The Chattanooga Mocs took over sole possession of first place in the Southern Conference race with a 32-10 win at Campbell tonight. UTC won four matches by two points or less to defeat the Camels who were previously unbeaten in SoCon action.
Chattanooga improves to 14-5 overall and 5-0 in SoCon matches. Campbell drops to 4-2 and 4-1 in league duals. This is UTC’s seventh straight win and the most dual victories in a season since posting a 16-1 mark in 2007. The Mocs have won 13 straight Southern Conference matches and are 27-1 in
league duals in the Heath Eslinger era.
Action began at 184 tonight. Each of the first four wrestlers to take the mat came in with perfect 4-0 SoCon records. The opening match was a low-scoring affair that Campbell’s Ville Heino led 3-2 in the third. UTC sophomore John Lampe scored a late takedown for the 4-3 win, improving to 15-8 overall and 5-0 in SoCon bouts.
There was much more action at 197. UTC freshman Scottie Boykin held on for his 18th win in a 13-11 decision against Taylor McGiffen. Those were Campbell’s best bets for getting something going in the match, but the Mocs were able to hold on and build a 6-0 lead.
Freshman Dawson Peck made it 9-0 with an 8-3 win over Eloheim Palma at heavyweight. Peck continues his hot start, improving to 8-1 since joining the team in January.
The Camels got on the board at 125 with Tyler Walker’s 13-4 major decision over Byron Smith. Junior Nick Soto responded with a major decision of his own at 133. Freshman Michael Pongracz gave Chattanooga a 16-4 edge with a one-point decision at 141, but Campbell got back in the match in a flash.
The 149 bout only took 18 seconds as the Camels’ Brent Jorge slammed sophomore Austin Sams on a quick headlock. That made the team score 16-10, bringing Campbell to within one pin to tie the score.
Senior Alex Hudson and juniors Corey Mock and Levi Clemons made sure that didn’t happen with strong performances to close out the night. Both Hudson and Mock had technical falls at 157 and 165, respectively. Clemons moved to 5-0 in SoCon action with a second-period pin over Cody Ryba in the final match.
UTC will have a chance to clinch at least a share of the SoCon title tomorrow at Davidson. Match time against the Wildcats is set for 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Davidson, N.C. Links for live scoring and PPV video are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.
No. 19 Chattanooga 32 – Campbell 10
184: John Lampe (UTC) – Dec. 4-3 - Ville Heino (Campbell) – UTC 3-0
197: Scottie Boykin (UTC) – Dec. 13-11 - Taylor McGiffen (Campbell) – UTC 6-0
285: Dawson Peck (UTC) - Dec. 8-3 - Eloheim Palma (Campbell) – UTC 9-0
125: Tyler Walker (Campbell) – MD 13-4 - Byron Smith (UTC) – UTC 9-4
133: No. 11 Nick Soto (UTC) – MD 15-5 - Drew Walker (Campbell) – UTC 13-4
141: Mike Pongracz (UTC) – Dec. 3-2 - Michael Dahlstrom (Campbell) – UTC 16-4
149: Brent Jorge (Campbell) – Fall (0:18) - Austin Sams (UTC) – UTC 16-10
157: Alex Hudson (UTC) – Tech Fall 16-0 - Grant Blumenthal (Campbell) – UTC 21-10
165: No. 9 Corey Mock (UTC) – Tech Fall 21-6 - Paul Duggan (Campbell) – UTC 26-10
174: Levi Clemons (UTC) – Fall 3:22 - Cody Ryba (Campbell) – UTC 32-10