published Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Wrestling Mocs beat Princeton

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.

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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