Mocs Win Two Matches On Opening Day

Saturday, November 3, 2012
The UTC wrestling team opened the 2012-13 season with three dual matches at the University of Virginia on Saturday. The Mocs posted wins over Ohio and Anderson, while dropping its final match to the 16th-ranked Cavaliers.

Chattanooga started the day with a 21-12 win over Ohio. The Bobcats forfeit at 125 was followed UTC posted wins at 133 and 141 to grab a 12-0 lead. FreshmanMarvin Lopez (Cleveland, Tenn.) had a 7-1 win in his collegiate debut at 133, while seniorDean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) recorded a 6-1 victory at 141.

Ohio got on the board with Andrew Romanchik's 8-3 decision over juniorAlex Hudson (Marietta, Ga.) at 149. Sophomore Trey Stavrum (Chattanooga, Tenn.) answered for the Mocs with a 3-1 decision at 157. His takedown with 20 seconds left was the difference in the match.

Ohio closed the gap to 15-9 in the team score with wins in the next two matches. Harrison Hightower posted a one-point victory against freshmanJohn Lampe (Fairdale, Ky.) at 165, while junior Jake Young (Ooltewah, Tenn.) lost in overtime at 174.

SeniorsRobert Prigmore (Westlake, Texas) and Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) put the match out of reach with wins at 184 and 197, respectively. SophomoreKevin Malone (Carrollton, Ohio) was pitted against No. 9 Jeremy Johnson in the heavyweight match losing a close 3-1 decision.

Chattanooga followed that up with a 37-6 win over Anderson in the second match. The Trojans kept it close early with wins in two of the first four matches. Leading 10-6, Stavrum's major decision at 157 put the Mocs on a six-match roll for the win.

UTC battled hard against No. 16 Virginia. Pavlou, Brown and Malone all posted wins, but the Mocs fell 26-9 in the team score. Pavlou had a 6-3 decision over David Wesley at 141. Brown won in overtime (4-2) against Michael Salopek, while Malone had a 3-1 victory over Derek Pagagianopoulos in the heavyweight match.

UTC stays on the road for tomorrow's Hokie Open in Salem, Va. Full coverage of the tournament is available through links on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com. UTC opens its home schedule on Friday, Nov. 16, when No. 2 Iowa visits Maclellan Gym for a 7:00 p.m. match. Season tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com and at the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).

Chattanooga 21, Ohio 12
125: No. 14Nick Soto (UTC) - Forfeit - Angelo DiSabato (Ohio) - UTC 6-0
133: Marvin Lopez (UTC) - Dec. 7-1 - Thomas McLaughlin (Ohio) - UTC 9-0
141: Dean Pavlou (UTC) - Dec. 6-1 - Kagan Squire (Ohio) - UTC 12-0
149: Andrew Romanchik (Ohio) - Dec. 8-3 - Alex Hudson (UTC) - UTC 12-3
157: Trey Stavrum (UTC) - Dec. 3-1 - Zach Rohr (Ohio) - UTC 15-3
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) - Dec. 5-4 - John Lampe (UTC) - UTC 15-6
174: Cody Walters (Ohio) - Dec. 2-1 (OT) - Jake Young (UTC) - UTC 15-9
184: Robert Prigmore (UTC) - Dec. 3-0 - Ryan Garringer (Ohio) - UTC 18-9
197: Niko Brown (UTC) - Dec. - 2-1 - Phillip Wellington (Ohio) - UTC 21-9
285: No. 9 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) - Dec. 3-1 - Kevin Malone (UTC) - UTC 21-12

Chattanooga 37, Anderson 6
125: No. 14Nick Soto (UTC) - Fall 0:43 - Keenan Simmons (Anderson) - UTC 6-0
133: Zachary Hale (Anderson) - Dec. 4-3 - Alex Ward (UTC) - UTC 6-3
141: Austin Sams (UTC) - MD 15-5 - Brandon Benitez (Anderson) - UTC 10-3
149: Dan Telhada (Anderson) - Dec. 6-1 - Jared Presley (UTC) - UTC 10-6
157: Trey Stavrum (UTC) - MD 18-5 - Kevin Johnson (Anderson) - UTC 14-6
165: Sean Mappes (UTC) - Dec. 4-0 - Nicholas Giulliette (Anderson) - UTC 17-6
174: Jake Young (UTC) - MD 10-0 - Jacob Allen (Anderson) - UTC 21-6
184: John Shrader (UTC) - MD 12-4 - Zackery Farmer (Anderson) - UTC 25-6
197: Niko Brown (UTC) - Fall 3:54 - Spencer Foucher (Anderson) - UTC 31-6
285: Caleb Denny (UTC) - Fall 2:10 - Zachary Newton (Anderson) - UTC 37-6

No. 16 Virginia 26, Chattanooga 9
125: No. 9 Matthew Snyder (Virginia) - Dec. 6-1 - No. 14Nick Soto (UTC) - Virginia 3-0
133: Joseph Spisak (Virginia) - Dec. 6-2 - Marvin Lopez (UTC) - Virginia 6-0
141: Dean Pavlou (UTC) - Dec. 6-2 - David Wesley (Virginia) - Virginia 6-3
149: No. 10 Derek Valenti (Virginia) - Dec. 7-3 - Alex Hudson (UTC) - Virginia 9-3
157: Jedd Moore (Virginia) - Tech Fall 6:32 (25-9) - Trey Stavrum (UTC) - Virginia 14-3
165: No. 10 Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia) - MD 24-10 - John Lampe (UTC) - Virginia 18-3
174: No. 8 Jonathan Fausey (Virginia) - MD 12-4 - Jake Young (UTC) - Virginia 22-3
184: Stephen Doty (Virginia) - MD 9-1 - Robert Prigmore (UTC) - Virginia 26-3
197: Niko Brown (UTC) - Dec. 4-2 (OT) - Michael Salopek (Virginia) - Virginia 26-6
285: Kevin Malone (UTC) - Dec. 3-1 - Derek Papagianopoulos (Virginia) - Virginia 26-9



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