Mocs Run Ends at the NCAA Championships
Sophomore Jason McCroskey

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Jason McCroskey's run at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships came to an end this afternoon in Omaha, Neb.  McCroskey finishes with a 2-2 record after advancing to the fourth round of the consolation brackets in 184-pound competition. 

McCroskey started the day with an exciting 3-2 win over Ohio's Nick Purdue.  The pair had already wrestled once this season, with Purdue taking an 8-6 win at the Hokie Open on Nov. 8. 

McCroskey opened the match with a takedown in the first period for a 2-0 lead.  After choosing down to start the second, he scored an escape for a 3-0 margin.  However, Purdue built up 1:47 of riding time. 

Purdue chose bottom in the third period and scored a reverse to cut the lead to 3-2, but McCroskey had erased the riding time and held on for the win.  

In the fourth round of the wrestleback, McCroskey ran into another familiar foe in UNC Greensboro's Andrew Saunders.  This tandem had split two matches in the regular season.  Saunders took a 5-4 decision at UTC on Jan. 24 and McCroskey won 7-1 in the Southern Conference semifinals on March 6.  

There was a lot of action in the first frame as Saunders opened with a takedown.  McCroskey escaped and scored a takedown to go up 3-2. 

Saunders took the lead in the second period with a reverse, but McCroskey tied it back up 4-4 with an escape.  Saunders ended the period with another takedown and a 6-4 advantage. 

McCroskey scored an escape in the third period, but could not get the go-ahead takedown.  He finishes the season with a 17-14 overall record and is now 36-26 in his two-year career.

Chattanooga finishes with 2.5 points thanks to McCroskey's two wins.  The Mocs are currently in 55th place in the team standings. 

Freshman Dean Pavlou also competed at the NCAAs for UTC, dropping both of his 149-pound matches yesterday. 

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