HAMPTON, Va. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team put together a 4-1 weekend and finished fifth in the Virginia Duals.
The Mocs, who lost to host Virginia on Friday after winning their opening meet in the tournament, rebounded Saturday with consecutive wins over Lock Haven, Nebraska-Kearney and Rider for the fifth-place victory. The performance boosted their season dual-meet record to 10-5.
In that fifth-place meet, UTC won six of the 10 matches and earned bonus points in five of the six: technical falls from Mike Pongracz (141) and Scottie Boykin (197), a pin from heavyweight Dawson Peck and major decisions by Alex Hudson (157) and Corey Mock (165).
Peck, who enrolled at UTC last Monday after transferring from Virginia Tech, is 5-0 as a Moc.
Rider advanced to the fifth-place match with a 28-15 victory over The Citadel.
The Mocs are off until next Sunday, when they'll wrestle at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. They'll visit The Citadel on Jan. 22 before getting in their final home meet of the year Feb. 2 against Appalachian State.
UTC 23, LOCK HAVEN 14
125--Kaleb Lemaire (LH) major dec. Byron Smith, 13-5; 133--Cody Wheeler (LH) dec. Nick Soto, 5-3; 141--Daniel Neff (LH) major dec. Mike Pongracz, 9-1; 149--Shawn Greevy (UTC) dec. Macaulay Maldarelli, 8-6 OT (SV1); 157--Alex Hudson (UTC) major dec. Elias Biddle, 8-0; 165--Corey Mock (UTC) major dec. Jacob Kemerer, 12-0; 174--Levi Clemons (UTC) major dec. Travis Moyer, 12-4; 184--Fred Garcia (LH) dec. John Lampe, 5-4; 197--Scottie Boykin (UTC) major dec. Joseph Rimel, 16-4; 285--Dawson Peck (UTC) major dec. Cody Mason, 9-1.
UTC 24, NEBRASKA-KEARNEY 12
125--Connor Bolling (NK) dec. Campbell Lewis, 11-4; 133--Nick Soto (UTC) major dec. Ryan Bauer, 14-1; 141--Mike Pongracz (UTC) dec. Brock Coutu, 9-3; 149--Tyler Anderson (NK) dec. Shawn Greevy, 8-5; 157--Alex Hudson (UTC) major dec. Colton Johnson, 14-4; 165--Corey Mock (UTC) major dec. Travis Leiskau, 9-1; 174--Patrick Martinez (ND) pinned Levi Clemons, 1:43; 184--John Lampe (UTC) dec. Mark Fiala, 3-1 OT (SV1); 197--Scottie Boykin (UTC) dec. Romero Cotton, 11-8; 285--Dawson Peck (UTC) dec. Kelsey Empting, 5-0 OT (SV1).
UTC 26, RIDER 15
125--Robert Deutsch (R) dec. Campbell Lewis, 8-3; 133--Nick Soto (UTC) dec. Chuck Zeisloft, 11-7; 141--Mike Pongracz (UTC) tech. fall over John Gentile, 16-0; 149--Curt Delia (R) injury default over Shawn Greevy; 157--Alex Hudson (UTC) major dec. Wayne Stinson, 9-0; 165--Corey Mock (UTC) major dec. Ramon Santiago, 9-0; 174--Connor Brennan (R) dec. Levi Clemons, 5-4; 184--Clint Morrison (R) dec. John Lampe, 5-1; 197--Scottie Boykin (UTC) tech. fall over Jeff McElwee, 24-9; Dawson Peck (UTC) pinned Greg Velasco, 4:23.
Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...