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Mocs Open SoCon Action at Home vs. The Citadel
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team begins Southern Conference action this weekend, hosting The Citadel at Maclellan Gym.* Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on Sunday, Jan. 30.*GoMocs.com, the official website of Chattanooga Athletics, will have live scoring and live video for the match.* A link for the live scoring can be found on the wrestling schedule page, while the live video broadcast will be available to Mocs Vision subscribers.*
Chattanooga (6-9, 0-0 SoCon) is going for its seventh-consecutive Southern Conference Regular Season Championship in 2011.* The Mocs have won 30 SoCon regular season matches in a row.* Coincidentally, UTC's last loss to a league opponent was a 27-13 set-back at The Citadel on Feb. 14, 2004.
The Mocs have won 17-straight SoCon homes matches.* The last time UTC dropped a home match in league action was a 26-12 loss to VMI on Feb. 22, 2003.
The Citadel is currently 6-9 on the year and has already competed in three SoCon duals.* The Bulldogs defeated Davidson (29-9) on Dec. 18 and Appalachian State (26-7) on Jan. 9.* They fell to UNC Greensboro (14-22) on Jan. 23 to give them a 2-1 league mark.*
The Citadel will travel to Lexington, Va. to face VMI on Friday before heading to Chattanooga on Sunday.* Ironically, the Mocs' first league match will be the last conference bout for the Bulldogs.
These two teams have two common opponents in 2010-11, beginning with Virginia Tech.* The Bulldogs fell to the Hokies 15-24 on Nov. 13 while the Mocs were stopped in their match 12-25 on Nov. 21.* Stanford beat UTC 20-17 on Dec. 17 and The Citadel 23-12 on Jan. 15.*
The Bulldogs are led by sophomore Turotgtokh Luvsandorj at 165.* A native of Mongolia, Luvsandorj is 29-6 on the year and ranked No. 8 in the nation.* Junior J.C. Oddo has also had a strong season for The Citadel.* He is 20-7 at 174.*
Chattanooga also brings a 6-9 record into the match, but the Mocs have just one win in the last four duals.* Six of UTC's nine losses have come to teams ranked in the top-20 in the nation.*
The Mocs could see the return of two starters to the lineup who have missed significant time due to injuries.* Senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) could be back at 141.* He is 6-0 and ranked No. 8 in the nation, but has been fighting a hamstring injury most of the year.***
Junior Demetrius Johnson (Memphis, Tenn.) has been out all year, recovering from offseason knee surgery.* He was the 2009 SoCon Champ at 125 but could be ready to go at 133 on Sunday.*
Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) leads the team with an 18-7 record at 184.* Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) is also among the leaders in wins for UTC, posting a 17-6 mark at 157.
Head coach Heath Eslinger is in his second year at Chattanooga.* The former Moc and 2000 SoCon Wrestler of the Year, has a 17-16 overall mark leading the UTC program.***
CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Prescott Garner (So. - 15-10)
133: Demetrius Johnson (Jr. - 0-0) ? Adam Wilson (Fr. - 0-4)
141: Cody Cleveland (Sr. - 6-0) ? Shawn Greevy (Fr. - 7-5)
149: Alex Hudson (So. - 1-0) ? Dean Pavlou (So. - 11-10)
157: Josh Condon (So. - 17-6)
165: Dan Waddell (Jr. - 11-8)
174: Brandon Wright (Jr. - 4-10)
184: Jason McCroskey (Jr. - 18-7)
197: Niko Brown (So. - 14-7) ? Robert Prigmore (So. - 6-7)
285: Matt Lettner (Sr. - 7-11)
THE CITADEL PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Richard Alarcon (Jr. - 11-15)
133: Tyler Sim (Sr. - 7-15)
141: Jordan Dix (So. - 6-12)
149: Derek Royster (Sr. - 5-13) or Nick LaFevre (So. - 2-5)
157: Pierre Frazile (Jr. - 11-12)
165: No. 8 Turotgtokh Luvsandorj (So. - 29-6)
174: J.C. Oddo (Jr. - 20-7)
184: Justin Sparrow (Jr. - 12-11) or Josh Tuck (Fr. - 7-7)
197: Kelby Smith (Jr. - 11-16)
285: Luke Johnson (Fr. - 6-16)
Sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) is still holding down the leadoff spot at 125.* He is currently 15-10 and 8-5 in dual matches.* He went 1-1 on the Mocs' trip to Missouri and five of his 10 losses have come to opponents ranked in the top-10.*
Garner is likely to face Bulldog junior Richard Alarcon.* Alarcon is 11-15 and 7-6 at 125.* He began the year competing at 133, but has started the last nine matches at 125.
Freshman Adam Wilson (Atlanta, Ga.) made his collegiate debut at Ohio on Jan. 3 and is still looking for his first win in four matches.* He may give way for the return of junior Demetrius Johnson (Memphis, Tenn.).* Johnson has been out all year with a knee injury, but could be ready for The Citadel match.* This could be Johnson's first match at 133 after competing at 125 his first two seasons.*
Senior Tyler Sim is likely to hit the mat for the Bulldogs.* He and Alarcon flipped weights midway through the season and Sim is 5-10 at 133.*
Chattanooga's eighth-ranked senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) is expected to be back from a hamstring injury this weekend.* He is undefeated at 6-0, but his replacement freshman Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) has been solid in his first collegiate season.* Greevy is currently 7-5, including a match-clinching 13-0 victory at Ohio on Jan. 3.
Sophomore Jordan Dix has started all but one match for The Citadel this season.* He has a 6-12 mark at 141.*
Sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) has won four of his last six matches and is likely to hold down the 149 class this weekend.* He is currently 11-10.* Sophomore Alex Hudson (Marietta, Ga.) could also slide into this spot.* He scored a win in his lone match of the year at Ohio.*
The Citadel has two options at 149, senior Derek Royster or sophomore Nick LeFevre.* Royster is 5-13 while LeFerve has started the last two matches and has a 2-4 mark.* Pavlou posted wins in both of his bouts with Royster last season, including a 10-8 decision on Nov. 17 and a 12-9 win at the SoCon Championships on March 7.*******
Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) is second on the team with 17 wins against six losses, but has just two wins in his last five.* He is likely to face junior Pierre Frazile who has an 11-12 record and a 2-1 mark in SoCon matches.*****
Junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga., Tenn.) has moved up to 165 where he is 5-3.* He is 11-8 overall and 6-5 at 157.* The former SoCon Champ is returning to form after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.*
Waddell will have a tough task against No. 8 Turotgtokh Luvsandorj.** Luvsandorj is currently 29-6 on the year and 3-0 in SoCon matches.* His last two wins have both been pins.* This will be the third time in the last four matches that Waddell has faced a ranked opponent.*
Junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) has bumped up to 174 where he is looking for his first win.* He is 4-10 on the year and 0-4 at 174.*
Junior J.C. Oddo is scheduled for The Citadel at 174.* He is 20-7 overall and riding a five-match win streak.* Oddo has also won all three of his SoCon bouts.***
Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) has been in and out of the top-20 at 184 this season.* He is unranked this week, despite wins in nine of his last 12 matches.* McCroskey leads the team with an 18-7 overall mark and is 11-4 in duals.
McCroskey will face either junior Justin Sparrow or freshman Josh Tuck.* Sparrow is 12-11 on the year and 2-0 in SoCon matches.* Tuck is 6-7 at 184 and 0-1 in league action.***
Sophomores Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) are possibilities at 197.* Brown is off to a 14-7 start, but has been out of the lineup with a strained rib cage.* He could be back on the mat this weekend.* Prigmore is 6-7 overall and 4-5 at 197.*
Junior Kelby Smith is the probable starter for the Bulldogs.* He is 11-15 at 197. Brown posted a 6-4 decision over Smith on his way to a fifth place finish at the Hokie Open on Nov. 17.*
Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) has recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out a couple of matches earlier in the year.* The senior heavyweight is 7-11 overall.
He will face freshman Luke Johnson who is 6-16 on the year.* Johnson is 2-10 in dual matches and 1-2 in SoCon action.* He is trying to snap a five-match slide.***
MOCS INK TOP-25 RECRUITING CLASS
The Mocs have inked one of the top-25 early-season recruiting classes according to Wrestling Insider News (WIN) magazine.* Chattanooga received its top-25 ranking thanks to four prep wrestlers who signed National Letters of Intent in November.* This group is highlighted by three high school state champions, including Marvin Lopez (Cleveland, Tenn.), William Kennedy (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.) and also includes Fairfield, Ohio, native Austin Sams.*
MOCS PICKED 2ND IN THE SOCON POLLS
Despite carrying a six-year, 30-match SoCon duals win streak into the season the Mocs were picked second in the preseason polls behind UNC Greensboro. UTC earned two first-place votes and 21 points overall in the balloting.* UNCG took the top spot with four first place votes and 23 points.* The Mocs are followed by Appalachian State (16), The Citadel (16), VMI (8) and Davidson (6).*
Chattanooga also had three preseason all-conference wrestlers on the squad, including two-time SoCon champion Cody Cleveland at 141 pounds. Cleveland, the SoCon champion at 141 and Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler in both 2008 and '09 as well as the 2009 SoCon Co-Wrestler of the Year, missed the majority of last season with an injury.* Chattanooga's Dean Pavlou (149) and Dan Waddell (157) were also voted to the preseason all-league team.
IT'S ALL IN THE NAME
On first reference, it is acceptable to refer to us as the "University of Tennessee at Chattanooga".* After that, we prefer to be called "Chattanooga" or "UTC". Our nickname is "Mocs".
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