Mock, Soto Lead Mocs To Sixth Place Finish At Reno TOC

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team posted a sixth place showing at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev., on Sunday.  Juniors Corey Mock and Nick Soto led the team with wins in their weight classes. 

Soto continued his hot streak, scoring bonus points in four of his five wins at 133 pounds.  He capped off a great weekend of competition with a 12-3 major decision over Javier Gasca, who was competing unattached.  He is now 14-4 overall, including Friday’s win over No. 1 Ryan Mango in the dual victory against No. 15 Stanford. 

Mock dominated the field at 165, not giving up a takedown in five matches.  He improved his overall record to 18-0 and has only once allowed a takedown this season.  Mock finished his run to the title with an impressive 9-1 major decision over Nebraska’s 16th-ranked Austin Wilson.  It was Mock’s fifth win over a ranked competitor this season. 

Senior Alex Hudson finished third in at 157, adding five wins to up his season record to 16-3.  Seeded second in the tournament, he advanced to the semifinals of the main draw.  There he was pinned by Wyoming’s Andy McCulley (2:12).  He bounced back with two more wins in the backdraw to place third overall. 

Sophomore Austin Sams and freshman Michael Pongracz competed for the Mocs at 141.  Sams won his first two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the main draw.  There he was pinned (2:32) by No. 7 and eventual champion Evan Henderson of North Carolina.  He scored one more win in the backdraw.  Pongracz had three wins of his own before bowing out in the consolation bracket.   

Junior Shawn Greevy led Chattanooga at 149, posting two wins in consolation action.  Freshman Michael Hooker nearly had a signature victory, falling to Ohio’s 17th-ranked Tywan Claxton in overtime.   Freshman Scottie Boykin posted a pair of main draw wins at 197.  He was knocked out in the Round of 16 with an 8-1 loss to Ohio’s 13th-ranked Phil Wellington.

The Mocs had a strong finish in the team score, despite not fielding anyone at 125, 184 or 285.  UTC will take a few days off for the Christmas break before turning its attention to the Southern Scuffle. 

The 2014 Southern Scuffle, presented by Defense Soap and Flips Wrestling, is set for Jan. 1-2 at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn.  Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).    

TEAM
1.  Nebraska – 159
2.  Wyoming – 103
3.  North Carolina – 97
4.  Ohio – 83
5.  West Virginia - 78.5
6.  Chattanooga - 71.5
7.  Upper Iowa - 48.5
8.  Oregon State – 47
9.  Cal Poly - 45.5
10.  CSU Bakersfield – 42
11.  Montana State Northern - 38.5
12.  Stanford - 37.5
13.  Grand Canyon - 36.5
14.  Boise State – 33
15.  Southern Oregon - 26.5
16.  Clackamas - 21.5
17.  Arizona State – 20
18.  Citadel – 16
19.  Simpson – 16
20.  Southwest Oregon CC - 13.5
21.  Oklahoma City University – 13
22.  Shorter (Ga.) - 11.5
23.  Adams State – 8
24.  Simon Fraser - 7.5
25.  Northwest Tech – 0

133
Nick Soto – 1st Place
                Clint Jones (Shorter) - W-TF, 15-0
                Izaak Tobin (Oregon St.) - W-D, 11-5
                Ben Morgan (Nebraska) - W-MD, 15-3
                Devin Lottio (Cal Poly) - W-MD, 9-0
                Javier Gasca III (Michigan St.) - W-MD, 12-3

141
Austin Sams
                Blaine Lindahl (Simpson) - W-Fall (4:01)
                Robbie Rizzolino (Unattached) - W-D, 7-3
                No. 7 Evan Henderson (UNC) - L-Fall, 2:32
                Joey Moon (UNC) - W-D, 10-9
                Cameron Neiss (Montana St.) - L-MD, 4-13

Michael Pongracz
                Lino Gomez (OKC) - W-MD, 8-0
                Dalton Brady (UVU) - W-D, 7-4
                Joey Ward (UNC) - L-D, 7-12
                Kevin Coburn (Boise St.) - W-Fall (3:37)
                Cameron Neiss (Montana St.) - L-Fall (1:00)

149
Shawn Greevy
                Edwin Copper (Upper Iowa) - L-D, 6-7
                Ricky McCarty (OKC) - W-D, 7-3
                Jared Johnshoy (Boise St.) - W-MD, 8-0
                Reed Van Anrooy (Unattached) - L-D, 4-14

Michael Hooker
                No. 17 Twyan Claxton (Ohio) - L-2-4 (OT)
                Dalton Kelley (CSU Bakersfield) - L-D, 2-3

157
Alex Hudson – 3rd Place
                Jay Tovey (Oregon State) - W-TF, 16-0
                Tyler Strenkw (SW Oregon) - W-MD, 8-0
                Garrett Schaner (Stanford) - W-D, 5-4
                Andy McCulley (Wyoming) - L-Fall (2:12)
                Abraham Rodriguez (WBU) - W-TF, 18-1
                Garrett Schaner (Stanford) - W-D, 8-6

165
Corey Mock – 1st Place
                Paul Woodman (Cal Poly) - W-Fall (1:58)
                Toney Chay (Oregon St.) - W-D, 6-0
                Nick Schlager (Oregon St.) - W-MD, 11-0
                Ross Renzi (West Virginia) - W-D, 1-0
                No. 16 Austin Wilson (Neb.) - W-MD, 9-1

174
Levi Clemons
                Joe Latham (Oregon St.) - L-MD, 11-23
                Jace Jensen (Wyoming) - L-Inj.

197
Scottie Boykin
                Ethan Hinton (Southern Ore.) - W-MD, 13-4
                Marcus Haughian (GCU) - W-MD, 15-7
                No. 13 Phil Wellington (Ohio) - L-D, 1-8
                Rueben Franklin (CSU Bfield.) - L-D, 6-10        


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