The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga scored two big wins "Senior Day" at Maclellan Gym today. First, the Mocs wrapped up at least a tie for their sixth-straight Southern Conference title with a 30-9 win over Appalachian State (7-10, 1-2 SoCon). UTC (10-6, 4-0 SoCon) then stunned Northern Iowa (7-11, 3-3 WWC) with a 16-15 comeback win.
In the first match of the day, the Mocs dominated the visiting Mountaineers. Freshman Niko Brown opened at 197 with a 10-7 win over Dylan Temple. UTC went up 6-0 when junior Tom Minwell scored a 6-2 decision in the heavyweight match.
Chattanooga scored its first bonus points when sophomore Demetrius Johnson pinned Tony Gravely at 125. Gravely surprised Johnson with a takedown in the first period and took an early lead. However, Johnson took control of the match and scored his second pin of the year.
Senior Josh Statum was the only Moc competing in his final home match today. He moved to 4-0 in SoCon action this season with his shutout against Jacob Earp 4-0. Sophomore Ben Johnson scored his first win in three tries this season. He logged a 9-4 decision over Chris Collura at 141.
Savva Kostis finally got Appalachian State on the board with his pin over freshman Dean Pavlou. Leading 18-6, freshman Josh Condon put away thoughts of an ASU comeback with a pin over Chip Powell at 157. Sophomore Brandon Wright secured the win with a hard-fought 4-3 decision over Kyle Blevins to put the match out of reach at 27-6. UTC split the final two matches with freshman Jake Young winning at 174 and sophomore Jason McCroskey falling at 184.
Chattanooga improved to 4-0 in SoCon action with the win. They hold a one-game lead over UNC Greensboro who is 3-1 in league play. Both teams still have to face VMI before the end of the SoCon regular season.
Northern Iowa and Appalachian State wrestled in the second match of the day with the Panthers also posting a 30-9 win. That win by UNI set-up the much-anticipated finale with UTC.
Dustin Bauman gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead with his 10-5 decision over Brown at 197. The next match was one of many exciting bouts in the dual meet. Minwell jumped out to a surprising 4-2 lead after two periods against Christian Brantley. He quickly moved ahead 5-2 after an escape to begin the third, but Brantley turned on the offense. Brantley scored three straight takedowns and took an 8-7 lead with 10 seconds left. Minwell owned the riding time point and Brantley could have stayed on top and forced overtime. However, he let Minwell up to tie the score at 8-8. Brantley scored the winning takedown at the buzzer to put UNI up 6-3.
Another nail-biter took place at 125 between Johnson and Caleb Flores. Neither was able to get any offense going in the match and the score was tied at 1-1 after three periods. Johnson finally got the win with a takedown in overtime.
Statum kept up his impressive afternoon, holding on for a tough 4-3 decision over Joey Lazor to tie the match at 6-6. Ben Johnson got his second win of the year with his 5-2 win at 141 over Charlie Ettleson. That win gave UTC its first lead at 9-6.
The Panthers tied it up at 9-9 when Trent Washington posted a 10-3 win over Pavlou at 149. Pavlou battled hard and scored a late takedown to keep the Panthers from taking the lead on bonus points. Tyson Reiner's 8-3 win over Condon at 157 gave UNI a 12-9 lead.
Wright battled David Bonin to a 1-1 tie after two periods in a match the Mocs' needed to even the score. Wright secured the 3-1 win with a takedown in the third period to knot the team total at 12-12.
Northern Iowa returned the favor at 174 when Jarion Beats took down Young in the third period for a 3-1. That left the Mocs trailing 15-12 heading into the last match between McCroskey and Scott Hazen. MCroskey, the 2009 SoCon Freshman of the Year, had struggled as of late, dropping three of his last four matches. Needing bonus points to secure the win, McCroskey dominated Hazen, posting a four-point major decision with a 14-0 win.
Chattanooga will next travel to No. 10 Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 12 before closing out the regular season at VMI on Feb. 18.
Chattanooga 30 - Appalachian State 9
197: Nikolas Brown (UTC) - Dec. 10-7 - Dylan Temple (ASU) - UTC 3-0
285: Tom Minwell (UTC) - Dec. 6-2 - Kenneth Altarac (ASU) - UTC 6-0
125: Demetrius Johnson (UTC) - Fall (4:53) - Tony Gravely (ASU) - UTC 12-0
133: Josh Statum (UTC) - Dec. 4-0 - Jacob Earp (ASU) - UTC 15-0
141: Ben Johnson (UTC) - Dec. 9-4 - Chris Collura (ASU) - UTC 18-0
149: Savva Kostis (ASU) - Fall (4:33) - Dean Pavlou (UTC) - UTC 18-6
157: Josh Condon (UTC) - Fall (4:32) - William Powell (ASU) - UTC 24-6
165: Brandon Wright (UTC) - Dec. 4-3 - Kyle Blevins (ASU) - UTC 27-6
174: Jake Young (UTC) - Dec. 6-2 - Andrew Downs (ASU) - UTC 30-6
184: Austin Trotman (ASU) - Dec. 9-4 - Jason McCroskey (UTC) - UTC 30-9
Chattanooga 16, Northern Iowa 15
197: Dustin Bauman (UNI) - Dec. 10-5 - Niko Brown (UTC) - UNI 3-0
285: Christian Brantley (UNI) - Dec. 10-8 - Tom Minwell (UTC) - UNI 6-0
125: Demetrius Johnson (UTC) - Dec. 3-1 (OT) - Caleb Flores (UNI) - UNI 6-3
133: Josh Statum (UTC) - Dec. 4-3 - Joey Lazor (UNI) - 6-6
141: Ben Johnson (UTC) - Dec. 5-2 - Charlie Ettleson (UNI) - UTC 9-6
149: Trent Washington (UNI) - Dec. 10-3 - Dean Pavlou (UTC) - 9-9
157: Tyson Reiner (UNI) - Dec. 8-3 Josh Condon (UTC) - UNI 12-9
165: Brandon Wright (UTC) - Dec. 3-1 - David Bonin (UNI) - 12-12
174: Jarion Beats (UNI) - Dec. 3-1 - Jake Young (UTC) - UNI 15-12
184: Jason McCroskey (UTC) - Dec. 14-0 - Scott Hazen (UNI) - UTC 16-15
Northern Iowa 30 - Appalachian State 9
197: Dylan Temple (ASU) - Dec. 6-2 - Dustin Bauman (UNI) - ASU 3-0
285: Christian Brantley (UNI) - Dec. 10-3 - Ken Altarac (ASU) - 3-3
125: Caleb Flores (UNI) - TF (7:00) - Tony Gravely (ASU) - UNI 8-3
133: Joey Lazor (UNI) - MD 12-4 - Jacob Earp (ASU) - UNI 12-3
141: Charlie Ettelson (UNI) - Fall (2:56) - Chris Collura (ASU) - UNI 18-3
149: Trent Washington (UNI) - MD 15-5 - Savva Kostis (ASU) - UNI 22-3
157: Tyson Reiner (UNI) - TF (6:44) - Chip Powell (ASU) - UNI 27-3
165: Kyle Blevins (ASU) - Dec. 5-3 (OT) - David Bonin (UNI) - UNI 27-6
174: Jarion Beets (UNI) - Dec. 8-2 - Carter Downs (ASU) - UNI 30-6
184: Austin Troutman (ASU) - Dec. 11-4 - Scott Hazen (UNI) - UNI 30-9