UTC Wrestling Adds Heavyweight Dawson Peck

High School All-American and Va. Tech Transfer

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Chattanooga wresting coach Heath Eslinger had a tall order for Christmas and the 6-8, 240 pound gift came already assembled.

When redshirt junior heavyweight Kevin Malone suffered a season-ending left knee injury the third week in December, Eslinger went to work to find a new heavyweight and in steps 6-8, 240 pound true freshman Dawson Peck.

Having registered for classes today, Peck gives the Mocs a full lineup as the Blue and Gold head to the Virginia Duals (Jan. 10-11) in Charlottesville.

A three-time Greco-Roman High School All-American, Peck has already had success this season with tourney wins at the Hokie and Wilkies Opens.

Malone is a two-time Southern Conference runner-up, earned SoCon All-Freshman Team honors two years ago and has a career record of 54-27. The Carrollton, Ohio native earned Dean's List Honors (3.2 gpa or higher) for the recently completed fall semester. 

"I am excited to be at UTC and look forward to wrestling in this weekend's Va. Duals," said Peck a true freshman and a two-time Pennsylvania state medalist - runner-up as a junior and third place as a senior - for Chambersburg (Pa.) High School.

Other pre-college honors include  All-American recognition at NHSCA Senior Nationals, winning  the NHSCA Junior Nationals in folk style and placed eighth at the Junior Nationals in Greco Roman at 215 pounds.

He was a third place finisher at the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals and a Cadet All-American in 2010.

"Having Dawson enroll here at UTC in mid-year is good timing for us and him," said coach Eslinger.

"We are glad to have him as part of the team and know he will be a valuable part of the line-up in this week's Virginia Duals and more importantly as we head into the Southern Conference schedule in less than two weeks."

SoCon Schedule: UTC have road trips to SIU-Edwardsvile (Jan.19) and The Citadel (Jan.22), before hosting Appalachian State on Feb.2. 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


Dalton State Women’s Golf: A 1st-Year Team With Winning Results

Jim McGrew, coach of the Dalton State Women's Golf Team, made a decision last year to delay the beginning of women's golf by one season.  His reasoning was that by doing so he would have more time to recruit and the Lady Roadrunners would be more competitive from the beginning of the program. During the extra time that he was allowed, Coach McGrew proved that ... (click for more)

Dalton State Volleyball Defeats Reinhardt 3-0

Dalton State                 25    25    25  - 3 Reinhardt University   19    18    20  - 0 The Dalton State volleyball team defeated visiting Reinhardt in straight sets Thursday night on Coach O Court at B. J. Bandy ... (click for more)

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)