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Five days after being held without a team point at No. 2 Iowa, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestlers opened their Southern Conference dual schedule on the good side of a shutout, rolling to a 47-0 win over Davidson on Friday night in North Carolina. The Mocs (2-3), who had lost 39-0 to the Hawkeyes on Sunday, posted the program's first shutout win since a 49-0 victory over Cumberland on Nov. 14, 2015. UTC got bonus points in eight of 10 matches at Davidson (0-3, 0-2), with pins by Fabian Gutierrez at 125 pounds, Hunter Fortner (174), Matthew Waddell (184) and Grayson Walthall (285), a technical fall from Tanner Smith (149) and major decisions by Tyler Shilson (157), Andrew Nicholson (165) and Rodney Jones (197). Wade Cummings (133) and Aidan Murphy (141) also won. The Mocs return to nonconference competition Sunday at No. 19 North Carolina.

 

Tennis

* UTC men's tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher has signed four-star recruit Peyton Gatti from Whispering Pines, North Carolina. His rating comes from TennisRecruiting.net, which lists him as the No. 5 prospect from North Carolina; he's No. 31 in the Southeast and 158th nationally. He is the Mocs' second signee this fall, joining Tunnel Hill native Jordan McClure, whose signing was previously reported. "Peyton really has had an outstanding last six months of tennis," Merzbacher said in a UTC release announcing the addition. "He moved up through the rankings in the South and nationally. He won the 2019 Southern Doubles Championship and won nine matches in the singles portion of the event."

 

Soccer

* The Dalton State College men's soccer team's first appearance in the NAIA tournament ended with a 2-1 loss to Arizona's Embry-Riddle in a first-round match Friday night in Columbia, Missouri. Embry-Riddle (16-4-1) scored in the 22nd and 50th minutes before the Roadrunners (13-6-1) avoided the shutout with Santiago Moore's penalty kick. Dalton State finished with a 17-7 advantage on shots overall and 8-5 on goal, but Embry-Riddle's Michal Serdynski made seven saves. Roadrunners keeper Aaron Fraire stopped three shots. Tennessee Wesleyan (15-3-2) is also in the tournament, and the 15th-seeded Bulldogs received a bye in their three-team pod in Baldwin City, Kansas. They take on Baker (Kansas), which is 12-6-3 and beat Eastern Oregon 2-0 on Friday, at 7 EST tonight.

* The Lee University women's soccer team now knows its first opponent in this year's NCAA Division II tournament. The Lady Flames (16-5), who are ranked 17th nationally and received a bye as the South Region's No. 2 seed, will host Florida's Embry-Riddle at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sixth-seeded Embry-Riddle (10-5-2) won 3-0 against third-seeded Rollins (12-4-1) on Friday afternoon in Cleveland.

 

Basketball

* The Covenant women beat Blackburn 75-54 on Friday in Carlinville, Illinois, and Margo Koby, who is from nearby St. Louis, scored 16 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and tallied five assists to help the Lady Scots end a three-game skid and win for the first time since their season opener. Elissa Moore had 13 points and seven rebounds, Rachel Thomas 12 points and Cosette Kirsch and Ruthie Moore 10 apiece with three steals each — Kirsch also had six assists and as many rebounds — for Covenant, which led 18-15, 37-26 and 55-44 at the quarter breaks against Blackburn (2-2). Koby and the Lady Scots play in her hometown tonight against Webster.

 

Lacrosse

* The Lee women's lacrosse program picked up an off-field honor in receiving the NCAA D2 Team Community Awareness Award, with the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announcing the selections Friday at its annual meeting. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by one team from each division on its campus and community, according to a Lee release. The Lady Flames, one of 116 Division II teams, joined DI's Marquette and DIII's Alma College in being recognized.

Compiled by Marty Kirkland. Contact him at mkirkland@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6478.

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