Mocs Use a Strong Comeback to Defeat UNC Greensboro 20-18
Junior Jason McCroskey
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team scored a hard-fought 20-18 win at UNC Greensboro this afternoon.  The Mocs trailed 15-5 in the match, but a late pin by junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) capped a 15-0 run that gave Chattanooga its 32nd straight regular season Southern Conference win.

The Mocs improved to 8-9 overall and 2-0 in the SoCon.  The Spartans were the preseason pick to win the league and could have wrapped up no worse than a tie for first with a victory today.  However, UNCG drops to 5-9 on the year and 3-1 in the SoCon. 

The Spartans jumped out to a 9-0 lead with wins in each of the first three matches.  The event started with the heavyweights, so senior Cody Cleveland's (Tullahoma, Tenn.) 141 match was fourth on the list.  He made a statement with a 17-2 technical fall against Michael Crowley.  That pulled the score to 9-5. 

Eight-ranked Ivan Lopouchanski put the Spartans back up 15-5 with his pin over the Mocs' Alex Hudson (Marietta, Ga.) at 149.  Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) started the turnaround for the Mocs with his 8-6 decision over Justin Rice at 157. 

Junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) followed that up with a 6-4 win at 165.  Waddell was trailing 4-0 before running off six straight points.  Junior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) had his hands full at 174, facing two-time SoCon Champion Bryon Sigmon.  Wright squeaked out a 3-2 win to pull the team score to 15-14 with two matches left. 

That pitted the 19th-ranked McCroskey against Elija Adams at 184.  McCroskey put Adams on his back at the 2:45 mark and gave the Mocs a 20-15 lead.  Sophomore Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) fought off Caylor Williams at 197 before losing 7-3. 

Chattanooga continues its two-game road trip tomorrow at Appalachian State.  The Mocs will face the Mountaineers at 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.).  Be sure to check back to for a full recap. 

Chattanooga 20 - UNC Greensboro 18
Greensboro, N.C.              
285: Peter Sturgeon (UNCG) - Dec. 5-2 - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - UNCG 3-0
125: Manny Ramirez (UNCG) - Dec. 7-6 - Prescott Garner (UTC) - UNCG 6-0
133: Jamel Johnson (UNCG) - Dec. 4-2 - Demetrius Johnson (UTC) - UNCG 9-0
141: No. 9 Cody Cleveland (UTC) - Tech. Fall 17-2 - Michael Crowley (UNCG) - UNCG 9-5
149: No. 8 Ivan Lopouchanski (UNCG) - Fall 4:14 - Alex Hudson (UTC) - UNCG - 15-5
157: Josh Condon (UTC) - Dec. 8-6 - Justin Rice (UNCG) - UNCG 15-8
165: Dan Waddell (UTC) - Dec. 6-4 - Brett Miller (UNCG) - UNCG 15-11
174: Brandon Wright (UTC) - Dec. 3-2 - Byron Sigmon (UNCG) - UNCG 15-14
184: No. 19 Jason McCroskey (UTC) - Fall 2:45 - Elijah Adams (UNCG) - UTC 20-15
197: Caylor Williams (UNCG) - Dec. 7-3 - Niko Brown (UTC) - UTC 20-18

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