In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, file photo, Chattanooga's Alonzo Allen, left, wrestles Stanford's Brian Rossi in their bout during the Mocs' wresting match against Stanford in the Maclellan Gym in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Alonzo Allen got the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team out to a good start in Sunday's match against Ohio State.

The second-ranked Buckeyes quickly assumed control after that.

The UTC junior won the opening-match decision at 125 pounds, 6-3, but the Mocs ultimately fell to 2-3 for the season with a 39-3 loss at The Cooler in Alpharetta, Ga.

The Mocs (2-3) have a quick turnaround, hosting Ohio University at 7 this evening at Maclellan.


The Buckeyes racked up 12 bonus points Sunday by virtue of a pair of pins, a technical fall and four major decisions.

Allen had two takedowns in his win over Brakan Mead, including one with 30 seconds remaining and Mead trailing 4-2. His win gives him a 6-4 record.

"Great way to start it off with a win," UTC coach Heath Eslinger said afterward. "This was a great event and a great atmosphere, and we competed against a great team. We knew our first-semester schedule was going to test us, and we were willing to take those tests.

"I believe it will pay dividends when things matter most."

The Mocs' three losses have come against top-10 competition (eighth-ranked Virginia Tech, sixth-ranked North Carolina State and the Buckeyes). After tonight, the Mocs won't compete again until the two-day Southern Scuffle at McKenzie Arena, starting on New Year's Day.

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