SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, March 18
Session I - 12:00 p.m.
Session II - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 19
Session III - 10:30 a.m.
Session IV - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 20
Session V - 11:00 a.m.
Session VI - 6:30 p.m.
All times are Eastern and are subject to change. For detailed information on UTC in the 2010 NCAA Championships, see the attached .pdf of the 2010 Chattanooga Mocs NCAA Wrestling Notes.
There will be a live broadcast on NCAA.com of Sessions I & II on Thursday. All of Friday's action and Session Five on Saturday can be seen on ESPNU. The championship rounds in Session Six will be seen on ESPN. Friday and Saturday's action can also be seen online on ESPN360.com.
The Mocs have two wrestlers qualified to compete at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Freshman Dean Pavlou scored an automatic bid by winning the 149-pound title at the Southern Conference Championships on March 6. Sophomore Jason McCroskey scored an at-large bid into the 184-pound bracket.
Pavlou posted a 21-11 mark this season, leading the team in wins. He was 7-6 in dual match action and 4-1 in SoCon bouts. A member of the SoCon All-Freshman team, 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 avenged the loss from earlier in the season with a 14-9 win in the finals.
Pavlou faced six NCAA qualifiers during the regular season, including Seth Morton (Ohio), Nick Bertucci (Purdue), Brian Stephens (Va. Tech), No. 3 Kyle Terry (Oklahoma), Tony D'Alie (Central Michigan) and Trent Washington (Northern Iowa). His lone win against this group was a 7-3 decision against Stephens at the Midlands Championships on Dec. 29. Pavlou opens with Edinboro junior Torsten Gillespie who was 28-13 during the regular season.
After being an automatic qualifier in 2009 at 174 pounds, McCroskey is making his second appearance at the NCAA Championships in 2010. The 2009 SoCon Freshman of the Year moved up a weight to 184 and was 15-12 this season. He finished second in the SoCon Tournament as a No. 3 seed and received an at-large bid to the NCAAs.
McCroskey wrestled a brutal schedule this season that included 12 matches against NCAA qualifiers. He defeated Liberty's Nick Knowles 7-3 at the Indiana Duals on Nov. 28 and Oklahoma's Erich Schmidtke 4-0 on Feb. 12. His last win against an NCAA qualifier was a 7-1 decision over UNC Greensboro's Andrew Saunders in the Southern Conference semifinals.
McCroskey will take on the winner of Central Michigan's Mike Miller and Ohio State's No. 10 Mike Pucillo who compete in a pig-tail match to start the 184 competition. McCroskey lost both of his matches at the NCAAs last season.
MOCS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT SOCON TITLE
The Mocs rode a 30-match Southern Conference winning streak to capture their sixth regular season title in a row. 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.
FIVE MOCS ON THE ALL-SOCON TEAM
The Mocs dominated the All-Southern Conference squad with five of the 10 honorees. Sophomore Demetrius Johnson was a repeat performer at 125. He was joined by senior Josh Statum (133), sophomore Brandon Wright (165) and freshmen Niko Brown (197) and Josh Condon (157). No other league squad had more than two representatives on the All-SoCon team.
FOUR MOCS ON THE SOCON ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
UTC had four of the 10 spots on the league's all-freshman team. Josh Condon (157) and Niko Brown (197) were obvious choices after being named to the all-conference team. They were joined by Jake Young (174) and Dean Pavlou (149).
YOUNG NAMED SOCON FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
UTC freshman Jake Young was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year after an outstanding first season with the Mocs. His 18-8 record tied for second on the team and he was 4-1 in league matches. He won the Hokie Open at Virginia Tech early in the season and was ranked in the top-20 at times during the year.
IT'S ALL IN THE NAME
On first reference, it is acceptable to refer to us as "The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga". After that, we prefer to be called "Chattanooga" or "UTC". Our nickname is the Mocs and for more information on our mascot, see page 18 of the 2010 Chattanooga Mocs NCAA Wrestling Notes.
JOHNSON NAMED STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Demetrius Johnson was honored for the week of February 10. The award is given to the individual with at least a 3.2 grade-point-average who has the best performance in the recent competition. The sophomore from Memphis, Tenn., is majoring in criminal justice and has a 3.42 g.p.a. He finished the fall semester with a 4.0 g.p.a. and earned Dean's List honors. Johnson recorded a win in each of Chattanooga's victories over Northern Iowa and Appalachian State.
YOUNG NAMED SOCON WRESTLER OF THE MONTH/WEEK
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 first 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 on Nov. 28. The Mocs will petition for a sixth-year of eligibility for Cleveland.
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. UTC will also look to get a sixth-year of eligibility for Knox in 2010-11.
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.