Mocs Travel to UNC Greensboro and Appalachian State This Weekend
Sophomore Robert Prigmore
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team hits the road for a pair of Southern Conference matches this weekend.  The Mocs visit UNC Greensboro on Saturday, Feb. 5, for a 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) showdown with the Spartans.  UTC then travels to Boone, N.C. to face Appalachian State on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 2:00 p.m.

There will be free live video for the UNCG match.  A link to the broadcast can be found on the Mocs wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com. 

Chattanooga (7-9, 1-0 SoCon) is going for its seventh-consecutive Southern Conference Regular Season Championship in 2011.  The Mocs have won 31 SoCon regular season matches in a row and have not lost to a league opponent since a 27-13 set-back at The Citadel on Feb. 14, 2004.

UTC opened its SoCon schedule with a 26-6 win over The Citadel last weekend.  The Mocs have won two of their last three duals and are starting to get healthy. 

Senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) was back in the lineup against the Bulldogs.  He has missed significant time this season with a number of injuries, but he is 7-0 on the year and ranked No. 9 in the nation. 

Junior Demetrius Johnson (Memphis, Tenn.) has been out all year, recovering from offseason knee surgery.  He was the 2009 SoCon Champ at 125 but could be ready to go at 133 this weekend. 

Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) leads the team with a 19-7 record.  He is currently No. 19 in the nation at 184.  Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) is also among the leaders in wins for UTC, posting an 18-6 mark at 157.

Head coach Heath Eslinger is in his second year at Chattanooga.  The former Moc and 2000 SoCon Wrestler of the Year, has an 18-16 overall mark leading the UTC program. 

UNCG is 5-8 overall, but leads the SoCon with a 3-0 record.  The Spartans were the preseason pick to win the SoCon and could wrap up a share of the league title with a win over UTC.  Chattanooga has never lost to UNCG, posting wins in all 12 of the previous meetings in the series. 

The Spartans are led by sophomore Ivan Lopouchanski who is currently No. 16 in the nation at 149.  He has a 31-7 overall record this season.  Bryon Sigmon has also been solid for UNCG.  The 174-pound senior is 20-10 on the year. 

The Mountaineers are 6-8-1 overall and 0-2 in the SoCon.  They dropped league matches to The Citadel (7-26) and UNCG (20-21).  Junior Kyle Blevins leads the team with a 29-7 record at 165.  Junior Austin Troutman is 21-7 at 184. 

UTC is 15-8-1 in the all-time series with the Mountaineers.  The Mocs have won seven in a row against Appalachian State.  The last time Chattanooga fell to ASU was a 36-6 defeat in Boone on Jan. 19, 2003. 

CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Prescott Garner (So. - 16-10)
133: Demetrius Johnson (Jr. - 0-0) • Adam Wilson (Fr. - 0-5)
141: No. 9 Cody Cleveland (Sr. - 7-0) • Shawn Greevy (Fr. - 7-5)
149: Alex Hudson (So. - 2-0) • Dean Pavlou (So. - 11-10)
157: Josh Condon (So. - 18-6)
165: Dan Waddell (Jr. - 11-9)
174: Brandon Wright (Jr. - 5-10)
184: No. 19 Jason McCroskey (Jr. - 19-7)
197: Niko Brown (So. - 15-7)
285: Matt Lettner (Sr. - 7-11) • Robert Prigmore (So. - 7-7)

UNC GREENSBORO PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Manny Ramirez (Jr. - 14-11)
133: Robert Gribschaw (So. - 5-5)
141: Jamel Johnson (Fr. - 10-15)
149: No. 16 Ivan Lopouchanski (So. - 31-7)
157: Justin Rice (Fr. - 2-9)
165: Brett Miller (So. - 10-12)
174: Byron Sigmon (Sr. - 20-10)
184: Elijah Adams (Fr. - 7-12)
197: Caylor Williams (Fr. - 17-13)
HWT: Peter Sturgeon (Jr. - 24-10)

APPALACHIAN STATE PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Tony Gravely (So. - 12-14)
133: Brett Boston (So. - 12-12)
141: Mike Kessler (Jr. - 13-14)
149: Russell Benner (Fr. - 3-7)
157: John Blakely (So. - 6-11)
165: Kyle Blevins (Jr. - 29-7)
174: Carter Downs (Jr. - 2-12)
184: Austin Troutman (Jr. - 21-7)
197: Paul Glover (So. - 6-12)
285: Marc Tyson (Fr. - 10-13)

125
Sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) is still holding down the leadoff spot at 125.  He is currently 16-10 and 9-5 in dual matches and five of his 10 losses have come to opponents ranked in the top-10.

ASU's Tony Gravely the preseason All-SoCon pick at 125.  He is currently 12-14 with a 1-1 mark in league matches. 

133
Freshman Adam Wilson (Atlanta, Ga.) made his collegiate debut at Ohio on Jan. 3 and is still looking for his first win in five matches.  He may give way for the return of junior Demetrius Johnson (Memphis, Tenn.).  Johnson has been out all year with a knee injury, but could be ready for UNCG match.  This could be Johnson's first match at 133 after competing at 125 his first two seasons. 

141
Chattanooga's ninth-ranked senior Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.) is back from a hamstring injury this weekend.  He is undefeated at 7-0, but his replacement freshman Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) has  also been solid in his first collegiate season.  Greevy is currently 7-5, including a match-clinching 13-0 victory at Ohio on Jan. 3.

149
Sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) has won four of his last six matches but sophomore Alex Hudson was in the lineup at 149 against The Citadel.  Pavlou is 11-10 overall while Hudson is 2-0. 

UNCG will roll out 16th-ranked sophomore Ivan Lopouchanski at 149.  He is 31-7 on the year.       

157
Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) is second on the team with 18 wins against six losses.  He has already faced UNCG's Justin Rice this season.  Condon scored an 18-7 major decision over rice in the Hokie Open on Nov. 7. 

165
Junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga., Tenn.) has moved up to 165 where he is 5-4.  He is 11-9 overall and 6-5 at 157.  The former SoCon Champ is returning to form after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. 

Waddell will have a tough task with ASU's Kyle Blevins.  Leads ASU with a 29-7 record. 

174
Junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) has bumped up to 174 where he 1-4 after scoring a win last weekend against The Citadel. 

UNCG Senior Bryon Sigmon was the preseason All-SoCon pick at 174.  He is living up to the hype with a 20-10 overall mark.    

184
Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) has been in and out of the top-20 at 184 this season.  He is currently No. 19 in the nation this week.  McCroskey leads the team with a 19-7 overall mark and is 12-4 in duals.

McCroskey will have a battle with ASU's Austin Troutman, the 2010 SoCon Wrestler of the Year.  McCroskey lost both matches to Troutman last season.  He fell 9-4 in the regular season and 7-2 in the SoCon Tournament.   

197
Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) will get the nod at 197.  Brown is off to a 15-7 record and is headed for a rematch with UNCG's Caylor Williams.  Brown defeated Williams with a pin at the 2:24 mark at the Hokie Open on Nov. 7. 

285
Senior Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) is 7-11 overall but could be replaced by sophomore Robert Prigmore (Westlake, Texas).  Prigmore has bumped up to 285 where he is 3-2. 

MOCS INK TOP-25 RECRUITING CLASS
The Mocs have inked one of the top-25 early-season recruiting classes according to Wrestling Insider News (WIN) magazine.  Chattanooga received its top-25 ranking thanks to four prep wrestlers who signed National Letters of Intent in November.  This group is highlighted by three high school state champions, including Marvin Lopez (Cleveland, Tenn.), William Kennedy (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.) and also includes Fairfield, Ohio, native Austin Sams. 

MOCS PICKED 2ND IN THE SOCON POLLS
Despite carrying a six-year, 30-match SoCon duals win streak into the season the Mocs were picked second in the preseason polls behind UNC Greensboro. UTC earned two first-place votes and 21 points overall in the balloting.  UNCG took the top spot with four first place votes and 23 points.  The Mocs are followed by Appalachian State (16), The Citadel (16), VMI (8) and Davidson (6). 

Chattanooga also had three preseason all-conference wrestlers on the squad, including two-time SoCon champion Cody Cleveland at 141 pounds. Cleveland, the SoCon champion at 141 and Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler in both 2008 and '09 as well as the 2009 SoCon Co-Wrestler of the Year, missed the majority of last season with an injury.  Chattanooga's Dean Pavlou (149) and Dan Waddell (157) were also voted to the preseason all-league team.

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 "Mocs".

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