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

Super


Hustle Baseball To Hold Tryouts At Ooltewah On Saturday

The brand new Hustle Baseball program is having tryouts for its 2015 summer teams on Saturday at Ooltewah High School. Eleven- and 12-year-old tryouts are scheduled for noon to 2 p.m., 13-14 go from 2 to 4 p.m. and 15-16 from 4 to 6 p.m. This program will be led by Ooltewah coach Brian Hitchcox and his new assistant Wes Caldwell, who have a combined 40-plus years of baseball ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain DYB in State Finals

Winners of five straight games in the consolation bracket, the Signal Mountain American (10 year olds) is two wins from a trip to the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series. Today, Signal Mountain (5-1) has to defeat host Springfield (5-0) twice to win the state championship. Monday, SM defeated Lewis County, 6-5, as Braeden Wolfard's double drove in Cooper ... (click for more)

DA Looking Into Issue Of County Commission Candidate's Campaign Sending Filled-Out Request For Absentee Ballot To Elderly Voters

The District Attorney's Office has been provided with documents that a County Commission candidate's campaign sent filled-out requests for absentee ballots to elderly voters. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said there have been four instances in which such requests came from the Elect John Brooks campaign. He said state law says in Section 2-6-202:  (3) A person ... (click for more)

Graham Says County School-City Lawsuit Settlement "Stinks," But County Commission Approves It

The County Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Hamilton County Schools against the city of Chattanooga, though several commissioners said they were not happy with the deal and Commissioner Joe Graham said it "stinks." Commissioner Graham was the lone no vote. He was joined by Commissioner Tim Boyd in a failed effort to defer it a week. ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (2)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)