UTC Wrestlers Host Duals Sunday At MaClellan

Thursday, November 7, 2019
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team hosts the inaugural Chattanooga Duals in Maclellan Gym this weekend.  UTC welcomes Illinois and Army for the tri-event on Sunday, Nov. 10. 
"We are very excited to bring in two high-caliber teams," stated UTC head coach Kyle Ruschell.  "We will be testing our guys all year long and this is the first weekend that several will have the opportunity to wrestle ranked opponents."
Action begins at 10:00 a.m.
(E.S.T.) with Army taking on Illinois.  The Mocs then face the Black Knights at Noon, followed by the Fighting Illini at 2:00 p.m.
"We need to prepare our guys for the national tournament, and at NCAA's this level of competition is pretty much all you wrestle," added Ruschell. "These matches let us know where we stack up and how we need to go about our day-to-day business."
Links for live scoring through TrackWrestling and the SoCon Digital Network broadcast for all three matches are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.  Chris Goforth (pxp) and Travis Jarrard (analyst) have the call on the SoConDN.
UTC brings a 1-0 record after last week's season-opening win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (29-14) in Miller Park.  The Mocs also had 10 individuals place at the Southeast Open on Nov. 3.
Army is 1-1 after participating in the Battle on the Midway in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 2. The Black Knights earned a decisive 29-9 win over Fresno State aboard the USS Midway, and narrowly came close to upsetting No. 6 Wisconsin, falling 16-15 in a thriller.
This is the first dual of the year for Illinois who had eight individuals place at the Michigan State Open on Nov. 2.
125: Fabian Gutierrez (Jr. - 3-1)
133: Franco Valdes (So. - 2-3) or Wade Cummings (Jr. - 2-2)
141: Aidan Murphy (So. - 0-2)
149: Mason Wallace (So. - 2-3) or Tanner Smith (So. - 3-2)
157: George Carpenter (Sr. - 4-3)
165: Drew Nicholson (So. - 3-3) or Tyler Shilson (So. - 2-2)
174: Hunter Fortner (So. - 2-2) or Dominic Lampe (Sr. - 0-0)
184: Matthew Waddell (So. - 3-1) or Ben Stacey (0-2)
197: Rodney Jones (Sr. - 2-2)
HWT: Grayson Walthall (So. - 2-3)
Season tickets for UTC Wrestling are still available on GoMocs.com, along with match tickets for the Chattanooga Duals.  Admission for Sunday is $6 for adults and $4 for youth (under 14).  Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

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