Pavlou Wins 149 Title at SoCon Championships
Freshman Dean Pavlou
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team finished in fourth place at the 2010 Southern Conference Wrestling Championships in Davidson, N.C., today.  Freshman Dean Pavlou won the SoCon Individual Title at 149 pounds. 

The Mocs were the regular season champs and had won the last five SoCon tournament trophies.  However, UTC could not capitalize on four No. 1 seeds in today's event.  For complete results, see the attached .pdf that includes final scores and completed brackets.    

Pavlou came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed at 149.  His only loss in SoCon action during the regular season was a pin against No. 1 seed Savva Kostis from Appalachian State.  He started his run with a 12-9 win over The Citadel's Derek Royster. 

That win setup a rematch with Kostis in the finals.  Pavlou avenged the loss from earlier in the season with a 14-9 win tonight.  Pavlou earns the SoCon automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in two weeks. 

The rest of the night was a struggle for the Mocs as none of the No. 1 seeds came away with a title.  Sophomore Demetrius Johnson, No. 1 at 125, was upset in the quarterfinals by Appalachian State's Tony Gravely.  Gravely scored a takedown in overtime for a 6-4 win.  Johnson settled for a third-place finish. 

Senior Josh Statum, the top seed at 133, battled to the finals but was defeated 3-2 by Davidson's Alex Radsky.  Freshman Jeremy Sandoval competed at 141 but lost both of his matches. 

Freshman Josh Condon was another Moc who was seeded No. 1 but fell before the finals.  He dropped a second round match to Appalachian State's Chip Powell 10-6.  Condon suffered an injury in the match and forfeited his consolation bout, settling for a fourth place finish.    

Junior Bond Davis competed at 165 and lost both of his matches on the night.  Freshman Alex Hudson also dropped a pair of matches, competing at 174.  Sophomore Jason McCroskey battled to the 184 finals as a three seed.  He fell in the championship match 7-2 to Appalachian State's Austin Troutman. 

UTC's fourth No. 1 seed, freshman Niko Brown, suffered back-to-back pins in his two matches at 197.  Junior Tom Minwell posted on win to place fourth in the heavyweight division. 

The Mocs will now turn their attention to the NCAA Championships in two weeks.  The NCAAs are set for March 18-20 in Omaha, Neb. 

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