Moc Wrestlers Ranked No. 23 In National Poll

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team cracked the top-25 for the first time in the Heath Eslinger era today.  The Mocs check in at No. 23 in this week’s USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll for January 14. 

This is the first national ranking for the Mocs since finishing the 2007-08 regular season at No. 18.  UTC is currently 10-5 overall and 1-0 in Southern Conference matches.  The Mocs are coming off a 4-1 showing and a fifth place finish at the Virginia Duals last weekend. 

Four of the Mocs’ five losses are against teams currently ranked in the top-25, including No. 12 Virginia, No. 16 Virginia Tech, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 22 Purdue.  UTC’s other loss was against Rider in the Hokie Duals, but that defeat was avenged with a win over the Broncs at the Virginia Duals on Saturday. 

UTC’s signature win is a 25-13 victory over then No. 15 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., on Dec. 20.  Chattanooga also has a 16th place showing at the prestigious Southern Scuffle, a sixth place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions and a fifth place spot at the Navy Classic. 

Individually, the Mocs are led by junior Corey Mock.  He is 22-1 on the year and No. 6 in the nation at 165.  Fellow junior Nick Soto is 24-7 overall and No. 13 in the country at 133. 

Chattanooga hits the road again this weekend for Southern Conference action at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.  Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Edwardsville, Ill.  The Eagles are an affiliate member of the Southern Conference in wrestling only.

UTC’s final home match of the season is Sunday, Feb. 2, against Appalachian State.  Match time against the Mountaineers is 2:00 p.m.

Rank 

Team (First) 

Points 

Conference 

Record 

Previous 

Penn State (10)

400

Big Ten

8-0

1

Minnesota 

387

Big Ten

6-0

2

Iowa 

380

Big Ten

10-1

3

Oklahoma 

373

Big 12

7-0

4

Cornell 

354

EIWA

4-0

6

(tie)

Oklahoma State 

354

Big Ten

3-3

5

Missouri 

337

MAC

3-0

7

Nebraska 

335

Big Ten

8-0

8

Northern Iowa 

317

MAC

5-0

10

10 

Ohio State 

302

Big Ten

6-2

9

11 

Illinois 

295

Big Ten

6-3

11

12 

Virginia 

286

ACC

11-2

13

13 

Pittsburgh 

284

ACC

8-1

12

14 

Edinboro 

269

EWL

4-3

14

15 

Northwestern 

258

Big Ten

6-2

16

16 

Virginia Tech 

253

ACC

11-2

15

17 

Iowa State 

237

Big 12

6-2

17

18 

Wisconsin 

227

Big Ten

9-4

23

19 

Michigan 

224

 Big Ten

5-2

18

20 

Oregon State 

192

Pac-12

6-4

24

21 

Lehigh 

190

EIWA

5-4

19

22 

Purdue 

188

Big Ten

3-4

20

23 

Chattanooga 

178

Southern

10-5

NR

24 

Stanford 

140 

Pac-12

9-3

21

25 

Ohio 

55

MAC

5-1

NR


Portis, Arkansas Hog Tie Tennessee, 69-64

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