Three Mocs score wins at Wolfpack Open
RALEIGH, NC ( gomocs.com) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team brought home three first place trophies at the Wolfpack Open Sunday. The Mocs had ten individuals place overall in the tournament.
Senior John Lampe (184), junior Michael Pongracz (141) and freshman Kamaal Shakur (157) each won their respective class. Junior Jared Johnson (285) and freshmen Dominic Lampe (165) and Chris Debien (133) were runners-up while junior Sean Mappes and sophomore Justin Lampe tied for third at 174.
"It was a good tournament," stated head coach Heath Eslinger. "We are improving each time out and our young guys get better with each experience."
Pongracz scored five wins today, including four decisions and a fall. Shakur also had five wins, highlighted by a tight 2-1 overtime decision over American's 18th-ranked John Boyle in the finals.
It only took the elder Lampe three wins to capture the 184 bracket. He beat defending SoCon champ Hunter Gamble of Gardner-Webb in the semifinals before capping off his day with a 2-1 victory against Newberry's Huston Evans.
Dominic Lampe, the youngest of the three brothers on the team, opened with a nice pin against Gardner-Webb's 19th-ranked Austin Trott. He scored three more wins before falling to GWU's Tyler Marinelli in the finals.
Johnson powered through the field with two decisions and two majors, scoring at least seven points in each match. He lost in the finals to N.C. State's No. 1 ranked and two-time NCAA Champion Nick Gwaizdowski (15-2).
Debien was forced to bow out of his finals match at 133 due to injury. His first four wins included three decisions and a pin. Junior Scottie Boykin also placed in the event, finishing fourth at 197. Junior McCoy Newberg was the other placer, finishing sixth at 184.
The Mocs will take some time off from competition for final exams. The next match is at VMI on Dec. 10. The next home dual is Dec. 18 against No. 15 Ohio at 6:00 p.m. in Maclellan Gym.