UTC Wrestling Team Travels To Virginia Duals

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team returns to dual action this weekend at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va.  The Mocs open the 12-team tournament against Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 10, at 9:00 a.m. 

Trackwrestling.com will have live scoring of the event, while Flowrestling.org is providing a video stream to its Flo Pro subscribers.  Links to both are availale on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.    

Chattanooga is currently 6-4 overall and 1-0 in Southern Conference action.  The Mocs are coming off a 16th place showing in the prestigious Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2.  UTC has won two straight duals, including a 25-13 upset of No. 15 Stanford on Dec. 20 in Palo Alto, Calif.

Chattanooga is seeded eighth in the tournament, with top-seeded Virginia awaiting the winner of the Mocs-Sun Devils match.  A complete bracket is included in the .pdf of the Match Notes and attached to this story.   

PARTICIPATING TEAMS
There are 12 teams in the field at the Virginia Duals, including the Mocs, Arizona State, No. 22 Bloomsburg, Bucknell, The Citadel, No. 9/14 Edinboro, George Mason, No. 22 Kent State, Lock Haven, Nebraska-Kearney, No. 25 Old Dominion, Rider, No. 15/13 Virginia and No. 15 Virginia Tech. 

Of this group, six are ranked in the current Intermat Top-25 or the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.  Bloomsburg is 5-2 overall and No. 22 in the Coaches Poll.  They are joined by No. 15 Virgnia Tech (8-1) in the coaches listings. 

Edinboro (2-2) is the highest ranked team, checking in a No. 9 in Intermat and No. 14 in the coaches.  Virginia (8-2) is No. 13 in the coaches and No. 15 in Intermat.  No. 22 Kent State (5-4) and No. 25 Old Dominion (2-5) are the other top-25 teams according to Intermat. 

The seeds for the tournament are as follows:
No. 1 – Virginia
No. 2 – Edinboro
No. 3 – Virginia Tech
No. 4 – Bloomsburg
No. 5 – Kent State
No. 6 – Rider
No. 7 – Old Dominion
No. 8 – Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP:
125:  Byron Smith (Fr. – 5-8) or Campbell Lewis (Fr. – 1-1)
133:  No. 11 Nick Soto (Jr. – 20-6)
141:  Michael Pongracz (Fr. - 12-7)
149:  Shawn Greevy (Jr. – 10-6) or Austin Sams (So. – 6-12)
157:  Alex Hudson (Sr. – 17-5) or Michael Hooker (Fr. – 9-10)
165:  No. 4/6 Corey Mock (Jr. – 18-0) or Trey Stavrum (Jr. – 5-6)
174:  Levi Clemons (Jr. – 13-10)
184:  John Lampe (So. – 10-4) or Clay Dent (So. – 0-5)
197:  Scottie Boykin (Fr. – 10-10)
285:  Dawson Peck (Fr. – 0-0)

ARIZONA STATE PROBABLE LINEUP
125:  Ares Carpio (So. - 9-8)
133:  Kalin Goodsite (So. - 0-2)
141:  Matt Kraus (So. - 11-7)
149:  Preston McCalmon (Jr. - 4-8)
157:  Joel Smith (Jr. - 8-6)
165:  Nick Rex (Sr. - 3-4)
174:  Kevin Radford (Jr. - 17-9)
184:  No. 18 Blake Stauffer (So. - 7-5)
197:  Wes Moore (So. - 3-5)
285:  Chace Eskam (Jr. - 5-5)

Arizona State is 2-2 in dual matches this season, with wins over SIU-Edwardsville (32-3) and Ouachita Baptist (31-6) and losses to Illinois (27-11) and Bloomsburg (18-15).  In the most recent polls, the Sun Devils are ranked at T-No. 46 by InterMat as of Jan. 7, and at T-No. 44 by W.I.N. Magazine as of Jan. 4.

Individually, Blake Stauffer (184) remains ranked in the Jan. 7 AWN poll at No. 18, while Kyle Colling is ranked at No. 16 in the Jan. 7 InterMat poll, and WIN Magazine ranks him at No. 12 in the Jan. 3 edition.



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