The Night Jim Morgan's Mocs Filled Big Mac

Coach Morgan Celebrates 75th Birthday Today

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

Sat. Jan 24, 1976 and the UTC wrestlers gave coach Jim Morgan - born Jan. 24, 1938 – a grand 38th birthday present with a win against Appalachian State in Maclellan Gym for his 100th career win.

Mocs Wrestle at Home Sunday: Thirty-seven years later, many of those same wrestlers who helped coach Morgan, who is 75 today, win No.100 will be on hand Sunday at Maclellan Gym to honor their coach and cheer on the current Mocs during Legends Weekend as the Blue and Gold face Southern Conference foe The Citadel (2-1) at 2 p.

m.

That birthday win nearly four decades ago, coupled with a 22-14 victory the previous night against visiting Alabama set the stage as the undefeated Mocs were ready for highly-touted Kentucky on Jan. 27, 1976.

Kentucky 22 UTC 18 -- Morgan’s Mocs were 28-1-1 over two seasons entering the long anticipated with Kentucky coached by Fletcher Carr. The only loss was a road setback to the same Kentucky squad in 1975.

Wrestling before a sellout crowd (3,000), the Cats edged the Mocs, 22-18 in possibly the greatest match ever held in Big Mac.

The Cats were led by SEC champ Garrett Headley (118) and Joe Carr (177), a member of the US. Junior Olympic team.  His younger brother, Jimmy Carr who wrestled in the 1972 Olympics, did not wrestle against the Mocs due to grade transcript irregularities from high school.

The Mocs had six current or future D-II All-Americans.

UTC All-Americans – Randy Batten (118), John Kavelage (134), Turner Jackson (158) and Tim Brennan (167) - all won their matches, but All-American David Weeks (177) lost a one-pointer to Joe Carr (5-4) and the late Ralph "Ziggy" Zigner (1977 All-American), lost a valiant battle in the decider at heavyweight.

Batten got the Mocs off to a good start with a 3-2 win against SEC champ Headley and Kavelage kept the Mocs up 6-5 with a win at 134 …  Jackson ignited the hometown crowd with a fall at 158 to even the match 12-12 and Brennan pushed the lead to 16-12 with a major decision at 167. But, the Cats had two wins and a draw in the final three matches for the victory.

This Sunday at Big Mac … This Sunday – exactly 37 years later to the date – Jan 27, 2013 – the Mocs look for another large crowd as the current Mocs take on Southern Conference foe The Citadel (2-1) at Big Mac at 2 p.m.

Legends Celebration: Coach Jim Morgan and All-Americans/national champions and Southern champions from the Morgan Era (1969-1984) will be introduced midway through Sunday’s match.

 

Recap:  Kentucky 22, Chattanooga 18 – Tues. Jan. 27, 1976 – Big Mac Sellout

118 – Randy Batten (UTC) dec. Garrett Headley, 3-2 ... UTC, 3-0

126 – Mark Randolph (UK) dec. John Noblit, 18-4 … UK, 5-3

134 – John Kavelage (UTC) dec. Kurt Mock, 8-4 … UTC, 6-5

142 – Tim Mousetis (UK) dec. Randy Shipley, 14-6 … UK, 9-6

150 – Scott Crowell (UK) dec . Duane Bennett, 12-5 … UK, 12-6

158 – Turner Jackson (UTC) pinned Dwight Dale, 2:28 … tied, 12-12

167 – Tim Brennan (UTC) dec. Kelly Korth, 10-0 … UTC, 16-12

177 – Joe Carr (UK) dec. David Weeks, 5-4 … UTC, 16-15

190 – Tom Flanagan ((UTC) tied Steve Linz (UK), 8-8 … UTC, 18-17

Heavyweight  - Harold Smith (UK) dec. Ralph Zigner, 18-5 … UK, 22-18

 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


Bearettes Whip Cleveland For Eighth Straight Win

Four players scored in double figures Tuesday night as the undefeated Bradley Central Bearettes routed arch-rival Cleveland 63-40 in District 5-3A high school basketball action at Jim Smiddy Arena. The Bearettes (8-0) won handily despite shooting just 37 percent (14 of 36) from the floor. They only made 4 of 15 shots behind the 3-point line (26.7 percent). Bradley’s most ... (click for more)

Local Star Rawls Powers Hamilton Heights To 97-49 Win

A local basketball product turned in his best offensive performance of the young season in Hamilton Heights’ 97-49 rout of visiting Covenant Ministries on Tuesday night. Jordan Rawls, a sophomore who had played at East Hamilton and Ooltewah before joining the Hawks, scored a career-high 26 points. The 6-foot Rawls, who had scored only 18 points in his previous seven ... (click for more)

City Council Approves $2.19 Million Purchase Of Body Cameras For Police Officers

The City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to approve the $2,191,544 purchase of body cameras for city police officers. Councilman Chip Henderson, who heads the council's public safety committee, said the purchase was already included in the budget. The city will get some help from the federal government in the form of a grant for almost $300,000 toward the expense. ... (click for more)

Fire Lieutenant Who Caught Baby Dropped From 3rd Floor Of Burning Building Has To Give Up Career Over Incident

A Chattanooga Fire Department officer who was hailed as a hero after catching a baby dropped by the mother from the third floor of a burning building lost his career as a result of the incident. City officials said after Lt. Vernon Lane caught the 10-month-old baby boy that the mother then jumped and landed on him. He suffered severe injuries and has been unable to work ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennessee Electors Of The President - And Response (2)

This an open letter to the following people who are Tennessee's presidential electors this year: Joey Jacobs (Brentwood), Beth Scott Clayton Amos (Nashville), Jason Mumpower (Bristol), Susan Mills (Maryville), Liz Holiway (Harriman), Lynne Davis (Lascassas), Tom Lawless (Nashville), Mike Callahan (Monterey), Pat Allen (Clarksville), Shannon Haynes (Alamo), and Drew Daniel (Memphis).  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: You Can’t Sue You

The Hamilton County School Board will convene an hour earlier tomorrow to discuss “facilities” and the question of the hour is “Which ones?” Several communities are actively studying pulling away from the county’s Department of Education and the stew is thickening by the day. Now comes the revelation that school board attorney Scott Bennett has sent an email to the town of Signal ... (click for more)