The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team is set to take part in the prestigious EAS Sports Nutrition/NWCA Division I National Duals presented by Hibiclens and the United States Marine Corps in honor of Cliff Keen. Action take places at St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University on February 16-17.
The event brings 14 programs together to crown a Division I dual meet champion. Ten of the 14 teams are ranked in the Top 25 by the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, with newly-anointed No. 1 Minnesota and third-ranked Cornell leading the pack.
Chattanooga is sporting a No. 19 ranking in this week’s USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches Poll with a 15-5 overall record. The Mocs have already clinched at least a tie for the SoCon crown with a 6-0 league mark and the 15 wins are the most for the program since going 16-1 in 2007.
Chattanooga’s opening round opponent is North Dakota State. The Bison are No. 20 in this week’s NWCA poll and 21st in the Intermat Rankings. NDSU is 9-4 in duals and 3-0 in the Western Wrestling Conference. UTC and North Dakota State square off at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Links for live stats and live video are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com. Live scoring is free through Trackwrestling.com. First and second round action, as well as one semifinal, are streamed live for Flowrestling.org’s FloPro subscribers. The other semifinal and the finals will air live on the Big Ten Network.
#1 (1) Minnesota first-round bye
#8 (19) Chattanooga vs. #9 (20) North Dakota State, 1:00 p.m.
#5 (17) Iowa State vs. #12 Kent State, 1:00 p.m.
#4 (13) Ohio State vs. #13 Hofstra, 1:00 p.m.
#3 (10) Oklahoma vs. #14 Bloomsburg, 3:00 p.m.
#6 (18) Illinois vs. #11 Central Michigan, 3:00 p.m.
#7 (16) Virginia Tech vs. #10 (25) Oregon State, 3:00 p.m.
#2 (4) Cornell first-round bye
# Seed (USA Today/NWCA Ranking)
Sunday, February 16
Preliminaries – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Consolations – 5:00 p.m.
Quarterfinals – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, February 17
Semifinals & Consolations – 1:00 p.m. (Semifinal live on BTN)
Finals & Third Place – 4:00 p.m. (Finals live on BTN)
BIG TEN NETWORK TO AIR SEMIS AND FINALS LIVE
The NWCA has announced two live airings of the upcoming EAS Sports Nutrition/NWCA Division I National Duals presented by Hibiclens and the United States Marine Corps in honor of Cliff Keen. The Big Ten Network will air one semifinal round live at 1 p.m. Eastern on Monday, February 17 and will come back to air the championship finals at 4 p.m. Eastern later the same day.
CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP:
125: Byron Smith (Fr. – 6-12) or Campbell Lewis (Fr. – 2-5)
133: No. 11/12 Nick Soto (Jr. – 29-7)
141: Michael Pongracz (Fr. - 18-11)
149: Austin Sams (So. – 8-15)
157: Alex Hudson (Sr. – 25-6)
165: No. 12/9 Corey Mock (Jr. – 24-2)
174: Levi Clemons (Jr. – 20-12)
184: John Lampe (So. – 16-8)
197: Scottie Boykin (Fr. – 18-11)
285: Dawson Peck (Fr. – 9-1)
NORTH DAKOTA STATE PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Hunter Weber (Fr. - 11-10)
133: Justin LaValle (Sr. - 12-9)
141: Clay Cathey (Fr. - 17-14)
149: Tyler Diamond (Sr. - 13-11)
157: Tanner Carlisle (So. - 3-7) or Nick Olejnik (Fr. - 7-14)
165: No. 3 Steven Monk (Sr. - 26-1)
174: No. 14/12 Hayden Zillmer (So. - 21-5)
184: No. 17/20 Kurtis Julson (Jr. - 19-7)
197: Tyler Lehmann (Fr. - 13-2)
285: Evan Knutson (Jr. - 14-8)
KEY MATCHES/PREVIOUS MEETINGS
• The highlight match comes at 165 between Chattanooga’s Corey Mock and North Dakota State’s Steven Monk. Mock is No. 9 in the nation with a 24-2 overall record while Monk is No. 3 in the country and 26-1.
• 174 pits the Mocs junior Levi Clemons (20-12) against No. 12 Hayden Zilmer (21-5). Clemons has won seven of his last nine matches and is No. 32 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.
• At 184, Chattanooga sophomore John Lampe puts his five-match winning streak up against No. 17 Kurtis Julson. Lampe is No. 28 in the NCAA RPI with a 16-8 record. Julson is 19-7 overall and 23rd in the NCAA RPI.
• A pair of freshmen will go at it at 197. UTC’s Scottie Boykin is 18-11, with wins in eight of his last nine outings. The Bison’s Tyler Lehmann is 13-2 and No. 27 in the NCAA RPI.
• Chattanooga freshman Dawson Peck is No. 29 in the most recent NCAA RPI. He is 9-1 since joining the Mocs in January and will face Bison junior Evan Knutson. Knutson has been in the top-20 during the season and is currently NO. 26 in the NCAA RPI. He owns a 14-8 overall record.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE BISON
There is only one other meeting between these two teams in the UTC record books. That was a 34-11 Bison win in 1981 in Bloomington, Ind.
ANOTHER SOCON TITLE
This is the 13th time the Mocs have won or tied for the SoCon Regular Season title since the league started recognizing a season winner in 1994. UTC has won the SoCon Tournament 27 times since joining the league in 1978, including each of the last three.
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 25-2 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. 9 nationally at 165.
SOTO HAVING A STRONG JUNIOR SEASON
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 22 of his last 25 matches.
PECK CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
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 25-2 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.
Chattanooga has been ranked for each of the last five weeks and is currently No. 19 in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.
Chattanooga has six wrestlers listed in the second set of NCAA Division I Coaches Ranking Panel Rankings released on Feb. 13, including
North Dakota State represents the Mocs sixth ranked opponent this season. This is the sixth time since 2000 the Mocs have faced at least six ranked teams in one season.
MOST WINS SINCE
UTC sits at 15-5 on the year, the most wins in a season since going 16-1 in 2007. UTC was also 16-8 in 2006, 16-2 in 1979 and 16-5 in 1980. The school record for wins in a season was a 22-4 mark in 1982.