Chattanooga got in an early 9-0 hole after giving up a decision and a fall in the first two matches. Action began at 165 with junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) falling to Lucas Espericueta 9-6. Freshman Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) was pinned less than two minutes into his 174 match with fourth-ranked Nick Amuchastegui.
The Mocs then reeled off three straight wins, starting with junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) at 184. The 20th-ranked McCroskey posted a 2-0 decision over Spence Patrick to close the gap in the team score to 9-3. He scored an escape and riding time to get the low-scoring win, improving to 10-4 on the year.
Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) scored bonus points with his 15-3 major decision at 197. That made the team score 9-7 for the Cardinal. Brown is now 9-4, with wins in five of his last six matches.
Sophomore Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) was the surprise of the event. He competes a 197, but moved up to heavyweight to replace injured starting senior Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.). Prigmore gave the Mocs the lead at 11-9 with his 11-0 major decision shutout against Stanford's Alan Yen.
Stanford took the next two matches, beginning with No. 10 Ryan Mango's 15-8 win over sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) at 125. Garner actually trailed just 8-7 before he was outscored 7-1 down the stretch. The Cardinal regained the lead, 12-11, and did not let it go the rest of the way.
UTC's final win came at 141 when senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) posted a 9-2 decision. Ranked No. 7 in the nation, Cleveland improved to 3-0 on the year, closing the team gap to 16-14 in favor of Stanford.
With two matches left, sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) needed to post some points in his 149 match. However, he gave up a major decision to Timmy Boone, giving the Cardinal a 20-14 lead with one match left.
Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) needed to pin Mike Kent at 157 to give UTC a tie. He did post a 7-4 decision, but that could not make up the difference. The final score stood 20-17 in favor of Stanford. It was Condon's team-leading 11th win of the year against just two losses.
The Mocs will now travel to Reno, Nev., for the Reno Tournament of Champions. The all day event is set for Sunday, Dec. 19. Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for updates. Fans can also follow the Mocs on the wrestling Twitter page, www.twitter.com/utcwrestling, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/utcwrestling.
Stanford 20, UT-Chattanooga 17
165: Lucas Espericueta (Stanford) - Dec. 9-6 - Brandon Wright (UTC) - Stanford 3-0
174: No. 4 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) - Fall 1:27 - Levi Clemons (UTC) - Stanford 9-0
184: Jason McCroskey (UTC) - Dec. 2-0 - Spence Patrick (Stanford) - Stanford 9-3
197: Niko Brown (UTC) - MD 15-3 - Dan Scherer (Stanford) - Stanford 9-7
HWT: Robert Prigmore (UTC) - MD 11-0 - Alan Yen (Stanford) - UTC 11-9
125: No. 10 Ryan Mango (Stanford) - Dec. 15-8 - Prescott Garner (UTC) - Stanford 12-11
133: Justin Paulsen (Stanford) - MD 13-5 - Joe DeAngelo (UTC) - Stanford 16-11
141: No. 7 Cody Cleveland (UTC) - Dec. 9-2 - Jordan Gray (Stanford) - Stanford 16-14
149: Timmy Boone (Stanford) - MD 11-3 - Dean Pavlou (UTC) - Stanford 20-14
157: Josh Condon (UTC) - Dec 7-4 - Mike Kent (Stanford) - Stanford 20-17