Mocs Post Two Wins in McKenzie Arena
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team posted a pair of wins in its home opener in McKenzie Arena today.  The Mocs defeated a solid Liberty squad 26-16 in the first match.  The Flames downed Cumberland 40-3 in the neutral contest before UTC defeated the Bulldogs 42-6 in the final bout of the day. 

"Two big wins including one against Liberty, who is a tough team," stated head coach Heath Eslinger.  "We lost some close individual matches so we are going to have to work on those, but we are competing hard and I am pleased with the effort."

Chattanooga (2-1) had a tough outing against the visiting Flames (4-2).  Sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) started things off with a pin at 125 to give UTC a 6-0 lead.  Mocs freshman Cody Hood dropped his 133 contest to Joe Pantaleo 9-0, but senior Cody Cleveland put UTC back up 10-4 with a 12-4 major decision over Seth Hicks at 141.

Liberty tied the team score at 10 when Scoot Clymer pinned sophomore Dean Pavlou at 149.  A 12-3 major decision at 157 by sophomore Josh Condon and a pin by Brandon Wright at 164 gave the Mocs a 20-10 lead through six matches.    

Junior Jason McCroskey (184) and senior Matt Lettner (285) also posted wins in the final four matches to give Chattanooga the victory in front of nearly 500 fans in McKenzie Arena. 

Chattanooga dominated its match with Cumberland, posting wins in eight contests.  The Mocs were cruising with a 24-3 lead before James Casadaban defeated freshman Levi Clemons 10-3 at 174.  UTC went on to slam the door on any thoughts of a comeback by posting first-quarter pins in each of the last three matches. 

"Matt Lettner did a great job today," added Eslinger.  "He is a senior and a leader on our team who does everything right.  Two big wins, including one against a tough heavyweight from Liberty.  He has worked hard and we are glad to see him having the success he deserves." 

Chattanooga hits the road next weekend to face Gardner Webb and compete in the ACC Challenge.  The match against the Bulldogs is set for 10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) in Boiling Springs, N.C., on Saturday, Nov. 20.  The ACC Challenge is set for Sunday, Nov. 21, is Chapel Hill, N.C.

Chattanooga 26 - Liberty 16
125:  Prescott Garner (UTC) - Fall 2:19 - Joel Stafford (Liberty) - UTC 6-0
133:  Joe Pantaleo - MD 9-0 - Cody Hood (UTC) - UTC 6-4 
141:  Cody Cleveland (UTC) - MD 12-4 - Seth Hicks (Liberty) - UTC 10-4  
149:  Scott Clymer (Liberty) - Fall 4:56 - Dean Pavlou (UTC) - 10-10
157:  Josh Condon (UTC) - MD 12-3 - Rich Bushby (Liberty) - UTC 14-10
165:  Brandon Wright (UTC) - Fall 3:28 - Eli Sanchez (Liberty) - UTC 20-10
174:  Chad Porter (Liberty) - Dec. 8-2 - Levi Clemons (UTC) - UTC 20-13
184:  Jason McCroskey (UTC) - Dec. 8-3 - Aaron Kelley (Liberty) - UTC 23-13
197:  Aaron Thompson (Liberty) - Dec. 6-3 - Niko Brown (UTC) - UTC 23-16
285:  Matt Lettner (UTC) - Dec. 5-3 - Joshua Pelletier (Liberty) - UTC 26-16

Liberty 40 - Cumberland 3
125:  Joel Stafford (Liberty) - MD 15-6 - Noah Hunt (Cumberland) - Liberty 4-0
133:  Joe Panteleo (Liberty) - Dec. 6-5 - Josh Chappa (Cumberland) - Liberty 7-0
141:  Joe Montgomery (Liberty) - Dec. 8-2 - James Bushart (Cumberland) - Liberty 10-0
149:  Rich Bushby (Liberty) - Fall 5:21 - Phillip Flanagan (Cumberland) - Liberty 16-0
157:  Eric Reger (Liberty) - Fall 2:32 - Cody Bleaken (Cumberland) - Liberty 22-0
165:  Zeke Hunt (Cumberland) - Dec. 6-2 - Eli Sanchez (Liberty) - Liberty 22-3
174:  Royal Brettrager (Liberty) - Fall 1:46 - James Casadaban (Cumberland) - Liberty 28-3
184:  Marcus Nielson (Liberty) - Dec. 7-0 - Kyle Frazier (Cumberland) - Liberty 31-3
197:  Aaron Thompson (Liberty) - Dec. 4-3 - A.J. Mott (Cumberland) - Liberty 34-3
285:  Josh Pelletier (Liberty) - Fall 2:43 - Sam Andrade (Cumberland) - Liberty 40-3

Chattanooga 42 - Cumberland 6
125:  Prescott Garner (UTC) - MD 15-2 - Noah Hunt (Cumberland) - UTC 4-0
133:  Joshua Chappa (Cumberland) - Dec. 8-2 - Cody Hood (UTC) - UTC 4-3 
141:  Shawn Greevy (UTC) - Fall 1:41 - James Bushart (Cumberland) - UTC 10-3 
149:  Dean Pavlou (UTC) - MD 18-7 - Phillip Flanagan (Cumberland) - UTC 14-3 
157:  Josh Condon (UTC) - Fall 0:44 - Cody Bleaken (Cumberland) - UTC 20-3 
165:  Daniel Waddell (UTC) - MD 18-4 - Eziekiel Hunt (Cumberland) - UTC 24-3 
174:  James Casadaban (Cumberland) - Dec. 10-3 - Levi Clemons (UTC) - UTC 24-6
184:  Jason McCroskey (UTC) - Fall 0:41 - Kyle Frazier (Cumberland) - UTC 30-6 
197:  Niko Brown (UTC) - Fall 2:05 - Alexander Mott (Cumberland) -  UTC 36-6 
285:  Matt Lettner (UTC) - Fall 1:56 - Samson Andrade (Cumberland) - UTC 42-6

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