UTC Wrestlers Stop Appalachian State, 35-8

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

On a day when senior Alex Hudson gained his 50th career win and coach Heath Eslinger moved up to No. 3 on the all-time Moc wins list, Chattanooga defeated Appalachian State, 35-8, in a Southern Conference wrestling match at Maclellan Gym.

"Alex and Dawson (Peck) looked good today, but overall we have to get more pep in our step,” said Eslinger after the Mocs win gave him 58 coaching victories, good enough for third on the Mocs list behind Jim Morgan (209) and Andy Nardo (77).

“Our overall performance was good enough to win, but not great.”

The Mocs improve to 13-5 overall and 4-0 in SoCon play, while App State falls to 4-8 and 1-3.

The 13 wins is the most since a Chris Bono coached Moc team was 16-1 in his first year (2007).

Hudson (23-6) dominated his foe Nick Hall with an impressive 11-0 first period score which included a trio of 3-point near falls. He registered one of two technical falls, 17-0, at 157.

Peck (7-1), who had a 13-point first period, had the other tech fall for the Blue and Gold, defeating Denzell Djournette 17-1 at 285.

The Mocs won the first four matches for a 12-0 lead after Peck’s tech fall and were never headed.

App State gained wins from Vito Pastone (tech fall) and 125 and Jake Smith (decision) at 141.

Senior Day: A crowd of 640 was on hand for Senior Day ...  Hudson and Trey Stavrum were honored before the match in the last home appearance of their careers. 

Chattanooga 35, Appalachian State 8

184 – John Lampe (UTC) dec. Nick Vetell, 5-4 … UTC, 3-0

197 – Scottie Boykin (UTC) major dec. Tyler Radford, 10-0 … UTC, 7-0

285 – Dawson Peck (UTC) tech fall Denzell Djournette, 17-1 .. UTC, 12-0

125 – Vito Pastone (App) tech fall Campbell Lewis, 18-2 …. UTC, 12-5

133 – Nick Soto (UTC) forfeit win … UTC, 18-5

141 – Jake Smith (ASU) dec. Michael Pongracz, 3-2 … UTC, 18-8

149 – Austin Sams (UTC) dec. Aaron Scott, (UTC), 3-1 … UTC 21-8

157 – Alex Hudson tech fall Nick Hall, 17-0 … UTC, 26-8

165 – Corey Mock (UTC) dec. Zack Strickland, 6-1 … UTC, 29-8

174 – Levi Clemons (UTC) forfeit win … UTC, 35-8  

Records: UTC (13-5, 4-0), App State (4-8, 1-3)

Notes:

Next Matches – Feb. 8 at Campbell … Feb. 9 at Davidson (both are SoCon matches)

By The Numbers

58 – career wins as a coach for Heath Eslinger

50 – Alex Hudson gained his 50th career win today

20 – national ranking for Mocs

13 – most team wins since 2007

6 – current Mocs win streak

3 – Heath Eslinger ranked on Chattanooga coaches all-time wins list

All-Time Coaching Records (top 6)

209 – Jim Morgan, 16 years

77 – Andy Nardo, 16 years

58 – Heath Eslinger, 5th year

57 – Ethan Reeve, 6 years

43 – Mark Leen, 6 years

39 – Chris Bono, 3 years

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


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