Wrestling Mocs beat Princeton

Wrestling Mocs beat Princeton

December 15th, 2012 by Ward Gossett in Sports - College

UTC 27, PRINCETON 10

(Meet started at 125 pounds)

125 -- Nick Soto (UTC) dec. Max Rogers, 9-3; 133 -- Alex Ward (UTC) dec. Andrew Harai, 8-6 OT; 141 -- Dean Pavlou (UTC) dec. Kevin Moylan, 11-5; 149 -- Zach Blintiff (P) major dec. Alex Hudson, 14-4; 157 -- Kyle Roddy (P) dec. Trey Stavrum, 9-7; 165 --John Lampe (UTC) dec. Judd Ziegler, 10-4; 174 -- Ryan Callahan (P) dec. Jake Young, 3-2; 184 -- Robert Prigmore (UTC) dec. Scott Gibbons, 9-8 OT; 197 -- Niko Brown (UTC) pinned Charlie Fox, 2:41; 285 -- Kevin Malone (UTC) pinned Cole Lampman, 1:35.

Records: UTC 4-2; Princeton 0-7.

Robert Prigmore's overtime victory set the stage and Niko Brown's pin brought down the curtain Friday as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team beat host Princeton 27-10.

"It wasn't a great performance but we got the win," Mocs coach Heath Eslinger said by phone.

UTC charged to a 9-0 lead on decisions from Nick Soto, Alex Ward and Dean Pavlou, but the Tigers whittled the lead down by winning three of the next four matches. With a precarious lead of just two points, Prigmore rallied for a 9-8 overtime decision and Brown put the match on ice with a first-period pin.

"Prigmore had a good win and Niko continues to wrestle well," Eslinger said.

Brown leads the team with 14 wins and six pins.

The coach seemed pleased with Pavlou's 11-5 victory, but he wasn't exactly doing cartwheels to the team bus after the match.

"We were flat," he said. "We have had a lot of time off. We've spent three days on a bus, but I guess I'd rather be flat than be banged up and bruised, and I know I'd rather be flat and win than to be flat and lose."

The Mocs (4-2) will head for New York this morning. They'll wrestle at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, taking on Rutgers at 10:30 a.m. and Oklahoma State at 12:30 p.m.

"The guys know the Rutgers match is the one we're after, but there are some good matchups for us against Oklahoma State," Eslinger said.