Mocs to Compete in the "Grapple at the Garden" in December
Head Coach Heath Eslinger
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team will make history this fall as one of the first programs to compete in a dual match in New York City's Madison Square Garden, MSG Sports announced today.  The Mocs will be a part of the "Grapple at the Garden, Benefitting Beat the Streets" on Sunday, Dec. 16. 

Nine of the country's top college wrestling programs will converge at Madison Square Garden for what will be the first-ever collegiate wrestling dual meet in The Garden's illustrious history.  Five of the participating institutions placed in the top 25 during the NCAA Division I Championships.  They include Iowa (3rd), Ohio State (5th) and Oklahoma State (6th).  Also included are Nebraska and Hofstra, which finished 21st and 23rd respectively.  The Mocs, Bucknell, Maryland and Rutgers round out the field.

"Madison Square Garden has a long and legendary history with collegiate athletics and we look forward to welcoming the finest collegiate wrestlers in the country on December 16," said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports.  "There's no better way to host our first-ever collegiate wrestling meet than with these nine top universities with first-rate wrestling programs."     

The full day of wrestling on December 16 will consist of two separate sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. (E.S.T.).  Chattanooga faces Rutgers in the opening session.  This will be the first meeting between the two programs.  Also in the first session are Maryland vs. Nebraska, Ohio State vs. Hofstra and Iowa vs. Bucknell. 

UTC faces Oklahoma State in the second session that begins at 12:30 p.m.  The Mocs are 0-5 all-time against the Cowboys.  Other matches in the second session include Rutgers vs. Nebraska, Ohio State vs. Maryland and Iowa vs. Hofstra.

"We are very excited about participating in the "Grapple at the Garden," stated UTC head coach Heath Eslinger.  "To be one of the first collegiate teams to compete in an arena as historic as Madison Square Garden will be a big thrill for everyone involved with our program.  It also gives us a chance to challenge ourselves against some of the best teams in the NCAA on one of the biggest stages in the country." 

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