UTC Wrestlers Light Up Gardner Webb

Mocs Win SoCon Opener

Monday, December 16, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

It was the inaugural Wrestling by Candlelight and while patrons dined on a three-course meal, the Chattanooga wrestlers feasted on visiting Gardner Webb, winning 35-3 Monday night at Maclellan Gym.

Improving to 5-4 overall on the season and gaining its first Southern Conference victory, UTC won nine of 10 weight classes highlighted by Levi Clemons first period fall in the final match of the night.

John Lampe started the Mocs off with a 5-2 win at 184 followed by three more decisions (Scottie Boykin), Kevin Malone and Campbell Lewis) before Nick Soto registered a major decision, 13-4, against Robbie Golde at 133.


After freshman Ryan Mosely (GW) defeated UTC’s Austin Sams, 6-2, for the Bulldogs’ only points of the match, UTC finished the night with bonus points via a major decision (Alex Hudson, 157), a technical fall (Corey Mock, 165) and Clemons fall.

“It was a great night as the atmosphere with a three-course meal was a super addition to a home match and our intensity on the mat was very good,” said UTC coach Heath Eslinger.

50th Win: Coach Heath Eslinger is now 50-34 in five seasons and ranks fourth all-time on UTC mat coaches list … Eslinger needs seven dual wins to tie No.3 Ethan Reeve (57-38-2).  

First Win: Four-time state Tennessee state high school champion Campbell Lewis (Soddy Daisy HS) has waited two years for his first college win and defeated Philip Anderson, 5-0, at 125 pounds ... "I am grateful for the opportunity to start for the Mocs and have waited a long time for this," said Lewis who has been hurt all but two months in the past two years.

"I wrestled pretty well, didn't turn my opponent, but did ride well.

"I am glad to be part of the team." 

The Matside Menu: Catered by Taziki’s (locations at Market Street and at Gunbarrel) was a greek salad, mixed veggies, marinated chicken and roasted potatoes … home made chocolate cake for dessert.

Candlelight Comments
A Home Run: “It was a great night and I look forward to this event next year,” said Mickie Mock, mother of UTC wrestler Corey Mock, who is named for hall of fame baseball player Mickey Mantle.

She was born Sept. 29,1962 and Mantle had his last great year that season as he won his only Gold Glove,  his last of three American League Most Valuable Player awards (1956-57-62) and the last of seven World Series titles.

Great Expectations: “Tonight’s dinner really exceeded my expectations,” said former Cleveland HS and UTC wrestler Joe Waddell.

Thumbs Up: "The service was wonderful, the food was great and the entire night was top notch," said Libbie Bird Young, mother of East Ridge wrestling coach Chris Bird. "We will definitely attend this event next year."

"This was a great night," said former UTC wrestler Mike Craft. "And I didn't have to cook," said Ann Craft with a laugh.


UTC Wins: Corey Mock is 74-27 for a career with two years at North Carolina before transferring … Kevin Malone is 53-26 … Other career win totals; Nick Soto (59-20), Alex Hudson (57-18), Levi Clemons (36-35)

Next Home Match: Jan. 1-2 – Southern Scuffle at McKenzie Arena … Feb. 2 – SoCon match with App State.

UTC 35, Gardner Webb 3

184 - John Lampe (UTC) dec. Gray Jones, 5-2 … UTC, 3-0

197 - Scottie Boykin (UTC) major dec.  Boyce Cornwell, 11-3 … UTC, 7-0

285 - Kevin Malone (UTC) major dec.  Justin  Kozera, 6-4 … UTC, 10-0

125 – Campbell Lewis (UTC) dec. Philip Anderson, 5-0 … UTC, 13-0

133 Nick Soto (UTC) major dec. Robbie Golde, 13-4 … UTC, 17-0

141 - Ryan Mosley (GW) dec. Austin Sams, 6-2 … UTC, 17-3

149 - Michael Hooker (UTC) dec. Tyler Ziegler, 3-1 … UTC, 20-3
157 - Alex Hudson (UTC) major dec. Kyle Ash, 8-0 … UTC, 24-3

165 - Corey Mock (UTC) tech fall Austin Trott, 17-0 … 29-3

174 - Levi Clemons (UTC) pinned Brett Stein, 2:23 … UTC, 35-3

Records: UTC (5-4, 1-0), Gardner Webb (4-8, 1-1)


Wins: UTC, 9-1

Regular Decisions: UTC, 4-1

Major Decisions: UTC, 3-0

Tech Falls: UTC, 1-0

Pins UTC, 1-0


Play by Play

184 - John Lampe (UTC) dec. Gray Jones, 5-2  .. UTC 3-0

No score first period … 2nd Lampe down …up and out 1-0 … Lampe had an ankle but wrestlers off the mat …  3rd .. Jones down …  up and out 1-1 … Lampe takedown (1) … 3-1 at 1:14 … Jones escape  3-2 …

Lampe almost had the ankle again but Jones stepped out … another sweet ankle pick up for td (2), 5-2 :14 … Heath says “Lampe, great job”  UTC 5-2

197 Scottie Boykin (UTC) major dec. Boyce Cornwell, 11-3 … UTC, 7-0

Boykin gains single leg for takedown (1), 2-0 … Cornwell escape and quick shoot but stalemate 2-1 … good double by Boykin td (2) (4-1) … 2nd …. Cornwell down … escape 4-1 … Boykin another single leg Cornwell countering well … stalemate … Boykin counters for td (3) 6-2 .. 3 rd … Boykin down Cornwell locked hands 7-2 … Boykin escape, 8-2 … pushed he head and went for sweet ankle pic (td-4) 10-2 … has a major with riding time … warning Boykin w-1  Cornwell escape  10-3  plus r.t  11-3

285 Kevin Malone (UTC) dec. Justin Kozera, 6-4 … UTC, 10-0

Malone single leg takedown, 2-0  … escape Kozera countered by Malone double (td-2), 4-1 … 2nd … Malone down … escape 5-1 … warning Kozera (w-1) … 3rd … Kozera down … Malone rides tough …  Kozera escape, 5-2 .. :56 … Kozera nice takedown 5-4  escape Malone, 6-4  :33 ...  Kozera shoots again stalemate :09 …. Kozera shoots but cannot finish  

125 – Campbell Lewis (UTC) dec. Philip Anderson, 5-0 … UTC, 13-0

Lewis text book takedown (1), 2-0 … “watch for elbow roll,” says UTC coach Heath Eslinger … Starkes to tripod but Lewis keeps control … Lewis keeps pressure on … 2nd … Lewis down …   Anderson throws in legs with a half but Lewis counters and gains reverse, 4-0 … Anderson up but Lewis has two on single leg and forces him back to mat … riding tough … 3rd …. Anderson down … goes to tripod but taken back to mat … Lewis  controlling … 1:00 … Anderson warning w-1 …

 133 Nick Soto (UTC) major dec. Robbie Golde, 13-4 … UTC, 17-0

Golde gets takedown (1), 2-0 … Soto counters with escape and takedown (1)of his own, 3-2 … Soto ties up the legs … Golde looks for escape … stalemate … Soto throws in legs …  2nd ... Soto down … escape and td (2), 6-2 … nice head shuck for td (3) … Golde escape 8-4 … another td (4) 10-4 … 3rd … Soto down and reverse 12-4 … “I really like Nick’s energy tonight,” stated Russ Cliché …

141 – Ryan Mosley (GW) dec. Austin Sams, 6-2 … UTC, 17-3

Mosley takedown (1), 2-0 … Sams stands but Mosley controls a leg and they go out of bounds … Mosley drives forward for pressure … 2nd … Mosley down … to three pt stance  … escape, 3-0 … 3rd … Sams neutral … Mosley has single on edge of mat … Mosley td (2), 5-0 … Sams stands  escape, 5-1 :30 ….

 149 - Michael Hooker (UTC) dec.  Tyler Ziegler,3-1 … UTC, 20-3

Nothing first two periods … 3rd … Hooker gains escape and takedown, 3-0 … Tyler escape, 3-1 .. Tyler has single but “great hips” by Hooker to counter … UTC ass’t coach Jon Sioredas and GW bench entertainingly jawing on number of shots by Hooker on his feet

157 - Alex Hudson (UTC) major dec. Kyle Ash, 8-0 … UTC 24-3

Wrestlers force the action and good countering … Hudson gains takedown (1), 2-0 … Hudson ties the legs … 2nd … Hudson down … Hudson up and finally out, 3-0 … td (2) 5-0 … blood stoppage … 3rd … neutral … nice single leg for td (3), 7-0 … ties up leg  … Ash warning-1 … :43 … Hudson major dec.

165 - Corey Mock (UTC) tech fall Austin Trott, 17-0 … UTC, 29-3

Mock gains takedown (1), 2-0 … 2-pt NF … 2-pt NF … 6-0 … 2nd … Mock down … reverse and 3-pt NF, 9-0 …  tech fall  17-0

174 - Levi Clemons (UTC) pinned Brett Stein, 2:23 … UTC, 35-3

Levi First takedown 2-0  escape …  impressive strong takedown and fall 2:23  34-3


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