Mocs Visit Gardner-Webb, Host Campbell to Open SoCon Action
CHATTANOOGA, TN (GoMocs.com)---The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team opens the Southern Conference portion of its 2015 schedule this weekend. The Mocs visit Gardner-Webb on Friday, Jan. 16, and host Campbell on Sunday, Jan. 18.
UTC was picked to win its 29th conference title in the preseason by the league's coaches. The Mocs are off to a 5-5 start with two of their five losses coming against ranked competition.
The Gardner-Webb match is 6:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in the Paul Porter Arena in Boiling Springs, N.C. It broadcasts live online on the Big South Network with a link available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.
UTC hosts Campbell at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday in Maclellan Gym. Tickets for the match are $5 and available at the door or online at GoMocs.com. All UTC students receive free admission.
Live scoring and MocsVision video are both available for the Campbell match. Links are posted on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com. Fans can also follow results on twitter @UTCWrestling.
UTC is coming off a 2-2 showing at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 9-10. Chattanooga lost to West Virginia (19-21) and No. 10 Edinboro (17-21) before scoring wins over Nebraska-Kearney (30-6) and Kent State (27-9).
CLOSE LOSSES All five of the Mocs losses have been very close matches. Four have been by four points or less and only at No. 22 Old Dominion did UTC not win at least five individual matches.
INDIVIDUALLY Seniors Sean Boyle and Nick Soto lead the team at 125 and 133, respectively. They are both No. 12 in this week's InterMat individual rankings and both have 19 wins on the year.
Junior Austin Sams is coming off a strong showing at the Virginia Duals. He went 4-0 last weekend to even his overall record at 11-11. Sophomore Jared Johnson also had four wins at the Virginia Duals. He leads team with a 20-6 mark at heavyweight.
MOCS VS. THE SOCON The Mocs are 29-1 in SoCon action in five seasons under current head coach Heath Eslinger. The lone loss was a 17-25 setback at home to Appalachian State on Feb. 5, 2012. Since then, UTC has won 15-straight league matches.
Chattanooga has won 11-straight league-opening matches. The last time it dropped a match to the first SoCon opponent on its schedule was a 36-6 loss to the Mountaineers on Jan. 19, 2003.
LAST TIME VS. GARDNER-WEBB The last meeting between these two teams was the Mocs' Candlelight Dinner Match. UTC won nine of 10 bouts in the win just before the Christmas break last season.
Chattanooga 35 - Gardner-Webb 3 Dec. 16, 2013 - Chattanooga, Tenn. 184: John Lampe (UTC) – Dec. 5-2 - Gray Jones (GWU) – UTC 3-0 197: Scottie Boykin (UTC) – MD 11-3 - Boyce Cornwell (GWU) – UTC 7-0 285: Kevin Malone (UTC) – Dec. 7-4 - Justin Kozera (GWU) – UTC 10-0 125: Campbell Lewis (UTC) – Dec. 5-0 - William Anderson (GWU) – UTC 13-0 133: Nick Soto (UTC) – MD 13-4 - Robert Golde (GWU) – UTC 17-0 141: Ryan Mosley (GWU) – Dec. 6-1 - Austin Sams (UTC) – UTC 17-3 149: Michael Hooker (UTC) – Dec. 4-2 - Tyler Ziegler (GWU) – UTC 20-3 157: Alex Hudson (UTC) – MD 8-0 - Kyle Ash (GWU) – UTC 24-3 165: Corey Mock (UTC) – TF 17-0 (4:50) - Austin Trott (GWU) – UTC 29-3 174: Levi Clemons (UTC) – Fall 2:22 - Brett Stein (GWU) – UTC 35-3
KEY MATCHES & PREVIOUS MEETINGS WITH GWU Possible rematches from last year could take place at 197 between Scottie Boykin and Boyce Cornwell, based on the probable lineups. Sean Boyle already has a 12-0 major decision over Cortex Starkes at 125 at the Hokie Open on Nov. 9. Austin Sams also defeated Kyle Ash 11-7 at 157 at the Hokie Open.
CAMPBELL PROBABLE LINEUP (0-4, 0-2 SOCON) 125: Tyler Walker (So.) 133: Nathan Kraisser (Jr.) 141: Luke Stewart (Fr.) 149: 157: Daniel Luty (Sr. - 4-10) 165: Garrison Matthews (Sr. - 4-12) 174: Monte Britton (Fr. - 0-7) 184: Ville Heino (So. - 15-9) 197: Ben Cruz (Fr. - 2-3) 285: Cody Ryba (So. - 0-2)
Campbell has forfeited its first four weights in all four duals this season. As a result, the Camels are 0-4 overall and 0-2 in SoCon action.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE CAMELS The Mocs are 6-0 all-time against Campbell. The Camels joined the SoCon as a wrestling affiliate in 2012.
LAST TIME VS. CAMPBELL UTC was ranked No. 19 in the nation when it scored a 32-10 win at Campbell last season.
No. 19 Chattanooga 32 – Campbell 10 Feb. 8, 2014 - Buies Creek, N.C. 184: John Lampe (UTC) – Dec. 4-3 - Ville Heino (Campbell) – UTC 3-0 197: Scottie Boykin (UTC) – Dec. 13-11 - Taylor McGiffen (Campbell) – UTC 6-0 285: Dawson Peck (UTC) - Dec. 8-3 - Eloheim Palma (Campbell) – UTC 9-0 125: Tyler Walker (Campbell) – MD 13-4 - Byron Smith (UTC) – UTC 9-4 133: No. 11 Nick Soto (UTC) – MD 15-5 - Drew Walker (Campbell) – UTC 13-4 141: Mike Pongracz (UTC) – Dec. 3-2 - Michael Dahlstrom (Campbell) – UTC 16-4 149: Brent Jorge (Campbell) – Fall (0:18) - Austin Sams (UTC) – UTC 16-10 157: Alex Hudson (UTC) – TF 16-0 - Grant Blumenthal (Campbell) – UTC 21-10 165: No. 9 Corey Mock (UTC) – TF 21-6 - Paul Duggan (Campbell) – UTC 26-10 174: Levi Clemons (UTC) – Fall 3:22 - Cody Ryba (Campbell) – UTC 32-10
KEY MATCHES & PREVIOUS MEETINGS WITH CAMPBELL Ville Heino defeated John Lampe at the both the Hokie Open and the Southern Scuffle this season. However, John Shrader is listed at 184 for the Mocs this weekend. Heino leads the SoCon at 184 pounds with a 15-9 overall record.
MOCS PICKED TO WIN SOCON TITLE The Mocs were selected as the preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference title by the league's coaches. UTC has won 28 SoCon titles since joining the league in 1978. Head coach Heath Eslinger's squad claimed the regular season and tournament crown in 2014, received seven first-place votes and 49 points overall.
SOTO CLIMBING CAREER WINS CHART Senior Nick Soto is 105-34 in his career at UTC. He is currently seventh on UTC's all-time wins list. He needs five more wins to pass Ben Reichel (109-37-2 - 1985-89) for sixth.