The wrestling team notched a 25-17 victory over UNC Greensboro Saturday to complete an undefeated Southern Conference season and claim the SoCon regular-season championship.
The Mocs won six of 10 matches, five of which came with bonus points, as
“In my program, winning the Southern Conference is expected,” UTC Head Coach Chris Bono said. “Winning SoCon matches is expected of each of my guys. Now we are on to the SoCon Tournament where we will have to perform to get to the NCAAs.”
The Mocs trailed two times in the match, which began at the heavyweight division. Ryan Hsu gave the Spartans (9-9, 3-2) a 3-0 lead after a two-overtime victory over UTC’s Matt Lettner, and 16th-ranked Jeff Hedges pushed the margin to 8-3 with a 16-0 technical fall on UTC’s Steve Hromada at 133.
Cody Cleveland knotted the score for the Mocs at 141 pounds, and Joey Knox put
Junior Seth Garvin recorded a technical fall of his own at 157 pounds. Garvin was a 17-3 winner over Andrew Saunders, and a riding time point pushed his total to 18-3.
UNCG’s Byron Sigmon turned a 6-4 second-period deficit into a 7-6 victory at 165 pounds, recording an escape and a takedown in the final period against UTC junior Nick Davis.
Seniors Lloyd Rogers and Josh Edmondson essentially put the match out of reach. Rogers, ranked 14th at 174 pounds, improved his record to 24-3 overall with a 15-7 major over Victor Hojilla, and Edmondson scored a 10-1 major decision over Jeremy Cannon at 184.
UNCG’s 13th-ranked wrestler, Darren Burns, ended the match with the day’s only fall, pinning junior Kyle McKee at 1:20. McKee was competing for injured starter Matt Koz.
285 – Ryan Hsu (UNCG) dec. Matt Lettner (UTC), 5-3 (2ot) 3-0 UNCG
125 – No. 15 Javier Maldonado (UTC) dec. Mitchell Johnson (UNCG), 4-2 3-3
133 – No. 16 Jeff Hedges (UNCG) tech. fall Steve Hromada (UTC), 16-0 (5:00) 8-3 UNCG
141 – No. 13 Cody Cleveland (UTC) tech. fall Ben Wilmore (UNCG), 19-3 (6:28) 8-8
149 – No. 17 Joey Knox (UTC) maj. dec. Marcus Hannah (UNCG), 10-1 12-8 UTC
157 – Seth Garvin (UTC) tech. fall Andrew Saunders (UNCG), 18-3 (7:00) 17-8
165 – Byron Sigmon (UNCG) dec. Nick Davis (UTC), 7-6 17-11
174 – No. 14 Lloyd Rogers (UTC) maj. dec. Victor Hojilla (UNCG), 15-7 21-11
184 – Josh Edmondson (UTC) maj. dec. Jeremy Cannon (UNCG), 10-1 25-11
197 – No. 13 Darren Burns (UNCG) pinned Kyle McKee (UTC), 1:20 25-17