CHATTANOOGA, TN (GoMocs.com)---The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team breezed through a 46-0 shutout against Campbell at Maclellan Gym today. The Mocs scored their 17th consecutive Southern Conference win to improve to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in league matches.
Campbell only dressed five wrestlers and forfeited at 125, 133, 141, 149 and 197. The Mocs, needing a break from a busy stretch of matches, did not make a number of their starters weigh in, including senior Sean Boyle. That resulted in a double-forfeit at 125.
UTC was up 18-0 before the first whistle for the 157 match. Despite the big lead, the Mocs did not take their competition lightly. They only allowed three takedowns in the five contested bouts, while scoring two pins and a major decision.
Junior Austin Sams won his sixth match in a row with a 4-3 decision over Daniel Luty. Sams escaped twice in the third period to improve to 13-11 on the year and 2-0 in league matches.
Freshman Justin Lampe scored his first collegiate win with a 20-6 major decision over Garrison Matthews at 165. Lampe joined the team before the spring semester and dropped his first seven matches. He broke through today with eight takedowns and two back points.
Sophomore Sean Mappes had a second-period pin against Monte Britton to give UTC a 31-0 lead. He is 11-5 at 174 this season.
Campbell's best chance to get on the board was Ville Heino at 184. Heino had already beaten UTC junior John Lampe twice and the Mocs regular starter, sophomore John Shrader, was sitting this one out. Sophomore McCoy Newberg, normally a 174-pounder, went up a weight to take on a big challenge.
Things were going the Camels' way early when Heino built a 4-2 lead after the first period. Newberg nearly rode Heino out in the second, but gave up an escape for a 5-2 deficit. Newberg got the crowd on its feet late in the third with an escape and a takedown to force overtime. He then preserved the team shutout with a takedown in the first overtime period.
Junior Jared Johnson was impressive at heavyweight in the final match of the day. He improved to a team-leading 22-6 with a first period pin against Cody Ryba.
“It was a good win,” stated head coach Heath Eslinger. “When you can win all 10 it is good. The mood wasn't great with that many forfeits, but some good individual performances. We sat some guys out who needed to rest a little bit.”
The Mocs are home for their next three matches, beginning with a visit from The Citadel on Friday, Jan. 23. Match time is set for 6:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Maclellan Gym. Tickets are $5 at the door or online at GoMocs.com.