The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team enjoyed a festive Blue-Gold match in Maclellan Gym Saturday. Billed as a #familyfeud, the Mocs took part in 14 intrasquad bouts.
“It was a great effort today,” stated head coach Heath Eslinger. “I thought the attendance was great and the wrestling was great.”
Over 400 fans came out to see the 2014-15 edition of the Mocs. Those in attendance also got to see some of the new wrestling facilities in Maclellan Gym, including the new wrestling room and lounge.
On the mat, there were a number of good matches. Freshman Alonzo Allen was impressive in a 17-2 technical fall over Cody Hill at 125. Seniors Sean Boyle and Nick Soto also had convincing victories.
“Our veterans came to compete today, but our freshmen also showed that they are not here to sit on the sidelines,” added Eslinger.
Senior Shawn Greevy and freshman Kamaal Shakur’s 149 match was arguably the highlight of the day. Greevy won 12-9, but the constant scoring kept the crowd on its feet.
There was also a lot of action at 174 between sophomores Sean Mappes and McCoy Newberg. Mappes took the win 8-6. Sophomore Scottie Boykin scored a reversal with 10 seconds left to defeat Clay Dent 5-4 at 197.
The Mocs open the regular season on Nov. 9 at the Hokie Open. The first home match is Dec. 12 against Purdue. Season tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).
HWT: Connor Tolley 13-3 major decision over Payton Demos
125: Alonzo Allen technical fall over Cody Hill 17-2
125: Sean Boyle 9-1 Major Decision over Jared Browning
133: Nick Soto Technical Fall 17-2 over Austin Gould
141: Hunter Manley 4-3 decision over Tyler Haskin
141: Mike Pongracz 5-3 Decision over Jacob Murphy
149: Shawn Greevy 12-9 Decision over Kamaal Shakur
157: Austin Sams 8-3 Decision over Jared Presley
165: Corey Mock by fall over Garrett Alexander
174: Sean Mappes decision over McCoy Newberg 8-6
184: John Lampe decision over John Shrader 3-2
197: Jordan Davis decision over DJ Smith 3-2
197: Scottie Boykin decision over Clay Dent 5-4
285: Jared Johnson technical fall over Connor Tolley 17-2