Maldonado Named SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week
Senior Javier Maldonado

Chattanooga wrestler Javier Maldonado was named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week, the SoCon office announced this week.


The award is given to a SoCon student-athlete in season with regards to his or her academic and athletic accomplishments for the week.  A student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade point average to be eligible.


A senior from Kissimmee, Fla., Maldonado owns a 3.57 grade point average in his major, Pedagogy.  He produced a 4.0 GPA last semester.


In competition this past week, Maldonado defeated UNC Greensboro’s Mitchell Johnson 4-2 Saturday to help lead the 18th-ranked Mocs to a 25-17 victory over the Spartans and claim the SoCon regular-season title.  The win was Maldonado’s 20th consecutive SoCon victory without a loss during his career.  He is currently ranked as high as 19th nationally.


Maldonado is a two-time SoCon Champion at 125 pounds and a two-time NCAA Qualifier.


Chattanooga will compete in the upcoming SoCon Wrestling Championships March 8 held at the McKenzie Arena on the UTC campus.



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