Mocs Wrestling Loses Tough 22-16 Match to 24th Ranked West Virginia

( CHATTANOOGA—The Chattanooga Mocs battled 24th-ranked West Virginia toe-to-toe for 70-plus minutes but fell 22-16. The match featured both dominant and gritty performances on both sides ending with a dramatic finish. 

“There are no moral victories,” Coach Kyle Ruschell shared afterwards. “We told them that if they don’t think that what we’re working on is happening, you’re crazy, because we’re seeing more aggression, we’re seeing better hand fighting, more leg attacks, a little bit better job on top…we’re seeing all of those things.

 “We just need to continue to do that for the next 60 days.”

 The Mocs return to Maclellan Gym next Saturday hosting Davidson. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m., start.


157: 0-3

Lincoln Heck and No. 29 Alex Hornfeck battled for the full seven minutes with the Mountaineer getting the 3-2 win. Heck got the lone takedown of the match with seven seconds left in the second period but took a locked hands penalty before the buzzer. Hornfeck got two escapes for the win.

 165: 0-9

#12 Peyton Hall and Thomas Sell had a spirited first period before the Mountaineer got Sell into a bad position in the second and finished the fall at 4:50.

 174: 4-9

It was all Rocky Jordan in this one almost owning 7:00 in riding time. He claimed a 9-0 major over Scott Joll with constant pressure.

Note: Jordan now has out-scored opponents 99-12 in 10 duals

 184: 10-9

In the lone ranked matchup of the night & rematch from last year, No. 33 Matthew Waddell stole the show. He used a standing reversal straight on the back of No. 30 Anthony Carman for the fall at 4:03.

Note: Three straight pins in duals for Waddell

 197: 13-9

Jake Boyd used all the time available for a 3-2 TB win over Ian Bush. Both wrestlers managed just escapes throughout the 10 minutes with a near takedown into fall position by Boyd in the first only to see Bush sneak away. The tiebreaker round saw Boyd out in two seconds while riding Bush for 13 seconds to net the point and win.

Note: Now 4-2 with the match score ending within two points.

 285: 13-12

No. 28 Michael Wolfgram dominated the early going of the match before Andrew used a late takedown in the second and quick escape in the third to make it interesting at 11-7. He nearly combined a takedown into fall points, but Wolfgram out-wrestled him to get the two points and held on for 13-8 victory.

 125: 13-16

No. 7 Killian Cardinale got a 10-2 major over Dom DiTomasso. He built it methodically with half of his scoring coming in the third.

 133: 16-16

Brayden Palmer knotted the dual score with a 7-3 win. His 4-point near fall early in the third period was the difference.

Note: Palmer won nine of his last 10 matches

 141: 16-19

Dayne Dalrymple got the start against Jordan Titus who was coming off a weekend win over then No. 1 Cole Matthews of Pitt. Dalrymple battled but couldn’t find his offense in a 6-2 decision loss.

 149: 16-22

Grant Lundy trailed No. 28 Sam Hillegas 8-2 in the second period when he got a takedown midway through to get a spark. He was down in riding time so he needed a special third. Lundy out-scored his ranked opponent 6-3 working Hillegas to the end but ran out of time as Hillegas literally held on in the final seconds for the 12-10 win.

 #24 West Virginia 22, Chattanooga 16

157: 157: Alex Hornfeck (WVU) 3-2 dec over Lincoln Heck (CHAT) – 0-3

165: Peyton Hall (WVU) fall (4:50) over Thomas Sell (CHAT) – 0-6

174: Rocky Jordan (CHAT) 9-0 maj. dec. over Scott Joll (WVU) – 4-9

184: Matthew Waddell (CHAT) fall (4:03) over Anthony Carman (WVU) – 10-9

197: Jake Boyd (CHAT) 3-2 dec. TB over Ian Bush (WVU) – 13-9

285: Michael Wolfgram (WVU) 13-8 dec. over Logan Andrew (CHAT) – 13-12

125: Killian Cardinale (WVU) 10-2 maj. dec. over Dominic DiTomasso (CHAT) – 13-16

133: Brayden Palmer (CHAT) 7-3 dec. over Davin Rhoads (WVU) – 16-16

141: Jordan Titus (WVU) 6-2 dec. over Dayne Dalrymple (CHAT) – 16-19

149: Sam Hillegas (WVU) 12-10 dec. over Grant Lundy (CHAT) – 16-22


0-3 | In Chattanooga: 0-1


“That’s kind of what I do (on taking his shot reversing into the pin). Whenever i stand up from on bottom, I kind of leave it in their hands. If they want to just give me the point, that’s fine. I’ll take the point, but they want to stand there and wrestle, I have a few moves in there that I can really hurt him quick. (He smiled) So I don’t like wrestling the whole time.” – Matthew Waddell on his third straight pin in dual action

 “Matt’s did a great job of getting to offense right away with that shot tonight. I don’t know if I’ve seen that shot in the first period all year, and so you can see his development as well. The pins are always there for him, he’s always had that where a pen can happen, but the other little things the takedowns in the first period, the mat returns, that’s the stuff that he needs to do to get over the next hump.” – Kyle Ruschell on Waddell’s work over the last three duals


Jan. 21: Davidson, 7 p.m.mocs

Jan. 27: at Presbyterian, 6 p.m.

Jan. 29: at The Citadel, 2 p.m.

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