Mocs Split a Pair of Matches on Missouri Trip
Sophomore Dean Pavlou
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team split a pair of matches at Missouri today.  The Mocs scored a 35-10 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and dropped a 29-9 bout with No. 20 Missouri in the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo.  

Sophomore Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) led the Mocs with two wins at 149 as Chattanooga moves to 6-9 overall.  Against the Cougars, sophomore Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) opened with a win at 125.  He pinned Kris Treat at the 1:46 mark in the match to score his sixth fall and improve to 15-9 on the year. 

SIUE's John Petrov came back with a major decision over freshman Adam Wilson (Atlanta, Ga.) at 133.  That made the team score 6-4 and was as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the way.

Freshman Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) continued his strong season with a technical fall against Nick Capozzoli at 141, upping the team margin to 11-4.  Pavlou continued the Mocs' run with a 5-3 decision over Derrick Pousson at 149. 

Head coach Heath Eslinger switched his lineup at 157, giving senior Kelly Felix (Franklin, Tenn.) his first action of the year.  Felix responded with a technical fall against Kyle Lowman.  Junior Dan Waddell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) followed that up with a pin against Gabe Hocum at 165.  Waddell's win was his first pin of the season and gave Chattanooga a 25-4 advantage. 

The Cougars rounded out their scoring when Michael Dace pinned freshman Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) at 174.  Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) won his 184 match by major decision while sophomore Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) and Matt Lettner (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) won by decision at 197 and 285, respectively. 

The Mocs knew they would have to put up a near-perfect match to take down the Tigers, but fell behind early with losses in the first three matches.  Pavlou got UTC on the board with his 8-6 decision over Kyle Bradley. 

Bradley jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a takedown and a near fall less than two minutes into the first period.  Pavlou battled back with an escape and a takedown before the end of the period.  The score moved to 6-5 after the second period and Pavlou tied it up early in the third with an escape.  He scored the winning takedown with 27 second left on the clock, improving to 11-10 on the year.    

Sophomore Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) was well rested at 157 after sitting out the SIUE match.  He was leading Missouri's Nick Gregoris 3-2 in the third period when he scored his second takedown of the match.  From there he pinned Gregoris at the 5:24 mark, closing the team gap to 13-9 in favor of the Tigers.    

Unfortunately for Chattanooga, that was all of the scoring they could muster on the afternoon.  McCroskey nearly scored an upset at 184, but 15th-ranked Mike Larsen escaped with 1:46 left on the clock for a 3-2 decision. 

Chattanooga returns home on Jan. 30 to open its Southern Conference schedule.  UTC hosts The Citadel at 2:00 p.m. in Maclellan Gym.  The Mocs have won six consecutive SoCon regular season titles and own a 30-match unbeaten streak in league action. 

Chattanooga 35 - Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 10
Hearnes Center - Columbia, Mo. - Jan. 15, 2011
125:  Prescott Garner (UTC) - Fall 1:46 - Kris Treat (SIUE) - UTC 6-0
133:  John Petrov (SIUE) - MD 12-3 - Adam Wilson (UTC) - UTC 6-4
141:  Shawn Greevy (UTC) - TF 16-1 - Nick Capozzoli (SIUE) - UTC 11-4
149:  Dean Pavlou (UTC) - Dec. 5-3 - Derrick Pousson (SIUE) - UTC 14-4
157:  Kelly Felix (UTC) - TF 18-3 - Kyle Lowman (SIUE) - UTC 19-4
165:  Dan Waddell (UTC) - Fall 4:26 - Gabe Hocum (SIUE) - UTC 25-4
174:  Michael Dace (SIUE) - Fall 2:02 - Levi Clemons (SIUE) - UTC 25-10
184:  Jason McCroskey (UTC) - MD 17-4 - Deshoun White (SIUE) - UTC 29-10
197:  Robert Prigmore (UTC) - Dec. 7-2 - Robert Cooney (SIUE) - UTC 32-10
285:  Matt Lettner (UTC) - Dec. 3-1 - David Devine (SIUE) - UTC 35-10

No. 20 Missouri - Chattanooga
Hearnes Center - Columbia, Mo. - Jan. 15, 2011
125:  No. 9 Alan Waters (MU) - Dec. 7-1 - Prescott Garner (UTC) - MU 3-0
133:  Nathan McCromick (MU) - TF 19-3 - Joe DeAngelo (UTC) - MU 8-0
141:  No. 12 Todd Schavrein (MU) - TF 17-2 - Shawn Greevy (UTC) - MU 13-0
149:  Dean Pavlou (UTC) - Dec. 8-6 - Kyle Bradley (MU) - MU 13-3
157:  Josh Condon (UTC) - Fall 5:24 - Nick Gregoris (MU) - MU 13-9
165:  No. 12 Zach Toal (MU) - Dec. 5-2 - Dan Waddell (UTC) - MU 16-9
174:  No. 20 Dorian Henderson - Dec. 5-2 - Brandon Wright (UTC) - MU 19-9
184:  No. 15 Mike Larseon (MU) - Dec. 3-2 - Jason McCroskey (UTC) - MU 22-9
197:  No. 12 Brent Haynes (MU) - Dec. 6-0 - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - MU 25-9
285:  No. 6 Dom Bradley (MU) - MD 10-2 - Matt Lettner (UTC) - MU 29-9

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