Three members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team were named to the 2011 All-Southern Conference squad the league announced today. Senior Cody Cleveland, junior Brandon Wright and sophomore Josh Condon all made repeat appearances on the team.
Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.), a 2008 All-American, missed significant time this season with a number of injuries, but still managed to earn All-SoCon honors for the third time in his career. He finished the regular season 11-0, including a 5-0 mark in league matches.
Cleveland has only lost one SoCon match in his impressive UTC career. That loss come in his first league bout during his freshman season when he fell to UNC Greensboro's Chris Bencivenga 13-12 on Jan. 27, 2007. Since then, he is 19-0 against SoCon opponents with two league titles. Cleveland has a 72-24 record during his career and is eight wins shy of the top-10 all-time at UTC.
After earning All-SoCon honors at 165 in 2010, Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) moved up to 174 midway through this season. He finished with a perfect 5-0 record in league action at 174 to earn his second all-conference award. He finished the year 9-10 overall but was 5-4 at 174. Since transferring to UTC from Missouri in 2009, Wright is 11-1 in SoCon matches.
Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) is second on the team with 21 wins against six losses at 157. He went 4-0 in SoCon action to earn his second all-conference honors. For his career, he is 7-0 in the SoCon.
All three will be in action this weekend when UTC heads to the SoCon Championships in Boone, N.C. Action is set for Saturday, March 5 at the Holmes Convocation Center. The preliminary matches will begin Saturday, March 5th at 11:00 a.m. (E.S.T.), with the finals taking place at 7:00 p.m. All ten weight class champions receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) represented the Mocs on the SoCon All-Freshman team. Clemmons spent time in the lineup at 174 as a true freshman before Wright took over. Greevy, another true freshman, filled in for Cleveland at 141 and posted a 7-5 record.