Moc Wrestlers Meet 2nd Ranked Ohio State Sunday

Thursday, December 14, 2017
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team returns to the mat this weekend.  The Mocs travel to Alpharetta, Ga., on Sunday, Dec. 17, to take on No. 2 Ohio State.  UTC is back home on Monday, Dec. 18, hosting Ohio in Maclellan Gym.
 
The match against Ohio State is at The Cooler in Alpharetta, Ga. (10800 Davis Dr.).  Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.).  The home match on Monday against the Bobcats is 7:00 p.m.
 
Chattanooga has a 2-2 record in dual action, including a 2-0 mark in Southern Conference bouts.
  UTC's wins are against VMI and Davidson, while the two losses are to No. 8 Virginia Tech and No. 6 N.C. State.
 
Links for live scoring through Trackwrestling are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.  There is PPV video for the Ohio State match, while the Ohio dual is available for free on the SoCon Digital Network.  Links for video and tickets are also found on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com. 
 
CHATTANOOGA PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Alonzo Allen (Jr. – 6-3)
133: Jake Huffine (Jr. – 0-1)
      Wade Cummings (So. – 2-6)
141: Michael Pongracz (Sr. – 7-5)
149: Chris Debien (Jr. – 5-5)
157: Dylan Forzani (Jr. – 3-4)
165: Chad Pyke (Sr. – 9-4)
174: Justin Lampe (Sr. – 9-4)
184: No. 15 Carr (Sr. – 9-2)
197: No. 15 Scottie Boykin (Sr. – 9-2)
285: Ben Stacey (So. – 1-2)
 
UTC is coming off a 7-9 record last season.  The Mocs return five starters to a team that finished 5-2 in SoCon regular season duals and fourth in the league tournament. 
 
Senior Scottie Boykin is back in the lineup at 197 after redshirting last season.  He won the league as a junior in 2016, when he was ranked as high as No. 9 in the country.  He is off to an 9-2 start after winning the Hokie Open and Black Knight Invite.
 
Also coming off a redshirt year is senior Michael Pongracz.  He is a two-time NCAA qualifier who was 22-6 at 141 in 2015-16.  He is 7-5 overall and finished third at the Hokie Open. 
 
Head Coach Heath Eslinger is in his ninth year at UTC.  A two-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year, he owns a 95-56 (.629) career dual record, including a 49-4 (.925) tally in league matches.  He has guided the Mocs to six SoCon regular season and six SoCon tournament titles.

Seniors Bryce Carr and Scottie Boykin are both ranked No. 15 at 184 and 197, respectively, in this week's Intermat Top-20.  Both have 9-2 overall records. 

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