The Chattanooga Mocs head wrestling coach Kyle Ruschell announced the 2021-22 schedule on Monday afternoon. The season features multiple contests inside Maclellan Gym and the return of the Southern Scuffle.
“I am really looking forward to our schedule this season.
We are back to a full season and I know our guys are ready to compete,” said Ruschell. “There are a lot of highlights throughout the slate including multiple non-conference matches as well as the return of the scuffle. The schedule gives our guys the chance to compete against some of the best wrestlers in the country in preparation for the postseason.”
The Mocs begin with the annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage in the First Tennessee Pavilion prior to the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 30. One week later, UTC welcomes Emmanuel to Maclellan Gym to kick off the season on Nov. 6. The season-opener is slated for 5 p.m.
The Mocs face their first Division I opponents in Davidson, N.C. with Rutgers followed by duals against Clarion and Davidson, UTC’s first Southern Conference foe.
In December, the Mocs compete in a pair of Tri-Meets. The first is against SIUE and Illinois in Edwardsville, Ill. on Dec. 11. UTC concludes the 2021 calendar year with a trip to Morgantown, W. Va. to face Cleveland St. and West Virginia.
The Southern Scuffle returns to McKenzie Arena in 2022. The two-day event takes place on Jan. 1 and 2.
“After cancelling the scuffle last season, we are excited for its return this year. It is the best atmosphere in the country in preparation for the NCAA Tournament, and I know our guys look forward to having it in Chattanooga every year,” said Ruschell. “The field for the scuffle this year is going to be a tough one as we will see many teams that haven’t been here for a couple seasons. This is going to be a tournament that our fans are going to want to come watch.”
Prior to a full SoCon slate, the Mocs head to Hampton, Va. for the Virginia Duals on Jan. 14-15. UTC continues league action two weekends later with Gardner Webb (Jan. 28) and Campbell (Jan. 30) on the road.
UTC’s regular season continues with six contests in February. The squad returns home on Feb. 4 and 6 to face The Citadel and Appalachian State. A week later, the Blue and Gold conclude their home schedule with VMI and Presbyterian on Feb. 13.
The 2021-22 regular season concludes with a road trip to Bellarmine (Feb. 18) and Indiana (Feb. 20). The postseason begins with the SoCon Championships on March 5 in Boone, N.C and the NCAA Championships are scheduled for March 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo.
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