The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team dropped a tough 21-17 dual at Cleveland State this afternoon. The Mocs won five matches, including bonus points in two wins. However, a forfeit and a pin moved UTC's overall record to 4-6.
The dual started a 174 and was a rematch from the Southern Scuffle between the Mocs junior Jake Young (Ooltewah, Tenn.) and the Vikings Xavier Dye. Young won the first bout in overtime, but lost 7-5 today. Dye scored two takedowns in the first period, and another in the third, for the win.
Senior Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) got the Mocs on the board with a 4-1 decision over Corbin Bone at 184. Senior Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) put UTC in the lead with his 13-3 major decision over Nick Anthony at 197. Brown came into the match ranked No. 18 in the nation and scored his team-high 20th win of the year.
Sophomore Kevin Malone (Carrollton, Ohio) gave Chattanooga a 10-3 advantage with his 6-1 decision over Amon Willis at heavyweight. UTC was poised to run away with the match with sophomore and 15th ranked Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.) taking the mat at 125. However, he was upset by Ben Willeford in a 5-4 loss.
UTC had to forfeit at 133 and lost again at 141. Senior Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) dropped his match to Nick Flannery 5-3. The Mocs cut the lead to one at 15-14 after junior Alex Hudson (Marietta, Ga.) posted a 10-2 major decision over Mike Mencini at 149.
Cleveland State clinched the win with a first period pin at 157. Matt Donohue scored a takedown against sophomore Trey Stavrum (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and recorded the fall at the 1:10 mark. Senior Josh Condon (Powder Springs, Ga.) closed out the match with a 10-6 win at 165.
The Mocs are back in action next weekend for Legends Weekend. UTC hosts The Citadel on Sunday, Jan. 27. Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Maclellan Gym. The Mocs will honor alumni throughout the match as a part of the Legends Weekend celebration. For more information on Legends, see the letter and RSVP form on the side bar of the wrestling page on GoMocs.com.
Cleveland State 21 - Chattanooga 17
174: Xavier Dye (CSU) - Dec. 7-5 - Jake Young (UTC) - CSU 3-0
184: Robert Prigmore (UTC) - Dec. 4-1 - Corbin Boone (CSU) - Tied 3-3
197: No. 18 Niko Brown (UTC) - MD 13-3 - Nick Anthony - UTC 7-3
285: Kevin Malone (UTC) - Dec. 6-1 - Amon Willis (CSU) - UTC 10-3
125: Ben Willeford (CSU) - Dec. 5-4 - No. 15 Nick Soto (UTC) - UTC 10-6
133: Mike Carlone (CSU) wins by forfeit - CSU 12-10
141: Nick Flannery (CSU) - Dec. 5-3 - Dean Pavlou (UTC) - CSU 15-10
149: Alex Hudson (UTC) - MD 10-2 - Mike Mencini (CSU) - CSU 15-14
157: Matt Donohoe (CSU) - Fall 1:10 - Trey Stavrum (UTC) - CSU 21-14
165: Josh Condon (UTC) - Dec. 10-6 - Corey Carlo (CSU) - CSU 21-17