The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team put on another dominating performance against Davidson this afternoon. The Mocs defeated the Wildcats 37-7 to improve to 8-6 overall and 4-0 in SoCon action. Davidson drops to 6-10 and 1-4 in league duals.
UTC was up 6-0 before the match started with Davidson forfeiting at 125. Anthony Elias started with an impressive major decision win over Mocs' freshman Marvin Lopez (Cleveland, Tenn.). That cut the lead to 6-4, but that was as close as the Wildcats could get.
Senior Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) followed with a pin at 141 and junior Alex Hudson (Marietta, Ga.) scored a major decision win at 149. Sophomore Trey Stavrum (Chattanooga, Tenn.) gave UTC a 19-4 lead with his 6-0 shutout over Nathaniel Powers at 157.
Freshman Parker Smith (Franklin, Tenn.) came off the bench at 165 for his first action in a collegiate dual. Listed as a 157-pounder, he moved up to 165 and was leading 7-6 late in his match with Christopher Cirenza. A takedown and two back points before the final horn gave Cirenza at 10-8 decision.
That was all the points the Wildcats could muster as Chattanooga improved to 23-0 in the series. Freshman John Lampe (Fairdale, Ky.), senior Robert Prigmore (Southlake, Texas) and sophomore Kevin Malone all won at 174, 184 and heavyweight, respectively. Davidson forfeited again at 197.
Malone posted his third pin of the year, this time at the 1:06 mark against Jordan Ownbey. Prigmore won another tight one, 2-1 over Donald Patrick. Each of Prigmore's last three bouts have been one-point decisions and he has wins in two of those nail-biters.
Head coach Heath Eslinger improves to 42-28 in four seasons with the Mocs. The UTC alum is one win away from tying his coach, Mark Leen (1996-01), for No. 4 on Chattanooga's all-time wins list.
The Mocs are back in action Feb. 23 when they host three matches in Maclellan Gym. Action begins at 10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) on Saturday, Feb. 16, when VMI and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville meet in a neutral match. The Mocs then face VMI at Noon followed by SIUE at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com.
Chattanooga 37 - Davidson 7
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 - Maclellan Gym - Chattanooga, Tenn.
125: Nick Soto (Chattanooga) - Forfeit - UTC 6-0
133: Anthony Elias (Davidson) - MD 13-3 - Marvin Lopez (Chattanooga) - UTC 6-4
141: Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga) - Fall 1:11 - Sejiro Littleton (Davidson) - 12-4
149: Alex Hudson (Chattanooga) - MD 13-1 - Kevin Birmingham (Davidson) - 16-4
157: Trey Stavrum (Chattanooga) - Dec. 6-0 - Nathaniel Powers (Davidson) - 19-4
165: Christopher Cirenza (Davidson) - Dec. 10-8 - Parker Smith (Chattanooga) - 19-7
174: John Lampe (Chattanooga) - Dec. 9-3 - Ian Solcz (Davidson) - 22-7
184: Robert Prigmore (Chattanooga) - Dec. 2-1 - Donald Patrick (Davidson) - 25-7
197: Niko Brown (Chattanooga) - Forfeit - UTC 31-7
285: Kevin Malone (Chattanooga) - Fall 1:06 - Jordan Ownbey (Davidson) - UTC 37-7