Soto Named Wrestler Of The Month

Tuesday, January 07, 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.


Raiders Baseball Club To Hold Clinic And Tryouts For 9-Year-Olds

Raiders Baseball Club, based out of Chattanooga and North Georgia, will be hosting a clinic/tryout for upcoming nine-year-olds for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 seasons. It will take place at Baylor School on Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Aug. 3 from 1-4 p.m. Both days are preferred but not required. The clinic/tryout will take place on the Baylor Softball Field. The clinic cost ... (click for more)

Stars Beat Lookouts, 5-4, With Walk-Off Ninth

Huntsville, AL---- The Huntsville Stars came back for the second straight night against the Chattanooga Lookouts late in the game to pull out a victory. Recap Nick Shaw's two-run double in the bottom of the ninth gave the Stars a 5-4 win over the Lookouts Monday night at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville. The Stars were trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth.  ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Choo Choo Adding Clubs, Restaurants In $8 Million Renovation

The historic Chattanooga Choo Choo is adding clubs and restaurants in a $7 million renovation, it was announced in front of the South Market Street landmark on Monday morning. The Comedy Catch will be moving from its longtime home in Brainerd and there will be a new 500-person music venue that will be in addition to Track 29. The new venue, managed by Track 29, will feature a ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)