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UTC matmen down Gardner-Webb

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BOILING SPRINGS, NC (GoMocs.com)--The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team opened Southern Conference action with a 26-12 win at Gardner-Webb tonight.  The Mocs took seven of the 10 matches to improve to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in league competition.  The Bulldogs dropped to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in SoCon matches.

Sophomore Michael Pongracz earned a pin at 141 to pace Chattanooga's scoring.  Senior Sean Boyle and sophomore Jared Johnson also posted bonus points in their major decisions at 125 and 141, respectively.

Boyle, ranked No. 12 this week, opened with a 12-1 win over Cortez Starkes.  Senior Nick Soto made it 7-0 in the team score with a 14-7 decision over Tyler Ziegler.  Zielger actually scored at the buzzer to keep Soto from taking a four-point win.  A three-time SoCon champ, Soto is now 20-0 in league matches in his career.

Pongracz seemed to put the match out of reach when he stuck Ryan Hull on his back at 141, but Gardner-Webb came back with a win at 149.  UTC junior Austin Sams then found himself trailing 5-4 to start the third against Tyler Marinelli at 157.  Sams scored three takedowns in the final two minutes to storm back for a 10-8 decision.  It was his fifth win in a row as he improves to 12-11 overall.

Gardner-Webb still did not go away.  Austin Trott scored a quick pin over Justin Lampe at 165 and Brett Stein had a last-second takedown against Levi Clemons at 174 to make the team score 16-12.

The Mocs kept their 15-match SoCon win streak alive with wins in the last three bouts.  UTC is 11-0 all-time against Gardner-Webb and 30-1 in league matches in six seasons with Heath Eslinger as head coach.

Chattanooga returns home on Sunday, Jan. 18, to host Campbell.  Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Maclellan Gym.  Links for live scoring and the MocsVision broadcast are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.

Chattanooga 26 – Gardner-Webb 12
Paul Porter Arena – Boiling Springs, N.C.
125: No. 12 Sean Boyle (UTC) – MD, 12-1 - Cortez Starkes (GWU) – UTC 4-0
133: No. 12 Nick Soto (UTC) – Dec. 14-7 - Tyler Ziegler (GWU) – UTC 7-0
141: Michael Pongracz (UTC) – Fall 3:00 - Ryan Hull (GWU) – UTC 13-0
149: Ryan Mosley (GWU) – Dec. 5-1 - Shawn Greevy (UTC) – UTC 13-3
157: Austin Sams (UTC) – Dec. 10-8 - Tyler Marinelli (GWU) – UTC 16-3
165: Austin Trott (GWU) – Fall 0:59 - Justin Lampe (UTC) – UTC 16-9
174: Brett Stein (GWU) – Dec. 8-6 - Levi Clemons (UTC) – UTC 16-12
184: John Shrader (UTC) – Dec. 3-0 - Gray Jones (GWU) – UTC 19-12
197: Scottie Boykin (UTC) – Dec. 14-9 - Boyce Cornwell (GWU) – UTC 22-12
285:  Jared Johnson (UTC) – MD 9-1 - Justin Kozera (GWU) – UTC 26-12

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