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Junior Corey Mock is No. 6 in the nation at 165 and 22-1 on the season.
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Mocs Crack the Top 25 for the First Time Since 2008

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team cracked the top 25 for the first time in the Heath Eslinger era today.  The Mocs check in at No. 23 in this week’s USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll for January 14. 

This is the first national ranking for the Mocs since finishing the 2007-08 regular season at No. 18.  UTC is currently 10-5 overall and 1-0 in Southern Conference matches.  The squad is coming off a 4-1 showing and a fifth-place finish at the Virginia Duals last weekend. 

Four of the Mocs’ five losses are against teams currently ranked in the top 25, including No. 12 Virginia, No. 16 Virginia Tech, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 22 Purdue.  UTC’s other loss was against Rider in the Hokie Duals, but that defeat was avenged at the Virginia Duals on Saturday. 

Chattanooga’s signature win is a 25-13 victory over then No. 15 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., on Dec. 20.  It also has a 16th-place showing at the prestigious Southern Scuffle, a sixth-place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions and a fifth-place spot at the Navy Classic. 

Individually, the Mocs are led by junior Corey Mock.  He is 22-1 on the year and No. 6 in the nation at 165.  Fellow junior Nick Soto is 24-7 overall and No. 13 in the country at 133. 

Chattanooga hits the road again this weekend for Southern Conference action at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.  Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Edwardsville, Ill.  The Eagles are an affiliate member of the Southern Conference in wrestling only.

UTC’s final home match of the season is Sunday, Feb. 2, against Appalachian State.  Match time against the Mountaineers is 2:00 p.m.

Rank  Team (First)  Points  Conference  Record  Previous 
Penn State (10) 400 Big Ten 8-0 1
Minnesota  387 Big Ten 6-0 2
Iowa  380 Big Ten 10-1 3
Oklahoma  373 Big 12 7-0 4
Cornell  354 EIWA 4-0 6
(tie) Oklahoma State  354 Big Ten 3-3 5
Missouri  337 MAC 3-0 7
Nebraska  335 Big Ten 8-0 8
Northern Iowa  317 MAC 5-0 10
10  Ohio State  302 Big Ten 6-2 9
11  Illinois  295 Big Ten 6-3 11
12  Virginia  286 ACC 11-2 13
13  Pittsburgh  284 ACC 8-1 12
14  Edinboro  269 EWL 4-3 14
15  Northwestern  258 Big Ten 6-2 16
16  Virginia Tech  253 ACC 11-2 15
17  Iowa State  237 Big 12 6-2 17
18  Wisconsin  227 Big Ten 9-4 23
19  Michigan  224  Big Ten 5-2 18
20  Oregon State  192 Pac-12 6-4 24
21  Lehigh  190 EIWA 5-4 19
22  Purdue  188 Big Ten 3-4 20
23  Chattanooga  178 Southern 10-5 NR
24  Stanford  140  Pac-12 9-3 21
25  Ohio  55 MAC 5-1 NR
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