2008 Southern Conference Wrestling Championships
SPARTANBURG, S.C. ? Chattanooga looks to win their fourth-straight Southern Conference Championship. The Mocs won The Southern Conference Championship in 2007 with a total of 117.5 points. UNC Greensboro placed second with 75 points and VMI was third with 41 points. The Citadel, Appalachian State and Davidson rounded out the bottom three places.
Chattanooga?s overall record is 11-6 and they are undefeated in Southern Conference action at 5-0. Javier Maldonado, Josh Edmondson and Matt Koz return to defend their titles at their respective weight classes. Maldonado at 125-pounds, Edmondson at 184-pounds and Koz at heavyweight, but will wrestle at 197-pounds.
Chattanooga won all but three weight classes last year at MatJam 2007.
The 174-pounds weight class should be a battle. Co-Wrestler-of-the-year, Lloyd Rogers who is 24-3 will have some tough competition if he wants to get back to the NCAA tournament. Trevor Clavette of Davidson is 24-5, Darius Caldwell of The Citadel is 19-7 and Neal Martin of Appalachian State is 13-13.
The 149-pound weight class puts two national ranked wrestlers Scott Ervin, ranked No.13 by InterMat, of Appalachian State at 33-5 and No.16 ranked Joey Knox of Chattanooga at 20-8.
Seth Garvin of Chattanooga is 21-5 at 157-pound weight class. Garvin will face some tough competition in Eddie Hutchinson of Appalachian State at 17-9.
Jeff Hedges of UNC Greensboro, who is ranked No.16 by InterMat at 133, is 24-9 overall. Hedges will have some tough competition against Tyler Anthony of VMI, who is 19-8 overall. Terreyl Williams of Appalachian State is 20-14 and should challenge for the title.
Javier Maldonado of Chattanooga looks to repeat at the 125-pound weight class but will have to go through Frank Celorrio of Appalachian who is 12-5 overall and Ben Altman of Davidson is 23-10 overall.
The 2008 Southern Conference Wrestling Championship take place on March 8, 2008 at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga.