Moc Wrestlers Compete In Southern Conference Championship Saturday

Friday, March 07, 2014

The 24th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs are off to the 77th annual Southern Conference Tournament in Buies Creek, N.C., this weekend.  The Mocs have won 27 league titles since joining the SoCon in 1978, including each of the last three and eight of the last nine.

The Tournament is hosted by Campbell University in the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center and takes place on Saturday, March 8.   Action begins at 9:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) with the preliminary rounds.  The finals are set to start at 7:00 p.m.

 Live scoring for each match is available via Trackwrestling.com, with links for both scoring and video available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.  For more live updates be sure to follow Mocs wrestling on Twitter @UTCWrestling.


Chattanooga has already wrapped up its 13th Southern Conference regular season title.  The league started recognizing a season winner in 1994.


The Mocs checked in at No. 24 in the final regular season USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.  It is the third time Chattanooga carries a national ranking into the conference tournament.  The Mocs were also No. 18 in 2008 and No. 13 in 2007.

CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP:
125:  Byron Smith (Fr. – 7-14) - No. 6 Seed
133:  No. 16/17 Nick Soto (Jr. – 30-9) - No. 1 Seed
141:  Michael Pongracz (Fr. - 20-12) - No. 2 Seed
149:  Austin Sams (So. – 8-17) - No. 6 Seed
157:  No. 26/29 Alex Hudson (Sr. – 28-6) - No. 2 Seed
165:  No. 8/6 Corey Mock (Jr. – 27-3) - No. 2 Seed
174:  No. 32 Levi Clemons (Jr. – 23-13) - No. 1 Seed
184:  No. NR/33 John Lampe (So. – 17-10) - No. 1 Seed
197:  Scottie Boykin (Fr. – 19-13) - No. 1 Seed
285:  No. 24/23 Dawson Peck (Fr. – 12-1) - No. 1 Seed
(Rankings:  NCAA Coaches Panel/RPI)
Head Coach:  Heath Eslinger (61-37 - 5th Year)


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