UTC Wrestlers Moving to Big Mac

UTC vs. App State Today at 2 p.m.

Sunday, February 02, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Call it what you like.

Big Mac … The House that Jim Morgan Built … Heath’s House

Today at 2 p.m. in Maclellan Gym the No.20 ranked UTC wrestlers take on Appalachian State in a Southern Conference match

Opened in the 1960s and quickly known as one of the toughest places to wrestle during the Coach Jim Morgan Era of the 70s and early 80s, today Maclellan Gym is undergoing a makeover and facelift as the Heath Eslinger Era Mocs look to make Big Mac their permanent home by late spring.

Not one to let trivial obstacles, such as bricks and mortar and needed cash get in the way of a seeing a vision become reality, coach Eslinger is working with university officials for a win-win situation.

"I feel it is important for the program to have our coaches offices, a practice facility and student-athlete lounge in the same building where we wrestle, said coach Eslinger. “And the athletics department can use our current coaches office, locker room and practice room for other departments.

Looking a bargain renovation price tag of $200,000 the former Southern Conference champion is contacting interested parties in the community who can join the Mocs wrestling family.

“Right at $200,000 is a great price for all the work we are doing in Maclellan Gym,” Eslinger stated last week.

“When we are finished with the work, our wrestlers will have an area for exercise equipment, a lounge with flat screen tv and refrigerator and a practice room adjacent to the gym floor.”

While Eslinger and friends work toward a spring deadline, the wrestlers continue to work hard to put a national-caliber product on the mat for their longtime, loyal followers.

It’s the next step along the yellow brick road to becoming known as a national power as wrestlers and coaches stay the course in promoting Chattanooga Strong.

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

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