Soto Named Wrestler Of The Month

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Chattanooga junior Nick Soto went 8-0 in December, earning the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month honor, the league office announced today.  UTC has taken the first two monthly awards from the SoCon, with Corey Mock also getting the nod for November. 

Soto won the 133-pound bracket at the Reno Tournament of Champions and went 3-0 in dual matches. The highlight of his month was unquestionably his 15-8 win over No. 1 Ryan Mango of Stanford on Dec. 20.  That performance helped the Mocs knock off the 15th-ranked Cardinal on the road.

Soto opened December with a 10-8 win over All-American Cashe Quiroga of No. 21 Purdue on Dec. 15.  He then topped Gardner-Webb’s Robbie Golde via major decision the following day, leading the Mocs to a 35-3 win in their SoCon opener. 

At the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 22, the Spring Hill, Fla., native went 5-0 to earn the 133-pound crown, starting with a 15-0 dismantling of Shorter’s Clint Jones. Soto followed that up with an 11-5 win over Oregon State’s Izaak Tobin before rattling off three straight major decisions to clinch the title. Five of his eight wins in the month went for bonus points. Soto was named the SoCon wrestler of the week for his efforts over the final two weeks of December.

This is the second SoCon Wrestler of the Month Award for Soto.  He also took the honor in January 2012 during his freshman season.  He is currently ranked No. 11 in the nation at 133 pounds and holds a 20-6 overall record. 

As a team, the Mocs are 6-4 overall and 1-0 in SoCon action.  The Mocs are coming off a 16th place showing at the Southern Scuffle and are just outside of this week’s Top-25.  UTC garnered 39 points in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll this week, just two spots out of the rankings. 

Chattanooga heads to the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va., this weekend.  The Mocs open the 12-team tournament against Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 10, at 9:00 a.m. (E.S.T.).  The last home match of the season is set for Sunday, Feb. 2, against Appalachian State at 2:00 p.m. in Maclellan Gym.


Lookouts Bounce Back Beating Wahoos Thursday, 7-3

Pensacola, Fl..  Chattanooga tagged the Blue Wahoos relievers to go on to win, 7-3, in front of 4,884 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Ryan Eades improved to 5-3 with six strong innings. He gave up just one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out six. Jake Reed worked the next two innings. He gave up two runs on three hits and two hit batters. He did strike out four. Mason ... (click for more)

Eleven Area Players On TSWA All-State Tennis Team

Eleven players from the Chattanooga area have been voted to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state tennis team. Making the team were Hixson's Alex Condra and Richard Vuong (doubles), McCallie's Taylor Burgan (singles), Baylor's Alex Kadrie and Patrick Toomey (doubles), Boyd-Buchanan's Christiana Amos (singles), Baylor's Drew Hawkin (singles), GPS' Maddox Bandy and ... (click for more)

Spiegel Says Walker County Could Make Payments On $8,705,000 Hutcheson Debt; James Says Letter is Heavy-Handed

Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel has written Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell to say that Erlanger would consider taking payments on the $8,705,000 Hutcheson debt. Stuart James, special counsel for Walker County, called the overture "heavy-handed." Walker County earlier offered a $1.3 million "global settlement" that was rejected by Erlanger. Catoosa County ... (click for more)

Customer At East Ridge Gas Station Shoots And Kills Robber; He Had Been Trying To Take Female Clerk With Him

East Ridge Police said a customer at an East Ridge gas station early Thursday morning shot a robber, who was then found by police lying outside the station and was arrested.  The robber has died.  His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. At 1:47 a.m., East Ridge Police responded to 4011 Ringgold Road, the Marathon Service Station, on ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (6)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

I can never remember a day in July when my garden, my lawn, my dogwood tree, and my ferns are all wilting for lack of rain. Right now we are more than eight inches under our average rainfall for the first six months and, on this wonderful weekend, those who love firecrackers are urged to keep a pail of water in case a spark could cause a fire. On the other hand, every July 4 th ... (click for more)