Mocs Wrestling Team Blasts Davidson 36-3

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team won its 10th match of the season with a near-perfect 36-3 victory against Davidson.  The Mocs were a one-point loss away from a shutout, while improving to 10-5 overall and 5-0 in SoCon action.  The Wildcats drop to 4-10, 0-3 in SoCon matches.

“Another good win for us today, stated head coach Heath Eslinger.  “You are always going to have some error, we just hope we eliminate all of it by the time we get to the Southern Conference tournament and the NCAA Tournament.  Regardless, it was a good day of wrestling and thanks to all of the faculty and staff who came out to see a lunch time dual.”

Davidson forfeited at 125 and Chattanooga scored bonus points in four of the other nine bouts.  That was more than enough to improve the Mocs all-time record against the Wildcats to 23-0. 

Sophomore Michael Pongracz (141) and freshman Jacob Murphy (149) both had major decisions while freshman Justin Lampe (165) and sophomore Jared Johnson (285) scored technical falls. 

Chattanooga held a 30-4 advantage in takedowns, with 11 of those put on the board by Lampe in his win over Patric Devlin.  Lampe jumped out to a quick lead with five takedowns in the first period alone.  He finished with a 23-8 victory to improve to 3-2 in SoCon matches. 

Johnson controlled his match throughout, getting nine back points in a 17-0 win over Will Cooley.  He nearly had Cooley pinned twice before the buzzer saved the fall.  Johnson is a team-best 25-6 overall and 5-0 in SoCon action.    

Senior Nick Soto scored career win No. 109 with an 8-3 decision over Anthony Elias at 133.  He is now tied for sixth on UTC’s all-time wins list with Ben Reichel (109-37-2 – 1985-89).

The Mocs hit the road next weekend for a visit to Appalachian State.  UTC can wrap up at least a share of its third-straight SoCon regular season title with a win over the Mountaineers.  Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Boone, N.C.  The Mocs have won 14 titles since the league starting recognizing a season champion in 1994.  Chattanooga also has 28 tournament trophies since joining the SoCon in 1978. 

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