Chattanooga, TN -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team won its seventh consecutive Southern Conference regular season title with a dominating 31-6 win over VMI today. It is the 35th SoCon win in a row for the Mocs who improved to 11-9 overall and finished a perfect 5-0 in league action.
Chattanooga won eight of the 10 matches, scoring bonus points in four of the wins. Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) started off the day with his 8-5 decision over Mike Burnett at 157. Condon improves to 21-6 overall and 4-0 in SoCon action.
Junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) upped the team score to 8-0 with his technical fall against Tedd Gottwald. Waddell scored a takedown with five seconds left to end the match at 19-3. Waddell is 14-10 on the year and 3-2 in league matches.
Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) closed out a perfect conference season with his 3-1 decision over Matt Brock at 174. He finished on a five-match winning streak, improving to 5-4 overall at 174.
Fourth-year junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) won his final match at Maclellan Gym today. He posted a 7-1 decision at 184 to improve to 22-8 on the year and 4-1 in the SoCon. McCroskey, a two-time Academic All-NWCA, plans to graduate in May with a degree in Engineering and will forego his final year of eligibility.
Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) pushed the team score to 17-0 with a 7-2 decision at 197. He improves to 18-8 overall and 4-1 in the SoCon. VMI took the next two matches with decisions at heavyweight and 125.
The Mocs got back on track at 125 with junior Demetrius Johnson scoring a technical fall over Luke Todd. Johnson has missed most of the season recovering from a knee injury, but is getting healthy at the right time. He is 3-1 in limited action this season.
Senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) was impressive in his final match. He posted a technical fall at 141 and remains perfect at 11-0 this season. That includes a clean slate in SoCon action at 5-0. Cleveland has won 19 consecutive matches against league opponents.
Sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) ended the match with an 18-6 major decision over Ryan Goodsell at 149. Pavlou improves to 13-10 on the year and is also undefeated in league action at 3-0.
The Mocs now have 13 days to prepare for the 2011 Southern Conference Tournament. Chattanooga has won five of the last six SoCon Tournaments, but UNC Greensboro took the trophy last season. The event will take place in Boone, N.C. on Saturday, March 5.