The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team hosted its 2013 Postseason Banquet tonight.* The Mocs gathered at First Centenary Methodist Church next to the UTC campus to celebrate the team’s 27th Southern Conference Championship, as well as numerous other accomplishments from the 2012-13 season.
UTC finished the year with an 11-6 overall record and won the SoCon regular season title with a 7-0 mark in league play.* Chattanooga dominated the SoCon Tournament and sent five individuals to the NCAA Championships where it tied for 55th overall.*
Head coach Heath Eslinger handed out a number of postseason honors while also recognizing the 2013 senior class.* Sean Mappes (Greenwood, Ind.) took home the Freshman of the Year Award after going 6-2 in his rookie campaign.* He was 3-0 in dual matches and won a pair of SoCon bouts.* *
Redshirt Freshman John Lampe (Fairdale, Ky.) earned the Pat Murphy Academic Award for his 4.0 cumulative grade-point-average.* An Education major, Lampe was 15-11 overall and 5-0 during the SoCon regular season.*
Junior Alex Hudson (Marietta, Ga.) was named Most Improved after winning the SoCon title at 149.* He was 16-7 overall, 10-7 overall and 6-0 in SoCon matches.* He won a match at the NCAA Championships and will lead a talented group of returners in 2014.*
Senior Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) took home the Ethan Reeve Workhorse after making his third appearance at the NCAA Championships.* He finished with a career best 24-14 overall record and a second place showing at the SoCon Championships at 141.
Senior Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) earned the Jim Morgan MVP Award after leading the team with a 30-5 overall record at 197.* He won the SoCon title and was a perfect 15-0 in dual matches during the regular season.