Mocs Open Home Schedule Against Liberty & Cumberland
Senior Matt Lettner
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team will open its home schedule this weekend with matches against Liberty and Cumberland on Sunday, Nov. 14.  Action begins at 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in the dual meet. 

The Mocs will move across the street to host the Flames and Bulldogs in the McKenzie Arena.  Fans will be treated to a full production of video boards and music in the arena.  Gates 1 and 3 will open at 1:00 p.m. and admission is $5. 

Fans not able to make the match can watch online through Chattanooga All Access on GoMocs.com.  Live scoring for the Chattanooga matches will also be available on GoMocs.com. 

UTC is currently 0-1 on the year after falling to No. 14 Kent State 24-12 last weekend.  Senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) leads the team at 141 and is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.  Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) is coming off a third place showing at the Hokie Open and is No. 19 in the country at 184. 

Sunday will be a true dual event with the Mocs taking on Liberty at 2:00 p.m.  The Flames will then face Cumberland immediately following at approximately 3:30 p.m.  The afternoon will conclude with Chattanooga hosting the Bulldogs at approximately 5:00 p.m.  There will be no intermission between matches and action will flow throughout the day.

Liberty is 3-1 on the year after an impressive start at the Terrapin Duals last weekend.  The Flames posted wins over Maryland (21-17), McDaniel (30-9) and Johns Hopkins (35-9) with a loss to West Virginia (24-12).

Liberty entered the 2010-11 schedule with two ranked grapplers in the preseason.  Scott Clymer currently is inside the top-20 at 149 pounds in two rankings, with W.I.N placing him at No. 17, and Wrestling Report ranking the redshirt junior at No. 19.

Despite currently recovering from an injury and possibly not competing until later this season, redshirt senior Chad Porter is noted inside the top 20 by Amateur Wrestling News, at No. 18.

Cumberland is ranked No. 6 in the NAIA Preseason Top-20, but loss its season opener to No. 4 McKendree 26-18.  Senior Mikey Davis is the NAIA No. 1 wrestler at 141, while six other Bulldog grapplers are nationally ranked in the NAIA.  Davis finished third at last year's National Championships after posting a 24-6 overall record.  Two other former All-Americans - Corey Bleaken and James Casadaban - join Noah Hunt, Matthew Stanfield, David Wiese and BJ Stewart as nationally-ranked wrestlers to begin the season. 

Hunt was picked fifth in the nation at 125, while Stanfield was selected eighth at 133 and Wiese was ninth at 157. Bleaken, a two-time All-American, returns from a redshirt season to claim the No. 3 spot at 165 and Casadaban - last year's runner-up at 157 - is fifth after making a two-weight-class jump into 174. Stewart, who spent much of last season as the No. 1 heavyweight grappler and is currently a member of the CU football team, will open the season ranked fifth.

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Chattanooga
125:  Prescott Garner
133:  Cody Hood
141:  Cody Cleveland/Shawn Greevy
149:  Dean Pavlou/Alex Hudson
157:  Josh Condon/Dan Waddell
165:  Brandon Wright
174:  Levi Clemons
184:  Jason McCroskey
197:  Niko Brown
285:  Matt Lettner

Liberty
125:  Jonathan Childress/Joel Stafford
133:  Joe Pantaleo
141:  Seth Hicks/Joe Montgomery
149:  Scott Clymer/Rich Bushby
157:  Eric Reger
165:  Eli Sanchez/Jonathan Perkins
174:  Chad Porter/Royal Brettrager
184:  Aaron Kelley
197:  Aaron Thomson
285:  Josh Pelletier

Cumberland
125:  Noah Hunt
133:  Joshua Chappa/Matt Stanfield
141:  Ryan McKenzie/Dexter Bushart
149:  Andy Shoultz
157:  David Wiese/Cody Bleaken
165:  Zeke Hunt/Corey Bleaken
174:  James Casadaban
184:  Scott Stewart
197:  AJ Mott
285:  Sam Andrade

MOCS PICKED 2ND IN THE SOCON POLLS
Despite carrying a six-year, 30-match SoCon duals win streak into the season the Mocs were picked second in the preseason polls behind UNC Greensboro. UTC earned two first-place votes and 21 points overall in the balloting.  UNCG took the top spot with four first place votes and 23 points.  The Mocs are followed by Appalachian State (16), The Citadel (16), VMI (8) and Davidson (6). 

Chattanooga also had three preseason all-conference wrestlers on the squad, including two-time SoCon champion Cody Cleveland at 141 pounds. Cleveland, the SoCon champion at 141 and Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler in both 2008 and '09 as well as the 2009 SoCon Co-Wrestler of the Year, missed the majority of last season with an injury.  Chattanooga's Dean Pavlou (149) and Dan Waddell (157) were also voted to the preseason all-league team.

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