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Mocs Win Navy Classic

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ANNAPOLIS, MD (GoMocs.com)-- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team had an outstanding day at the Navy Classic. The Mocs won the 13-team event behind six individual placers. 

23rd-ranked Chattanooga's 108.5 points edged Princeton's 106.5.  No. 24 Ohio was third (105.5) followed by No. 19 Wisconsin (105.0) and West Virginia (84.5). 

Seniors Sean Boyle and Shawn Greevy led the way with runner-up showings at 125 and 149, respectively.  Senior Nick Soto and sophomores Michael Pongracz (141) and Sean Mappes (174) placed third in their brackets.  Sophomore McCoy Newberg was fourth at 174, while junior John Lampe finished fifth at 184.

Boyle brought in a No. 16 ranking at 125 and went 3-1.  He defeated Cleveland State's 19th-ranked Ben Willeford in a major decision (12-4) in the semifinals before falling to No. 17 Paul Petrov of Bucknell in the championship match (11-8).

Greevy went 4-1 on his way to the finals at 149.  He scored a 10-5 decision over The Citadel's Matt Frisch in the semifinals, but lost to No. 12 Tywan Claxton (Ohio) in the finals.

Soto took his No. 17 ranking at 133 to a third place trophy.  He was knocked out of the main draw in the quarterfinals by Wisconsin's Ryan Taylor (15-2).  Taylor is currently No. 7 at 125, but moved up for the Navy Classic.  Soto won two more matches in the backdraw to make the podium.

Pongracz had a busy day after falling in the round of 16 in the 141 main draw.  He posted four wins in the consolations to place third.  Mappes and Newberg were set to meet in the third place match, but Newberg forfeited.  Lampe went 5-2 at 184 on his way to a fifth place showing.  

Completed brackets are attached with this story.  The next match for the Mocs is Dec. 12 against Purdue in Maclellan Gym.  Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS.

Team Results
1.  No. 23 Chattanooga – 108.5
2.  Princeton – 106.0
3.  No. 24 Ohio – 105.5
4.  No. 19 Wisconsin – 105.0
5. West Virginia – 84.5
6. Kent State – 80.0
7. Bucknell – 61.5
8. Navy – 59.5
9. Cleveland State – 58.0
10. Brown – 52.0
11. George Mason – 40.5
12. The Citadel – 35.0
13. North Carolina – 18.0

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