Moc Wrestlers Travel to Cleveland State Sunday

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team wraps up the non-conference portion of its 2012-13 schedule with a trip to Cleveland State this weekend. The Mocs take on the Vikings at 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on Sunday, Jan. 20.

UTC is trying to even its 4-5 record prior to the start of Southern Conference action. Chattanooga has competed against a brutal dual schedule, with four of its five losses coming against teams ranked in top-20 in the nation.

Cleveland State is opening its home dual slate this weekend.

The 2-3 Vikings host Lock Haven on Friday before the Mocs visit on Sunday. CSU took part in the 2013 Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga earlier this month, finishing 20th in the tournament.

A link for live stats is available on the wrestling schedule page on

125: No. 15Nick Soto (So. - 17-5)
133: Marvin Lopez (Fr. - 7-7) or Alex Ward (Fr. - 1-3)
141: Dean Pavlou (Sr. - 16-9)
149: Alex Hudson - (Jr. - 4-5)
157: Trey Stavrum (So. - 7-11)
165: Josh Condon (Sr. - 2-5)/John Lampe (Fr. - 8-10)
174: Jake Young (Jr. - 7-9)
184: Robert Prigmore (Sr. - 5-10)/T.J. Holmes (Fr. - 4-5)
197: No. 18 Niko Brown (Sr. - 19-3)
285: Kevin Malone (So. - 10-7)
Head Coach: Heath Eslinger (38-27 - 4th Year)

The Mocs are 4-5 on the year with wins over Ohio (21-12), Anderson (37-6), Cumberland (49-0) and Princeton (27-10). Four of the five losses have come against ranked teams in No. 16 Virginia (9-26), No. 2 Iowa (6-37), No. 2 Oklahoma State (9-41) and No. 9 Illinois (10-29).

125: Ben Willeford (Jr. - 16-11)
133: Michael Carlone (Fr. - 12-9)
141: Daniel King (Fr. - 4-9) or R.J. LaBeef (Fr. - 7-7)
149: Mike Mencini (Sr. - 2-5)
157: Matt Donohue (So. - 12-11)
165: Corey Carlo (Sr. - 10-12) or Michael Monson (Jr. - 0-5)
174: Xavier Dye (So. - 7-9)
184: Corbin Boone (Jr. - 3-6) or Bobby Blankenship (So. - 3-12)
197: Nick Anthony (Sr. - 4-8)
285: Riley Shaw (Fr. - 14-11)
Head Coach: Ben Stehura (16-58 - 5th Year)

Cleveland State is currently 2-2 in dual meets this season. The Vikings have road wins at John Carroll (31-9) and George Mason (20-15). Their losses are against Pittsburgh (8-36) and Brown (12-29. CSU finished 20th in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga on Jan. 1-2. They also placed fifth in the Navy Classic on Nov. 17.

UTC is 1-4 all-time against Cleveland State. The Mocs got their first win in the series last season on Jan. 8, defeating the Vikings 37-3. This is UTC's first trip to Cleveland State. The Mocs four losses in the series were all at neutral sites.

Chattanooga 37 - Cleveland State 3
Jan. 8 - Chattanooga, Tenn.
141:Shawn Greevy (UTC) - MD 10-0 - Josh Palivoda (CSU) - UTC 4-0
149: Kelly Felix (UTC) - TF 18-2 (6:34) - Mike Mencini (CSU) - UTC 9-0
157: Dan Waddell (UTC) - Dec. 4-2 - Brandon Sommers (CSU) - UTC 12-0
165: Brandon Wright (UTC) - Dec. 2-0 - Corey Carlo (CSU) - UTC 15-0
174: Levi Clemons (UTC) - Fall 4:28 - Aric Thurn (CSU) - UTC 21-0
184: Robert Prigmore (UTC) - Dec. 3-1 (OT) - Corbin Boone (CSU) - UTC 24-0
197: Niko Brown (UTC) - MD 18 - 5 - Nick Anthony (CSU) - UTC 28-0
285: Kevin Malone (UTC) - Fall 5:45 - Garry Yarborough (CSU) - UTC 34-0
125: Ben Willeford (CSU) - Dec. 4-2 - Blake Thomas (UTC) - UTC 34-3
133: No. 14 Nick Soto (UTC) - Dec. 12-9 - Nick Flannery (CSU) - UTC 37-3

Despite the fact that these two teams met just a year ago, there are only two likely rematches based on the probable lineups. At 184, UTC'sRobert Prigmore defeated Corbin Bone (3-1) in overtime in last year's meeting. Chattanooga'sNiko Brown had an 18-5 major decision over Nick Anthony at 197 in the previous meeting.

The Mocs matched up with Cleveland State three times on an individual basis in the Southern Scuffle. At 133, freshmanAlex Ward lost by a point to Mike Carlone (8-7) in consolation action. JuniorJake Young defeated Xavier Dye in overtime (6-4) in the 174 backdraw, while heavyweightKevin Malone posted a 6-1 win over Riley Shaw in the first round.

The Mocs are set to host "Legends Weekend" Jan. 26-27. All former wrestlers, trainers, managers and coaches are invited to take part in the two-day event. There is a private reception at the Chattanooga Marriott on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. All retuning alumni will be honored during the Mocs match with The Citadel on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m. in Maclellan Gym. Check out the letter and registration form on the sidebar of the wrestling page on for more details or to sign up for the event.

The UTC wrestling team had an overall program record 2.89 grade-point-average for the 2012 fall semester. The Mocs also set team records with 14 on the Dean's List and 18 on the AD Honor Roll. Senior Dean Pavlou (Health & Human Performance) and freshman John Lampe (History) were two of 28 student-athletes at UTC with a 4.0 g.p.a. in the fall.

SophomoreNick Soto is No. 15 in the WIN and AWN top-20 at 125 pounds. He also checks in at No. 19 according to Intermat. Soto is 17-5 overall with a 7-2 mark in dual matches. He finished second at the Wolfpack Open and won the Hokie Open earlier in the year. SeniorNiko Brown is No. 18 in this week's AWN top-20 at 197 pounds. He is currently 19-3 overall and undefeated in dual matches at 7-0.

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