The Chattanooga wrestling team dropped an 18-12 match at No. 21 Northern Iowa today. The Mocs scored four wins on the afternoon, but could not catch the Panthers in non-conference action. Chattanooga falls to 11-10 on the season while UNI improves to 8-6 overall.
UTC opened the match with freshman Demetrius Johnson earning a 9-6 decision over Cruse Aarhus at 125. Johnson used two takedowns in the second period to stretch a 2-1 lead into a 6-4 advantage. Three more points on an escape and a takedown in the third gave Johnson his seventh win of the year.
Sophomore Josh Statum scored a 6-2 win in the next match against Steven Fitzgerald. He allowed just two escapes to even his record at 7-7 on the year. Northern Iowa equaled the score with wins in the next two classes. No. 9 Cody Cleveland was upset at 141 by th4 Panthers’ Trent Washington, 6-4. Kelly Felix lost, 5-2, to Trevor Kittleson at 149.
Junior Joey Knox put Chattanooga back on top 9-6 win a win at 157. He defeated Northern Iowa’s Tyson Reiner 2-1. The uneventful match came down to riding time with Knox holding a 1:58 advantage to take the extra point and the win.
UNI took the lead and sealed the match with wins in the next four weight classes. Chattanooga’s last individual win came in the heavyweight class. Freshman Cody Sliger pulled off a sudden victory in overtime against Dustin Bauman. After using riding time to force overtime, Sliger scored a takedown to break the 1-1 tie and get the win.
Chattanooga returns home for its final regular season match of the year against VMI on Monday, Feb. 23. Match time for Senior Night is set for 6:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in MacLellan Gym.
125 Demetrius Johnson (UTC) W, DEC (9-6) - Cruse Aarhus (UNI) 3-0
133 Josh Statum (UTC) W, DEC (6-2) Steven Fitzgerald (UNI) 6-0
141 Trent Washington (UNI) W, DEC (6-4) No. 9 Cody Cleveland (UTC) 6-3
149 Trevor Kittleson (UNI) W, DEC (5-2) Kelly Felix (UTC) 6-6
157 Joey Knox (UTC) W, DEC (2-1) Tyson Reiner (UNI) 9-6
165 No. 4 Moza Fay (UNI) W, DEC (9-3) Seth Garvin 9-9
174 Jarion Beets (UNI) W, DEC (11-5) Jason McCroskey (UTC) 9-12
184 No. 15 Alex Dolly (UNI) W, DEC (8-3) Tyler Roberson (UTC) 9-15
197 No. 15 Andrew Anderson (UNI) W, DEC (5-3) Ethan Winel (UTC) 9-18
HWT Cody Sliger (UTC) W, SV (3-1) - Dustin Bauman (UNI) 12-18