Mocs Open the Season on the Road This Weekend
Junior Brandon Wright

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team travels to Salem, Va., to open the 2010-11 regular season this weekend. Chattanooga will face No. 14 Kent State on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 1:00 p.m. (E.D.T.). UTC will then compete in the Hokie Open tournament on Sunday.

The Golden Flashes come into the match ranked No. 14 in the nation. Chattanooga is looking to avenge a 22-15 loss to KSU in last season's opener.

Look for one of the marquee matchups right out of the gate in the 125-pound class. Sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) will be making his debut for the Mocs after transferring from Calackamas (Ore.) CC. He was an NCAA qualifier during his freshman season at Navy. He is taking on junior Nic Bedelyon who is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation. Bedelyon was an All-American in 2009 and redshirted last season due to a shoulder injury.

Chattanooga senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) will hit the mat for the first time in a year. He is currently No. 7 in the nation at 141 and will take on sophomore Chase Skonieczny. Cleveland, a 2008 All-American, missed the 2009-10 season with a knee injury. He was granted a sixth-year of eligibility for the 2010-11 campaign. Cleveland actually wrestled against Skonieczny in last year's dual before injuring his knee. Cleveland scored a fall at 5:40 of that match.

Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) will put his No. 19 national ranking at 184 up against either sophomore Casey Newburg or senior Chris Estep.

McCroskey dropped his individual match to No. 9 Dustin Kilgore at 184 last season. However, Kilgore has moved up to 197 where he is now ranked No. 3 in the nation. Kilgore, a junior, was an All-American last season with a 37-3 record. He will face either sophomore Niko Brown or Robert Prigmore.

One other rematch from last year's dual will take place at heavyweight. UTC senior Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) dropped a tight decision to Kent State's Brendon Barlow 3-1. Barlow went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships and is ranked 14th in the nation coming into the season.

UTC Probables vs. No. 14 Kent State KSU

Wt. Chattanooga No. 14 Kent State
125 Prescott Garner (So.) No. 4 Nic Bedelyon
133 Cody Hood (Fr.)/Devaunte Brown (Fr.) Sean Collins (So.)
141 No. 7 Cody Clveland (Sr.) Chase Skonieczny (So.)
149 Dean Pavlou (So.) Marcel Clapton (Jr.)
157 Josh Condon (So.)/Dan Waddell (Jr.) Mallie Shuster (So.)/Matt Cathell (Sr.)
165 Brandon Wright (Jr.) Ross Tice (Jr.)
174 Levi Clemons (Fr.) Brandon Johnson (Fr.)
184 No. 19 Jason McCroskey (Jr.) Casey Newburg (So.)/Chris Estep (Sr.)
197 Niko Brown (So.)/Robert Prigmore (So.) No. 3 Dustin Kilgore (Jr.)
285 Matt Lettner (Sr.) No. 14 Brendan Barlow (Jr.)

Chattanooga has a total of 15 wrestlers set to compete in the Hokie Open on Sunday. Garner and freshman Joe DeAngelo (Mebane, N.C.) are competing at 125 while freshman Devaunte Brown (Suwanee, Ga.) and Cody Hood (Harrison, Tenn.) are set to compete at 133. 

Cleveland is holding down the 141 class while sophomores Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) are competing at 149. Junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) are both in the 157 brackets while junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) at 165 and freshman Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) at 174 are also making the trip.

Wright placed third in the Hokie Open last season while McCroskey is looking to improve on his sixth-place showing at 184 from a year ago. Freshman Sam Kuntz (Suwanee, Ga.) is also competing at 184.

Brown and Prigmore are in the 197 lineup while Lettner rounds out the UTC participants at heavyweight.

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