Chattanooga Wrestlers Win One At Virginia Duals

Friday, January 12, 2018
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team opened with a win before dropping its other two matches to ranked opponents at the Virginia Duals today.  The Mocs defeated Kent State 23-15, then lost to No. 11 Northern Iowa (33-7) and No. 20 Lock Haven (22-18). 

Kent State brought an 8-4 overall record, including an impressive win over Virginia earlier in the season.  Junior Alonzo Allen set the tone with an 11-3 major decision over Jake Ferri at 125.  The Flashes answered with a 3-2 decision at 133, but senior Michael Pongracz responded with a 7-0 shutout over Tim Rooney at 149.


Kent State took the next two matches to go up 9-7 halfway through the dual.  That's when the Mocs seniors took over and posted four-straight wins.  Chad Pyke scored a decision at 165, followed by the same from Justin Lampe at 174.  Bryce Carr and Scottie Boykin, both ranked No. 15 at 184 and 197, shut the door with tech falls. 

Freshman Torrez Finney made his UTC debut after joining the team from the football program.  He had to default after tweaking his knee and did not compete in the Northern Iowa match. 

The Panthers won the first five matches to run out to a 20-0 lead in the afternoon bout.  Junior Chris Debien lost in overtime at 133, while Pongracz dropped a tough 5-2 match to No. 8 Josh Alber. 

Pyke put the Mocs on the board with a major decision at 165 for his second win of the day.  Carr had another tough battle against No. 11 Drew Foster.  He lost this one 2-1 (TB1) in overtime, for his third loss to Lujan in OT or by a point in the last two years.  Boykin rounded out the Mocs' scoring with an 8-7 win against No. 19 Jacob Holschlag.

Lock Haven jumped out to a 6-0 lead with a pin at 125, but Debien put UTC on the board with a 10-4 win at 133.  Pongracz dropped a close one at 133 to Kyle Shoop (3-2), the first of four wins in a row for LHU.  Justin Lampe won at 174, and UTC nabbed forfeits at 197 and heavyweight to end the evening.

The Mocs are 4-5 overall and back in action tomorrow against Old Dominion.  Match time is set for 10:00 a.m. and live scoring and PPV video links are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com. 

Chattanooga 23 – Kent State 15
Virginia Duals – Hampton, Va. – Friday, Jan. 12 
125: Alonzo Allen (Chattanooga) over Jake Ferri (Kent State) Maj 11-3 – UTC 4-0
133: Anthony Tutolo (Kent State) over Chris Debien (Chattanooga) Dec 3-2 – UTC 4-3
141: Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga) over Tim Rooney (Kent State) Dec 7-0 – UTC 7-3
149: Nicholas Monico (Kent State) over Zach Shareef (Chattanooga) Dec 8-3 – UTC 7-6
157: Casey Sparkman (Kent State) over Dylan Forzani (Chattanooga) Dec 4-2 – KSU 9-7
165: Chad Pyke (Chattanooga) over Isaac Bast (Kent State) Dec 5-2 – UTC 10-9
174: Justin Lampe (Chattanooga) over Dylan Barreiro (Kent State) Dec 9-5 – UTC 13-9
184: No. 15 Bryce Carr (Chattanooga) over Colin McCracken (Kent State) TF 16-1 – UTC 18-9
197: No. 15 Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga) over Kyle Conel (Kent State) TF 17-2 – UTC 23-9
285: Devin Nye (Kent State) over Torrez Finney (Chattanooga) Inj 3:30 – UTC 23-15

No. 11 Northern Iowa 33 – Chattanooga 7
Virginia Duals – Hampton, Va. – Friday, Jan. 12
125: No. 12 Jay Schwarm (Northern Iowa) over Alonzo Allen (Chattanooga) Fall 1:24 – UNI 6-0
133: Jack Wagner (Northern Iowa) over Chris Debien (Chattanooga) SV-1 8-6 – UNI 9-0
141: No. 8 Josh Alber (Northern Iowa) over Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga) Dec 5-2 – UNI 12-0
149: No. 7 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) over Zach Shareef (Chattanooga) Maj 10-1 – UNI 16-0
157: Logan Ryan (Northern Iowa) over Dylan Forzani (Chattanooga) Maj 13-5 – UNI 20-0
165: Chad Pyke (Chattanooga) over Isaiah Patton (Northern Iowa) Maj 15-3 – UNI 20-4
174: No. 7 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) over Justin Lampe (Chattanooga) Maj 16-4 – 24-4
184: No. 11 Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) over No. 15 Bryce Carr (Chattanooga) TB-1 2-1 – 27-4
197: No. 15 Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga) over No. 19 Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) Dec 8-7 – 27-7
285: Carter Isley (Northern Iowa) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf – 33-7

No. 20 Lock Haven 22 – Chattanooga 18
Virginia Duals – Hampton, Va. – Friday, Jan. 12
125: Josiah Kline (Lock Haven) over Alonzo Allen (Chattanooga) Fall 2:31 – LHU 6-0
133: Chris Debien (Chattanooga) over DJ Fehlman (Lock Haven) Dec 10-4                - LHU 6-3
141: Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) over Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga) Dec 3-2 – LHU 9-3
149: Ronald Perry (Lock Haven) over Zach Shareef (Chattanooga) Dec 9-2 – LHU 12-3
157: Alex Klucker (Lock Haven) over Dylan Forzani (Chattanooga) Dec 8-6 – LHU 15-3
165: No. 7 Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) over Chad Pyke (Chattanooga) Maj 12-4 – LHU 19-3
174: Justin Lampe (Chattanooga) over Jared Siegrist (Lock Haven) Dec 7-3 – LHU 19-6
184: Corey Hazel (Lock Haven) over Rod Jones (Chattanooga) Dec 4-2 – LHU 22-6
197: No. 15 Bryce Carr (Chattanooga) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf – LHU 22-12
285: No. 15 Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf – LHU 22-18


Randy Smith: Calling Out The Media

Since I have been a member of the Sports Media for close to a half-century, I feel obligated to call them out when I see or hear something wrong. That was the case yesterday as Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt took the podium at the SEC Media Days in Atlanta. It seems that former Georgia players Aaron Murray and David Pollack accused Pruitt of being disrespectful to former Georgia coach ... (click for more)

Lookouts Open Series In Mobile Wednesday With 4-2 Win Over BayBears

MOBILE, Ala. --- When the Chattanooga Lookouts pitching staff digs in it's heels it means that a couple of home runs added in last night was good enough for a 4-2 win over Mobile. Despite working as a starter for the majority of the season, Anthony Marzi came on in relief for this one. Paco Rodriguez got the ball to kick off the contest, and he turned in a scoreless first ... (click for more)

Rhonda Thurman "Astounded" At Low Performance By Hamilton County Schools On TNReady; Dr. Johnson Says Some Gaps "Closing" Between County And State

County School Board member Rhonda Thurman said Thursday she was "astounded" by low performance on TNReady scores that were just released.   Noting that the county schools are below state levels in many areas, she said, "I am blown away. I am just astounded. We spend millions and ten millions and this is what we get."   She said, "If people want to know why ... (click for more)

Senator Corker Calls Judge Kavanaugh "A Superb Nominee"

 Senator Bob Corker on Thursday called Judge Brett Kavanaugh "a superb nominee" for the U.S. Supreme Court.   He made the statement after meeting with President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.   Senator Corker said, “I had a great meeting today with Judge Kavanaugh and think he is a superb nominee. It is inspiring to me to see ... (click for more)

Employee Who Stole From East Ridge Should Be Prosecuted

Why has the East Ridge employee who was fired for theft not been charged with theft?    City Manager Scott Miller made the statement that the employee had problems and that the stolen items were returned.  What does that have to do with the employee stealing ?   He has had a history of abuse of city resources. Why is he not being prosecuted? ... (click for more)

Am I Alone? - And Response (6)

Am I alone seems to be quite apt as I begin to form sentences, thoughts and concerns regarding the state of this country. I feel like I am alone trying, somehow, to justify Trump and understand why he is constantly in the middle of chaos.  Now coined as the Liar-in-Chief, Chief Foreign Affairs Coordinator acting for his pal Russian Dictator, Putin.  The silence ... (click for more)