Junior Nick Soto
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Mocs Travel to Navy Classic Saturday

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team is headed to the Navy Classic this weekend.  The Mocs are one of 13 teams represented in the individual tournament.  Action begins at 10:00 a.m. (E.D.T.) on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Annapolis, Md.

Projected session times begin with the preliminary rounds at 10:00 a.m., followed by the semifinals at 2:30 p.m.  The finals are set for 5:00 p.m.

Teams participating in the tournament include the Mocs, along with Brown, Bucknell, The Citadel, Cleveland State, Franklin & Marshall, George Mason, Kent State, Navy, Ohio, Princeton, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Mocs are 4-3 overall after a pair of wins over Life (50-3) and Shorter (35-7) last weekend.  UTC also has wins over Cumberland (W, 42-3) and Hofstra (19-14). Two of their three losses have come against ranked teams, including No. 8 Wisconsin (37-3) and No. 17 Virginia Tech (27-10).  The other defeated was against Rider (17-19).

Follow all of the action on the Mocs twitter account @UTCWrestling.  Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for a recap and complete results. 

PARTICIPANTS:
125:  Byron Smith (Fr. - 1-2) & Zach Bridson (Fr. - 3-4)

133:  No. 16/20 Nick Soto (Jr. - 5-2) & Michael Pongracz (Fr. - 2-2)
141:  Austin Sams (So. - 3-4)
149:  Michael Hooker (Fr. - 4-3) & Shawn Greevy (Jr. - 1-0)
157:  Alex Hudson (Sr. - 4-1) & Kevin Cooper (Fr. - 4-2)
165:  No. 6/8 Corey Mock (Jr. - 6-0) & Trey Stavrum (Jr. - 3-2)
174:  Levi Clemons (Jr. - 3-3) & Barrett Walthall (Fr. - 1-3)
184:  John Lampe (So. - 0-0)
197:  Scottie Boykin (Fr. - 2-3)
285:  Kevin Malone (Jr. - 5-2)

MOCS IN THE RANKINGS
UTC has two wrestlers currently ranked in either the Intermat  or Amateur Wrestling News Top-20.  Junior Corey Mock is 6-0 on the year and No. 6 in the AWN poll at 165.  He is also No. 8 in the Intermat listings. 

Fellow junior Nick Soto has won five straight at 133.  He is No. 16 at 133 in the AWN Top-20 and No. 20 in Intermat.

PARTICIPATING RANKED WRESTLERS
There are a number of ranked wrestlers participating in the Navy Classic.  He is the list based on the most recent Amateur Wrestling News Top-20 for each weight class.  

125: None.
133: No. 16 Nick Soto (Chattanooga).
141: No. 6 Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall), No. 16 Jesse Thielke (Wisconsin), No. 20 Victor Lopez (Bucknell).
149: No. 18 Tywan Claxton (Ohio).
157: No. 7 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin), No. 13 Ian Miller (Kent State).
165: No. 6 Corey Mock (Chattanooga).
174: No. 11 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (The Citadel), No. 14 Mathew Miller (Navy).
184: No. 12 Jackson Hein (Wisconsin), #17 Sam Wheeler (Kent State).
197: No. 15 Phillip Wellington (Ohio).
285: No. 6 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin), No. 10 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), No. 13 Joe Stolfi (Bucknell).

CANDLELIGHT DINNER MATCH SET FOR DEC. 16
The Mocs are holding their first Candlelight Dinner Match against Gardner-Webb on Monday, Dec. 16.  Tables for eight will replace the bleachers in the lower section of Maclellan Gym, while team members not competing will be your servers for the evening.  Details will be released soon, so be sure to check back to GoMocs.com, but mark your calendars now for this unique event. 

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