The 23rd-ranked Chattanooga Mocs wrestling team is back on the road for a midweek visit to The Citadel. Match time is set for 6:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) at McAlister Field House in Charleston, S.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Links for live scoring and pay-per-view live video for the match are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com. Fans can also follow the action on the wrestling twitter account @utcwrestling.
The Mocs are nationally ranked for the first time since 2008, sporting an 11-5 overall record and a 2-0 mark in SoCon action. UTC has won four straight and seven of its last eight dual matches overall.
CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP:
125: Byron Smith (Fr. – 5-11) or Campbell Lewis (Fr. – 1-4)
133: No. 11 Nick Soto (Jr. – 26-7)
141: Michael Pongracz (Fr. - 16-9)
149: Austin Sams (So. – 7-12)
157: Alex Hudson (Sr. – 22-5)
165: No. 4/6 Corey Mock (Jr. – 23-1)
174: Levi Clemons (Jr. – 17-12)
184: John Lampe (So. – 12-8)
197: Scottie Boykin (Fr. – 15-11)
285: Dawson Peck (Fr. – 5-1)
THE CITADEL PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Joaquin Marquez (Jr. - 16-9)
133: Aaron Hansen (So. - 9-7)
141: Ugi Khisignyam (So. - 1-0)
149: Matt Frisch (So. - 14-7)
157: Aaron Walker (Fr. - 16-7)
165: No. 16 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (Sr. - 21-5)
174: Kenneth Radford (Jr. - 12-13) or Terrell Forbes (Fr. - 8-7)
184: Harrison Schmid (Fr. - 0-6) or Kenneth Radford (Fr. - 12-13)
197: Marshall Haas (So. - 15-11)
285: Joe Bexley (Fr. - 6-12) or Gerald Johnson (Jr. - 6-10)
The Citadel is 3-2 overall and 1-0 in SoCon action. The Bulldogs have wins over Anderson (52-4), Bucknell (19-18) and Appalachian State (25-9). They were picked third in the SoCon preseason polls and grabbed two first place votes from the league’s coaches.
• Byron Smith looks to avenge a earlier loss to Joaquin Marquez at 125. Smith gave up a first period pin to Marquez at the Navy Classic on Nov. 23.
• The Citadel welcomes the return of sophomore All-American Ugi Khisignyam to the lineup at 141. There he will face UTC freshman Michael Pongracz.
• The Citadel’s Matt Frisch was the SoCon Champ at 157 and the preseason pick at that weight. He has dropped down to 149 where he will face the Mocs sophomore Austin Sams.
• Two ranked wrestlers square off at 165, including the Mocs No. 6 Corey Mock and the Bulldogs No. 16 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj. Mock is 23-1 overall while Luvsandorj is 21-5 and the defending SoCon champion.
MOCS VS. THE SOCON
The Mocs have won 10 straight Southern Conference matches and are 24-1 in league duals in the Heath Eslinger era.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
The Mocs are 31-3 all-time against The Citadel, including wins in each of the last nine duals. The last loss against The Citadel is also the last SoCon road defeat for the Mocs, a 27-13 setback in Charleston on Feb. 14, 2004.
Last five matches vs. The Citadel:
Jan. 30, 2009 - W - 29-15 - Chattanooga
Dec. 17, 2009 - W - 34-7 - Charleston, S.C.
Jan. 30, 2011 - W - 26-6 - Chattanooga
Jan. 29, 2012 - W - 27-13 - Charleston, S.C.
Jan. 27, 2013 - W - 22-20 - Chattanooga
LAST TIME VS. THE CITADEL
Chattanooga 22 - The Citadel 20
Jan. 27, 2013 • Maclellan Gym • Chattanooga, Tenn.
125: Nick Soto (UTC) - MD 12-3 - Joaquin Marquez (CIT) - UTC 4-0
133: Aaron Hansen (CIT) - MD 8-0 - Marvin Lopez (UTC) - 4-4
141: Ugi Khishignyam (CIT) - Dec. 8-1 - Dean Pavlou (UTC) - The Citadel 7-4
149: Alex Hudson (UTC) - Dec. 9-3 - Jordan Dix (CIT) - 7-7
157: Matthew Frisch (CIT) - MD 10-2 - Trey Stavrum (UTC) - The Citadel 11-7
165: Josh Condon (UTC) - Fall 5:52 - Vincent Bellaran (CIT) - UTC 13-11
174: John Lampe (UTC) - Dec. 3-2 - John Duane (CIT) - UTC 16-11
184: Josh Tuck (CIT) - Dec. 10-3 - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - UTC 16-14
197: Niko Brown (UTC) - Fall 5:44 - Marshall Haas (CIT) - UTC 22-14
285: Odie Delaney (CIT) - Fall 3:53 - Kevin Malone (UTC) - UTC 22-20
PECK IMPRESSIVE IN UTC DEBUT
UTC added Virginia Tech transfer Dawson Peck to the roster over the semester break and he had an immediate impact at the Virginia Duals. He went 5-0 in his opening weekend, including an 11-6 victory against No. 20 Ethan Hayes.
Peck is a 6-8 heavyweight and one of the tallest wrestlers ever to be listed on a Mocs roster. He was redshirting as a true freshman with the Hokies, but is immediately eligible with the Mocs as a one-time transfer exception. He was 8-2 as an unattached competitor last semester, including a win at the Hokie Open to start the season. He replaces junior Kevin Malone who was lost for the season after an injury in the Stanford dual. A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Peck was a state runner up as a junior and an All-American at the NHSCA Senior Nationals.
MOCS IN THE RANKINGS
UTC junior Corey Mock is 23-1 on the year and No. 6 in the AWN poll at 165. He is also No. 6 in the Intermat listings. Junior Nick Soto is currently No. 13 at 133 in the Intermat and No. 11 in the AWN rankings. As a team, the Mocs are 27th in the Intermat College Rankings and No. 23 in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.
SOTO RETURNING TO FORM
Junior Nick Soto is back up to 133 this season after cutting to 125 in 2013. He has posted some excellent results, including a 15-8 win over then-No. 1 Ryan Mango in the Mocs 23-15 dual win at No. 15 Stanford on Dec. 20. He is currently ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation with wins in 19 of his last 22 matches.
COREY MOCK LEADS THE MOCS
Junior Corey Mock ran out to a 19-0 start for the Mocs before his first loss to No. 3 Nick Sulzer (Virginia) at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 10. He is currently 23-1 on the year. He was the SoCon Wrestler of the Month for November after twice taking SoCon Wrestler of the Week honors. He is currently ranked No. 6 nationally at 165 only given up takedowns in two matches this season.