The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team is set to host its annual Blue-Gold Match this weekend. The Mocs are adding a twist to their yearly scrimmage by moving the mats to the First Tennessee Pavilion and competing in the middle of the tailgating festivities for the football game against No. 2 Georgia Southern.
"The basketball teams did a great job of creating a unique outdoor event that we really wanted to be a part of," stated head coachHeath Eslinger.
"Since they moved their exhibition back to McKenzie Arena next week, we jumped at the opportunity to take our program to the football tailgate and show off Chattanooga Strong."
The Mocs basketball teams set up a full court in the open-air Pavilion for each of the last events, but opted to go back to a traditional Blue & Gold Game on Oct. 30 this season. The wrestlers stepped in to fill the void and will compete in 10 intrasquad matches.
Action begins at 3:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) with a festive weigh-in. The football team will come through for the Moc Walk at 3:45 p.m. and competition will begin immediately after. A schedule of matchups at each weight is available below. The football game against No. 2 Georgia Southern begins at 6:00 p.m.
125: So.Nick Soto vs. Fr. Zach Bridson
133: Fr.Marvin Lopez vs. Fr. Alex Ward
141: Sr.Dean Pavlou vs. Mini-Tournament Champion
149: Jr.Alex Hudson vs. Mini-Tournament Champion
157: Jr.Trey Stavrum vs. So. Jesse Beaver
165: So.John Lampe vs. Fr. Sean Mappes
174: Jr.Levi Clemons vs. Jr. Jake Young
184: Sr.Robert Prigmore vs. Mini-Tournament Champion
197: Sr.Niko Brown vs. Fr.Jared Johnson
285: So.Kevin Malone vs. Fr. Caleb Denny
Wrestling season tickets are on sale now at the UTC Ticket Office or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627). The home schedule includes nine events, highlighted by visits from Iowa, Illinois and the Southern Scuffle. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, click here.