Mocs Drop Two Matches at NWCA National Duals
Freshman Kevin Malone
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team dropped a pair of matches in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Cliff Keen National Duals Presented by Hibiclens and The Marines in Stillwater, Okla., today.  The Mocs fell to No. 10 Wyoming (38-6) and Boise State (25-17) to drop to 11-6 overall.

Chattanooga, the fifth seed in the six-team regional, only got one win in the opening dual with the No. 4 seeded Cowboys.  Freshman Kevin Malone (Carrollton, Ohio) pinned L.J. Helbig (6:33) at heavyweight to keep UTC from being shutout for the first time this season. 

The Mocs did have a pair of one-point losses.  Senior Manny Ramirez (Fayetteville, N.C.) lost in overtime (5-4) to No. 18 Michael Martinez at 125.  It was Ramirez's first loss in three matches as a Moc.  Senior Kelly Felix (Franklin, Tenn.) lost a 3-2 decision to McCade Ford at 149. 

The match with the Broncos was much closer as UTC built a 17-10 lead with four matches remaining.  Ramirez started off with a 14-6 major decision over Landon Hartley at 125.  Sophomore Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) also scored a major decision at 141.  Felix won a decision and senior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Pa.) scored six points in a walkover.

Boise State took all of the last four matches, including a pin at 197, to take the team win.  "We were very flat today," stated head coach Heath Eslinger.  "We lost some that we did not expect and had a hard time getting any momentum going." 

Freshman Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.), suffered two pins on the day to drop to 21-6 overall.  Four of his six losses this season have been by a fall.  Senior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga, Tenn.), junior Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas), sophomore Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Cory Canada (Ringgold, Ga.) all struggled with two losses today. 

The Mocs next match is Monday, Feb. 20, at VMI.  Match time is set for 7:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Lexington, Va.   

No. 10 Wyoming 38, Chattanooga 6
125:  No. 18 Michael Martinez (Wyoming) - Dec. 5-4 (OT) - Manny Ramirez (UTC) - WYO 3-0
133:  No. 17 Zach Zehner (Wyoming) - Fall 5:34 - No. 13 Nick Soto (UTC) - WYO 9-0
141:  Chase Smith (Wyoming) - MD 15-1 - Shawn Greevy (UTC) - WYO 13-0
149:  McCade Ford (Wyoming) - Dec. 3-2 - Kelly Felix (UTC) - WYO 16-0
157: Andy McCulley (Wyoming) - Dec. 7-3 - Dan Waddell (UTC) - WYO 19-0
165:  No. 3 Shane Onufer (Wyoming) - MD 8-0 - Brandon Wright (UTC) - WYO 23-0
174:  Patrick Martinez (Wyoming) - MD 12-4 - Levi Clemons (UTC) - WYO 27-0
184:  No. 1 Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming) - Fall 5:41 - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - WYO 33-0
197:  No. 8 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming) - TF 15-0 - Cory Canada (UTC) - WYO 38-0
285:  Kevin Malone (Chattanooga) - Fall 6:33 - L.J. Helbig (UTC) - WYO 38-6

Boise State 25, Chattanooga 17
125:  Manny Ramirez (UTC) - MD 14-6 - Landon Hartley (Boise State) - UTC 4-0
133:  Brian Owen (Boise State) - Fall 1:26 - No. 13 Nick Soto (UTC) - BSU 6-4
141:  Shawn Greevy (UTC) - MD 11-3 - Shawn Jones (Boise State) - UTC 8-6
149:  Kelly Felix (UTC) - Dec. 11-5 - Josh Strait (Boise State) - UTC 11-6
157:  No. 14 Georgi Ivanov (Boise State) - MD 14-4 - Dan Waddell (UTC) - UTC 11-10
165:  Brandon Wright (UTC) - Forfeit - (Boise State) - UTC 17-10
174:  Scotty Bacon (Boise State) - Dec. 8-4 - Levi Clemons (UTC) - UTC 17-13
184:  No. 10 Jacob Swartz (Boise State) - Dec. 9-5 - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - UTC 17-16
197:  Brent Chriswell (Boise State) - Fall 1:06 - Cory Canada (UTC) - BSU 22-17
285:  J.T Felix (Boise State) - Dec. 6-4 - Kevin Malone (UTC) - BSU 25-17

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