The 20th-ranked University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team hosts Appalachian State in the final home match of the 2013-14 season this weekend. The Mocs welcome the Mountaineers for Senior Day on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Maclellan Gym.
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 third week in a row, moving up to No. 20 in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Chattanooga is 12-5 overall and 3-0 mark SoCon action. UTC has won five straight and eight of its last nine dual matches. Chattanooga’s 12 wins tie for the most in a season under head coach Heath Eslinger. It is also the most since going 16-1 in the 2007 season.
Head coach Heath Eslinger is breaking out FREE Pizza for the student section at Sunday’s dual. Come help ‘Pac the Mac’ at Maclellan Gym for the 2:00 p.m. match against Appalachian State.
The Mocs will honor the career of Alex Hudson, the lone senior on the roster, prior to Sunday’s match against Appalachian State. Hudson is currently 22-6 at 157. He won the SoCon title at 149 last season and has a career record of 49-22. A Mechanical Engineering major, Hudson has consistently made the Dean’s List and the SoCon Honor Roll throughout his career at UTC.
CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP:
125: Byron Smith (Fr. – 5-11) or Campbell Lewis (Fr. – 2-4)
133: No. 11/12 Nick Soto (Jr. – 27-7)
141: Michael Pongracz (Fr. - 16-10)
149: Austin Sams (So. – 7-13)
157: Alex Hudson (Sr. – 22-6)
165: No. 12/9 Corey Mock (Jr. – 23-2)
174: Levi Clemons (Jr. – 18-12)
184: John Lampe (So. – 13-8)
197: Scottie Boykin (Fr. – 16-11)
285: Dawson Peck (Fr. – 6-1)
APPALACHIAN STATE PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Vito Pastone (So. - 10-11) or Dominic Parisi (Jr. - 12-6)
133: Chris Johnson (Sr. - 4-5)
141: Jake Smith (Fr. - 8-10)
149: No. 6/13 Dylan Cottrell (Fr. - 20-1) or Aaron Scott (Sr. - 8-8)
157: Nick Hall (So. - 3-14)
165: Zack Strickland (Sr. - 13-11) or Adrian Soto-Perez (Fr. - 6-6)
174: Colin Hedash (So. - 14-8)
184: Nick Vetell (Jr. - 4-12) or Kaleb Forrest (Sr. - 2-4)
197: Kacee Hutchinson (Fr. - 2-7)
285: Denzel Djournette (Fr. - 12-13) or P.J. Shuler (Fr. - 5-4)
Rankings are AWN/Intermat.
The Mountaineers are trying to snap a two-match skid and are 4-7 overall. ASU was picked to finish second in the SoCon race, just two points behind the Mocs, in the preseason coaches poll.
The Mountaineers currently sit in sixth place in the SoCon with a 1-2 league record. The lone league win came against Gardner-Webb (29-3) on Jan. 19 and the two conference losses are against Campbell (26-15) on Jan. 10 and The Citadel (25-9) on Jan. 19.
KEY MATCHES/PREVIOUS MEETINGS
• Both lineups have changed to the point where there are no rematches on tap from last year’s dual.
• App. State junior Dominic Parisi was the preseason pick at 125, but sophomore Vito Pastone has been in the lineup for the Mountaineers in the last two duals. The will likely face off against UTC freshman Campbell Lewis who is coming off a big pin against The Citadel’s Joaquin Marquez.
• Chattanooga junior Nick Soto is ranked as high as No. 11 at 133. He is 16-0 in his career in SoCon matches and is set to face senior Chris Johnson (4-5).
• ASU freshman Dylan Cottrell is 20-1 on the year and ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation at 149. Senior Aaron Scott (8-8) was been in the lineup against Duke in ASU’s last dual. Cottrell was the preseason SoCon pick at 149 and will go against Chattanooga sophomore Austin Sams (7-15).
• UTC senior Alex Hudson and ASU sophomore Nick Hall met in the Southern Scuffle earlier in the month. Hudson scored an 11-3 major decision in that matchup.
• ASU junior Zack Strickland was the preseason SoCon choice at 165. He will go against Chattanooga junior Corey Mock who is ranked No. 11 this week.
MOCS VS. THE SOCON
The Mocs have won 11 straight Southern Conference matches and are 25-1 in league duals in the Heath Eslinger era. Chattanooga’s lone loss in the SoCon under Eslinger was a 21-17 defeat against Appalachian State on the Mountaineers’ last visit to Maclellan Gym on Feb. 5, 2012.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE MOUNTAINEERS
The Mocs are 26-13-1 all-time against Appalachian State, including last year’s 29-9 win in Boone. The last time ASU visited Maclellan Gym they snapped UTC’s 39-match SoCon winning steak with a 21-17 victory (Feb. 5, 2012). That is the only SoCon loss for Chattanooga in the Heath Eslinger era.
Last ten matches vs. Appalachian State:
Feb. 3, 2013 - Chattanooga 29, Appalachian State* 9
Feb. 5, 2012 - Appalachian State 21 - Chattanooga* 17
Feb. 6, 2011 - Chattanooga 27 - Appalachian State* 10
Feb. 6, 2010 - Chattanooga* 33 - Appalachian State 9
Jan. 24, 2009 - Chattanooga 25 - Appalachian State* 12
Jan. 27, 2008 - Chattanooga* 27 - Appalachian State 9
Jan. 29, 2007 - Chattanooga 35 - Appalachian State* 3
Feb. 4, 2006 - Chattanooga* 29 - Appalachian State 4
Feb. 5, 2005 - Chattanooga 28 - Appalachian State* 12
Jan. 17, 2004 - Chattanooga* 27 - Appalachian State 12
LAST TIME VS. APPALACHIAN STATE
Chattanooga 29 - Appalachian State 9
Feb. 3, 2013 • Boone, N.C.
125: Nick Soto (UTC) - MD 10-2 - Dominic Parisi (ASU) - UTC 4-0
133: Brett Boston (ASU) - Fall 0:46 - Marvin Lopez (UTC) - ASU 6-4
141: Dean Pavlou (UTC) - MD 13-4 - Chris Johnson (ASU) - UTC 8-6
149: Alex Hudson (UTC) - Dec. 4-0 - Zach Ketcher (ASU) - UTC 11-6
157: Trey Stavrum (UTC) - Dec. 5-0 - Aaron Scott (ASU) - UTC 14-6
165: Josh Condon (UTC) - Fall 5:55 - Zack Strickland (ASU) - UTC 20-6
174: Sean Mappes (UTC) - Dec. 7-2 - Colin Hedash (ASU) - UTC 23-6
184: Jake Johnson (ASU) - Dec. 7-6 (OT) - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - UTC 23-9
197: Niko Brown (UTC) - Dec. 4-0 - Paul Weiss (ASU) - UTC 26-9
285: Kevin Malone (UTC) - Dec. 5-0 - Joe Cummings (ASU) - UTC 29-9
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 23-2 on the year and No. 12 in the AWN poll at 165. He is also No. 9 in the Intermat listings. Junior Nick Soto is currently No. 12 at 133 in the Intermat and No. 11 in the AWN rankings. As a team, the Mocs are 38th in the Intermat College Rankings and No. 20 in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.
Chattanooga had five wrestlers listed in the first set of NCAA Division I Coaches Ranking Panel Rankings released on January 23, including
133 - No. 10 Nick Soto
157 - No. 28 Alex Hudson
165 - No. 6 Corey Mock
174 - No. 27 Levi Clemons
285 - No. 29 Dawson Peck
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 20 of his last 23 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 23-2 on the year after losing a one-point decision to The Citadel’s No. 16 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (3-4). He was the SoCon Wrestler of the Month for November after twice taking SoCon Wrestler of the Week honors. He is currently ranked No. 9 nationally at 165.