UTC faces the Rams at 6:00 p.m. (E.S.T.), followed immediately by a 7:30 p.m. match against the Hawkeyes. This is the first time UTC faces either Cornell College or Iowa in school history.
Chattanooga is 3-4 on the season and looking to snap a three-match losing streak after dropping all three duals at Sunday's ACC Challenge in Chapel Hill, N.C. Live scoring and live video for both duals will be available on GoMocs.com. Be sure to check the wrestling schedule page for links to follow the Mocs online on Friday.
Cornell College is 3-0 on the season and ranked No. 10 in the most recent NCAA Division III polls. The Hawkeyes are No. 7 in the nation and the defending NCAA and Big Ten Champions.
CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUPS
125: Prescott Garner (So. - 9-3)
133: Cody Hood (Fr. - 2-8)
141: Shawn Greevy (Fr. - 3-2) • Trevor Herron (Fr. - 1-3)
149: Dean Pavlou (So. - 6-6)
157: Josh Condon (So. - 10-2) • Dan Waddell (Jr. - 3-2)
165: Brandon Wright (Jr. - 2-2)
174: Levi Clemons (Fr. - 4-8)
184: No. 17 Jason McCroskey (Jr. - 8-3)
197: Niko Brown (So. - 8-4)
285: Matt Lettner (Sr. - 5-6)
Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) is No. 17 in the nation at 184 and is 8-3 overall, 5-2 in dual matches. The two-time NCAA qualifier posted an impressive third place finish at the Hokie Open on Nov. 7 and has face four ranked opponents in his 11 matches.
Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) has the most wins on the team with a 10-2 overall mark and three pins at 157. He injured his knee in his last match at the ACC Challenge. If he is unable to go, look for junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga., Tenn.) to step in. Waddell is returning to form after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. The former Southern Conference Champion is 3-2 at 157 and 2-1 at 165.
Sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) has shown flashes of the skills that earned him at bid to the 2009 NCAAs when he was a freshman at Navy. He is currently 9-3 at 125 after going 4-0 last weekend. Garner posted three wins at the ACC Challenge, including a 6-3 decision over Virginia Tech's 10th-ranked Jarrod Garnett. Two of his three losses on the year have come against top-10 opponents in Kent State's No. 6 Nic Bedelyon and Old Dominion's No. 7 James Nicholson.
Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) is off to a fast start at 197 with an 8-4 record and a fifth place showing at the Hokie Open. He has won four of his last five matches and is tied for the team lead with three pins on the year.
Senior Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) is 5-6 this season and is looking to snap a three-match skid. Freshman Cody Hood (Harrison, Tenn.) will compete at 133 and freshmen Shawn Greevy and Trevor Herron are still fighting to secure the 141 position. Sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) is taking the 149 slot. Junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) and freshman Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) are in the lineup at 165 and 174, respectively.
CORNELL COLLEGE PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Timothy Hood (7-4 - Jr.)
133: Tigue Snider (9-2 - Jr.) • Michael Buhr (8-2 - Jr.)
141: Kevin Donahue (5-0 - Sr.)
149: Jacob Schwebke (9-2 - Jr.)
157: Nicholas Loughlin (5-2 - Jr.)
165: Joe Hambleton (8-2 - Jr.)
174: Derek Munsey (9-3 - Fr.)
184: Andrew Roberts (8-2 - Jr.) • Alex Coolidge (4-2 - Fr.)
197: Robert Widmer (3-1 - Sr.)
285: Wyatt Bauman (4-5 - So.) • Marcus Streit (7-3 - Fr.)
Cornell College is 3-0 on the year and ranked No. 10 in the current NWCA Division III poll. Junior Tim Hood is No. 7 at 125 while senior Kevin Donahue is No. 6 at 141. Junior Nicholas Loughlin is the third Ram ranked, currently No. 6 at 157 with a 5-2 mark.
NO. 7 IOWA PROBABLE LINEUP
125: No. 1 Matt McDonough (2-0 - So.)
133: No. 9 Nate Moore (5-1 - So.)
141: Mark Ballweg (2-0 - So.)
149: Dylan Carew (2-0 - Fr.) • Jeret Chiri (0-0 - So.)
157: No. 10 Derek St. John (2-0 - Fr.)
165: Aaron Janssen (5-0 - Sr.) • No. 16 Jake Kerr (2-0 - Jr.)
174: No. 19 Ethen Lofthouse (2-0 - Fr.)
184: No. 7 Grant Gambrall (2-0 - So.)
197: No. 12 Luke Lofthouse (2-0 - Sr.)
285: No. 16 Blake Rasing (2-0 - Jr.)
The Hawkeyes bring a stacked lineup with eight student-athletes ranked in the most recent InterMat Top-20 individual polls.
Garner will get to test his early season success against the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 125 when he faces fellow sophomore Matt Donahue. Another signature matchup will take place at 184 when McCroskey will put his No. 17 ranking on the line against No. 7 Grant Gambrall. Condon will also be put to the test when he pits his 10-2 record against No. 10 Derek St. John at 157.
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.