UTC Wrestlers Hosts No. 8 Virginia Tech Friday

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team welcomes No. 8 Virginia Tech on Friday, Nov. 17.  Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Maclellan Gym. 
 
The Mocs are coming off a strong showing after an opening weekend trip to Virginia.  UTC scored a 37-7 Southern Conference win at VMI on Saturday, Nov. 4.  Chattanooga followed that with two individual wins and three additional placers at the Hokie Open on Sunday, Nov. 5. 
 
The Hokies bring a top-10 ranking and a 1-0 record to the Scenic City on Friday.  Virginia Tech opened with a 22-12 win over No.
12 Stanford before competing at the Hokie Open.  The Hokies won four individual titles at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic in Albany, N.Y., last weekend. 
 
Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).  Fans can also purchase at the door when they open on Friday at 6:00 p.m. A link for live scoring and the free MocsVision broadcast are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.
 
UTC follows the Virginia Tech match with an early wakeup call and a flight to West Point, N.Y., for the Black Knight Invite.  There the Mocs face Army, Binghamton, Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Rutgers and Worcester Polytechnic on Sunday, Nov. 19.  A link to live scoring is also on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.   
 
CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP
125:  Alonzo Allen (Jr. - 3-0, 1-0 SoCon)
133:  Wade Cummings (So. - 1-3, 0-1 SoCon)
141:  Michael Pongracz (Sr. - 4-1, 1-0 SoCon)
149:  Roman Boylen (Jr. - 2-2, 0-0 SoCon)
157:  Dylan Forzani (Jr. - 0-0, 0-0 SoCon)
165:  Chad Pyke (Sr. - 5-1, 1-0 SoCon)
174:  Justin Lampe (Sr. - 4-2, 1-0 SoCon)
184:  No. 12 Bryce Carr (Sr. - 5-0, 1-0 SoCon)
197:  Scottie Boykin (Sr. - 5-0, 1-0 SoCon)
285:  Connor Tolley (Jr. - 5-2, 1-0 SoCon)
 
UTC is coming off a 7-9 record last season.  The Mocs return five starters to a team that finished 5-2 in SoCon regular season duals and fourth in the league tournament. 
 
Senior Scottie Boykin is back in the lineup at 197 after redshirting last season.  He won the league as a junior in 2016, when he was ranked as high as No. 9 in the country.  He is off to a 5-0 start after winning the Hokie Open.
 
Also coming off a redshirt year is senior Michael Pongracz.  He is a two-time NCAA qualifier who was 22-6 at 141 in 2015-16.  He is 4-1 overall and finished third at the Hokie Open. 

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