Moc Wrestlers Travel to Wolfpack Open on Sunday

Friday, November 9, 2012
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team travels to Raleigh, N.C., for the Wolfpack Open this weekend. The Mocs will compete against 250-300 wrestlers from across the country in 10 weight classifications.

Hosted by N.C. State, a total of 15 teams will be represented, including Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Action begins at 9:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) in Reynolds Coliseum. A link for live results is available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.

TWO MOCS RANKED
The Mocs have two individuals ranked in the InterMat Top-20 this week. Coming off a win at the Hokie Open, sophomore Nick Soto has moved up to No. 8 in the nation at 125. Senior Dean Pavlou is ranked for the first time at 141, checking in at No. 20 this week.

SOTO NAMED SOCON WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Nick Soto is the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week after going 6-1 in the opening weekend. He won the 125-pound title at the Hokie Open, posting a 10-9 win over No. 6 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech in the finals on Sunday. His only loss was to No. 9 Matthew Snyder in a dual match with Virginia on Saturday. It is the third weekly honor for Soto in his career.

MOCS PICKED TO WIN SOCON TITLE
The Mocs were selected as the preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference title by the league's coaches. UTC has won 28 SoCon titles since joining the league in 1978. Head coach Heath Eslinger's squad claimed the tournament crown in 2012, received four of eight first-place votes and 46 points overall, narrowly edging The Citadel.

1. Chattanooga (4) - 46
2. The Citadel (4) - 44
3. Campbell - 35
4. Appalachian State - 33
5. Gardner-Webb - 25
6. VMI - 20
7. SIU- Edwardsville - 14
8. Davidson - 7

FOUR MOCS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-SOCON
Head coach Heath Eslinger's squad boasts three members on the preseason All-SoCon team. After winning the 2012 title at 133 pounds, sophomore Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.) will drop down to 125 and was the preseason selection there. Senior Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.), a two-time SoCon champion at 149, is the preseason pick at 141 this year. Senior Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) earned the selection at 197.

MOCS RANK NO. 13 IN THE NATION IN TEAM G.P.A.
The UTC wrestling team recorded the nation's 13th highest grade-point-average for the 2011-12 season according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). The Mocs posted a 3.15 g.p.a. among its starters and top reserves in 2011-12.

MOCS ARE BRINGING TOP TEAMS TO CHATTANOOGA
Between home dual matches and the Southern Scuffle, the Mocs will bring six of the top seven teams from the 2012 NCAA Championships to the Scenic City during the 2012-13 season. Highlighted by a Nov. 16 visit from Iowa, the Mocs home schedule features seven events, including the return of the prestigious Southern Scuffle.

The Scuffle (Jan. 1-2) will feature NCAA Champion Penn State, runner-up Minnesota and top-five finishers Cornell and Oklahoma State. No. 7 Illinois visits Maclellan Gym for a dual meet in Jan. 6 and there are five home Southern Conference duals. Season and single-match tickets are on sale now at the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627) or online at GoMocs.com.

McCallie Soccer Remains Unbeaten With Win Over Rival Baylor

Hosting McCallie on Friday night, the Baylor soccer team knew that the first 15 minutes of the match would be key to a shot at upsetting its undefeated and top-ranked rival. The Red Raiders lasted 11 before the Blue Tornado struck.   McCallie opened the Division II-AA East/Middle Region match with high pressure, which paid off when Will McGregor finished a cross ... (click for more)

Cleveland State Splits With Roane State

One bad inning caused Cleveland State to split Friday's double header with Roane State at Cougar Field. The Raiders rallied in the final inning scoring six runs on seven hits leading to a 7-4 victory.  Roane State pitcher Mason Sawicki shut the Cougars down in their half of the inning. Cleveland State (21-20, 8-17) centerfielder Wright Hackett homered in the bottom ... (click for more)

New Attorneys Have Not Decided On Whether To Seek Mental Evaluation For Hixson Woman Facing Possible Death Penalty

New attorneys for a Hixson woman facing a possible death penalty in Catoosa County, Ga., said they have not decided whether to seek a mental evaluation of Catherine Joann Goins. Police said she lured a 30-year-old woman to a friend's house and killed her in order to steal her newborn. After District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin opted for the death penalty, two attorneys ... (click for more)

Mobile, Ala., Firm Alerted To Send Tug To Cart Off Eyesore Casey Barge

Bankruptcy Trustee Jerry Farinash said Thursday afternoon that a Mobile, Ala., firm has been told to start work on removing the Casey barge from the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. He said Coast Guard officials inspected the barge earlier Thursday and "seemed pleased with the condition it is in." The attorney said the Coast Guard will make a re-inspection just before ... (click for more)

The Heart Of A Teacher Makes A Difference

In less than four weeks, I expect to be one of 216 graduating seniors from East Hamilton School. One could say all possible variables help a student rise to the highest levels in school; but a student is more than his environment or genetic code. He is a mixture of his own propensity and dedication to academics, coupled with a systemic team of mentors who give their all as a student’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Would Mr. Summers’ Clients…

It was a beautiful day at Orange Grove Friday as the nationally-famed center, which cares for over 1,000 intellectually disabled children of all ages, celebrated its annual “Lunch of Champions” with a packed house in the Bucky Williams Gymnasium. Jerry Summers, who insiders know has done more for Orange Grove than any other man alive, not only emceed the event as he does every year, ... (click for more)