Moc Wrestlers Fall to No. 20 North Dakota State

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The 19th-ranked UTC wrestling team was knocked out of the championship round of the NWCA National Duals by No. 20 North Dakota State on Sunday.  The Mocs won three matches, but lost the team dual by a 28-10 score. 

Freshmen Michael Pongracz (141) and Dawson Peck (285) and senior Alex Hudson (157) all scored wins in the loss that saw NDSU lead from start to finish.  After giving up an opening pin at 125, the match really swung at 133.  UTC’s 11th-ranked Nick Soto lost in overtime (6-4) to Justin LaValle, dropping the Mocs into a 9-0 hole. 

Pongracz responded with a 4-3 win at 141 over Clayton Cathey, but UTC gave up a four-point major decision at 149.  Hudson improved to 26-6 on the year with a 12-2 major decision over Nicholas Olejnik at 157, closing the gap to 12-7 in the team score. 

165 was a battle of top-10s between the Bison’s No. 3 Steven Monk and Chattanooga’s ninth-ranked junior Corey Mock.  A takedown in the first and a reversal in the third was the only scoring in Monk’s 4-0 win. 

NDSU wrapped up the match when No. 17 Kurtis Julson posted a 6-2 decision over sophomore John Lampe at 184.  That made the team score 22-7 with two bouts left.  Peck rounded out Chattanooga’s scoring with an 8-2 decision over Evan Knutson at heavyweight to improve to 10-1 on the season. 

With the loss, UTC drops to 15-6 on the year, while the Bison improve to 10-4.  Chattanooga has a bye in the back draw for this evening, so their next match will be against the loser of No. 4 Cornell and No. 16 Virginia Tech on Monday at 11:00 a.m. (E.D.T.).  The Mocs could have two additional matches on Monday if they continue to win.

Links for live scoring from Trackwrestling.com and live video from Flowrestling.org are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.  Check the schedule later tonight to see which team UTC will face in the morning. 

No. 20 North Dakota State 28 – No. 19 Chattanooga 10 
NWCA National Duals – Columbus, Ohio
125:  Hunter Weber (NDSU) - Fall 2:58 - Byron Smith (UTC) – NDSU 6-0
133:  Justin LaValle (NDSU) – Dec. 6-4 (SV1) - No. 11 Nick Soto (UTC) – NDSU 9-0
141:  Mike Pongracz (UTC) – Dec. 4-3 - Clayton Cathey (NDSU) – NDSU 9-3
149:  Tanner Carlisle (NDSU) – Dec. 9-5 – Shawn Greevy (UTC) – NDSU 12-3
157:  Alex Hudson (UTC) – MD 12-2 - Nicholas Olejnik (NDSU) – NDSU 12-7
165:  No. 3 Steven Monk (NDSU) – Dec. 4-0 - No. 9 Corey Mock (UTC) – NDSU 15-7
174:  No. 12 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) – MD 11-3 - Levi Clemons (UTC) – NDSU 19-7
184:  No. 17 Kurtis Julson (NDSU) – Dec. 6-2 - John Lampe (UTC) – NDSU 22-7
197:  Tyler Lehmann (NDSU) – Fall 1:16 - Scottie Boykin (UTC) – NDSU 28-7
285:  Dawson Peck (UTC) – Dec. 8-2 - Evan Knutson (NDSU) – NDSU 28-10



Lee Women Win 1-0 Over West Alabama

The No. 17 Lee University women’s soccer team continued its pursuit of the Gulf South Conference (GSC) regular season championship with a 1-0 defeat of West Alabama Sunday afternoon at the Lee Soccer Field. The Lady Flames (12-4, 11-2 GSC) moved back into a tie with Mississippi College at the top of the standings, although Lee holds the head-to-head tie-breaker and would receive ... (click for more)

No. 20 West Alabama Survive Lee Upset

Thanks to a goal with just 36 seconds left in double overtime the No. 20 West Alabama Tigers survived a 2-1 battle with the Lee men's soccer team on Sunday afternoon from the Lee Soccer Field. Owen Keck broke a scoreless tie in the 83rd minute as he headed in a cross from Samir Williams to give the Flames a 1-0 lead over the Tigers. The Gulf South leaders wouldn't go away however ... (click for more)

Man Shot Multiple Times In Cleveland; Jesus Teague, 14, Is Arrested

On Saturday, at 6:12 a.m., Cleveland Police Department responded to 1210 Elrod Place SE in reference to a domestic disturbance.   A man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is stable, at this time.   The suspect, Jesus Tyler Teague, 14, was located and was in custody as of 3:25 p.m. ... (click for more)

Travis Caslin, 42, Shot While Walking Along South Willow Street

Chattanooga Police said a man was shot on Friday night while walking along South Willow Street.   The victim was identified as Travis Caslin, 42.   At 7:37 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers were called to a local hospital after a person showed up with a gunshot wound.   Police were informed that the victim's condition was non-life threatening. ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s All About People

The leaders of Hamilton County’s Mental Health Court held a heart-warming open house Friday afternoon and it was announced that just since February, the creation has saved the county over $3 million in incarceration costs. But to hear County Mayor Jim Coppinger or Judge Don Poole tell it, that’s not what is important. “Soon after the court started, a kind, quiet man I’ll ... (click for more)