The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team wraps up the 2009-10 home schedule with "Senior Day" this weekend at Maclellan Gym. The Mocs will recognize five seniors during their doubleheader with Appalachian State and Northern Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Action begins at 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) when UTC faces SoCon foe Appalachian State. The Mocs can grab at least a tie for their sixth consecutive SoCon regular season title with a win over the Mountaineers. ASU will face Northern Iowa at 2:30 p.m. in the neutral match. Chattanooga then hosts the Panthers in the final match of the day at 4:00 p.m.
Adult admission is $5 at the door and all gates will open at 12:00 p.m. FREE Chattanooga Wrestling water bottles will be handed out to the first 200 fans in attendance. Live stats and live video will be available for both UTC matches on GoMocs.com.
The five seniors to be honored on Saturday include Carlos Baron, Cody Cleveland, Bond Davis, Joey Knox and Josh Statum. With Cleveland and Knox both out for the season with injuries, Statum and Davis are the only seniors in UTC's probable line-up. Baron and Davis are both listed a juniors, but are finishing their fourth year at UTC and expected to graduate in May.
Cleveland is the reigning SoCon Wrestler of the Year, but injured his knee earlier in the season and will apply for a sixth year of eligibility to return in 2010-11. Knox is the reigning SoCon champ at 157, but had his season also end due to an injury. Statum is currently 11-7 and has a 3-0 mark in SoCon action. Davis has a 9-7 record this season while Baron dropped his only match of the year.
Chattanooga is 8-6 and holds a half-game lead in the SoCon race at 3-0. Appalachian State is 7-8 overall and 1-1 in the SoCon. The Mountaineers boast the last two SoCon Wrestlers of the Week, including sophomore Kyle Blevins (165) and junior Austin Troutman (184).
The Mocs have just one win in 10 previous matches with the Panthers. Chattanooga almost upset the 21st-ranked Panthers in Cedar Rapids last season, falling 18-12 in the dual meet. UNI is currently 6-10 and in third place in the Western Wrestling Conference with a 3-3 mark in league action.
Mocs Probable Line-Up
125: Demetrius Johnson - So. - 15-8
133: Josh Statum - Sr. - 11-7
141: Ben Johnson - So. - 0-2
149: Dean Pavlou - Fr. - 18-8
157: Josh Condon - Fr - 11-2
Bond Davis - Jr. - 9-7
165: Brandon Wright - So. - 15-4
174: Jake Young - Fr. - 16-6
184: Jason McCroskey - So. - 11-9
197: Niko Brown - Fr. - 9-11
Robert Prigmore - So. - 0-0
285: Matt Lettner - Jr. - 3-5
Tom Minwell - Jr. - 16-8
Appalachian State's Probable Line-Up
125: Brett Boston - 6-12
133: Jacob Earp - 12-9
141: Chris Collura - 9-11
Kyle Benson - 4-4
149: Savva Kostis - 17-13
157: Chip Powell - 7-7
Travis Puckett - 4-9
165: Kyle Blevins - 17-9
174: Carter Downs - 8-10
184: Austin Troutman - 16-4
197: Dylan Temple - 16-7
285: Ken Altarac - 11-14
Brock Durfee - 5-7
Northern Iowa Probable Line-Up
125: Caleb Flores - 4-8
Terrance Young - 10-6
133: Ryan Jauch - 6-11
Joey Lazor - 7-11
141: Alec Hoffman - 9-6
Charlie Ettelson - 6-8
149: Trent Washington - 5-3
Trevor Kittleson - 9-4
157: Tyson Reiner - 10-10
165: David Bonin - 11-12
Nick Pickerell - 1-2
174: Jarion Beets - 11-8
184: Andy O'Loughlin - 12-10
Scott Hazen - 7-5
197: Dustin Bauman - 8-15
285: Christian Brantley - 16-8
SOCON WINNING STREAK STILL GOING
The Mocs are riding a 28-match Southern Conference winning streak. UTC's last loss to a conference opponent was a 27-13 set-back at The Citadel on Feb. 14, 2004. The last time UTC dropped a home match in league action was a 26-12 loss to VMI on Feb. 22, 2003.
YOUNG NAMED SOCON WRESTLER OF THE MONTH/WEEK
Freshman Jake Young was named the SoCon Wrestler of Month for November and the first Wrestler of the Week for the 2009-10 season. Young, who wrestles in the 174-pound weight class, opened his collegiate campaign with a 13-2 record, including a tournament title at the Hokie Open in his first event with the Mocs on Nov. 8. The Ooltewah, Tenn., native followed that performance with a 5-0 mark at the Indiana Duals, including a win over Indiana's 17th-ranked Trevor Perry. The true freshman's only two losses this season were a one-point (7-6) defeat against Virginia Tech's Anthony Trongone and a 3-1 decision to No. 1 ranked Mike Miller of Central Michigan.
CLEVELAND OUT FOR THE SEASON
Senior Cody Cleveland, the reigning Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year, is out for the rest of the 2009-10 season after suffering a knee injury in the Hoosier Duals. Cleveland was 8-0 on the year and ranked No. 9 in the nation when he injured his knee against Indiana's Daniel Monaco.
KNOX ALSO OUT FOR THE YEAR
Senior Joey Knox's career ended earlier this season due to an ongoing injury. He was the 2009 SoCon 157 champion and was 9-3 in 2009-10 before getting hurt. He posted a 4-0 record and won the Wolfpack Open's 157-pound class on Nov. 21. He only allowed one point in his four wins in the open tournament.
YOUNG WINS HOKIE OPEN IN COLLEGIATE DEBUT
Freshman Jake Young had an impressive start to his collegiate career, winning the 174 class at the 2009 Hokie Open. The Ooltewah, Tenn., native posted a 6-1 record in his first weekend of college wrestling.
MOCS PICKED TO WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT SOCON
The UTC wrestling team has been predicted to win the 2010 Southern Conference Wrestling championship, in voting by the league's head coaches. The Mocs, who carry a 25-match unbeaten streak in league dual matches into the season, have won the past five SoCon regular season and tournament championships. Under the direction of first-year head coach Heath Eslinger, UTC picked up four of the six first-place votes in the balloting.
FOUR MOCS ON THE PRESEASON ALL-SOCON TEAM
A two-time Outstanding Wrestler at the SoCon Tournament, senior Cody Cleveland was honored as the top wrestler at 141 pounds, and he was joined by teammates sophomore Demetrius Johnson (125), senior Joey Knox (157) and sophomore Jason McCroskey (184).