Mocs Fall to No. 2 Iowa State

The Chattanooga wresting team dropped a 37-6 decision to No. 2 Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, tonight.  The Mocs were hoping to provide head coach Chris Bono with a happy homecoming, but had a tough time scoring on the mat tonight. 


Freshman Demetrius Johnson has a strong battle with 10th-ranked Tyler Johnson at 125 before giving up a decision 7-5.  It was the closest match of the evening for the Mocs.  UTC actually led after two matches 6-3 when sophomore Josh Statum took a forfeit at 133. 


Junior Cody Cleveland took on No. 3 Nick Gallick at 141.  Cleveland, ranked No. 9 in this week’s polls, had a 1-1 mark in two previous meetings with Gallick, including a 7-6 loss earlier this year.  Tonight it was all Gallick, who earned a major decision 12-0. 


The Mocs were never able to recover, dropping the rest of their matches on the evening.  With the loss, UTC falls to 11-9 on the year.  However, their 4-0 mark in Southern Conference action gives them no less than a share of the regular season title.  ISU improves to 13-2 on the year. 


Bono was a four-year letter win­ner for Iowa State from 1994-97. He won a national title at 150 for the Cyclones as a junior in 1996. He was also the 1997 Big 12 Most Outstanding Wrestler and a three-time All-American at ISU.


Up next for the Mocs is a visit to No. 21 Northern Iowa (7-6) tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.).  Chattanooga returns home for its final home match of the season on Monday, Feb. 23, at 6:00 p.m. in MacLellan Gym.  Live stats and a live broadcast of both matches can be found on the wrestling schedule page of


Individual Results

125 No. 10 Tyler Johnson (ISU) W, DEC (7-5) - Demetrius Johnson (UTC) - 3-0

133 Josh Statum (UTC) W, Forfeit 3-6

141 No. 3 Nick Gallick (ISU) W, MD (12-0) - No. 9 Cody Cleveland (UTC) - 7-6

149 No. 18 Mitch Mueller (ISU) W, DEC (9-2) Dan Waddell (UTC) 10-6

157 No. 7 Cyler Sanderson (ISU) W, DEC (11-6) Joey Knox (UTC) 13-6

165 No. 7 Jon Reader (ISU) W, MD (14-2) Seth Garvin (UTC) 17-6

174 No. 18 Duke Burke (ISU) W, Fall (4:36) Jason McCroskey (UTC) 23-6

184 No. 18 Jerome Ward (ISU) W, MD (10-2) Tyler Roberson (UTC) 27-6

197 No. 1 Jake Varner (ISU) W, Fall (2:33) - Ethan Winel (UTC) - 33-6

285 No. 2 David Zabriskie (ISU) W, MD (19-6) - Cody Sliger (UTC) 37-6

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