The Mocs had a great turnout at the Blue-Gold Match in the First Tennessee Pavilion on Oct. 27.
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Mocs Open Season With Virginia Trip
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team opens the 2012-13 season on the road this weekend.  The Mocs will compete in a quad meet at the University of Virginia and the Hokie Open in Salem, Va. 

Action begins on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 9:00 a.m. (E.D.T.) when UTC faces Ohio in Charlottesville.  The Mocs will then face Anderson at 10:30 a.m. and the 16th-ranked Cavaliers at Noon.  Live scoring is tentatively scheduled for the three duals on Saturday.  If available, links will be posted on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.   

The Mocs had a big 18-17 win over Ohio in Maclellan Gym on Dec. 12, 2011.  The Bobcats finished 5-7 last season and placed fourth at the MAC Championships.  They were picked sixth in the 2012-13 MAC Preseason Poll.

Chattanooga is 10-0 all time against NCAA Division II Anderson.  The Trojans are ranked 10th in the NCAA DII East Region.   

Virginia is No. 16 in the preseason NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll after going 11-1 last year.  The Mocs lost the only meeting with UVa., 32-5 on Jan. 11, 1997, in Atlanta, Ga.

UTC will take part in the annual Hokie Open in Salem, Va., on Sunday, Nov. 4.  The Mocs have competed in the prestigious event numerous times in recent years.  Sophomores Nick Soto (3rd at 133) and Kevin Malone (5th at 285) both placed as freshman in last year's tournament.     

Junior Jake Young won the Hokie Open at 174 in his freshman debut in 2010.  He is looking to get back on the mat after losing the last two seasons due to injuries.  For more information on the Hokie Open, including links for stats, results and scoring, visit HokieOpen.com. 

PROBABLE LINEUPS:
Chattanooga
125:  No. 14 So. Nick Soto
133:  Fr. Marvin Lopez/Fr. Alex Ward
141:  Sr. Dean Pavlou
149:  Jr. Alex Hudson/So. Jared Presley
157:  So. Trey Stavrum
165:  Fr. John Lampe
174:  Jr. Jake Young
184:  Sr. Robert Prigmore
197:  Sr. Niko Brown
285:  So. Kevin Malone

Ohio
125: Fr. Tyler Heminger/Fr. Angelo Disabato
133: Sr. Jacob Wojcik/Fr. Garret Garness
141: Fr. Kagan Squire/Jr. Gavin Moore
149: So. Andrew Romanchik
157: Fr. Zach Rohr/Fr. Spartak Chino
165: So.Harrison Hightower
174: Fr. Cody Walters/So. Michael Duckworth
184: Jr. Ryan Garringer
197: Fr. Phil Wellington/Fr. Cody Rodgers
285: Jr. No. 9 Jeremy Johnson

Anderson
125: So. Keenan Simmons
133: Fr. Zach Hale
141: Fr. Brandon Benitez/Jr. Eric DeAngelis
149: Jr. Dan Telhada/Fr. Kevin Johnson
157: Jr. Nick Giuliette
165: Fr. Dennis Rhodes
174: Jr. Taylor Dorsett/Fr. Jake Allen
184: Fr. Donnee Grase/Fr. Zack Farmer
197: Fr. Spencer Foucher
285: Fr. Zach Newton/Sr. Bryan Glace

Virginia
125: No. 9 Sr. Matt Snyder/Fr. Nick Herrmann
133: So. Joe Spisak
141: Fr. David Wesley/Fr. Jimmy Nehls
149: No. 10 Sr. Derek Valenti/Fr. Chris Yankowich
157: Sr. Jedd Moore/Fr. Blaise Butler/Fr. M.J. Roberson
165: No. 10 So. Nick Sulzer
174: No. 8 Jr. Jon Fausey/Fr. Dusty Floyd
184: Jr. Stephen Doty/Fr. Zach Nye
197: Sr. Mike Salopek/Fr. Patrick Gillen
285: So. Derek Papagianopoulos/Fr. Cameron King

MATCHUPS
Nick Soto could get an early challenge to his preseason ranking.  Virginia's Matt Snyder is No. 9 at 125 in InterMat Wrestling's preseason top-20.  The Cavalier's also have ranked wrestlers at 149 (No. 10 Derek Valenti), 165 (No. 10 Nick Sulzer) and 174 (No. 8 John Fausey). 

Kevin Malone will have his hands full in the Ohio match.  He will likely see No. 8 Jeremy Johnson, a 2012 All-American, at heavyweight.  Johnson posted a 3-2 decision over Malone in last year's dual meet.

MOCS PICKED TO WIN SOCON TITLE
The Mocs were selected as the preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference title by the league's coaches.  UTC has won 28 SoCon titles since joining the league in 1978.  Head coach Heath Eslinger's squad claimed the tournament crown in 2012, received four of eight first-place votes and 46 points overall, narrowly edging The Citadel.

1.  Chattanooga (4) - 46
2.  The Citadel (4) - 44
3.  Campbell - 35
4.  Appalachian State - 33
5.  Gardner-Webb - 25
6.  VMI - 20
7.  SIU- Edwardsville - 14
8.  Davidson - 7

FOUR MOCS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-SOCON
Head coach Heath Eslinger's squad boasts three members on the preseason All-SoCon team. After winning the 2012 title at 133 pounds, sophomore Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.) will drop down to 125 and was the preseason selection there. Senior Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.), a two-time SoCon champion at 149, is the preseason pick at 141 this year. Senior Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) earned the selection at 197.

MOCS RANK NO. 13 IN THE NATION IN TEAM G.P.A.
The UTC wrestling team recorded the nation's 13th highest grade-point-average for the 2011-12 season according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).  The Mocs posted a 3.15 g.p.a. among its starters and top reserves in 2011-12.

MOCS ARE BRINGING TOP TEAMS TO CHATTANOOGA
Between home dual matches and the Southern Scuffle, the Mocs will bring six of the top seven teams from the 2012 NCAA Championships to the Scenic City during the 2012-13 season.  Highlighted by a Nov. 16 visit from Iowa, the Mocs home schedule features seven events, including the return of the prestigious Southern Scuffle. 

The Scuffle (Jan. 1-2) will feature NCAA Champion Penn State, runner-up Minnesota and top-five finishers Cornell and Oklahoma State.  No. 7 Illinois visits Maclellan Gym for a dual meet in Jan. 6 and there are five home Southern Conference duals.  Season and single-match tickets are on sale now at the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627) or online at GoMocs.com. 

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