has wins over Ohio (21-12), Anderson (37-6), Cumberland (49-0) and Princeton (27-10).* Four of the six losses have come against ranked teams in No. 16 Virginia (9-26), No. 2 Iowa (6-37), No. 2 Oklahoma State (9-41) and No. 9 Illinois (10-29).
QUICK NOTES ON THE MOCS

  • Head Coach Heath Eslinger is 42-28 in four years with the Mocs. He is one win away from tying his collegiate coach, Mark Leen for No. 4 on the Mocs head coaching wins list. Leen was 43-35-1 (.551) in six seasons from 1996-01.
  • Senior Niko Brown (197) is 12-0 in dual matches and has a team-high seven pins.
  • Senior Josh Condon (165) is 3-0 in SoCon matches with three pins.
  • The Mocs have a shot at their 27th SoCon Championship since joining the league in 1978.

VMI PROBABLE LINEUP:
125:* Armando Herrera (Fr. - 4-19)
133:* Andriy Onufriyenko (Fr. - 8-15)
141:* Ryan Goodsell (Sr. - 13-15)
149:* Zeb Stewart (So. - 9-18)
157:* Ted Gottwald (Jr. - 6-13)
165:* Mark Darr (Fr. - 13-15)
174:* John Dommert (Sr. - 9-19)
184:* Jonathan Jones (So. - 4-8) / Connor Black (Jr. - 2-1)
197:* Urayoan Garcia (So. - 14-15)
285:* Michael LaPrade (Fr. - 4-15)
Head Coach:* John Trudgeon (28th Year)
The Keydets are 1-13 overall and 1-3 in the SoCon.* Their lone win was a 36-0 victory at Davidson on Jan. 27.
MOCS VS. VMI
The Mocs are 21-6 all-time against VMI and have won nine straight in the series.* The last time the Keydets posted a win over the Mocs was a 26-12 dual on Feb. 22, 2003 in Chattanooga.*
Last 10 Matches
Feb. 20, 2012 - Chattanooga 41 - VMI* 0
Feb. 20, 2011 - Chattanooga* 31 - VMI 6
Feb. 18, 2010 - Chattanooga 33 - VMI* 9
Feb. 23, 2009 - Chattanooga* 43 - VMI 3
Feb. 8, 2008 - Chattanooga 41 - VMI* 3
Feb. 11, 2007 - Chattanooga* 46 - VMI 0
Feb. 10, 2006 - Chattanooga 32 - VMI* 6
Feb. 20, 2005 - Chattanooga* 50 - VMI 0
Feb. 13, 2004 - Chattanooga 25 - VMI* 15
Feb. 22, 2003 - VMI 26 - Chattanooga* 12
Chattanooga 41 - VMI 0
Feb. 20, 2012 - Lexington, Va.
125:* Manny Ramirez (UTC) - Forfeit - (VMI) - UTC 6-0
133:* No. 17 Nick Soto (UTC) - Fall 2:34 - Joe Jarrells (VMI) - UTC 12-0
141:* Shawn Greevy (UTC) - MD 12-4 - Zeb Stewart (VMI) - UTC 16-0
149:* Kelly Felix (UTC) - Dec. 11-4 - David Yost (VMI) - UTC 19-0
157:* Dan Waddell (UTC) - Dec. 4-0 - Edward Gottwald (VMI) - UTC 22-0
165:* Brandon Wright (UTC) - MD 19-5 - Carry Joseph (VMI) - UTC 26-0
174:* Levi Clemons (UTC) - Dec. 5-2 - Matthew Brock (VMI) - UTC 29-0
184:* Cory Canada (UTC) - Forfeit - (VMI) - UTC 35-0
197:* Robert Prigmore (UTC) - Dec. 7-3 - Urayoan Garcia (VMI) - UTC 38-0
285:* Kevin Malone (UTC) - Dec. 6-1 - Andrew Embree (VMI) - UTC 41-0
SIUE PROBABLE LINEUP
125:* Tyler Gilleland (So. - 0-6)
133:* Patrick Myers (So. - 18-8)
141:* Dillon Pousson (Sr. - 2-1)
149:* Brandon Brindley (Fr. - 0-1) / Logun Taylor (Jr. - 1-11)
157:* Kyle Lowman (Sr. - 9-19)
165:* Adam Osmoe (So. - 2-2)
174:* Jake Residori (Fr. - 12-7)
184:* Derek Nagel (Fr. - 10-8) / Deshoun White (Jr. - 1-0)
197:* Josh Wood (Jr. - 10-8)
285:* David Devine (Jr. - 13-8)
Head Coach:* David Ray (5th Year)
The Eagles are 5-17 overall and 1-4 in SoCon action.* Their lone league win was a 24-21 victory vs. Gardner-Webb on Dec. 1.
MOCS VS. SIUE
The Mocs are 3-5 all-time against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville but have not faced the Eagles since 1989.* UTC won that dual 26-12 in Edwardsville, Ill.
Last 10 Matches
Jan. 29, 1989 - Chattanooga 26 - SIUE* 12
Feb. 6, 1988 - Chattanooga* 31 - SIUE 11
Jan. 10, 1987 - SIUE* 29 - Chattanooga 14
Jan. 11, 1986 - SIUE 27 - Chattanooga* 18
Jan. 12, 1985 - SIUE* 39 - Chattanooga 12
Jan. 13, 1984 - SIUE 36 - Chattanooga* 18
Jan. 15, 1983 - SIUE* 32 - Chattanooga 9
Jan. 26, 1979 - Chattanooga* 23 - SIUE 22
SOTO & BROWN RANKED THIS WEEK
Sophomore Nick Soto is No. 17 according to Intermat and No. 18 in the WIN rankings this week.* He is also listed at No. 18 in the AWN rankings.* Soto is 21-6 overall with an 11-3 mark in dual matches.* He finished second at the Wolfpack Open and won the Hokie Open earlier in the year.* Senior Niko Brown is No. 18 in this week's AWN top-20 at 197 pounds.* He is currently 24-3 overall and undefeated in dual matches at 12-0.**
MOCS SET RECORDS IN 2012 FALL SEMESTER
The UTC wrestling team had an overall program record 2.89 grade-point-average for the 2012 fall semester.* The Mocs also set team records with 14 on the Dean's List and 18 on the AD Honor Roll.* Senior Dean Pavlou (Health & Human Performance) and freshman John Lampe (History) were two of 28 student-athletes at UTC with a 4.0 g.p.a. in the fall.*