Junior Levi Clemons is 8-5 at 174.
Courtesy: Dale Rutemeyer
Mocs Take on Purdue, Open SoCon by Candlelight

The Chattanooga Mocs return to action on Sunday, Dec. 15 against No. 21 Purdue in Atlanta, Ga., before opening Southern Conference action with Gardner-Webb at home on Monday.  

Match time against the Boilermakers is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) at Mountain View High School (231 Sunny Hill Road) in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville, Ga.  Be sure to check the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com for a link to live scoring. 

UTC (4-3) opens its defense of last year’s Southern Conference regular season championship against the Bulldogs (4-7, 1-0 SoCon) on Monday, Dec. 16.  Match time is 7:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Maclellan Gym with live scoring and a MocsVision broadcast on GoMocs.com.

UTC is 4-3 overall and coming off a fifth place showing at the Navy Classic on Nov. 23.  UTC also has wins over Cumberland (W, 42-3) and Hofstra (19-14) while 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 defeat 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. - 4-5) or Campbell Lewis (Fr. - 0-0)
133:  Nick Soto (Jr. - 6-4) or Mike Pongracz (Fr. - 6-3)
141:  Austin Sams (So. - 2-6) or Austin Woods (So. - 0-0)
149:  Michael Hooker (Fr. - 5-5) or Shawn Greevy (Jr. - 4-2)
157:  Alex Hudson (Sr. - 8-2)
165:  No. 4/7 Corey Mock (Jr. - 10-0)
174:  Levi Clemons (Jr. - 8-5)
184:  John Lampe (So. - 4-2)
197:  Scottie Boykin (Fr. - 4-5) of Jared Johnson (Fr. - 1-2)
285:  Kevin Malone (Jr. - 9-4)

MOCS IN THE RANKINGS
UTC junior Corey Mock is 10-0 on the year and No. 4 in the AWN poll at 165.  He is also No. 7 in the Intermat listings.  As a team, the Mocs are 35th in the Intermat College Rankings.

MOCS VS. NO. 21 PURDUE
The match against Purdue is the Mocs third against a ranked opponent this season. UTC is 0-4 all-time vs. the Boilermakers with all four matches taking place on a neutral site.  The first time these two teams met was also in Atlanta at the Peach State Duals on Jan. 3, 1996.  Purdue won that one 24-15.  The last match in the series was a 41-0 win for the 21st-ranked Boilermakers in Ashland, Ohio, on Jan. 12, 2003. 

All-Time Matches
Jan. 12, 2003 - No. 21 Purdue 41 - Chattanooga 0 (Ashland, Ohio)
Nov. 23, 2002 - No. 23 Purdue 33 - Chattanooga 10 (Jefferson City, Tenn.)
Jan. 13, 2002 - No. 21 Purdue 30 - Chattanooga 3 (Ashland, Ohio)
Jan. 3, 1996 - Purdue 24 - Chattanooga 15 (Atlanta, Ga.)

Purdue Probable Lineup
125:  Camden Eppert (Sr. - 4-3)
133:  Cashé Quiroga (Sr. - 0-0)
141:  Danny Sabatello (So. - 9-4)
149:  Brandon Nelsen (Jr. - 7-4)
157:  Doug Welch (So. - 4-6)
165:  Chad Welch (So. - 4-3)
174:  Patrick Kissel (Jr. - 3-4)
184:  TBA
197:  No. 15/17 Braden Atwood (Jr. - 10-4)
285:  Alex White (Sr. - 3-6)

Purdue is 2-1 on the year, including wins over Duke (27-7) and SoCon-member Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (30-15).  It’s lone loss was a 35-3 defeat against No. 2 Minnesota. 

MOCS FACE GARDNER-WEBB BY CANDLELIGHT
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.  

MOCS VS. GARDNER-WEBB
The Mocs are 8-0 all-time against Gardner-Webb, including last year’s 40-6 win in Boiling Springs, N.C. on Feb. 2, 2013. 

All-Time Matches
Feb. 2, 2013 - Chattanooga* 40 - Gardner-Webb 6
Nov. 11, 2011 - Chattanooga* 40 - Gardner-Webb 3
Nov. 20, 2010 - Chattanooga 29 - Gardner-Webb* 9
Nov. 14, 2009 - Chattanooga* 47 - Gardner-Webb 0
Dec. 17, 2008 - Chattanooga 42 - Gardner-Webb 3
Jan. 21, 2007 - Chattanooga* 46 - Gardner-Webb 6
Nov. 23, 2002 - Chattanooga 40 - Gardner-Webb 5
Dec. 2, 2000 - Chattanooga 46 - Gardner-Webb 6

Chattanooga 40 - Gardner-Webb 6
Feb. 2, 2013 - Boiling Springs, N.C.
125:  Nick Soto (UTC) - MD 12-0 - Cortez Starkes (GWU) - UTC 4-0
133:  Marvin Lopez (UTC) - Dec. 9-2 - Robert Golde (GWU) - UTC 7-0
141:  Dean Pavlou (UTC) - Fall 6:28 - Davante Andujar (GWU) - UTC 13-0
149:  Alex Hudson (UTC) - Dec. 4-0 - Ryan Medved (GWU) - UTC 16-0
157:  Alex Medved (GWU) - Fall 4:17 - Trey Stavrum (UTC) - UTC 16-6
165:  Josh Condon (UTC) - Fall 1:50 - Justin Guthrie (GWU) - UTC 22-6
174:  Sean Mappes (UTC) - Fall 4:48 - Hunter Gamble (GWU) - UTC 28-6
184:  Robert Prigmore (UTC) - Dec. 2-1 (OT) - Gray Jones (GWU) - UTC 31-6
197:  Niko Brown (UTC) - Fall 2:11 - Vincent Salyer (GWU) - UTC 37-6
285:  Kevin Malone (UTC) - Dec. 3-0 - Travis Porter (GWU) - UTC 4-0

Gardner-Webb Probable Lineup
125:  Cortez Starkes (So. - 8-8)
133:  Robbie Golde (Sr. - 7-4)
141:  Ryan Mosley (Fr. - 6-7)
149:  Tyler Ziegler (So. - 1-8) or Cole Graves (Fr. - 1-1)
157:  Kyle Ash (Fr. - 8-4)
165:  Austin Trott (Fr. - 13-2)
174:  Brett Stein (Fr. - 4-4) or Aaron Rabin (Jr. - 0-6)
184:  Gray Jones (So. - 5-9)
197:  Boyce Cornwell (Fr. - 5-6)
285:  Justin Kozera (So. - 5-6)

Gardner-Webb is 4-7 after a very busy early schedule.  They Bulldogs are 1-0 in SoCon action following a 29-12 win at VMI on Dec. 4.  Their other wins were against Anderson (40-9), Lindsey Wilson (33-13) and UNC Pembroke (34-14). 

MOCK RACKS UP EARLY SOCON HONORS
Junior Corey Mock was the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for November.  Mock, a transfer from North Carolina, went 10-0 to open his UTC career in November.

Competing at 165 pounds, Mock was a two-time SoCon Wrestler of the Week in November.  He was unbeaten in his first month of competition for the Mocs, going 10-0 with two pins and three wins over ranked opponents.

Mock took his first weekly honor in the first week of the season after posting a 5-0 mark with wins over No. 11 Joseph Booth (Hofstra), No. 16 Chris Moon (Virginia Tech) and No. 12 Ramon Santiago (Rider) at the Hokie Duals on Nov. 10.

Mock earned his first pin of the season against Shorter on Nov. 16, sticking Seth Broom in just 1:06. The Chapel Hill, N.C., native then completed his month with a 4-0 showing at the Navy Classic on Nov. 23, winning the title at 165 en route to his second weekly SoCon honor. He dominated at the tournament, earning a technical fall, a pin and a major decision to reach the final before topping Navy’s Peyton Walsh in the title bout, 3-2. Walsh was the first wrestler to score on him this season.

Mock is currently ranked No. 4 nationally at 165 in the Amateur Wrestling News Top-20.  He is No. 7 in the country in the Intermat rankings.

MOCS PICKED TO WIN SOCON TITLE
The Mocs were selected as the preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference title by the league’s coaches.  UTC has won 27 SoCon titles since joining the league in 1978.  Head coach Heath Eslinger’s squad claimed the regular season and  tournament crown in 2013, received four of eight first-place votes and 46 points overall, narrowly edging Appalachian State.

TWO MOCS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-SOCON
Head coach Heath Eslinger’s squad boasts two members on the preseason All-SoCon team. After winning the league title at 125 last season, junior Nick Soto is the preseason pick at 133.  He won that title as a freshman in 2012. Fellow junior Kevin Malone was the coaches’ preseason selection at heavyweight.

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