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Incoming Moc Earns All-American Honors at University Nationals

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga incoming freshman wrestler Michael Hooker had an outstanding showing at the 2013 ASCIS University Nationals in Akron, Ohio, over the weekend.  Hooker earned double All-American honors by taking third in the Freestyle and fourth in the Greco Roman brackets. 

Hooker, a three-time Tennessee state champion, was a 2012 graduate of Father Ryan in Nashville, Tenn., and spent last season at the Naval Prep Academy.  He won two of his three state championships competing at Chattanooga’s McCallie School and holds the Tennessee prep record for career wins. 

Hooker won his opening match in the Greco Roman bracket before falling to Purdue’s Kendrick Sanders (TF 8-0) in the quarterfinals.  Sanders went on to win the 70KG bracket while Hooker posted a pair of wins in the wrestlebacks.  He dropped a 9-6 decision to Ohio’s Josh Speelman in the third place match. 

In the Freestyle tournament, Hooker won three matches without a loss to advance to the final eight.  He defeated Penn’s Ray Bethea (18-17), Old Dominion’s Jacob Kingett (TF 14-3) and Appalachian State’s Dylan Cottrell (TF 11-0) in his opening run.  He dropped a one-point decision (5-4) to Minnesota’s Brandon Kingsley in the quarterfinals, but rebounded with four straight wins in the backdraw. 

Among his wins in the backdraw was a 6-2 decision over former Pittsburgh All-American Tyler Nauman.  He also defeated Boise State’s Chris Castillo (TF 13-3), Old Dominion’s Alexander Richardson and N.C. State’s Thomas Gantt (12-4). 

Juniors Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Jared Presley (Harrison, Ohio), sophomores Sean Mappes (Greenwood, Ind.) and John Shrader (Franklin, Tenn.) and freshmen Clay Dent (Piedmont, Ala.) and Jared Johnson (Jefferson City, Mo.) also competed for the Mocs at the event. 

Complete brackets for both the Greco Roman and Freestyle tournaments are available at the top of the page.

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